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Conversations with the Inspiring Cydney Gillon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cydney Gillon.

Cydney, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began competing in bodybuilding at the age of 14. I received my first pro card at 15 and continued competing as a pro through numerous federations. During my junior year at the University of Pennsylvania, age 20, I received my IFBB Pro Card. I have won 11 pro shows, 3 world titles and 1 international title, and have been crowned the youngest Figure Olympia Champion in history and the second woman to win three consecutive Olympia Figure titles. Concurrently, I began Cake Factory Fitness which is inclusive of lifestyle personal training, seminars, and posing coaching worldwide.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’d say my journey has been smooth in comparison to stories I’ve watched unfold. Of course, life can try to get in the way but when you make yourself into a person who can “roll with the punches”, you come out unfazed. The biggest advice I’d give to ladies starting out is to focus on yourself and just beating you every day. Be grateful that you can compete and have fun.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
The thing that I am most proud of would have to be the legacy that I am building within the IFBB. Posing is the name of my game so every time I step on stage, I know I have to bring exactly what is expected of me. By creating routines, modifying body types and working with competitors with varying experience levels, I have been successful coaching hundreds of women every year. My goal is to make sure they feel loved, supported, and prepared come show day.

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Generally, one of the biggest barriers today is female positive connectivity. By this I mean when one woman is successful, it should feel as if we all won. It is so disheartening to have your peers downgrade your achievements mainly because it keeps the entire group from being a cohesive unit.

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