Juliana Malacarne

IFBB Physique Competitor

Originally from Brazil, Juliana Malacarne first started experimenting with weights when she was 20, in the hope to get a toned and strong body.

It didn’t take her long to realize that fitness was her passion. After countless of hours training and dieting, Juliana started to compete, quickly rising to the top by winning shows such as Ms. Olympia and Arnold Classic.

Thanks to her achievements, Malacarne gained an army of followers who she motivates to change their own bodies and lifestyles, and this is her story:



“Sometimes you just need to take a moment to contemplate your inner peace! “

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Juliana Malacarne
115 - 125lbs (52.2 - 56.7kg)5'2" (157.5cm)38''28''
Year of BirthNationalityProfession
1974BrazilianIFBB Physique Competitor
2000, 2010
Weight115 - 125lbs (52.2 - 56.7kg)
Height5'2" (157.5cm)
Year of Birth1974
ProfessionIFBB Physique Competitor
Era2000, 2010



“Never fear , standing out, being bold, being you and being phenomenal!”



  • 2015 IFBB Olympia Weekend, 1st
  • 2015 IFBB Arnold Sports Festival, 1st
  • 2014 IFBB Olympia Weekend, 1st
  • 2014 IFBB New York Pro, 1st
  • 2014 IFBB Europa Dallas, 1st
  • 2013 IFBB Olympia Weekend, 7th
  • 2013 IFBB New York Pro, 1st
  • 2012 IFBB New York Pro, 1st
  • 2010 IFBB New York Pro Figure, 16th
  • 2009 IFBB New York Pro Figure, 10th
  • 2009 IFBB Arnold Classic, 13th
  • 2008 IFBB Atlantic City Pro, 13th
  • 2008 IFBB Atlantic City Pro, 4th
  • 2008 IFBB New York Pro Figure, 13th
  • 2008 IFBB Arnold Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness And Figure Contest, 12th
  • 2007 IFBB Colorado Pro/Am Classic Bodybuilding And Figure, NP
  • 2007 IFBB California Pro Figure Championships, 13th
  • 2007 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure Championships, NP
  • 2006 IFBB Europa Super Show, NP



“Know your worth , the day you settle for less, it’s the day you are getting less.”


Early Life

Growing up in Americana, Sao Paulo, Juliana Malacarne showed interest in bodybuilding since her early school days.

She would always watch action movies, which featured stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was amazed by their muscular physiques.

However, it wasn’t until Juliana saw a Monica Brant movie that she realized women could also look muscular, strong, and healthy, just like men.

At fist, she didn’t consider it as something she would do for a living, as she was still very young at the time, and her knowledge of bodybuilding was limited.

Gym Discovery

Several years later, when she was 20, Juliana started becoming unsatisfied with the way her body looked and decided to change that by joining a gym.

She said it started by wanting to improve her physical appearance and impress others, but soon after starting, she found herself training almost every day of the week.

Juliana continued training with more intensity and discipline each day, which was noticed by one of her friends who persuaded her to think about competing.

A New Career

With several months of weightlifting experience under her belt, Malacarne started doing a fitness program so she could get in shape and start competing.

She later participated in several local and regional competitions, but didn’t progress far due to college obligations, and had to take 2 years off from bodybuilding.

After 2 years, Juliana graduated with the degree in physical education and came back with more determination than ever.



Pro Card

After graduating, Juliana focused on becoming a professional competitor.

She started off by winning 3 bikini shows in a matter of 3 weeks and continued her series of impressive results with a trophy at the 2005 IFBB Amateur BodyFitness Championships, held in her hometown, Sao Paulo.

Juliana earned her Pro card with that win, and accomplished her dreams of becoming a professional bodybuilder.

Later Competitions

After getting a pro card, everything became easier for the aspiring physique competitor.

Her first professional debut came in 2006, at the IFBB Europa Super Show. During the 2006-2011 period, however, she was underperforming in many of the competitions, and it wasn’t until 2012 that she showed her true potential.

She won the IFBB New York Pro that year, and continued with her rigorous training regimen, preparing for the ultimate dream – Ms. Olympia.

After almost one year of hard work and dedication, she stepped on the stage again, winning the same show from the previous year, and also placing 7th in Ms. Olympia, Women’s Physique division, determined to win it the following year.

Ms. Olympia Champion

During 2014, Juliana managed to accomplish incredible results, winning all the shows she participated in that year.

She took home 1st place at the IFBB Europa Dallas and continued with winning the 2014 IFBB New York Pro. However, the best was yet to come as she started her preparations for the upcoming Ms. Olympia.

She finished 2014 with an amazing package that she brought to the Ms. Olympia – She won 1st place in Women’s Physique division, overtaking the defending champion Dana Linn Bailey.

Malacarne was astonished by her own results but said she was still “hungry” for more. She continued dominating the sport by winning an additional Ms. Olympia title, along with the 1st place at the IFBB Arnold Sports Festival, cementing her place among the legends of bodybuilding.



“Everyday is a good day when you are at peace with yourself!”


Leg Training Philosophy

When it comes to training legs, Juliana claims that no exercise can match squats. She said; “The squat is the very best exercise for building your legs and butt. I wouldn’t feel like I had a complete leg workout if I didn’t squat.”Juliana Malacarne

She advises doing 8-12 repetitions in order to build muscle optimally while using a weight that is not too heavy, but also not too light either.

Workout Routine

  • Monday – Back
  • Tuesday- Shoulders
  • Wednesday – Quads
  • Thursday – Chest
  • Friday – Arms
  • Saturday – Hamstrings
  • Sunday – Rest



“Live life, be happy, feel free, play with it!”


Juliana’s dieting philosophy is quite simple – she prefers eating high-calorie diet during the off-season while maintaining aerobic activities to keep a low body fat percentage.

She also occasionally allows herself a cheat meal, but mostly eats clean food, especially during preparation for competition.

Her daily diet regimen looks something like this;

  • Meal 1

2 slices whole wheat bread

50g of cottage cheese

5 strawberries

20g protein mix

  • Meal 2

100g of sweet potatoes

30g protein mix

  • Meal 3

100g brown rice

160g of chicken breast


0.5 cup of papaya

  • Meal 4 (before training)

20g of maltodextrin

15g of whey protein

1g of BCAAs

5g of glutamine

  • Meal 5 (after training)

30g of whey protein

15g of dextrose

20g of maltodextrin

2g of BCAAs

10g of glutamine

  • Meal 6

100g of sweet potatoes

160g of chicken breast


1 banana

  • Meal 7

50g of sweet potatoes

40g protein mix

  • Meal 8

50 brown rice

160g of chicken breast



  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Whey protein
  • BCAAs
  • Glutamine
  • Protein mix
  • Maltodextrin
  • Dextrose




“Always remember to be happy cause you never know who is falling in love with your smile!”

Idols and Influences

Ever since she was a child, Juliana’s main idols were Arnold Schwarzenegger and Monica Brant.

She said how at first it was Arnold who amazed her with his muscles, then later, she discovered Monica and realized women can look similar, which later gave her motivation to start competing.



“Challenge adversity, overcome your limits = make yourself epic !!”

What we can learn from Juliana Malacarne

Just like many other successful bodybuilders, Juliana is a proof that everything is possible if you set your mind to it and never give up.

Keep doing what you love and eventually turn that passion into your lifestyle – that’s one of the ways you could achieve your own greatness.

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