Cindy Legare – Figure Competitor

Cindy Legare - Figure Competitor


Angelique Kronebusch had the opportunity to interview Cindy Legare, a Figure Competitor, Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur. She brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience in the Fitness Industry!

A truly inspirational role model for many. Here’s what Cindy Legare shared with!

Cindy Legare - Figure Competitor

Cindy Legare

1. Briefly share with us your background (Education, Interests, etc.)?

Angelique first off, thank you for asking me to interview. I feel honored to be in the company of such amazing and beautiful women!

I’m from Canada…the small town of Aldergrove. I grew up in the country riding horses and dirt bikes with my brother. I was and am very much a Tom-Boy. It was just me and my younger brother….whom passed away 7 years ago.

I Couldn’t wait to get out of the small town when I was younger. I moved away to go to the University and a few other places.

Since then, I’ve come back and I love it here now! I live with my fiancée, our four dogs and our two cats.

I was very active as a kid. Loved being outside and going fast on just about anything….whether it be a motorbike, horse, car…what ever and I still do!

I played fastball for a lot of years and I still play baseball but at a much less competitive level!

2. Who has inspired you the most to succeed as a Fitness Competitor?

When I first started my inspiration was Ocean Bloom. As time has gone on there have been various athletes that have inspired me!

Ava Cowan is one of them. I had the pleasure of training with her last year and she is one of the most humble and genuine people I have met in this industry! Larissa Reis as she marches to her own drum! Also, Emily Stirling for her dedication and humbleness, and my 64 year old mom who seriously kicks ass!

3. What competitions have you made appearances in? From these, what were your placements (titles won)?

  • West Coast Naturals Women’s Middleweight 3rd place 2000
  • West Coast Naturals Women’s novice 2nd place 2000
  • Canadian West Coast Natural Women’s short 3rd place 2002
  • Canadian West Coast Women’s Natural Middle weight 3rd place 2002
  • INBF Oregon Women’s Overall Winner 1st 2003
  • INBF Oregon Masters Women 1st place 2003
  • INBF Oregon Novice 1st place 2003
  • PVL Nutrients West Canadian Natural Middle weight 2nd place 2005 •PVL Nutrients West Canadian Masters women 3rd place 2005
  • INBF California Women Masters 1st place 2006
  • Sandra Wickham Show 2007 4th place Bodybuilding
  • WBFF April 17th 2010 4th place masters and short
  • WBFF April 22 2009 First figureCompetition 2009 3rd place short class 4th place masters class
  • Western Canadians 2011 Kelowna Figure short 4th Figure Masters 4th
  • Femsport Womens All strength Challenge 2009 2nd place Novice single3rd place team novice
  • Femsport 2010 2nd overall open. First place open team
  • Femsport 2011 2nd place overal open. First Place open team
  • BC Provincials 20114th place Masters Figure

4. When is your next upcoming show? What will be your competing class?

Not really sure yet? Hoping to compete in a physique show in the near future. Will be competing in Femsport again in April in Kamloops.

5. Where can fans find out more about you (website, published magazines, etc.)?

Learn more about Cindy Legare below (Thank You for sharing Cindy)….

Thinking back what initially led me into the gym?

Failing 11th Grade PE!

All that square dancing and situps! I figured there just had to be a better way!

I actually wanted to open a gym when I was 18. Champagne taste on a beer budget my dad used to say. I started teaching group fitness then. I was the “Cardio Queen” in those days. Music is huge motivator to me so group fitness seemed like the thing to do.

Leg warmers…head bands…matching colored Reebok high tops!!! One more…and two more…lol!! (Im giggling to myself writing this!!)

In having said that, “Cardio Queen” I started to notice a few women at the gym that were shapely and muscular…they didn’t do much if any group fitness classes.

I became friends with a staff member there named Maria who won the BC’s that year. She amazed me…watching her dedication and work ethic, and seeing her body change!

That’s when I realized muscle was where it was at! I was amazed at their ages and how young they looked!

I started weight training and I’ve never looked back. I loved how it felt! Hanging out with the boys was where I wanted to be anyways, lol!

I had been training on and off for about 5 years before I decided to complete. I was training at a Gators gym and Sergio and a friend of mine encouraged me to do it. I remember how “proud” I felt when Sergio gave me a track suit to wear at the show. I still have it!! Old school Gators clothes! I admired Sergio. That little gesture of generosity motivated me like crazy!

To me Sergio was the epitome of success in those days. Great gym, awesome clothing line…all the Top Bodybuilders were wearing Gators. Funny the lessons I’ve learned from that, you just never know what little thing is going motivate someone.

Was competing something your family and friends supported at the time, and how about now?

No my parents kinda freaked out when I told them. No surprise though! I have always “marched to my own drum”…as my mom says.

When I told them I was going compete in bodybuilding, I’m sure it conjured up images of Olympia Bodybuilders. I don’t want to diminish these athletes in anyway. Each to their own, that look works for some…just not for me.

I wanted to be a natural bodybuilder, still with definition and a feminine look…powerful, muscular and athletic!

I think weight training has saved my moms life.

I did realize my dream of opening my own gym,, about 12 years ago. I was a high risk youth counselor for ten years before I opened my club.

My mom has been training ever since. She has reversed her osteoporosis and she competed as the oldest contestant ever in the FemSport Womens All Strength Challenge two years ago! Now that’s inspiration! My parents and my fiancée are my biggest supporters.

Was the first competition what you expected? Did anything surprise you?

My first show was in 1999 (Oh my that seems so long ago!). I didn’t really know what to expect!

I was like a deer in the head lights on stage. Self doubt, fear, insecurity, carb-depleted….all got the best of me.

I did the morning show and never went back for the evening show. That was a huge blow to my ego! I had never backed down from anything I had set out to do. I had let myself down soooo bad!!

I saw the photos after and realized that competing was the biggest mental game I was ever gonna play!

I would have cleaned up had I came back for the evening show!! I vowed from that day on I would be fearless, and not careless!

I competed again in 6 months and took home some hardware! I was hooked. Not so much on the win itself, although that was awesome…it’s the journey. It’s the Following through come hell or high water! I have done many a battle on the gym floor. I’ve climbed tons of Personal Mountains on the Stairmaster.

I Went through a nasty divorce, lost my best friend to breast cancer two days before I stood onstage once, and I lost my baby-brother unexpectedly and tragically!!

Every show has been an adventure. I am a work in progress. While I’m training and forging out the sculpted outside, the insides are growing and changing also. The challenges and obstacles all make me a stronger, healthier, filled with gratitude person. (Sorry I went off on a tangent there, Lol.)

As far as body parts, what do you feel is your best one?

Besides my sense of humor?….My mind!

I like my legs (they are tattooed with socks of my story). I thought at one time this might be a determent to being in a show, but I march to my own drum!

Tattoos are so much more main stream now!!! I think I have been told I have a pretty good butt and I have to agree.

Do you have a part you most like to train or favorite exercise?

My masticating muscles! (Chewing for you all that don’t know)

My favorite body part to train is shoulders!

What is your normal training routine and diet like, and how do you alter it for contest prep?

Normal? The only normal I know is a setting on the dryer! Lol.

I eat organic as much as I can off season. I just really clean it up for a show. I still train most days but for a show its very regimented. Its an appointment in my day planner!

Right now I am doing Strength and Conditiong workouts two days a week. Stuff like the 500-10 exercise of 50 reps each!

The other days I do single body parts, high reps and cardio every day now as I am training for a show.

I alternate between moderate and HITT training.

I used to be a bodybuilder before I went to figure. I haven’t done well at figure as I am too blocky and muscular!

I think the physique category might be better suited to me. I spent a lot of time training heavy and I loved that too. I do it because I love the challenge, not for the trophy!

When someone see’s or hears you compete for the first time, what is the most common reaction?

Mostly positive…then they ask a lot of questions about diet, and these days it’s about my clothing line…LegareWear Clothing? What this DURTI about and they laugh?

Durti is the signature line of LegareWear. It’s a tribute to my brother who passed away.


I like to share my experience, inspire or motivate people in some way. Mostly an opportunity to dispel some of the crazy myths that are out there. Lifting heavy weights will not make you huge! We don’t starve ourselves, and we don’t look contest ready All the time!

I look at negative towards the sport as an opportunity to Plant some seeds of truth.

What is the biggest misconception about women you train and compete or the one thing you wish people understood?

We don’t starve ourselves. We don’t look stage worthy all year around. We aren’t all HARDCORE, unless we are training and getting DURTI. (shameless plug I know!)

To be at this level takes determination and dedication!

What is the best and worst part of competing?

I enjoy all of the challenges! Some of the best parts have been watching others change…both inside and out! The worst part is the politics of it all!

Do you have any favorite competitors or any you admire?

I admire the fight gurls….WOW!

Emily Stirling Ramdsen comes to mind….a WBFF Pro.

Judy Wright, another awesome person and competitor, and Ocean Bloom who I have admired since my second show!

Outside of training, any other hobbies or activites you enjoy?

Riding my Harley, drawing and painting, playing baseball, Lifestyle Coach/CFES Personal Trainer, Nutrition Advisor, Fitness model, Figure/Bodybuilding competitor.Fitness Centre owner, LegareWear Clothing company Owner.

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