14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image


Camille and I both began our Crossfit Games journeys in 2010, and she has competed every year since, ultimately earning the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth” in 2014. In addition to training for and competing in the CrossFit Games, she holds a spot on the Canadian National Olympic Weightlifting team. Camille is also finishing her Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and she serves as a trainer on the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar staff.

Cheering Camille on with Chris Hinshaw during 15.5 at CrossFit Mayhem

I sit down with Camille at Rogue Fitness in Columbus, Ohio before we did a little training together to discuss her reflections what she’s up to and some of our mutual experiences.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What she’s been up to since the 2015 CrossFit Gams
  • Where she’s at in school and she has continued to pursue her chemical engineering degree
  • How she hopes to use her degree in the future
  • Her reflections on her performance at the 2015 CrossFit Games
  • How she is approaching training for the 2016 season
  • How we both see CrossFit changing the way young girls and women view their bodies

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Training with Camille and Dan Bailey at Rogue Fitness
Training with Camille and Dan Bailey at Rogue Fitness


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5 Responses to “14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image”

  1. Sarah Morris

    This was a great listen! Really inspirational women :) :). The freedom that comes with not caring about body image for aesthetic pleasure is something i’m coming to learn and love in my recent crossfit journey.. within strength comes beauty

  2. Reyna Lay

    great podcast episode Julie 😉

  3. Kyra Williams

    Such a great interview. We really are so fortunate to have ladies like you clearing the path, showing us that being FIT is so much more fun and rewarding than just being thin.

  4. Natalie Tsang

    I really enjoyed listening to this! I’m amazed at how both of you managed to balance your time between school and being a professional athlete – I often struggle to get my workouts in during stressful weeks (such as right now, with finals right around the corner!) so it’s super inspiring to see you and Camille manage to do so much, and it definitely motivates me to keep grinding!

    I don’t know what I was doing, but at one point a couple of weeks ago, it occurred to me that Michael Pollan would be an awesome guest on your podcast! I’m not sure if you’ve heard of him, but he wrote the Omnivore’s Dilemma, along with several other bestselling books. He’s also a professor of journalism at Columbia University, and I’d argue that he is one of the most influential individuals in the movement against the current practices of the food industry, the standard American diet, and the current culture of food in the United States in general. If this is the first time you’ve heard of him, you should definitely check out his work!

    (P.S. Really awkward and possibly intrusive [my apologies if it is!], but I sent a letter to you addressed to CTown Crossfit about a week after Central Regionals – I don’t know if you ever received it, but it’d be cool to know if it ever reached you! I sent it from Hong Kong so I don’t know how well snail mail travels across the Pacific!)

  5. Anthony Beckman

    This podcast surprised me. I enjoyed hearing how Camille approaches training – and the way you two talk this through. I especially appreciated the part where you both discussed growing up and being strong women and the challenges associated with that. As a youth sports coach and the father of twin girls (who are strong!) this really hits home. My wife and I listened to this segment again – and want to make sure our girls find many role models who are proud of their strength (their Mom is already a great example) and know that its an asset – never something to be viewed as a negative. Thank you!


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