|— Bodybuilder —|
February 12, 1971 |
Amqui, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||In Season: 140 lb (64 kg)
Off-Season: 155 lb (70 kg)
|Pro-debut||IFBB Jan Tana Classic, 1995|
|Best win||IFBB Ms. International lightweight champion, 2003|
Retired 2006 (figure)
Catherine "Cathy" LeFrançois (formerly Priest) is a professional female bodybuilder and figure competitor from Canada. She ranks as the 10th best female bodybuilder in the IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilding Ranking List.
Early life and education
Cathy LeFrançois was born on February 12, 1971 in Amqui, Quebec. She was adopted at the age of 4 and has two sisters, Nancy and Annie, and one brother, Joy-Yan. Her mother was a nurse and my dad was a cook at school who where both were focused on working to build their retirement and provide for their children. She started figure skating at age six, but after two years she moved on to speed skating, alpine skiing, tennis, and badminton. She attended Notre-Dame-de-Foy in Quebec.
When she was 14 years old she noticed a classmate, Steve Beaulieu, had big veiny forearms. She asked him how he got them. He said he was training at home with some dumbbells. After noticing her interest he brought me a magazine with Cory Everson on the cover. She immediately told him that she wanted to be like her. Later on she saw a guy, Rick Voyer, with huge legs and calves. She asked him how he got them. He said it was from speed skating, so she started speed skating and competed for many years. Her friend, Steve, always gives her motivation. At her first speed skating competition she won three gold metals. While looking for Steve at school a friend told her that he had been killed by a drunk driver. From the moment on my entire career has been dedicated to him.
She won five medals in the Quebec provincial championships, an accomplishment that has not been equaled since. She earned her pro card in 1995 when she won the overall title at the CBBF Canada Cup.
Cathy made her pro debut at the 1995 Jan Tana Classic. In 1996, she retired from bodybuilding due to the politics of the sport. She returned to the sport in 1999. She competed exclusively as a lightweight once weight classes were introduced in pro shows in 2000. Her best achievement as a professional was winning the lightweight class at the 2003 Ms. International.
After 2003, she retired from bodybuilding and transitioned to figure competition, competing in her first figure contests in 2005.
- 1990 Québec Metropolitain regional amateur bodybuilding - 2nd
- 1991 CBBF Easter Canadian amateur bodybuilding championship - 1st (LW)
- 1993 CBBF Canadian amateur bodybuilding championship - 2nd (LW)
- 1994 CBBF Canadian amateur bodybuilding championship - 2nd (MW)
- 1995 CBBF Canada Cup III amateur bodybuilding championship - 1st (MW & overall)
- 1995 Jan Tana Classic - 12th
- 1996 Ms. International - 14th
- 1996 Jan Tana Classic - 8th
- 1999 Ms. International - 19th
- 1999 Jan Tana Classic - 8th
- 1999 IFBB Women's Extravaganza - 5th
- 2000 Ms. International - 3rd (LW)
- 2000 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th (LW)
- 2001 Ms. International - 4th (LW)
- 2002 Ms. International - 4th (LW)
- 2002 GNC Show of Strength - 2nd (LW)
- 2003 Ms. International - 1st (LW)
- 2003 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th (LW)
- 2006 IFBB Atlantic City Pro Women's Bodybuilding - 9th
- 2007 Ms. International - 10th
- 2007 Sacramento Pro - 2nd (LW)
- 2008 Ms. International - 6th
- 2008 New York Pro - 1st
- 2008 IFBB Olympia - 6th
- 2009 IFBB Ms. International - 8th
- 2009 IFBB New York Women's Pro - 1st
- 2010 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding & Bikini Championships - 1st
- 2010 NPC Nevada State Championships - NP
- 2010 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships - 3rd
- 2010 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions - 3rd
- 2010 IFBB Olympia - 7th
- 2011 IFBB Ms. International - 6th
- 2011 IFBB FIBO Power Pro Germany - NP
- 2011 IFBB Toronto Pro Super Show - 4th
- 2011 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships - 1st
- 2011 IFBB Olympia- 13th
- 2012 IFBB Ms. International - 4th
- 2012 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow - 7th
- 2013 IFBB Ms. International - 5th
- 2013 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 10th
- 2005 IFBB Europa Supershow - DNP
- 2005 Sacramento Pro Figure - DNP
- 2006 IFBB California Pro Figure - 12th
Cathy has her own private, state of the art training facility at her house, her “Powercat gym”. It's one of the best private training studios in the California area. She is available for personal training and posing & routine instruction.
- 11 Incredibly Muscular Female Competitive Bodybuilders
- "IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilding Ranking List". getbig.com. September 1, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Tough Talk from Champion Bodybuilder
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