Claude Groulx

Professional Bodybuilder

Claude Groulx is an ex. professional bodybuilder from Montreal Canada. He’s best known for his victory at the 2003 Masters Olympia, and 3rd place at the 2001 New Zeland Grand Prix.

Claude first began his bodybuilding journey when he was 20, training with his friend to “kill the boredom”. Unknowingly, he embarked on a 12-year-long journey, during which he took part in more than 40 competitions, 38 of which were professional shows.

In 1995, Claude officially retired from professional bodybuilding.

This is his story:


Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Claude Groulx
235 - 245lbs (106.6 - 111.1kg)5'7" (170cm)CanadianProfessional Bodybuilder
1990, 2000
Weight235 - 245lbs (106.6 - 111.1kg)
Height5'7" (170cm)
ProfessionProfessional Bodybuilder
Era1990, 2000





  • Show of Strength Pro Championship, 11th
  • Mr. Olympia, 19th


  • Masters Olympia, 1st
  • Show of Strength, 15th
  • Amsterdam Grand Prix, 9th
  • Russian Grand Prix, 8th
  • British Grand Prix, 8th
  • Mr. Olympia, 14th
  • Rome Grand Prix, 4th
  • Australian Grand Prix, 5th
  • San Francisco Grand Prix, 8th


  • Amsterdam Grand Prix, 5th
  • British Grand Prix, 5th
  • Mr. Olympia, 16th


  • New Zeland Grand Prix, 3rd
  • British Grand Prix, 13th
  • Mr. Olympia, 20th
  • Hungarian Grand Prix, 5th
  • San Francisco Cup, 5th


  • Canada Pro Cup, 4th
  • Hungarian Grand Prix, 5th
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, 9th
  • Ironman Pro Invitational, 7th


  • Night of Champions, 11th
  • Toronto Pro Cup, 4th


  • Finland Grand Prix, 7th
  • German Grand Prix, 7th
  • Mr. Olympia, 16th
  • Night of Champions, 8th
  • Canada Pro Cup, 5th
  • San Francisco Pro, 4th


  • Night of Champions, 6th
  • Canada Pro Cup, 4th


  • San Jose Invitational, 11th
  • Ironman Pro Invitational, 11th


  • Niagra Falls Pro Cup, 11th
  • Canada Pro Cup, 4th
  • Night of Champions, 11th



Bodybuilding Beginnings

Claude Groulx grew up in Verdun, Montreal. His first contact with weights came at 20 years old – which is when he started training in the gym “for fun”, together with his friend.

After two years of training, three times per week, Claude noticed major improvements in his shape, especially his lower body. He said; “After about two years of this, I got some pretty good size in my legs and my upper body was getting there too. The gym owner asked me if I ever thought about competing? I told him not really, that I am still at school, that I don’t have much time.”

Claude was attending the University of Quebec during this time, and his free time was limited. But soon after he finished college, Claude went on to compete in his first bodybuilding competition – curious how his physique would fare against other amateur bodybuilders. Impressively, he placed 2nd in his first ever show, the Mr. Montreal.

Pro Card

Despite placing highly in his debut competition, Claude wasn’t satisfied with the result. He was confident he could win the show with a little bit more practice in posing. Next year, he took part in the Mr. Montreal once again; this time, he was victorious.

After this victory, Claude went on a ‘rampage’– for the next three years, he won all the amateur shows he participated in. First, he won the Quebec States, then the Eastern Canada Championships, and later, the 1992 Canadian Championships Overall.

Although he was in the best shape of his life, Claude believed he wasn’t ready for the Pro League. He decided he would take 1993 off completely, to bring an even better physique for teh following year.

He came back one year later, with spectacular conditioning. At 202 pounds, he “destroyed” the competition, winning the 1994 Canadian Championships, and in the process, his Pro Card.


Claude’s Life as a Pro

Riding high from his victory at the Canadian Championships, Claude made his professional debut several months later, at the 1995 Night of Champions. He came in the 11th place that day.

For the next nine years, Claude took part in 37 bodybuilding shows; his most significant result being the victory at the 2003 Masters Olympia, at 40 years old.


Claude’s last professional competition came in 2004, at the GNC Show of Strength Pro; after which he retired from competitive bodybuilding.

Obstacles in the Career

In 2002, while he prepared for the Mr. Olympia, Claude pulled his sciatica, a nerve that went from his spine to his leg. As a result, he had to spend several days in a hospital.

Unfortunately, this happened three weeks out of his Mr. Olympia competition. The time he spent in the hospital took “a big hit” on his physique.

As a result of the injury, Claude placed 16th in the competition.




Claude only did cardio in the last stages of his comp prep, usually starting 4 weeks before the show. During that period, he would do 3-4 cardio sessions per week, each one lasting 30-40 minutes.

Claude’s Workout Plan

In the off-season, Claude did regular four-day splits. However, when he was preparing for a bodybuilding show, he trained twice per day.

This is how his in-season training regimen looked like;

  • Chest in the morning, 40 minutes of cardio and Biceps in the evening
  • Upper Back in the morning, Lower Back in the evening
  • Shoulders and Triceps
  • Legs and Calves



If he wanted to quickly lose fat, Claude would do a little bit of high-intensity cardio such as sprints, combined with a clean diet. This diet usually consisted of clean meat such as fish, chicken, horse meat, and ground turkey, and carbs such as vegetables, rice, and fruits.

    “In terms of carbs, I don’t eat bread, potatoes or pasta. Pretty much, the only carbs I eat is rice, vegetable, and fruits.”

As for cheat meals, Claude allowed himself to indulge only in the off-season.


Idols and Influences

In his early bodybuilding days, Claude idolized the Austrian Oak, aka, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In his own words; “When I started training, it was Arnold. I watch the Pumping Iron tapes, and that was an inspiration for me.”

Later on, he began admiring other bodybuilding icons, such as Lee Haney and Dorian Yates. Claude found their physiques spectacular, especially that of Dorian; he said Dorian’s back was “outstanding”.


What we can learn from Claude Groulx

One thing Claude taught us is that it’s important not to let obstacles prevent you from chasing your maximum potential in life. He injured his nerve in the leg just three weeks out of 2002 Mr. Olympia – a competition which he planned to win, being in incredible shape. Unfortunately, the injury prevented him from accomplishing his dream that year.

However, he still didn’t give up on bodybuilding; he came back one year later, winning the 2003 Masters Olympia at 40 years old.

Never let adversities bring you down in life; rise from them, and rebound stronger than ever – just as Claude Groulx did.

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