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    MD Forum Leader Tammy Patnode Interviews IFBB Pro Cathy Lefrancois







    TP: You must be still beaming from your NY pro win. You had a broken foot? What happened?

    CL:
    Iím not on the diet thatís for sure for 3 weeks. I will enjoy life and food and rest my body and my mind so I can be ready for the Olympia. My foot, gosh this makeís me crazy, I canít walk right for the last 3 months. I rolled over my left foot when I was moving my gym in my new house in El Monte. Itís hard but I deal with it right now, but I need to make some exceptions with my workout Ė no leg press, no calvesÖ


    TP: You left bodybuilding and tried figure for a while. What brought you back?
    CL:
    Competing in figure was not the plan for my future. I wanted to be back in bodybuilding one day but this time ready to face what it requires to be a real professional bodybuilder and to be there for my fans. Because if you donít know, there is more to it than just training, eating and sleeping, when you want to be the best in the world. It was great to be small and be able to wear the cute outfits but I didnít like to train like a girlÖlol!! I did figure because I wanted to keep my name there in the IFBB. This move did give me the chance to put my head all back together and get some attention that I needed to help find myself. My divorce was not something I was expected and this helped me build what I lost, my confidence.


    TP: What do you like and dislike about the industry?
    CL:
    Nothing really specific. I consider it a privilege to be who I am in the sport. I get a lot of respect from others. A lot of people have always believed in me and I think that I could be a great ambassador for this sport. Maybe making more money for what we do would be great, especially when I put a lot of time and hard work in order to please everyone. Do you know that I am probably the only female bodybuilder to have a big name sponsor? I have been with Gaspari Nutrition for the last 3 years. I work many hours for them too and no matter what, I compete and still do all my work. I answer all of my fans email and its not just a couple emails a day! I get a lot, but I love it! I will be nothing without my fanís support and I will be crazy to not keep myself busy. I am an organize freakÖlol


    TP: Do you think the strength round, like at the NY pro is something that should continue at womenís contests?
    CL:
    No and yes, but let me explain. For me, I will say no because my body hurt really bad so every workout is a pain that I really canít do much about, but I deal with it like so many others. Jay Cutler and many other top pros go through the same thing. So if you want to be careful with your body, I donít think itís a great idea to do a ton of pull-ups when you are really depleted. And push-up?....how many girls have boob jobs lol? I can tell you there is no way I will over-train my chest causing damage to my JJ. I am sure the girls know what I am talking about J (Implant on top or under the muscle lol)

    TP: Who do you admire in bodybuilding?
    CL:
    I will say Jay Cutler, probably because heís not just a great bodybuilder that people like, heís an excellent business man, and he uses what heís got to build his future and sometimes thatís more important than to just train, eat and sleepÖlol. And, I admire myself because I am unique and I see a lot of him in me. I have been working for the last 20 years in this industry and I never did anything to possibly destroy the integrity that I have built for myself.


    TP: How has your prep changed over the years?
    CL:
    I am getting older and like you know, everything changes so it makes it harder to get in shape. Thatís why I have now decided to accept some help from a professional nutritionist. So I chose George Farah IFBB Pro to help me. He prepared me for 2 shows already and I have been really satisfied with his expertise. I did very well at both shows, including winning one of them Ė the NY Pro Show. Thanks George J


    TP: What is the hardest part for you?
    CL:
    Itís to train with injuriesÖ.shoulder problems, elbow pain and broken footÖlol. The rest of things like the diet, I donít care too much. I love eating a better diet than just eating whatever and have no direction. Then I just get fat and feel sick because I end up eating too muchÖlol.


    TP: What are your hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
    CL:
    Damn, I donít like this question because I donít know what my hobbies areÖlol I ask my friend and I could not think what it would be. I donít play tennis anymore. I donít do speed skating anymore. I donít ski anymore. I am always working if I donít travel for Gaspari. I donít really have any hobbies, but I do have many interests. I work a lot in my house Ė so much to do when you are a hard worker like me. I love keeping myself busy and organized. One thing I truly love is competing and being on stage, to do photo-shoots, answer my fans email and take care of my website. I guess those are my hobbiesÖweird, right? But I am happy the way my life has turned out and going to be. I believe in myself and I will thank my fans and family for always reminding me to never give up even when all seems lost.


    TP: What do you do to make a living?
    CL:
    I just do the right thing - no wrestling, no private posing, no naked photos. I am so proud of myself that I am the only woman bodybuilder to be sponsored by a supplement company (Gaspari Nutrition). I travel for them every month and do 15 -20 demos per month. So with the demo schedule it kind of makes me full time. I also do custom meal preparation for some people and I am starting to offer something new - weekend with Cathy in California.


    TP: What do you think of womenís bodybuilding today?
    CL:
    Girls complain about how we have been treated unfair compared to the men, but when you take a step back and check what is going on with a lot of pro woman bodybuilders, I agree with some of the magazines on why they donít want to promote womanís bodybuilding anymore. Why would they want to promote girls who canít work professionally and keep their completely naked bodies inside of their house and share only with their boyfriend or husband? There is no way I will open my legs to make money. Thatís why I have nothing to complain about. People treat me with respect and it will stay that way, especially if I want to be the ambassador for womanís bodybuilding. I do believe that if someone like me becomes Miss Olympia, this sport can change for the best and the industry will start to make money again, like it did when Corey Everson was running the pole and Jay Cutler now.


    TP: What is your favorite cheat meal?
    CL:
    Everything is crunch crunch. I like peanut M&Ms, popcorn, taco chips, popcorn chicken, bread with crunch crunch crust J yummy, just thinking about it all is making me hungry. The dentist doesnít like me to eat that stuff. They are all their enemies because they break my teeth all the time.


    TP: What is next for you? Olympia? You donít get much down time do you?
    CL:
    I donít have problems starting my diet again. I kind of like it better to be on a tight organized schedule anyway because the faster I get back to my routine of diet and training, the less chance I have of getting fatÖlol!! Olympia is going to be really welcoming this year. My mind is all set for it. My career makes sense and has direction now that I have my sponsor, Gaspari Nutrition, and my nutritionist, George Farah. My family is very supportive of me and my Scotty, to be there for the last 5 years and, by the way, I will never have won the 2003 Arnold Classic without him. He made me believe in myself that I could win a pro bodybuilding show..(We did it Sebastian! lol). He just admires what I do and NO drama with us ever. My friend Tom helps me manage everything I do and make it all possible. I have a great setup in my new house with my tanning bed, my gym and cardio room.
    Just before I close this interview, I want to sincerely thank all of my fans for keeping me straight to the end and helping me one day realize our dream of seeing me as #1 in this sport. Thanks to Jay Cutler for being a great role model. Thanks to Dave Bourlet at Max Muscle Venice for making me feel like part of the family. Thanks to Daddy Noelte for helping me to set up my home gym so perfectly. Lastly, I need to thanks my training partners - John and Azy, PJ Ė Max Muscle Lancaster, Little Jen and her family, Paul Dixon and Mike. Our workouts are always perfect and amusing. Yolanda, Mel, Steve & Heidi Kriegel, Nancy, Jen and Darel, Jessica and Peter, my sister Nancy, Annie and brother Joe-Yan, Todd and Miguel, Dave, Lynn, Louise Fontaine, Marc, Isabelle Gagne and My Mum and Dad - Rejean and Rachel. Thank you all for believing in me, and sincerely God for creating me the way I am.
    See you at the Olympia. I canít wait to be there and see everybody from the IFBB federation.
    Hopefully, the judges will see the true me and see the good I can bring to Womanís Bodybuilding.
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    awesome.... good job tammy.. i love cathy

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    awww I loved this! thank you Cathy for doing the interview and good work Tammy

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    Great interview! Welcome to MD, Cathy. You have many, many fans here.
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    MD Forum Leader Tammy Patnode Interviews IFBB Pro Cathy Lefrancois








    TP: You must be still beaming from your NY pro win. You had a broken foot? What happened?
    CL: Iím not on the diet thatís for sure for 3 weeks. I will enjoy life and food and rest my body and my mind so I can be ready for the Olympia. My foot, gosh this makeís me crazy, I canít walk right for the last 3 months. I rolled over my left foot when I was moving my gym in my new house in El Monte. Itís hard but I deal with it right now, but I need to make some exceptions with my workout Ė no leg press, no calvesÖ


    TP: You left bodybuilding and tried figure for a while. What brought you back?
    CL: Competing in figure was not the plan for my future. I wanted to be back in bodybuilding one day but this time ready to face what it requires to be a real professional bodybuilder and to be there for my fans. Because if you donít know, there is more to it than just training, eating and sleeping, when you want to be the best in the world. It was great to be small and be able to wear the cute outfits but I didnít like to train like a girlÖlol!! I did figure because I wanted to keep my name there in the IFBB. This move did give me the chance to put my head all back together and get some attention that I needed to help find myself. My divorce was not something I was expected and this helped me build what I lost, my confidence.


    TP: What do you like and dislike about the industry?
    CL: Nothing really specific. I consider it a privilege to be who I am in the sport. I get a lot of respect from others. A lot of people have always believed in me and I think that I could be a great ambassador for this sport. Maybe making more money for what we do would be great, especially when I put a lot of time and hard work in order to please everyone. Do you know that I am probably the only female bodybuilder to have a big name sponsor? I have been with Gaspari Nutrition for the last 3 years. I work many hours for them too and no matter what, I compete and still do all my work. I answer all of my fans email and its not just a couple emails a day! I get a lot, but I love it! I will be nothing without my fanís support and I will be crazy to not keep myself busy. I am an organize freakÖlol


    TP: Do you think the strength round, like at the NY pro is something that should continue at womenís contests?
    CL: No and yes, but let me explain. For me, I will say no because my body hurt really bad so every workout is a pain that I really canít do much about, but I deal with it like so many others. Jay Cutler and many other top pros go through the same thing. So if you want to be careful with your body, I donít think itís a great idea to do a ton of pull-ups when you are really depleted. And push-up?....how many girls have boob jobs lol? I can tell you there is no way I will over-train my chest causing damage to my JJ. I am sure the girls know what I am talking about J (Implant on top or under the muscle lol)

    TP: Who do you admire in bodybuilding?
    CL: I will say Jay Cutler, probably because heís not just a great bodybuilder that people like, heís an excellent business man, and he uses what heís got to build his future and sometimes thatís more important than to just train, eat and sleepÖlol. And, I admire myself because I am unique and I see a lot of him in me. I have been working for the last 20 years in this industry and I never did anything to possibly destroy the integrity that I have built for myself.


    TP: How has your prep changed over the years?
    CL: I am getting older and like you know, everything changes so it makes it harder to get in shape. Thatís why I have now decided to accept some help from a professional nutritionist. So I chose George Farah IFBB Pro to help me. He prepared me for 2 shows already and I have been really satisfied with his expertise. I did very well at both shows, including winning one of them Ė the NY Pro Show. Thanks George J


    TP: What is the hardest part for you?
    CL: Itís to train with injuriesÖ.shoulder problems, elbow pain and broken footÖlol. The rest of things like the diet, I donít care too much. I love eating a better diet than just eating whatever and have no direction. Then I just get fat and feel sick because I end up eating too muchÖlol.


    TP: What are your hobbies outside of bodybuilding?
    CL: Damn, I donít like this question because I donít know what my hobbies areÖlol I ask my friend and I could not think what it would be. I donít play tennis anymore. I donít do speed skating anymore. I donít ski anymore. I am always working if I donít travel for Gaspari. I donít really have any hobbies, but I do have many interests. I work a lot in my house Ė so much to do when you are a hard worker like me. I love keeping myself busy and organized. One thing I truly love is competing and being on stage, to do photo-shoots, answer my fans email and take care of my website. I guess those are my hobbiesÖweird, right? But I am happy the way my life has turned out and going to be. I believe in myself and I will thank my fans and family for always reminding me to never give up even when all seems lost.


    TP: What do you do to make a living?
    CL: I just do the right thing - no wrestling, no private posing, no naked photos. I am so proud of myself that I am the only woman bodybuilder to be sponsored by a supplement company (Gaspari Nutrition). I travel for them every month and do 15 -20 demos per month. So with the demo schedule it kind of makes me full time. I also do custom meal preparation for some people and I am starting to offer something new - weekend with Cathy in California.


    TP: What do you think of womenís bodybuilding today?
    CL: Girls complain about how we have been treated unfair compared to the men, but when you take a step back and check what is going on with a lot of pro woman bodybuilders, I agree with some of the magazines on why they donít want to promote womanís bodybuilding anymore. Why would they want to promote girls who canít work professionally and keep their completely naked bodies inside of their house and share only with their boyfriend or husband? There is no way I will open my legs to make money. Thatís why I have nothing to complain about. People treat me with respect and it will stay that way, especially if I want to be the ambassador for womanís bodybuilding. I do believe that if someone like me becomes Miss Olympia, this sport can change for the best and the industry will start to make money again, like it did when Corey Everson was running the pole and Jay Cutler now.


    TP: What is your favorite cheat meal?
    CL: Everything is crunch crunch. I like peanut M&Ms, popcorn, taco chips, popcorn chicken, bread with crunch crunch crust J yummy, just thinking about it all is making me hungry. The dentist doesnít like me to eat that stuff. They are all their enemies because they break my teeth all the time.


    TP: What is next for you? Olympia? You donít get much down time do you?
    CL: I donít have problems starting my diet again. I kind of like it better to be on a tight organized schedule anyway because the faster I get back to my routine of diet and training, the less chance I have of getting fatÖlol!! Olympia is going to be really welcoming this year. My mind is all set for it. My career makes sense and has direction now that I have my sponsor, Gaspari Nutrition, and my nutritionist, George Farah. My family is very supportive of me and my Scotty, to be there for the last 5 years and, by the way, I will never have won the 2003 Arnold Classic without him. He made me believe in myself that I could win a pro bodybuilding show..(We did it Sebastian! lol). He just admires what I do and NO drama with us ever. My friend Tom helps me manage everything I do and make it all possible. I have a great setup in my new house with my tanning bed, my gym and cardio room.
    Just before I close this interview, I want to sincerely thank all of my fans for keeping me straight to the end and helping me one day realize our dream of seeing me as #1 in this sport. Thanks to Jay Cutler for being a great role model. Thanks to Dave Bourlet at Max Muscle Venice for making me feel like part of the family. Thanks to Daddy Noelte for helping me to set up my home gym so perfectly. Lastly, I need to thanks my training partners - John and Azy, PJ Ė Max Muscle Lancaster, Little Jen and her family, Paul Dixon and Mike. Our workouts are always perfect and amusing. Yolanda, Mel, Steve & Heidi Kriegel, Nancy, Jen and Darel, Jessica and Peter, my sister Nancy, Annie and brother Joe-Yan, Todd and Miguel, Dave, Lynn, Louise Fontaine, Marc, Isabelle Gagne and My Mum and Dad - Rejean and Rachel. Thank you all for believing in me, and sincerely God for creating me the way I am.
    See you at the Olympia. I canít wait to be there and see everybody from the IFBB federation.
    Hopefully, the judges will see the true me and see the good I can bring to Womanís Bodybuilding.
    Good Luck @ The Ms. Olympia Competition, Ms. LeFrancois!!
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