SURREY — Bindi Bains Mackoruk has good reason to be passionate about diet and fitness.
The 43-year-old Surrey mom of two has gone from an overweight teenager to one of the top ranked female bodybuilders in Canada. In August, she placed first place in Women's Open Figure and third place in Women's Masters figure (over age 35).
Her success and down to earth nature is now inspiring others to follow her example.
Bains Mackoruk said she had slimmed down by the time she had her first son, and when she was working out after he was born she saw women at the gym practising poses and learned they were prepping for a bodybuilding show. She said she had no idea what exactly was involved, but decided then that she would compete one day too.
It took until 2006, the year her second son was born for that to happen.
"Once he was born, when he was five days old, I was back at the gym," she said.
After that first show, she was hooked on bodybuilding as a competitive sport and hasn't looked back since. Her goal now that she is at the national level is to get her pro card, but it's a very difficult last step and to make it worse, the judging is rather subjective, so it's hard to know what sets you apart from the competition.
Bains Mackoruk is also a personal trainer at World Gym in Surrey.
"There's just something I feel like when I'm in that competition mode or the fact that I compete, it's just my calling. It's like something no one can take away from me."
And in return, she said her reward is in helping others - especially other Indo-Canadian women - to improve their health and their lives.
"I try to help people to get over their weight struggles and issues because I know what's it's like."
Bains Mackoruk said if she can do it, anyone can.
"I can relate. I wasn't just born with this body," she said.
It does take a lot of work and even sacrifice, but that's part of life, she pointed out. It's the exact same thing as when a student has to give up their free time to study in order to earn a degree.
When it comes to losing weight, the sacrifices generally involve changes to one's diet, though.
When asked what challenge is the toughest for her clients, she said, "Hands down I would have to say diet. Diet is 80 per cent, maybe even 90 per cent of weight loss."
Some people believe they can just work out a lot and continue to eat the same, but Bains Mackoruk disagrees.
"I do say to people if you can only choose one or the other I would say choose the diet over going to the gym because there is so much you can do at home on your own, but if you do change your eating, you will see change," she said.
Whereas eating poorly but working out can only ever give minimal results.
And she said that the typical Indo-Canadian diet is problematic. While the food itself may be healthy enough, the preparation methods often involve a lot of fat and make the food too rich.
To learn more about Bains Mackoruk's approach to fitness and training, email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
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