Leah Cazares - Figure Competitor

Leah: I got started in bodybuilding industry living in my car in L.A. I did not want the workers at the gym to know I was homeless when I went to take showers so I worked out 5-6 days a week. Eventually two bodybuilders told me about the industry and suggested that I compete. I chose one of them to be my trainer and the rest is history.

I am a very lean build so on or off season I can stay on a moderate amount of carbs years around. What I've found effective for me off season is steak, steak, and more steak; paired with potatoes and spinach. On season, chicken and/or fish and rice with some steak in their somewhere, and avocados to keep the fat levels up since my cardio has greatly increased.

The diet that failed me the most was being put on too many nuts and sweet potatoes period too close to competition time before peak week. My body could not work off that fat in time.

On or off season I weight lift about 2 1/2 hours 5 days a week. Off season I'll do cardio 30 minutes 3 times a week. On season I'll do 1 1/2 hours of cardio about 6 days a week with a lot of plyometric work in those weightlifting sessions.

I come from a fashion modeling and dance background. So, being on stage for me is like 2nd nature. If someone is struggling in that area, practice posing in a park full of people like my trainer did with me. You'll get over that pretty quick.

Going to competitions you never know who your competition is going to be and it's a very subjective sport! You gotta go in there (for me) believing that God is in control and do the best you can not worrying about your competition. You are your worst enemy. Have fun and keep your eyes on the judges at all times.

The next competition that I'm doing is the National Championships In Miami.


Leah Cazares