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Maria Sharp Ifbb Pro talks with Musclefood.ca

Quick Stats:

Age 42
Height 5”7
Weight: Stage weight 140lbs
Married with two children ages 14 and 12
7x Canadian Figure Champion and IFBB PRO

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Maria Sharp 7x Canadian Figure Champion and IFBB PROMaria Sharp 7x Canadian Figure Champion and IFBB PRO

How did you get started?

I got started in competing in Figure Competitions 11 years ago after seeing my sister compete. I was having my kids at the time and just knew that after I would do this! Not only did I just do it, I started a long journey, never excepting nothing but my best and was determined to become an IFBB PRO one day.

What motivates you to keep going and push harder?

I am motivated by the drive and to be better than my last. Weightlifting teaches discipline not only mentally but physically and the constant need to change your physique is so challenged but rewarding at the same time. My goal was to never come in the same way I looked in the past. My offseason is always very calculated and used to the full advantage. I would say that I am highly motivated to win but more than anything determined to always beat my best.

What is your current training philosophy? How often do you change your training?

My training is always planned in great detail on the body parts I need to improve on. I was a stick girl when I started and did cardio for hours and hours, so building my physique has taken a long time as my genetics were not in favor of a figure look. I train 7 days a week, 5-6 is weight training and cardio is almost every day. I believe in cardio all year round as it brings a conditioned look to the stage and I just love the way I feel after a great HITT session.

What is your approach to nutrition?

Nutrition is a huge part of my life. All year round my diet is tight as I know the importance of keeping a clean diet to better your physique. My protein consists of fish, turkey, eggs, and ground beef. Carbs I like oats, brown rice cereal, sweet potatoes and white rice. I eat a lot of vegetables as well. Fats I tend to stick to flax oil and as most competitors that have a peanut butter problem I just keep that out of my house. I don’t believe in depriving yourself so in the offseason if I want something I tend to grab a handful of dark chocolate almonds as my treat. My reward meal is also once a week and my go to is a nice big burger with yam fries!
My pro card prep and now with my pro season approaching my goal is to stay as lean as I can and to stay in very good conditioning. I sprint almost 4-6 days a week and my weakest body part my legs, I plan to bring in the best ever come,  my first pro show next year.

What does your supplementation look like?

My Supplement intake is really basic lots of vitamins, BCAAs, glutamine, and whey isolates in my offseason. As for my 16 weeks out prep I try to eliminate all sweeteners so my supplements change a bit as most have sweeteners.
My greatest accomplishment in my fitness career is definitely getting my IFBB Pro card. I worked hard for it and never gave up. Year after year I came so close but I always knew I would be rewarded with it one day. I really have to thank my dear friend and amazing coach IFBB PRO Darren Toma for pushing me beyond my limits over the last 11 years. He always has believed in me even when I had times of self-doubt. He has taught me how to have an eye for this sport and now I am coaching some pretty amazing athletes myself. I am forever grateful to him.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

Although I have just turned pro and yet to step on a stage, I really feel free of any challenges that lie ahead. For me now it’s almost relaxing knowing I accomplished my big goal of getting my card, and now I stand up against the best in the world and including myself amongst these amazing athletes. It’s a whole new world I look forward to and I can’t wait to bring my best ever to the Toronto Pro stage next June. It’s me vs me and this is what I have worked so hard for over the past 11 years. I absolutely love this sport inside and out and is not only a passion it’s a dream come true becoming an IFBB PRO!

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Show respect event to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but a reflection of yours.
The Rock