Where and when were you born? Red Deer, Alberta. October 2, 1980
What is your profession? Co-owner of One to 1 Fitness Inc, personal training facility.
Were you involved in sports prior to fitness and how did you get started with weight training?
I started teaching fitness classes when I was 17 and fell in love with the feeling of working out. From there I ventured off into personal training. Working in a large gym I met a few women who competed and I loved the way they looked. I was very curious about competing so I decided to go and watch a fitness competition. I immediately fell in love with the sport and having a background in gymnastics, decided that doing a fitness competition would be a natural fit for my competitive nature. After my first show, I was hooked!
Can you give me your competition history?
2004 ABBA Provincial Fitness 5th place
2007 ABBA Provincial Figure 4th place
2007 CBBF National Figure 5th place
2007 IFBB North American Figure 6th place
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
2007 North Americans because of the level of competition and the challenge of having 25 other amazing physiques in my class.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
My weight training workouts typically stay the same on and off season. My split is as follows: Day 1 – Back and Abs. Day 2 – Chest & Biceps, Day 3 – Shoulders and Abs, Day 4 – Legs and Triceps. I don’t do a whole lot of leg training as ,y quads develop quickly. My exercises change frequently but I typically do 12 to 16 sets total per muscle group and my reps vary according to my goals for that body part. My cardio in the off season is about 3 – 4 days per week for 30 minutes. When I start my contest preparation I will do cardio 7 days per week and slowly increase the duration as I get closer to the show. I could be doing between 60 to 120 minutes of cardio per day. My cardio program is usually 3 days of interval training on the treadmill or outside, one day of running stairs or bleachers and then 3 other days of medium intensity cardio.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I prefer to do core exercises that involve a multitude of different muscle groups such as gymnastics ring pull ups, handstand pushups and ring pushups.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I enjoy seeing the changes in my physique as I get closer to a show and I like having that much control over my body.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Maranda Lessard.
I typically get up around 7am, feed my dogs and eat breakfast. If I am getting ready for a show I may do a session of cardio before my first meal. I go to work and train clients
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.) My husband and I enjoy traveling, sight seeing and spending time outdoors. Our time to relax is spent with our dogs and hanging with friends and family.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I like the structured routine that my entire day must follow in order for me to accomplish everything I need to do in order to reach my physique goals.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I am currently preparing for the 2008 Canadian Nationals in the figure short class. My goal is to place top three. From there I would like to go back to the North American Championships and place top three as well. Now that I have stepped on the national stage, it would be such a great honor to turn pro and represent Canada.
Maranda does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!