Today, Candice McField will take the stage. She won’t be speaking to a large crowd. She will be competing. As the clock winds down, the mental fortitude and willful discipline kicks into high gear. Candice is a competitor in every sense of the word. She competes in life, business, and fitness; her greatest competition is herself.
In this 2-part interview series, Candice gives you some insight into exactly who she is.
Have you always been into fitness?
No. I wasn’t always in fitness but I have been an athlete from 3 or 4 years old. Growing up, my best friend was male and I was the only female my age in the neighborhood. Much of my time was spent playing many sports with the boys. I never truly lifted weights until college when my roommate taught me how to lift, but it wasn’t until 2005 that my passion for ‘fitness’ sparked.
What attracted you to figure competition?
I have always been very driven. I saw my first bodybuilding show in April 2004. I was there in support of a friend. While there, I had an opportunity to see some of the women competing in figure. At that moment, I thought to myself, I can do this. A sport I had never heard of amazed me. Growing up, I was the kid that wanted to do everything. To me, this was a sport I had not tried, let alone conquered. When I set my mind to something, it is all about conquering that goal. At that time, it was all about conquering being on stage, like the women I saw. I wanted to see if I could transform my physique to new levels. One year later, I decided to try it. Two years later, I won my pro card 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 13 years later.
What attracted you to personal training as a career?
As mentioned, I began competing in 2005 and during this time, I worked in finance. While working in finance, I always had people asking me about what they should eat and what exercises they should perform. My dream and passion quickly turned into being able to help people transform their life and physiques. Because I have been an athlete all of my life, it is such a natural fit. I love what I do, inspiring others as a health coach.
How do you balance career and personal fitness goals?
Like many people, I struggle with balancing everything in life. Life for me in graduate school was incredibly busy and I found myself only having time to make it to the gym a few times a week. At the end of the day, what keeps me going is:
- Knowing that I am and have to be a walking talking billboard for clients;
- Listening to my body. When I am fatigued, I rest (aiming for 7-8 hours a day);
- I exercise early in the morning before my day gets started; and,
- Finally, I utilize a seasons training model like the one I teach my clients.
Your body cannot stay in a high-intense training model year-round. I train according to my goals. My regimen when ‘in-season’ for competing is completely different from when I am more relaxed in the ‘off-season’.