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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Andrea Michaud

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Andrea Michaud! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I have been working out since I was 17 and always made it a part of my life. As I got older, I became more interested in competitions and thought it would be a good challenge. I finally decided to try it out and now I'm hooked! My trainer was excellent in keeping me on track and pushing me harder than I ever imagined possible. I loved seeing the results and knowing that the hard work and dedication paid off.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Before my last show I saw the most improvement by splitting my workouts to twice a day, with 60 to 90 minutes of cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and weights in the evening. My weight training was a 3-day cycle:

  • Day 1) Back/Bi's
  • Day 2) Chest, Tri's, Shoulders
  • Day 3) Legs
I trained abs, calves and butt every second day. I also found that having an MP3 player was crucial and helped me keep focused during training. Now I'm working to add more lean mass so I have cut down on cardio and split my workouts into 5 days:
  • Day 1) Back, Tri's, Abs
  • Day 2) Chest, Calves
  • Day 3) Shoulders, Traps, Abs
  • Day 4) Quads, Calves
  • Day 5) Bi's, Hams, Abs

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My pre-contest diet is low carb/high protein with 5 meals a day. A typical day would include egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast, lean beef or fish with salad greens for lunch, chicken and steamed vegetables in the late afternoon, bison and mixed veggies for dinner and a Protein Shake or egg whites right before bed.

My hugest weakness is peanut butter and I was allowed one tablespoon as a treat. In the off-season, I add fruit and some additional carbs but still try to keep my protein intake high. The biggest thing is to drink tons of water!

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I?m a big fan of Protein Shakes and have created some fantastic recipes. Also Glutamine, a Multi-Vitamin and Xenadrine NRG fat burners have worked well for me.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I find that training is the best stress release and I have loved seeing the results of training hard and maintaining a strict diet. Competing challenges me mentally and physically and I feel it's an excellent goal which helps me to keep focused and push myself harder for each competition.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

Currently I am working to increase my lean mass and hope to add 5lbs of muscle for competing next spring. I am considering the Canadian World Qualifier, which is an all-natural show, and also FAME Canada. My ultimate goal is magazine coverage and I hope to appear in Oxygen magazine someday.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never give up! Find yourself a good trainer who keeps you motivated and can push you. If you want to compete and believe you have the drive and determination, anything is possible. Competing is a tough challenge on your mind and body but if you set goals and your friends and family are supportive, then you can do anything.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I find that all competitors are a great inspiration and my favorites would be Jenny Lee and Mandy Blank. I actually have pictures of both that help keep me motivated and push myself harder for competition preparation.