Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is one of the top ranked Crossfit Athletes in the world. She splits her time between Canada and the United States as she juggles college and being one of the rising stars of Crossfit. We caught up with Camille one month out from the 2013 Crossfit Games to learn a bit more about her. Camille shares what she eats, what duct tape can’t fix, her favorite song to sing in the shower and more. She’s definitely one hardbody athlete you’ll want to follow because she not only looks the part but also lives it.
HARBODY INTERVIEW WITH CAMILLE LEBLANC-BAZINET
- Age: 24
- Height: 5’2″
- Weight: 130 lb
Currently live in:
Montreal 80% / San Diego, CA 20%
Best part about Canada:
My family the food and Montreal is amazing
Best part about California:
Surfing, my husband coach and friends
What’s the best part of being a twin?
You are raise with your best friend
Were the two of you competitive with each other growing up?
We were not competitive together but I was competitive with everyone lol… We are way different she was playing hockey and I was doing gymnastic. We support each other a lot.
What’s the best song to sing in the shower or in the car?
“I will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. hahahahaha
Any chances we’ll hear you putting out your own album?
lol hahahahaha hell no… I love singing by myself it is so much fun but I am more than scared to sing in front of anyone.
Are you still going to school for chemical engineering?
Yes, I am still in school and I have 36 credits left can’t wait to be done.
Will you put that on hold for a career in CrossFit or what would you like to do as a chemical engineer in a “perfect world”?
In a perfect world I would love to keep doing things with CrossFit especially to help out women and girls with the way they view themselves… but I also have a big passion to try to make a difference in the world with my degree… I want to do recycling process for industry and air and water treatment to try to save our planet.
Do you feel being pushed in gymnastics at a young age helped you in CrossFit?
Yes, I would recommend anyone to put their kids in gymnastic simply to learn kin-aesthetic awareness… just to be better in general in anything they want to do.
What was the most challenging sport you’ve tried?
Crossfit hahahaha which is why I love it so much… once you think you get better at something there is something new to work on… It is just so much fun the variety of this sport.
What other sports do you participate in now?
Now I ski and surf for fun.
Do you do any other type of training besides CrossFit?
No I pretty much just cross fit for training… because it involves already pretty much everything… do weightlifting power-lifting, running, swimming, etc.
Who introduced you to CrossFit and do you remember what your first WOD was?
I was introduced while I was playing rugby some of my teammates were doing crossfit so they challenge me to come try and my first workout was 5 rounds for time of 400m run 25 burpees
What should someone look for in a CrossFit gym and trying it for the first time?
A lot of attention from coach and a warm welcome from the other clients… they’ll take care of you as if your in their family.
Do you eat before or after a WOD?
Both… if I do a long endurance workout I eat 2 hours before other ways 30 minutes before and I always eat after a shake and sweet potato.
Do you change your diet up in preparation for The Games?
Yes… I already eat clean most of the year but I just clean up more and I eat way more since I do more volume… pretty much meat veggies, almost no fruits, sweet potato and some nuts… with bsn synths-6, amino-x and I take religiously my extreme endurance.
What do you eat the day of The Games?
Anything that goes in… I struggle to eat when I am nervous so if I want to eat somethings I do so to have fuel. Mostly sweet potato pouch (baby food), protein shakes and tons of water and coconut water.
Do the type of shoes you wear in CrossFit help you an any you’d recommend to others?
Yes, I totally love Reebok weightlifting shoes when we squat so I stay back in my heels. I like the Reebok Nanos cause they are light and keep my feet near the ground for more stability.
Do you think women get the same exposure and attention in CrossFit as the men?
I think we might get a little more… It is great to see a sport where the women are put in front and where we seem to have as much attention… I think it might be because it is creating a new way for women to see themselves and it is inspiring for people.
What would you like to see more women do in the world of CrossFit?
Accept themselves and stop worrying about their weight. lol… gain muscle and be proud to be strong!
Do you feel like there’s pressure on women to look a certain way in CrossFit?
Yes, I think women still want to be small and ripped, but I think we shouldn’t care about the way we look as long as our fitness is going up.
Are the women friendly and hang out with each other at The Games or not so much?
Well for myself there is a group of athletes that I can’t wait to hang out with… I know that I always have tons of fun with the majority of those girls and the reason why is because I have a huge respect for them… everyone works so hard to qualify that it seems ridiculous to me not to be friend with them… and they are all so amazing.
One event that you hope is not on this year’s schedule at The Games?
Just rowing for a certain distance or time.
How much of competing in CrossFit is mental?
Well all year you train and once your competing the work is already done and then its 90% mental.
Do you have any rituals or things you do to stay mentally strong during an event?
Yes, my husband ask right before event if I am hungry… and that always fired me up (hungry to win).
Who are your current sponsors?
bsn, cep compression, extreme endurance, wodshop, via prive and Reebok shoes.
What advice do you have for women trying to get sponsorships?
Work your ass off and they’ll come to you.
Favorite BSN product?
Syntha-6 peanut butter cup
Any recipes you’ve created using a BSN product that’s your go to meal?
Yes in a magic bullet…
• chocolate coconut water
• synth-6 peanut butter
• one frozen banana
• a spoon of peanut butter
Way too good!
What’s the best piece of advice anyone has given you?
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do… you make the call.
Anything duck tape can’t fix?
hahahahaha when your sole hurt lol
Favorite line in Forrest Gump?
Life is like a box of chocolates. (obviously)
Was it more pressure to compete head to head and have it broadcast on the web or didn’t matter to ya?
It was more like an honor and a chance to prove myself… there was nothing really to win but it was a crazy experience and people gave me so much love it was one of the best experience i ever had… obviously it made me push way harder too.
Any aspirations to try out for the 2016 Olympics?
Yes, I really want to give a shot in weightlifting.
Where can people find more information on you?
They follow me on Facebook via my fan page or on instagram @camillelbaz and twitter on the same name.
Thanks Camille. All the best at The Games and thanks for your time.
Photos Courtesy of BSN.