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

MAGNUM ROCKET SCIENCE

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Mental focus by 22%*
Endurance by 65%*
Energy by 67%*

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MAGNUM QUATTRO

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The Perfect Isolated Protein Formula

4 High-Quality Isolate Proteins!

  • 4 different sources of Isolate protein for timed digestion*
  • There is more protein per scoop than almost any product available today*
  • Sustained energy throughout the day*
  • Aids in achieving leaner and denser muscles*
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MAGNUM MANE BRAIN

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Energized.  Alert.  Focused.

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  • Maximizes Your Focus
  • Enhances Memory and Increases Clarity
  • Boosts Brain Energy and Cognition
  • Designed For Athletes, Students, Professionals, Gamers

 

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MAGNUM CARNE DIEM

USD $44.99

Success where other L-Carnitine products have failed

Seize the Carnitine!

  • Maximizes the uptake of L-Carnitine into muscle tissue*
  • Forces your muscles to favor fatty acid oxidation as fuel*
  • Preserves Glycogen for enhanced pumps while getting lean*
  • Reduced high urinary excretion of L-Carnitine*
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MAGNUM OPUS

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Train with the Best in Your Shaker

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After your day is over, burn even more fat

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MAGNUM HEAT ACCELERATED

USD $49.99

30 fat-incinerating ingredients

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  • Reduced body fat by increasing metabolic rate and energy expenditure*
  • Rapidly provides a thermogenic effect (increased body temp)*
  • Mobilizes fat throughout the body to be used and burned as energy*
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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.

Athlete shout out goes to @wendytchase who is rocking her reverse diet like a Pro!
Wendy and started working together as part of my annual YHH Body transformation program last January. She renewed her 6 month commitment and elected to turn up the heat by stepping on stage for the first time (hello bucket list!) at the @safonline competition this past October.
Wendy’s prep was far from textbook!  She had to juggle a very sick mom who was in and out of the hospital so much the entire first month working with me that she basically lived in a hotel.  Wendy has to do her meal prep with a kettle and a bar fridge. Now THAT takes focus and wit! 🤪🤪 Her job is so demanding that she literally has time only for either weights or cardio, but not both. Now that’s another tough one...🤦🏼‍♀️ And she has a back injury from a horseback riding incident that we have to work around, as well as a tennis elbow that often flares up. In fact, she had to ease off this week because her back was acting up, and this happened many times during prep but she never backed down from her goal.  This woman has a fantastic attitude, and I think all coaches will agree, a positive mindset is the most important thing you need in a transformation journey.
So here we are almost a year after starting our journey together, and Wendy is still amazing me daily. I honestly can’t wait to see where she’ll land in another year.
Dream BIG and ignore the naysayers!!
Posing coach: @heidi.cannon.boomboom .
#yhhwomen #tscathlete #safpro #weightloss #inspo #fitspo #bikini #fitness #champion
Athlete shout out goes to @wendytchase who is rocking her reverse diet like a Pro! Wendy and started working together as part of my annual YHH Body transformation program last January. She renewed her 6 month commitment and elected to turn up the heat by stepping on stage for the first time (hello bucket list!) at the @safonline competition this past October. Wendy’s prep was far from textbook! She had to juggle a very sick mom who was in and out of the hospital so much the entire first month working with me that she basically lived in a hotel. Wendy has to do her meal prep with a kettle and a bar fridge. Now THAT takes focus and wit! 🤪🤪 Her job is so demanding that she literally has time only for either weights or cardio, but not both. Now that’s another tough one...🤦🏼‍♀️ And she has a back injury from a horseback riding incident that we have to work around, as well as a tennis elbow that often flares up. In fact, she had to ease off this week because her back was acting up, and this happened many times during prep but she never backed down from her goal. This woman has a fantastic attitude, and I think all coaches will agree, a positive mindset is the most important thing you need in a transformation journey. So here we are almost a year after starting our journey together, and Wendy is still amazing me daily. I honestly can’t wait to see where she’ll land in another year. Dream BIG and ignore the naysayers!! Posing coach: @heidi.cannon.boomboom . #yhhwomen #tscathlete #safpro #weightloss #inspo #fitspo #bikini #fitness #champion
This is what my off-season body looks like: fit, balanced, and primed for muscle growth. I eat over 2200 kc daily at 5’2, 122 lbs. I cook with butter, I eat homemade aioli and croissants, ribeye and Brie. I always balance out my calories pretty steadily throughout the day. I eat mindfully. I’m grateful, truly, for the self awareness and integrity I’ve created for myself around food and training.
Many of you may have forgotten that I was eating disordered for 16 years of my life. From 16-32 years old I was a very sick young woman, hospitalized a couple of times, suicidal, and medicated.  Eating disorders are tough to grow out of because they have so many layers to them, and we are surrounded by food and various pressures all the time.
My way of doing things now is not the only way. It’s really best suited for women who love strategies, who are bit more science-based and who love data and measurements. The women I work with embrace the concepts of progressive overload in the gym, they are goal oriented with their lifts, and goal oriented with their nutrition and physique.
I think most coaches will agree that the real key to successful long term transformation is to find a method that you can adhere to for the rest of your life. Find something that brings you success AND that fits your personality. 
I wish you all the very best with your physique goals as we head into the new year. 2020 is right around the corner! 🎊🎊 Whatever your goals are, please don’t waste any time getting after it! Go. Do. Conquer!!!
A great book to read in mindset is “RELENTLESS OPTIMISM” By Joe Donnelly. Enjoy 💋
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@danilaraphoto 
@beautyonwheelsriviera 
@playaselvatulum .
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#wbffpro #edrecovery #balance #health #warrior #yhhwomen #tscathlete #wisdom
This is what my off-season body looks like: fit, balanced, and primed for muscle growth. I eat over 2200 kc daily at 5’2, 122 lbs. I cook with butter, I eat homemade aioli and croissants, ribeye and Brie. I always balance out my calories pretty steadily throughout the day. I eat mindfully. I’m grateful, truly, for the self awareness and integrity I’ve created for myself around food and training. Many of you may have forgotten that I was eating disordered for 16 years of my life. From 16-32 years old I was a very sick young woman, hospitalized a couple of times, suicidal, and medicated. Eating disorders are tough to grow out of because they have so many layers to them, and we are surrounded by food and various pressures all the time. My way of doing things now is not the only way. It’s really best suited for women who love strategies, who are bit more science-based and who love data and measurements. The women I work with embrace the concepts of progressive overload in the gym, they are goal oriented with their lifts, and goal oriented with their nutrition and physique. I think most coaches will agree that the real key to successful long term transformation is to find a method that you can adhere to for the rest of your life. Find something that brings you success AND that fits your personality. I wish you all the very best with your physique goals as we head into the new year. 2020 is right around the corner! 🎊🎊 Whatever your goals are, please don’t waste any time getting after it! Go. Do. Conquer!!! A great book to read in mindset is “RELENTLESS OPTIMISM” By Joe Donnelly. Enjoy 💋 . @danilaraphoto @beautyonwheelsriviera @playaselvatulum . . . #wbffpro #edrecovery #balance #health #warrior #yhhwomen #tscathlete #wisdom
I how I actually eat during contest prep..
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I  use a macros-based approach to nutrition. Instead of following a meal plan I stick to eating specific macros per meal, and I plan out all my meals in advance using an app called @my.macros . 
As a chef and a foodie, this allows me incredible freedom to eat out, create amazing recipes, and keep enjoying life even as I get incredibly lean for the stage (I’m now 4 weeks out of my next Pro show with the @wbff_official in Atlantic City Dec 7th. 🎊🎊
Some dos and don’ts to macro based nutrition:
1) start out with great DATA! 🤓 All my food data is in grams with the exception off a few liquids like milk that are in milliliters as well as grams. I do not rely on the “global search” for my food data but instead looked up the food information for all my foods on the internet. I like Wikipedia and Nutritiondata.self.com as two reliable resources. 
2. I PLAN out my meals in advance, I don’t TRACK. 🤪 there is a huge difference between planning and tracking. Even though I am following macros and getting to eat what I want, I am still bodybuilding. In order to get the changes I want, I need to make sure each meal is the right balance of macros for my body to change in a certain way. Tracking is impossible to stay accurate. It’s messy, it’s an afterthought, and you just can’t get the same results as planning ahead. 
3. When I eat out I make sure to brief the menu, and I’ll often take my scale with me to double check the protein. On prep I’ll stick to the same restaurants and menu items that I’ve weighed out previously. I don’t eat out often, but when I do I’m smart about it. 🤓
4) I enjoy my life!! I have zero fear of food. I understand the mathematics of food. I stay creative. I self-care through my passion for cooking and food alchemy. You are what you eat, literally, so make sure you are eating some joy, love and creativity!
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Any questions? Ask below!
You can follow all my meal planning on the app under username yhhedonista
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#yhhfeed #tscathlete #yhhwomen #macros #iffym #diethack
I how I actually eat during contest prep.. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I use a macros-based approach to nutrition. Instead of following a meal plan I stick to eating specific macros per meal, and I plan out all my meals in advance using an app called @my.macros . As a chef and a foodie, this allows me incredible freedom to eat out, create amazing recipes, and keep enjoying life even as I get incredibly lean for the stage (I’m now 4 weeks out of my next Pro show with the @wbff_official in Atlantic City Dec 7th. 🎊🎊 Some dos and don’ts to macro based nutrition: 1) start out with great DATA! 🤓 All my food data is in grams with the exception off a few liquids like milk that are in milliliters as well as grams. I do not rely on the “global search” for my food data but instead looked up the food information for all my foods on the internet. I like Wikipedia and Nutritiondata.self.com as two reliable resources. 2. I PLAN out my meals in advance, I don’t TRACK. 🤪 there is a huge difference between planning and tracking. Even though I am following macros and getting to eat what I want, I am still bodybuilding. In order to get the changes I want, I need to make sure each meal is the right balance of macros for my body to change in a certain way. Tracking is impossible to stay accurate. It’s messy, it’s an afterthought, and you just can’t get the same results as planning ahead. 3. When I eat out I make sure to brief the menu, and I’ll often take my scale with me to double check the protein. On prep I’ll stick to the same restaurants and menu items that I’ve weighed out previously. I don’t eat out often, but when I do I’m smart about it. 🤓 4) I enjoy my life!! I have zero fear of food. I understand the mathematics of food. I stay creative. I self-care through my passion for cooking and food alchemy. You are what you eat, literally, so make sure you are eating some joy, love and creativity! . Any questions? Ask below! You can follow all my meal planning on the app under username yhhedonista . #yhhfeed #tscathlete #yhhwomen #macros #iffym #diethack
Every morning at 6 am I’m at the gym grinding away at my cardio.
I think there is so much sad misinformation out there these days about what it takes to get stage lean, especially for women. There is so much bad coaching out there: girls who really don’t understand physique coaching, how to manipulate carbs and fat and calories to drive change, and who dole out poor programming in general. If your selling line is that contest prep shouldn’t be hard, that you can “eat more and lose weight”, and that cardio isn’t necessary to get ripped, you are most definitely in the wrong business.
These are the keys to contest prep:
1. You will be going into a calorie deficit . You will need to eat less than you normally do in order to cause the body to lose body fat
2. You will need to do some cardio to help create that calorie deficit at some point.  Intervals and moderate intensity steady state are great ways to complement a diet and help drive the body to metabolize body fat for fuel.
3. You will need to train with weights to preserve muscle mass and favor muscle retention over catabolism. I still train as heavy as I can in the rep range I’m working in. There really are no easy days for me. It’s just grind, grind, grind and I frikkin embrace it! .
If bodybuilding is for you, you will love these three aspects of the sports: diet, cardio and resistance training. I love it all. I love the science of it. I love the routine of it, and I love the results. Bodybuilding is a way of life. It’s best suited for Type A personalities, people who love structure, accountability, and data. .
My advice to you if your’re new to the sport: hire a true bodybuilding coach, one who has been successfully coaching athletes for many, many years and delivering top notch results.  Give yourself a couple of years to build some great habits and a solid foundation of muscle and nutrition. Pick your first show with the help of your coach. Create a series of milestones to keep you focused and excited about your process. Celebrate each victory. Learn to build up your physique carefully. Work with your body type and frame. Improve your flaws but also really build up your strengths and learn to pose!
Every morning at 6 am I’m at the gym grinding away at my cardio. I think there is so much sad misinformation out there these days about what it takes to get stage lean, especially for women. There is so much bad coaching out there: girls who really don’t understand physique coaching, how to manipulate carbs and fat and calories to drive change, and who dole out poor programming in general. If your selling line is that contest prep shouldn’t be hard, that you can “eat more and lose weight”, and that cardio isn’t necessary to get ripped, you are most definitely in the wrong business. These are the keys to contest prep: 1. You will be going into a calorie deficit . You will need to eat less than you normally do in order to cause the body to lose body fat 2. You will need to do some cardio to help create that calorie deficit at some point. Intervals and moderate intensity steady state are great ways to complement a diet and help drive the body to metabolize body fat for fuel. 3. You will need to train with weights to preserve muscle mass and favor muscle retention over catabolism. I still train as heavy as I can in the rep range I’m working in. There really are no easy days for me. It’s just grind, grind, grind and I frikkin embrace it! . If bodybuilding is for you, you will love these three aspects of the sports: diet, cardio and resistance training. I love it all. I love the science of it. I love the routine of it, and I love the results. Bodybuilding is a way of life. It’s best suited for Type A personalities, people who love structure, accountability, and data. . My advice to you if your’re new to the sport: hire a true bodybuilding coach, one who has been successfully coaching athletes for many, many years and delivering top notch results. Give yourself a couple of years to build some great habits and a solid foundation of muscle and nutrition. Pick your first show with the help of your coach. Create a series of milestones to keep you focused and excited about your process. Celebrate each victory. Learn to build up your physique carefully. Work with your body type and frame. Improve your flaws but also really build up your strengths and learn to pose!