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10/24/06

 

 

Welcome to the Page of the incredible muscular, very attractive Canadian IFBB Pro Bodybuilder DESIREE ELLIS!

(all pictures are used by Desiree's personal permission)

 

 

Some Info about DESIREE:

 

Where and when were you born?
I was born in London England, left when I was four years old, I now live in Vancouver, Canada

 

What is your profession?
Iím a personal fitness trainer

 

What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights?
Iíve always been physical and athletic, running was my first sport, I ran track for several years, also played soccer, did a bit of gymnastics, nothing mayor, later got into some martial arts and kick boxing, and then bodybuilding

 

How and when did you get involved into lifting weights?
I got involved in weight lifting in 1989 while living abroad in Israel, I was still just a runner then but after badly spraining my ankle one day and not being able to run for about 5 months, I started going to the gym and playing around just for something to do to stay active.

 

Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
I had no intention of becoming a bodybuilder when I started out, it was just another form of activity for me, something I could do to keep active when I was unable to run. I never trained my legs for the first few months because they were a lot bigger than my upper body from all those years of running. After a couple of month I started noticing the definition in my upper body and liked it so struck with it. I had my daughter a year later in 1990, then started back with the weights when she was 6 months old, with still no intention of being a body builder at first. People in the gym would tell me I had a good physique and should try competing. After about a year, my daughter was a year and a half, I was talked into doing a show by a good friend of mine, so I did, and won, and have been competing ever since.

 

What was your first competition and how did you place?
My first contest was in 1992, the Goldís classic where I placed 1st in the MW class, there were 18 competitors in my weight class. I then decided to go on and do the provincials two weeks later and won my class there also. Then the following year, 1993, I went on to compete at the Canadian Nationals where I placed 3rd and stayed there until winning it in 1996.

 

And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet?
Well thereís a few for different reasons. Winning the MW and overall title at the Canadian Nationals in 1996, my fourth time there, and earning my pro card is probably still my proudest moment. Then finally qualifying for the Ms. Olympia last year for the first time after eight years of competing as a pro by placing 2nd at the SW USA Pro show again fulfilled another one of my goals, being on the same stage with some of the best in the world. But my most exciting is getting an invite to the Arnold Classic this year after my third time applying. I felt that I was finally being recognized amongst the top athletes.

 

Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
Contest history:
1992 - Golds Classic - 1st Middleweight 
1992 - B.C. Provincials - 1st Middleweight 
1993 - Western Canadian Bodybuilding Championships - 2nd Middleweight 
1993 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd Middleweight 
1994 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd Middleweight 
1995 - North American Bodybuilding Championships - 1st Middleweight 
1995 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd Middleweight 
1996 - Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships - 1st Middleweight & Overall Bodybuilding Champion
Received Pro Card after wining the Overalls at the 1996 Canadians. 

Pro Contest:
1997 - Jan Tana Pro Classic - 16th place finish out of 29 
1999 - Women's Pro Extravaganza - 6th place finish out of 14
2000 - Jan Tana Pro Classic - 4th Middleweight
2002 - Southwest USA Pro Cup - 2nd Middleweight
2003 - Night of Champions - 2nd Middleweight2004 Ė Night of Champions Ė 5th Heavyweight2004 Ė Southwest USA Pro Cup Ė2nd Lightweight2004 Ė Ms Olympia Ė 5th Lightweight2005 Ė Ms International Ė 3rd Lightweight

 

Please describe a typical day in the life of Desiree Ellis.
Well Iím up early in the morning to drive my daughter to school, then my days vary, I donít have a regular routine cause I donít work a regular 9-5 job. Iím a personal trainer, I work independent so each day depends on how ever many clients I have that day and at what time, so it sometimes changes from day to day, week to week. I work in my training around my clients, but I usually like to train earlier in the day, late morning if I can and get it over with, but when itís pre-contest time, I come first and I work my clients around my schedule. And if Iím not training or working my day is spent doing other things or driving my daughter here or there.

 

Please tell me something about your daily training routine.
Pretty much what I described above, always a little different, I donít like routine.

 

How often do you train in a week?
In the off-season usually 5 days, just one bodypart a day.

 

What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season?
Pre-contest I train 6 days a week as the weeks get closer, increase cardio, and I split by bodyparts over 4 days, and training 2x/dy.

 

If you donít mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Measurements
Chest: 38" 
Waist: 28"
Hips: 36" 
Biceps: 15 Ĺ" 
Calfs: 16" 
Quads: 25 Ĺ" 
Best Lifts
Flat bench press: 225 lbs 
Barbell curls: 135 lbs 
Shoulder press: 145 lbs 
Squats: 315 lbs 
Leg press: 900 lbs 
Lat pulldowns: 225 lbs

 

Which bodypart is your best in your opinion?
I have to say my back.

 

What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you donít like so much?
One of my favorite exercises is seated cable rows, and I hate preacher curls.

 

Judging in Womenís Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. Please tell me your honest thoughts about todayís judging in Womenís Bodybuilding.
Well itís such a subjective sport itís pretty much just a matter of opinion, but I think if they stick with judging it the way is should be, symmetry, balance, {an athlete should stay within their frame}, conditioning and femininity, then I feel that it would be heading back in the right direction.

 

Please tell me about what else you are doing when you donít work out (profession, hobbies, etc.)
Spend time with me daughter and attending some of her activities, just relaxing whenever I can, I like to read but donít always have a lot of time to do so, I enjoy watching videos sometimes, hanging out with my friends, and now will be spending a lot of time working on keeping up on my new website.

 

What are your future plans for 2005/2006?
As far as competing, Iíll be doing the Ms Olympia again this year, and I hope Iíll get another invite to the Arnold Classic again for next year, and just keep going until Iím no longer having fun. Also continuing to grow my site.

 

 

 

DESIREE's Photo Gallery:

 

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© Photos have been provided of Desiree Ellis

 

 

Video clips:

 

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Please also check out Desiree's own website at:

www.desireeellis.com

 

 

Desiree can be contacted by e-mail at:

[email protected]

 

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