Marie Allegro - IFBB Figure Pro

I started competing when I attended my husband's first bodybuilding competition back in 1989. Then there was only women's bodybuilding. So I tried it and went okay. I switched over to fitness in 1995 then figure in 2007.

Diet: During my off season I usually eat a few more calories than pre contest. Food is about the same. This is my first year working with Dominick Mutascio with my diet. He had me eat more and do less cardio than I have ever done in my 20+ of competing. This was the best shape I have ever been in.

Failed diet: Eating very little calories did not work as well as expected. I knew our body needs a certain amount of calories and if not taken, our bodies shuts down and stores body fat. We need a certain amount in order to burn calories. Eating less than 1000 calories doesn't work. Everyone has their own daily caloric minimum requirement. If you eat way under your requirement you will not lose fat. Training: 6 days of lifting. 3-4 days cardio (off season). 6-7 days cardio (pre contest).

Self-confidence: I am not shy. I love being on stage and having all eyes on me. I teach group fitness classes so I'm used to having people look and pay attention to me. However, being a coach I come across many who are not as confident. My advice is always "know you look great because you worked hard and deserve to be on stage".

I've been competing for over 20+ years so nothing really bothers me backstage. I just roll with the flow. However anybody who is new to this, may find with all the event going on backstage can be overwhelming. People pumping up, getting bronzed n oiled up, getting yelled at to line up, paparazzi snapping pictures here and there. If you are not used to it, it can distract an athlete from staying focused in themselves. When to pump up....when to rest and prop their feet up....when to get final touch with their tan... A lot of moving parts.

The worst challenge was when I was competing in the fitness category. I used to pull, strain or sprain something in my body BC training those routines were and still the hardest of all divisions. But I could not let any injuries stop me so I just worked around them. My wrist used to get most of my impact BC of all the dropping to the floor in a push up position. So while in prep I taped up my wrist and did not go full out drop to the floor.

I'm a role model for many whether I want to be or not. I just started to sponsor competitions to get my business some exposure. It's called StageReadyByMarie. My services entail posing, tanning and mental preparation to step on stage. I find that many athletes don't value the mental preparation until they start melting down backstage and if I'm around, I seem to diffuse the situation.


Marie Allegro