Name: Michele Levesque – Presciano
Residence: Montreal, Quebec and Miami, Florida
Weight: 118 Lbs
Occupation: Business Owner, Personal Trainer, Fitness Model
When did you get started with fitness?
I always been very very active. I did everything from figure skating to soccer, snowboarding and I was a track and field runner for a few years . National level. I got injured in both of my knees , so I had to give up running for a while…. And started to do weights for rehabilitation in my knees. And i never stopped after that ! I quickly got so addictive to lifting weight. After a while I decided to enter my first Figure competition. And compete for about 3-4 years has a figure athlete and won shows like Fitness America, Fitness Universe,WBFF fitness model diva etc ..
What drives you to be so fit?
It’s always been a part of my life. My family was very active and that’s how I was raised… We rarely had chips and coke at the house. Always very healthy veggies with protein. So it is part of my life. I also have a degree in kinesiology, know quite alot about nutrition too , I breath fitness and it’s every part of who I am. I also started my own business : protein cookies called MAMA DEE’S. so that shows you how I am passionate about health and fitness! I wanna stay in that field and share my knowledge and passion with others.
I am also a public image , I get emails every day from people looking up to me, or being their “new” inspiration to workout and stick to their dreams and goals. So that’s what keeps me fit !
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
I had a really bad experience with my track and field trainer. He washed my brain out saying I was to fat to run and my legs were becoming too thick when I was going through puberty and started to be a woman!
The results: I became anorexic. I wanted to be so lean and ripped I was totally obsessed with my body image.I have no confidence in myself and hated the way I look. So stepping on stage was a big deal for me and especially having people tell me how good my body looked … I thought they were joking actually. Very hard for me to take compliments. But I got through it and realized beauty is not just about having a kick ass body but it’s also the person you are and your personality.
Could you tell us about your current training program?
Well right now I am getting ready for a NPC bikini show. So I workout 2 times a day, 6 days a week. I’ll do weights /circuit training in the morning and go for a nice run in the afternoon. Even if I am off season, that’s what I’ll do ! I am very active and I have to talk to myself to take a day off
What does your diet look like?
I am going low carb for now because of my show coming up. SO I go with sweet potato only. It works very good for me. Any type of veggies, and lean protein like chicken, tilapia and egg whites….
Yea I know pretty boring huh? But I tell my clients you gotta do watcha gotta do when it comes down to dropping pounds. There is no secret pills.. you gotta stay strong and do it!
When I am off season, trust me, I like to eat ! I don’t go over board but I do treat myself once a week at least with…SWEETS!! And anything that is different from what I eat.
Do you take any supplements?
TO be honest… not really. I take the basics: multi-vitamins, fibers… I try to avoid protein powder at this point. I will take once every 2 days a fat burner: I like Oxy Elite. It keeps me going for hours and cuts my appetite. That’s the only reason why I take it.
I am not a supplement freak! If I really need it to the point that my body is not responding or changing , yes. But that’s pretty much all I take for now.
What Is Your Favorite Body Part To Train?
I like shoulders. Don’t ask me why lol but they are my favorites to train.
If you could start back from the first day you started training would you do anything different?
Nothing really…. Everything I did was an experience and something I had to go through. I wouldn’t be here if it was for all the bumps and walls I hit during the first day I wanted to compete. If I have to give an advice though, I would say do it FOR FUN. Not cause you wanna win. Of course everybody wants that first place… but when I started to compete it was all about having fun ! and it worked for me, judges saw my energy on stage and that led me to be one of the top fitness models out there… I am still very humble, and very passionate about what I do. And I think that makes a big difference from someone who is there to WIN. They don’t seem to be there by passion anymore…
So that would be my biggest advice for beginners!
Is there anyone in the fitness industry you look up to?
I use to look up to Jenny Lynn when she competed. I thought she looked so elegant ,poise and confident !
And After that, I started to have my own identity and looking up for myself LOL!
Final advice for readers?
No matter what you wanna accomplish in the fitness industry, you wanna compete? Or grace the covers of the biggest fitness magazines, believe in yourself ! Don’t take NO for an answer and keep building that confidence and making things happen!!