MAGNUM PRO ATHLETE

ABOUT MICHELLE

Titles
WBFF Pro Athlete
ISSA Strength and Conditioning Coach
Precision Nutrition Sports Nutrition Certification
Canadian Powerlifting Silver Medalist
Canadian Yoga Champion
Tulum Strength Club Co-Owner

Hometown: Tulum, Mexico
Height : 5’2″
Weight : 115lbs

Competition Class: Fitness Model

Have you been published in any magazines? If so, which?
Inside Fitness Magazine
Oxygen Magazine
D’Fyne Magazine
Optimyz
Sweat Equity
Strong Fitness
Fit and Firm Magazine
Status Fitness

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in a sports oriented family and competed in basketball, volleyball, baseball, track and field and cross country running. I moved to Whistler to compete in snowboarding after graduating from University, and then in my thirties I dove into all things yoga, became a teacher, competed for many years in international competition, and I still practice and teach it.When I turned 40 I started focusing on bodybuilding and won several shows before settling on the WBFF and I still compete in their Pro shows at 47. Last year I added competitive powerlifting, and placed second at the Canadian championships. I’d like to return to the platform when I turn 49 and compete with an even better total.

Tell us your fitness story.

I started competing in fitness in my forties because I was fascinated by the practical science of using weights and nutrition to control the aging process.

What are your favourite exercises and areas to work out?

I love training all body parts, but I’m especially proud of my legs, and train them 2-3 times a week. I always work on my squat and deadlift technique, but I also do a ton of unilateral work to bring up weakness and really focus on mind-muscle connection.

Why do you choose Magnum?

Magnum products are very powerful and work almost immediately. I stick to the basics in my off season and then when I go into a cut I utilize many of Magnum’s thermogenic boosters to make the process easier and faster.

Favourite Magnum supplements and why?

My favourite Magnum Supplements are:

ROCKET SCIENCE: I always have a lot on my plate and it really helps me focus and stay in an upbeat mood.

QUATTRO: Hands-down Quattro. I honestly wouldn’t want to train without it. It makes dieting not seem like dieting when you can whip up a batch of Quattro cupcakes, Sweet Icing or Frozen Yogurt.

What are your goals for the future?

I’m working on a series of contest prep-friendly recipes, and building a YouTube channel focused on nutrition, bodybuilding and yoga for women.

What advice can you give to anyone that wants to take control of their health?

Persevere. Change can be slow sometimes, and you will always have challenges and set backs in life, so you’ve got to be prepared to do what needs to be done regardless of your emotional state. Discipline and perseverance are two traits that you need to develop if you want to be in this game for the long run.

Instagram Handle: @yourhealthyhedonista

Facebook URL: @michelle.macdonald.yhhedonista

Michelle MacDonalds favorite supplements

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MICHELLE MACDONALD | 46 YEARS OLD MUSCLE LADY! FULL WORKOUT POSING

Model- Michelle MacDonald – Canadian Yoga Champion,Physique Coach, Powerlifter 46 years
Wonderful lady, great body, awesome spirit, congratulations on her consistency and beautiful happy life she have

ENTREPRENEUR’S DREAM – MOVING YOUR BUSINESS TO PARADISE WITH J.J AND MICHELLE

I recently had a killer workout and interview with two amazing athletes, coaches, entrepreneurs – Jean-Jacques Barrett and Michelle MacDonald.I love how these two are so committed to living a healthy, Magnum-style lifestyle.

Seriously proud of all my amazing athletes who are giving 110% every single day. You don’t have to be perfect to be successful, you just have to give it your all, and keep showing up for yourself day after day.
@jamieeschrich is now 3 weeks out of her photo shoots with our @hardmagnum crew in Ohio. Is she ready or what??
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Now, I want to be clear that her results are pretty outstanding. She started with me doing daily macros on My Fitness Pal, and your typical bodybuilding training split. She had reverse dieted on her own up to about 2100 KC, but she had also gained quite a bit of body fat. .
My goal when we started working together after the Olympia was to trim off that unnecessary body fat, teach her how to lift heavy weights, and then reverse diet her into the Arnold’s.
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How do I do it?  I use the app @my.macros . I coach macros PER MEAL unlike most macro coaches, AND I manage glycemic load of meals as per the individual.  I also use a variety of cardio techniques to help drive fat loss along with diet. .
Jamie went from 2100 kc and no cardio down to about 1600 KC and 200-400 KC of cardio on some days. In 7 weeks she achieved her targets and we started her reverse diet. She’s now at around 1900 KC in average and roughly 200 KC of cardio, holding stable at 119 lbs. she’s also added over 40 lbs to her deadlift and 20 lbs to her squat. .
I just had a phone consult with a woman my age who had gained 12 lbs since her last competition. Her coach (a man) told her he “didn’t believe in reverse dieting” and left her to figure things out on her own after three back to back shows. It just blows my mind how under-served the female population is.
Men generally don’t have to deal with cellulite and stubborn fat in the glutes and thighs like we do. They don’t have periods where for 7 days of the month we can just gain body fat effortlessly. Our metabolism can slow down just after 2-3 days of under-eating. We can gain weight quickly just after 2-3 days of eating irregularly. 💱💱💱
Reverse dieting is real.  It can be done if you work with someone who has expertise in it and you WORK HARD! 
Girls, get after those goals; you are unique!
@tulumstrengthclub
Seriously proud of all my amazing athletes who are giving 110% every single day. You don’t have to be perfect to be successful, you just have to give it your all, and keep showing up for yourself day after day. @jamieeschrich is now 3 weeks out of her photo shoots with our @hardmagnum crew in Ohio. Is she ready or what?? . Now, I want to be clear that her results are pretty outstanding. She started with me doing daily macros on My Fitness Pal, and your typical bodybuilding training split. She had reverse dieted on her own up to about 2100 KC, but she had also gained quite a bit of body fat. . My goal when we started working together after the Olympia was to trim off that unnecessary body fat, teach her how to lift heavy weights, and then reverse diet her into the Arnold’s. . How do I do it? I use the app @my.macros . I coach macros PER MEAL unlike most macro coaches, AND I manage glycemic load of meals as per the individual. I also use a variety of cardio techniques to help drive fat loss along with diet. . Jamie went from 2100 kc and no cardio down to about 1600 KC and 200-400 KC of cardio on some days. In 7 weeks she achieved her targets and we started her reverse diet. She’s now at around 1900 KC in average and roughly 200 KC of cardio, holding stable at 119 lbs. she’s also added over 40 lbs to her deadlift and 20 lbs to her squat. . I just had a phone consult with a woman my age who had gained 12 lbs since her last competition. Her coach (a man) told her he “didn’t believe in reverse dieting” and left her to figure things out on her own after three back to back shows. It just blows my mind how under-served the female population is. Men generally don’t have to deal with cellulite and stubborn fat in the glutes and thighs like we do. They don’t have periods where for 7 days of the month we can just gain body fat effortlessly. Our metabolism can slow down just after 2-3 days of under-eating. We can gain weight quickly just after 2-3 days of eating irregularly. 💱💱💱 Reverse dieting is real. It can be done if you work with someone who has expertise in it and you WORK HARD! Girls, get after those goals; you are unique! @tulumstrengthclub
5 x 5 x 215 at 112 lbs...
Here are my tips to getting stronger at the deadlift for women.
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1. Remember that in order to break the inertia of the weight off the floor, you are going to have to create more opposing force in your body. That means getting damn “tight”, activating ALL of your muscles, creating what’s called “total body tension” .  I personally have a ritual that I run through when I approach the bar where I squeeze my quads and glutes, flex my back muscles, and push into the belt. Do what works for you, but get TIGHT
2. Place your feet about hip distance apart, toes slightly flared, so that the bar is directly over the Center of your foot. Shins should not be touching the bar at this point 
3. Grab the bar very close to the outside of your shins. I use a hook grip with chalk but you do what works best for you
4. Get into position by taking a deep breathe into your low back and really get your obliques tight.  Squeeze your chest up by pulling on the bar hard, get your shoulder blades back, push your feet into the floor, and squeeze your hips closer to the bar. Your shins should now be touching the bar and the very front of your shoulders should be just past the bar. 
5. At this point you should create so much pressure against the bar that the slack is out and there is even a small bend in the bar if you are lifting enough weight. Now you’re in position and ready to lift.
6. Drive the feet aggressively through the floor keeping the back tight and the hips continuously squeezing forwards. This will allow you to get the bar moving up past the knees maximizing your leg drive drive. There should be no hip movement without correlating bar movement.
7. Once the bar passes the knees squeeze the quads and lockout the knees
8. Stand tall and squeeze the hips more forward to lock out the hips and finish the lift. .
Video your lifts until you get the form. It can take a few months to get it all together. Train deadlift 3 x week at lighter weights in the beginning to work on technique. 💋
5 x 5 x 215 at 112 lbs... Here are my tips to getting stronger at the deadlift for women. ——- 1. Remember that in order to break the inertia of the weight off the floor, you are going to have to create more opposing force in your body. That means getting damn “tight”, activating ALL of your muscles, creating what’s called “total body tension” . I personally have a ritual that I run through when I approach the bar where I squeeze my quads and glutes, flex my back muscles, and push into the belt. Do what works for you, but get TIGHT 2. Place your feet about hip distance apart, toes slightly flared, so that the bar is directly over the Center of your foot. Shins should not be touching the bar at this point 3. Grab the bar very close to the outside of your shins. I use a hook grip with chalk but you do what works best for you 4. Get into position by taking a deep breathe into your low back and really get your obliques tight. Squeeze your chest up by pulling on the bar hard, get your shoulder blades back, push your feet into the floor, and squeeze your hips closer to the bar. Your shins should now be touching the bar and the very front of your shoulders should be just past the bar. 5. At this point you should create so much pressure against the bar that the slack is out and there is even a small bend in the bar if you are lifting enough weight. Now you’re in position and ready to lift. 6. Drive the feet aggressively through the floor keeping the back tight and the hips continuously squeezing forwards. This will allow you to get the bar moving up past the knees maximizing your leg drive drive. There should be no hip movement without correlating bar movement. 7. Once the bar passes the knees squeeze the quads and lockout the knees 8. Stand tall and squeeze the hips more forward to lock out the hips and finish the lift. . Video your lifts until you get the form. It can take a few months to get it all together. Train deadlift 3 x week at lighter weights in the beginning to work on technique. 💋
It’s about catching your thoughts and stopping them from taking you somewhere, anywhere, that you don’t want to go....
When you are able to control your mind, then you can taste freedom.
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People are always telling me how lucky I am, but you and I know that luck had nothing to do with it. I had to actively stop wanting things, liking things and doing things that were keeping me down. How can you ever learn to fly when you are spending your free time crawling on the ground and calling it a life?
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“A well-trained mind is a woman’s best friend, and an untrained mind is her worst enemy”.
Don’t believe that luck or fate has anything to do with your present circumstances . Know that your life is actually a manifestation of your thoughts, and subsequently your choices and actions. To me, this is the most liberating concept in the world. When I put this into practice, as messy as it was in the beginning, then only was I able to break away from an old paradigm that was leading me down the rabbit hole.
I stopped loving a man that brought me nothing but drama.
I stopped spending time with people that didn’t push me to be better
I stopped doing a job that was mindless
I stopped wanted expensive clothes and handbags and first class plane tickets
I stopped drinking alcohol and doing drugs
I stopped eating foods that made me feel like crap
I stopped idolizing people that weren’t good for my soul
.
🙏🙏
There is no luck in a life well lived. There is only mindfulness, growth, and guidance and anyone can have it. Trust the process, get in there and do the work: the yoga, the meditation, the self-correction. Understand that often when you think you are being “free” you are often choosing to be “mindless”, and learn to know the difference between the two. .
A lot of you are asking me what meditation app I’m using. It’s called @headspace . I spent 18 years practicing yoga, a moving meditation, before I tried seated meditation. If you want to dive into seated meditation first, do it with intention, just like you would learn any new skill. Keep a journal. Write down your habits. Write down your corrections. Try to hone in on the habits that help you best. Be patient. Be consistent. 💕
It’s about catching your thoughts and stopping them from taking you somewhere, anywhere, that you don’t want to go.... When you are able to control your mind, then you can taste freedom. . People are always telling me how lucky I am, but you and I know that luck had nothing to do with it. I had to actively stop wanting things, liking things and doing things that were keeping me down. How can you ever learn to fly when you are spending your free time crawling on the ground and calling it a life? . “A well-trained mind is a woman’s best friend, and an untrained mind is her worst enemy”. Don’t believe that luck or fate has anything to do with your present circumstances . Know that your life is actually a manifestation of your thoughts, and subsequently your choices and actions. To me, this is the most liberating concept in the world. When I put this into practice, as messy as it was in the beginning, then only was I able to break away from an old paradigm that was leading me down the rabbit hole. I stopped loving a man that brought me nothing but drama. I stopped spending time with people that didn’t push me to be better I stopped doing a job that was mindless I stopped wanted expensive clothes and handbags and first class plane tickets I stopped drinking alcohol and doing drugs I stopped eating foods that made me feel like crap I stopped idolizing people that weren’t good for my soul . 🙏🙏 There is no luck in a life well lived. There is only mindfulness, growth, and guidance and anyone can have it. Trust the process, get in there and do the work: the yoga, the meditation, the self-correction. Understand that often when you think you are being “free” you are often choosing to be “mindless”, and learn to know the difference between the two. . A lot of you are asking me what meditation app I’m using. It’s called @headspace . I spent 18 years practicing yoga, a moving meditation, before I tried seated meditation. If you want to dive into seated meditation first, do it with intention, just like you would learn any new skill. Keep a journal. Write down your habits. Write down your corrections. Try to hone in on the habits that help you best. Be patient. Be consistent. 💕