Grand Cayman resident Nadine Dumas wears many hats: sports nutritionist, health and wellness coach, fitness model and mother. Now she is the cover girl of two leading international magazines, “Oxygen” (Australia) and “Inside Fitness” (Canada); not to mention, she has just been voted the sexiest and fittest woman of the year in Canada by “Inside Fitness.”
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Dumas first arrived on island to work as an accountant many years ago, but in 2007 – after entering and winning her first bodybuilding competition, “Caribbean Grand Prix Natural Show” – she decided to pursue her fitness dreams full-time.
She was in nine competitions over three years, and while she no longer competes professionally, she runs a successful online business, creating fitness and nutritional plans for clients all over the world, including professional competitors.
Weekender had a chance to sit down with the entrepreneur to learn about her recent achievements and passion for fitness and nutrition.
How does it feel to be on the cover of “Oxygen” and “Inside Fitness” in the same month? Is this the first time you’ve been featured on the cover of an international publication?
I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit overwhelming, but I feel incredibly honored to be featured on both. I was on the cover of an Italian fitness magazine a few years back.
You were recently named “Inside Fitness’s” winner of the “Hot & Fit 100” competition in Canada for 2014. How did it all come about?
For the past five years, I have submitted my photos to the magazine in hopes of making the Top 100. I have made the Top 100 every year with the exception of the one year that I was pregnant. Over the course of the last eight years I have been in the fitness industry, I have been very active in the community. I used to own a bodybuilding federation in Canada; I had competed for a few years myself and did quite well, finishing second in the world in 2009 in the Best Body Bikini category. I have also been signed to a few large nutritional supplement companies in the past, so it all helped to get my name out there.
One thing I always made sure to do was to keep in contact with the magazines I had shot for and update them on anything that was going on in my life. “Inside Fitness” was one in particular that I kept a close relationship with over the years, and they have watched me grow. The team there chose the Top 100 girls out of thousands of submissions from across Canada.
Many people resolve to be more fit and healthy for 2015. What is your advice to those who struggle with their fitness and nutrition goals?
Get a coach and make yourself accountable to someone. I cannot tell you how many times I see people struggle doing these fad diets for a quick fix, only to gain even more weight after. I coach from a mental standpoint, which means I get to know you, what your lifestyle is like, what your eating habits are like and what has led you to the road you are currently going down. From there, I design your plan, but aside from that you are responsible for checking in with me weekly. This is where I can monitor your progress and talk to you about what is going on in your life.
No client comes to me “just because” they want to diet. There is an underlying issue and I work with them to figure it out. For most, it stems back many years to how these habits were formed and it takes time and patience to get back on track for it to be a lifestyle and not become another quick fix.
What inspires you in your daily life? What and how do you stay so disciplined and focused, especially as a mother of a young son?
My son and clients are what inspire me to work hard each and every day. “Practice what you preach” is what I always say to people. You would never want to go to a hairdresser with bad hair, so why go to a trainer that doesn’t take care of their body? This is my job and I take great pride in what I do.
How long have you been living in Cayman and running your business here? Do you live here full-time?
I have been here for four-and-a-half years (I did live here before for two years while working as an accountant). I do live here full-time, but I travel a lot. I have a lot of competition in this industry. It’s very cut-throat and you have to keep your face out there, so I travel to clients’ shows and tend to shoot off island quite a bit.
When you decided to take a leap of faith and quit your job as an accountant to become a fitness model, did you ever imagine you’d have such success with it?
I only hoped and crossed my fingers because my family at the time was not impressed. I absolutely love my job and I love what I do. I have worked incredibly hard over the past eight years to maintain a presence in the industry, especially with being so far away. Social media is great for that, though, and I can keep clients and followers up to date on my life and my clients’ successes with a quick post.
Your business seems to be diversified in many aspects of nutrition and fitness. What path do you see your business taking going forward?
I am just in the process of finalizing a new program that will be out early this year. It’s a great way for people to start off on the right foot with their nutrition and training if they want to live a healthy lifestyle that works for them. The program is based off my experiences and working with hundreds of clients over the years. I cover it all in the six-week video-based program to help you live fit.
In terms of nutrition, what are some foods/meals that you recommend to your clients, or that you eat yourself on a daily basis that will help keep off the pounds?
Best advice is to keep it clean – healthy grains and starches, lean proteins, healthy fats, lots of vegetables and watch your intake of fruit. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a regular at the Brasserie Market. I eat there every day. You can easily eat healthy there … just watch out for the cupcakes, they’re dangerous.
If you would like to book a free online assessment with Nadine Dumas or learn more about her services, visit www.nadinedumas.com