Candice McField - WNBF Pro Figure

Candice: I began competing after seeing my very first show in April 2004. I was attending the show in support of a friend and had an opportunity to see some of the women competing in figure. At that moment, I thought to myself, ‘I can do this.’ One year later, I decided to give it a try and I’ve been competing ever since. I never imagined I would fall in love with the sport, but I have and here I am.

My in-season is very strict and all calories, carbs, protein and fat marcos are calculated and measured.
My off-season diet is way more relaxed in which I do not measure my macros. I simply aim to eat clean 90% of the time. The diet I have found most effective is truly listening to my body which is critical. At the end of the day macros are important but understanding and knowing one's body is even more important. Since I have been competing for more than 10 years now, I know what adjustments and tweaks work best for my body.

In the past, I did a lot of carb-cycling and zero carb days. But for my body this strategy is not best. Hence, now I rarely carb-cycle or do zero carb days. Instead, I focus on maintaining size while cutting bodyfat through extending my total training period to burn bodyfat more slowly.

In-Season I strength train 5 days per week, targeting each muscle group at least once per week (shoulders, legs, biceps, triceps, chest,calves, back). I use a combination of: low weight/high reps, high reps/low weight, drop-sets, super-sets, circuit training, fatiguing to failure, etc. I also do cardio 6 days per week anywhere between 30 minutes to over an hour. Since I really try to listen to my body, my diet and strength training go hand-in-hand. I switch up my strength training depending on my diet and/or vice versa.

The self-confidence is there because I know by the time I hit stage, I can confidently say to myself I put in 110% effort and now it's time to simply have fun and let all my hard-work payoff. In addition, when I'm on stage I create a stage persona and “get into character”. This definitely helps! At the end of the day, I love the thrill of being on stage, it is an ultimate high! Obviously, there is some degree of insanity involved. As competitors, we train for weeks on end, sacrifice so much over a significant amount of time for 20 minutes on the stage. It’s crazy when you really think about it but I love it and am addicted. Those 20 minutes of stage time make all the sacrifice and insanity worth it; especially when I meet new people who become inspired by my commitment to live a more healthy lifestyle themselves.

Since I've been competing for such a long time, doing shows these days can seem very routine. Therefore, I try to add in a little travel especially for shows outside the United States. In October, I did a show in Canada and enjoyed being in another country just as much as stepping on stage. At shows, my favorite part is having a chance to meet new people and make new friends. I met some really cool people while doing the Canada show and look forward to staying in touch and watching them compete for the years to come.

I just finished my season in November, so right now I am enjoying life and off-season. I have not picked out my next show as of yet. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my clients on-stage that is for sure. This brings me just as much joy to see them do well as if I'm on stage. I always l look forward to supporting them.

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Candice McField

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