Most 16-year old young ladies are more concerned about what to wear to school than how much they can rack on an oly bar for a set of deadlifts. Life is a little different for Christine Beauchamp, who just competed in her first UFE figure competition in Canada.
After battling with body image issues and eating disorders, this remarkable young competitor turned to fitness to turn her life around. After two strong years of building, she graced the stage in her first of many UFE shows. I was lucky enough to speak with Christine right after her show and here is what I learned…
OliciousLife.com: Let’s start out by learning a little bit about you. Where were you born and where do you live now?
Christine Beauchamp: I was born in Windsor, Ontario. I currently live in Vaughan, which is a city just outside of Toronto.
OL: You are a young competitor. What compelled you to adopt such a healthy and fit lifestyle at your age? How do others your age react?
CB: For years I didn’t like the way I looked. I fell into a horrible pit of terrible body image and self-negativity, which lead me to developing a series of eating disorders. I wanted a serious change, and didn’t like the feeling of being worn out, unhealthy, and still not where I wanted to be. So I got the advice and help of some more knowledgeable people, and they helped set me on the right track. I had always admired built and healthy physiques, and wanted to attain the same thing myself!
Others my age have mixed reactions. Some are very impressed and admire what I do, while others think it’s ridiculous that I “deprive” myself. When in reality, it’s something I love to do, and I’m not depriving myself in any way at all! But most my age do not understand why I do what I do.
OL: What has been your greatest fitness/health accomplishment? How did you feel when reaching this goal?
CB: Competing in my first figure competition, and overcoming all my eating disorders. When I finished my competition, I felt like a winner…and when I was over my ED’s, I felt like a winner. There’s nothing better and more fulfilling than overcoming an obstacle, surpassing your goals, and getting further one day than you were previously. It’s like a rush…how do you describe it?!
OL: When did you decide to start training and why? Where you always active and fit, or did something change your lifestyle?
CB: I decided to start “working out” back in 2006. It wasn’t until December 2008 that I really grit my teeth and decided to get serious about my training. I wasn’t always active and fit…I actually hated working out, and didn’t feel like I needed to, until I started developing a bad perspective on how my body looked.
What changed my lifestyle was the feedback I was getting from other people, which wasn’t always positive. I didn’t like my fat being “poked” or being teased. That’s what caused the switchover, the downgrade, and the eventual uphill battle towards becoming healthier.
OL: Is your family supportive of your goals? If so, in what ways? If not, how do you overcome this obstacle?
CB: Definitely! They back me up 100%, and I couldn’t ask for any more support than they already give. They’re attentive to my needs, and will help when they can, and I’m very grateful for that.
OL: What has been the biggest challenge with your fitness and dieting goals? How do you stay focused?
CB: The biggest challenge to me is the off-season! Most people would see this as the LEAST of their worries, but for me it’s completely opposite. I don’t like watching my competition body fade, although I know it’s a need, if I want to improve and gain more muscle. I just have to keep remembering that unless I suck it up and EAT in the off-season, I won’t look much different by the time the next show rolls around!
This isn’t to say that I’m using it as an excuse to get sloppy – just taking advantage of my time to grow.
OL: Where do you see yourself in the future of fitness?
CB: Competing in powerlifting, and getting my Pro card in figure!
OL: What is your favorite clean eat?
CB: Oh man, there’s so many. I LOVE food, and I love cooking! Right now some of my favorites are pizza soup, whole grain pancakes, zucchini pancakes, Swiss muesli, and crepes stuffed with peanut butter sludge!! DELICIOUS.
OL: Do you have an irresistible cheat?
CB: Plump, chewy, oven-fresh oatmeal-raisin cookies…and French toast with Brie cheese and cranberry sauce!
OL: What is your favorite workout day? Why? Describe a typical training regimen in that day.
CB: When I was doing bodypart splits, it was leg day! I have no idea why, but I just really love training my legs. They grow the slowest for me, so I love really working them hard. They’re also my strongest area, so I can lift heavier weights, which makes things more fun.
On a typical leg day I would do back squats, Bulgarian split-squats, RDL’s/SLDL’s, and leg press. At the end of my workout I would burn-out my legs with drop sets or strip sets of both leg extensions and seated hamstring curls. I’ve also separated my quads and hamstrings into two different training days, and had good results with that as well.
OL: What do you do for pre-workout nutrition?
CB: Complex carbs, protein, and fats! I like to keep a very balanced amount of macros per meal. I shoot for at least 30g of carbs and 20g of protein pre-workout, whether cutting or bulking!
OL: Do you have any favorite supplements? If so, what are they and why do you take them?
CB: Protein powder – I take it to help me get in all my requirements for the day
Creatine Monohydrate – for energy, strength, and endurance purposes
BCAA’s – for muscle recovery, and protein synthesis
And of course, multi vitamins, b-complex, and vitamin C!
OL: What is the best compliment you have received since you started training?
CB: “You are, what they would call, ‘the future of fitness’.”
I’ll never forget that!
OL: Do you have any websites, blogs, or event dates you would like to share or promote? (even personal dates can be shared such as weddings, births, anniversaries, ect).
CB: I have a life/cooking/food/everything blog!! I’d love for more readers to follow along, I try to update as frequently as I possibly can. You can check it out by clicking here.
OL: Is there an event in your life that you can attribute to your success?
CB: Death of a friend. It helped me to realize just how short and how precious your life is, and the importance of taking good care of yourself, and being good to your body and your mind. And that means balance.
OL: What is a quote that inspires you?
CB: “Start wide, expand further, and never look back.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
OL: Is there anything else you would like to share to help empower other women?
CB: Be good to yourself, and listen to your body. Be kind to it, and treat it with balance and respect. Remember that when you go through extreme and unhealthy measures to try to “fix” something, 99% of the time there is a healthier alternative to it. It’s called patience, common sense, and hard work.
And don’t let something like the scale or a pair of jeans be the deciding factor of your happiness – dig deeper within yourself, and find a balance. You only have one body, so treat it with respect. Whether your life is long, memorable, and fulfilling really depends on the everyday choices that you make. Take your long-term health and wellness into consideration, and I can guarantee life will start to improve a little more.