With us today is MP IFBB PRO Cory Lagasse. Congrats on your success to date! What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I needed a challenge. I wanted something to motivate me and push me harder with my training.
Can you tell us a little about the show in which you most recently competed?
The last show I competed in was the 2012 Houston Pro. It was the worst finish I’ve had in my Physique career. It was also my IFBB Pro debut. I was being compared to some of the best physiques in the business and mainly decided to compete because it was the last pro show of the year. I really wanted to see how I compared against some of the other big names in the business before I went into the offseason.
How did you feel after pre-judging?
Ultimately, I was disappointed. I had missed callouts, but I had to realize this was my first show in the IFBB and I would have more opportunities to compete and improve. It was a learning experience for sure.
How did you feel about the final results of the show?
Just like any other competitor on the stage, l felt that I should have placed better than I did. I do feel that the judges took what was presented to them and did the best they could to place the athletes accordingly. Everyone up there worked hard as hell to be where they were and you can’t take anything away from them.
What are your thoughts on the Men's Physique Division and what it may be able to do for your career?
The Men’s Physique division allows for such a wide range of possibilities for the athletes. I use this competitive division as a tool to help keep me in the best shape physically possible. It has led me to a sponsorship with Eat The Bear (ETB) Nutrition, which I am extremely grateful for. I don’t think there’s a better company to work with, and their supplements are truly top of the line. If other opportunities present themselves along the way, I would consider myself extremely fortunate.
Hometown: Waterbury, Connecticut
Current city: Waterbury, Connecticut
Years training: 8 years
Education: University of Connecticut BGS Degree
Occupation: Landlord at Lagasse Apartment Rentals (Family Business)
Favorite type of training: Strongman Events!
Favorite body part to train: Back
Favorite exercise: Circus Dumbbell Press
Rep range: Anywhere from 5-12 depending on the set/weight
Number of sets: 4-6
Typical workout duration: 1-2 hours
Training split: My training depends on how I feel and what will need more attention. I do not have a set routine and try to train the muscle groups that are least sore. Of course, I do allow enough recovery time for everything I train, and I will never over-work the muscles. I also try to plan out one day a week where I can specifically train strongman events such as the atlas stones, circus dumbbell, log press, husafell stone, yoke, etc.
Favorite supplement: ETB Cinnamon Bun Pure Isolate Whey Protein
What peaked your interest in training? Originally, I wanted to achieve a stronger, healthier look. I was extremely thin throughout high school, and really needed a change when I transitioned into college.
Who influences/influenced your training? My best friend was the one who offered his time and training for quite a few years. He started me up and motivated me to keep going. I then learned about a new gym opening up locally by none other than one of the World’s Strongest Men, Derek Poundstone. Being from the same neighborhood and watching his success throughout the years, I knew this was my opportunity to not only join this gym and learn from the best, but to hopefully advance my current physique and potential strongman careers.
Sports: Basketball and Baseball
Special interests: Strongman Events
Physique competition history:
· October 8th 2011 - NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix -- 1st Place and Overall Winner
· November 16th-17th 2011- NPC Nationals South Beach -- 7th place of 70 in Class C
· March 17th 2012 - NPC Fitness Atlantic - 2nd Place
· June 29th-30 2012 - NPC Europa Hartford -- 3rd Place
· July 6th-7th 2012 - NPC Team Universe -- 6th Place of 18 in Class C
· July 28th-29th - NPC USA's Las Vegas -- 2nd Place of 46 Earning IFBB Pro Status
· October 13th - Houston Pro - 16th of 22 (Ouch, welcome to the IFBB lol)
Awards and/or accomplishments:
2011 NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix -- 1st Place and Overall Winner
2012 NPC Fitness Atlantic - 2nd Place
2012 NPC Hartford Europa -- 3rd Place
2012NPC USA's Las Vegas -- 2nd Place of 46 Earning IFBB Pro Status
Next planned competition:
2013 Orlando Europa
What keeps you on track towards reaching your goals?
The feeling of accomplishment after all of the time and hard work has been put in.
Interesting fact or something you would like our readers to know about you:
Not only will I be competing in a few IFBB Men’s Physique shows for 2013, but I will also be training for and competing in Strongman Events as well.
Instagram and Twitter: @corylagasse
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