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Candice McQueen
September 5, 2016 Athlete

Candice McQueen

Age: 30
Location: Findlay, ohio

MOM ON A MUSCLE MISSION

I am often asked the question, “how did you get started in fitness?” Well the tell the whole story we need to go way back. From the age of 10 to 22 years old I played basketball. Every summer was a blur of long road trips and AAU basketball filled weekends. I played Varsity for my high school and then went on to play for the University of Findlay. The summer of 2006 is when my life and focus changed forever. I gave birth to a beautiful 9lb 13oz baby boy who instantly became the light of my world.

While caring for my son and finishing college I ballooned from my athletic frame of 5’10 and 175lbs to a much larger 250 lbs! I struggled for 2 years at the heaviest weight I had ever been in my life. My self-esteem and motivation was at an all-time low. I lost the drive and passion for working out and staying fit. While studying to receive my Bachelors of Science in the field of Strength and Conditioning, I found the love for exercise again! Working with athletes to help them achieve their personal best, inspired me to do the same.

It became my mission to be the fittest version of myself I could be. I wanted to prove to myself that I still had what it takes to be great. I joined a local gym and worked out 5-6 days a week and started a food diary. Slowly and steadily , my old self started to reemerge before my eyes. Fast forward a few years later, I begun competing in the NPC in the Women’s Physique and Figure categories. In 2014 I became national qualified as a Women’s Physique competitor, however; found that Figure fit my body and goals best. In 2015 I competed at the NPC Kentucky Muscle show and placed 3rd in Novice Class C. I am currently taking a year off from the stage to make necessary changes to my physique to take it to the next level.

In my spare time I teach several boot camp style classes to help other women and mothers find their passion for fitness and health. I am also a volunteer basketball coach for my son’s team. No matter where life takes me or how I place on stage, I will always consider myself a winner because I took my life and body back. My greatest accomplishment was never giving up on myself. My proudest moments were coming off stage and handing my trophies to my son and he said “ Mommy we did it!”

Candice Mcqueen