Birthdate: April 15, 1981
Once upon a time, Christie Marquez wasn't too keen on the idea of being in a bikini contest. Not because she didn't want to put in the work - the self-described "hustler" has never been called lazy - but for an entirely different reason.
"I originally turned down the idea because, believe it or not, I was really shy and couldn't fathom being on stage in a bikini!" Christie says.
But that all changed after a few of her friends convinced her to check out her first-ever IFBB Bikini contest. She left feeling inspired, and with a whole new outlook on the division - and on her fitness goals.
"I immediately knew it was something that I wanted to pursue," Marquez says. "I really began to hit the gym on a daily basis, sometimes even twice a day."
That passion and drive helped Christie take her physique to a whole new level. A few months later, she entered her first contest and placed second in her class. From there it was on to the National stage, where she again placed second in her class—at the prestigious NPC Team Universe Championships—and earned her IFBB Pro card against hundreds of the top amateur competitors in the country.
Since joining the IFBB, Christie has steadily moved up the professional ranks and, like most of her fellow competitors, she has her eyes set on qualifying to compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. But those lofty goals aren't the only reason she continues to be so passionate about health and fitness.
"Competing has taught me the meaning of consistency, confidence and strength - and not just physical strength, but mental strength as well," Christie says. "I love to share my journey through social media in hopes that I can inspire others."
Q: When did you start working out?
I got my first gym membership at 15 but was always so inconsistent with my workouts. It wasn't until I decided to start competing in the summer of 2009 that I really began to hit the gym on a daily basis, sometimes even twice a day.
Q: You said your father is a bodybuilder. What influence did he have on you as far as getting to the gym and living a healthy lifestyle?
It wasn't so much that my Dad influenced my healthy lifestyle as much as he taught me discipline, which is extremely important in our sport. My work ethic and determination to succeed can all be attributed to my Dad, who is an incredible role model.
Q: How did you get interested in competing?
The owners of a gym I trained at approached me with the idea of competing in the Bikini Division of the NPC. I originally turned down the idea because - believe it or not - I was really shy and couldn't fathom being on stage in a bikini! They told me there was a contest in Culver City and that I should check it out before writing it off. Not only was I in awe of what an amazing production Jon Lindsay had put together, but I had the pleasure of watching Amanda Latona on stage and I immediately knew that this was something that I wanted to pursue.
Q: What do you do for a living?
I'm what Hany likes to call a hustler! I work as a Registered Sales Associate at an Investment Firm for my 9-5 (technically 6-2 due to market hours) job, but if I'm not working or training, I'm out spreading the word about how amazing Evogen is and how its helped me, or helping bikini competitors with posing and stage presence.
Q: What are your long-term goals in the sport of Bikini?
Like any serious athlete in our sport I want to do the best that I can. I want to qualify for the Olympia and be invited to the Arnold Classic. Most importantly though, I want to be perceived as a positive role model and ambassador for the NPC and IFBB.
Q: What are your favorite exercises?
I love the basics like shoulder presses, lat pulldowns and leg presses, but I also like to challenge myself by switching things up. For example, throwing in sled pulls on leg day or weighted ball throws on shoulder day. I guess you can say there isn't an exercise I don't like.
Q: What is your favorite body part to train?
It changes from week to week, but at the moment I love training back. Nothing will give a woman an hourglass figure like beautiful, full lats to create the illusion of a small waist.
Q: When did you realize competing was your passion?
I realized competing was my passion the day after I stepped off the stage at my first show. The feeling of accomplishment was like nothing I had ever felt before and I wanted more.
Q: What do you do to prepare for a show?
I email all my family and friends and apologize in advance for anything I said while I was prepping. Totally kidding … or no! I rid my kitchen of all food that is not Kim Oddo-prep approved, I dust off my clear posing shoes, and I stock up on my favorite Extra Desert Sugarless Gum (Mint and Chip is my favorite) and teas.
Q: How do you take advantage of the offseason?
I EAT!!!I take full advantage of my offseason by upping my calorie intake, easing back on my cardio and taking all that extra energy and focusing it on my weight training.
Q: Who is your inspiration in this sport?
As competitors we all go through a journey to get to the stage and it's those individual journeys where I pull inspiration.
Q: How has competing enhanced your life and how do you/will you use it to improve the life of others?
It has taught me the meaning of consistency, confidence and strength - and not just physical strength, but mental strength as well. I love to share my journey through social media in hopes that I can inspire others.
Q: What advice would you give to others that want to break into competing?
Get ready to challenge yourself beyond what you ever thought you were capable of doing. There will be blood, there will be sweat, there will be tears and you will love every minute of it.
Christie's Training Split (contest prep)
|1||Legs and calves|
|2||Back, biceps, abs|
|4||Legs and calves|
|5||Chest, triceps, abs|
|7||Shoulders and calves|
Christie's Cardio (contest prep)
|Day||Type of Cardio||Duration (minutes)|
|1||Incline Treadmill||30 minutes|
|2||Incline Treadmill||30 minutes|
|3||Incline Treadmill||30 minutes|
|4||Incline Treadmill||30 minutes|
|5||Incline Treadmill||30 minutes|
|7||Incline Treadmill||30 minutes|
Christie's Contest Meal Plan
½ cup rolled oats
4 egg whites
1 tbs almond butter
5 oz chicken, skinless, boneless
2 corn tortillas, small
½ cup brown rice
1 cup vegetables, steamed
5 oz chicken, boneless, skinless
Preworkout: 1 scoop EVP
Meal 4 (Postworkout):
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbs flaxseed
1 scoop Cell K.E.M.
5 oz ground turkey, 99% lean
2 oz avocado
3 oz sweet potato
1 medium salad
4 egg whites
1 scoop Cell K.E.M