by Isabel Mosseler
Tribune

A lot of people start the New Year with the idea of re-shaping their body, from diet to workouts, but for bodybuilder Jean-Yves Mageau, being fit and healthy is a lifestyle, a passion, and his chosen sport. His efforts were rewarded at the end of 2018 when he won first place in his category at the International Drug Free Athletics (IDFA) Universe Amateur & Pro competition on December 8 at the Meadowvale Theatre in Mississauga. Mageau is an avid supporter of the IDFA precisely because of its ‘No Drugs’ stance. “I want to put a big emphasis on that. There’s a big stigma in the body building industry about steroids… It’s very common for anybody in the fitness industry to be on that stuff because it’s so much easier to grow muscle.” Mageau owes every bit of his leanness and muscle mass to diet and exercise - a lot of exercise - and a super strict pre-competition diet.

The Mississauga competition saw 50-70 entries, with the men competing in physique and bodybuilding divisions. Mageau explains the difference. “There’s the guys who wear the long-board shorts, the more casual beach body look, and then there is the body building, which is what I did, wearing the Speedo because the legs are also important . [It’s] the aesthetics of the overall physique – proportion, symmetry, definition and overall stage presence, and how big you are.” 

Mageau has been training for 10 years, since he was 16. “My dad (Daniel Mageau) got me into it. He was also a body builder at my age… He basically set me up with my routine… He went to the garage and got me about 50 fitness magazines he had from the 1980’s and I just devoured them.” He adds that the magazines would be considered vintage now, sun-faded with “people from that era on the cover”.

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