Leonardo Pacheco on the bodybuilding stage, showing his ripped obliques, chest, legs, and triceps from the side

Leonardo Pacheco

Professional Bodybuilder

Leonardo Pacheco is a professional bodybuilder from the United States. He’s participated in over 20 bodybuilding shows in his career – achieving success in both professional, and amateur circuits.

Leonardo’s journey started in 1991, when he took part in his first major bodybuilding contest – the NPC Atlantic States Championships.

Although he didn’t take home the trophy, Leonardo placed a very respectable third place that day.

Following his debut, Leonardo continued competing for eight years; during this period, he won almost every show he participated in.

Some of those victories included the 1993 NPC Atlantic States Championships, 1996 NPC Eastern USA Championships, and the 1999 Musclemania Championships

However, after claiming victory in 1999, Leonardo made the decision to take a long break from bodybuilding. But this wasn’t the end.

After an 8 year hiatus, Leonardo returned to the stage at the 2007 NPC Eastern USA Bodybuilding And Figure Championships. Continuing his successful competitive record, he left the stage with the 1st place trophy.

It was at this point when Leonardo started preparing for the ultimate challenge in his career – earning the elusive Pro Card.

Only 3 years later, in 2010, he finally realized his goal by winning the NPC Nationals; becoming a professional bodybuilder and achieving his long-term fitness goal in the process.


Leonardo Pacheco in a most muscular pose on the stage, showing his ripped physique to the audience

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Leonardo Pacheco
AmericanProfessional Bodybuilder1990, 2000, 2010
ProfessionProfessional Bodybuilder
Era1990, 2000, 2010


Leonardo Pacheco spreading his lats and arms on the bodybuilding stage, looking muscular


2015 (IFBB)

2011-2014 (IFBB)

2010 (NPC)

2007-2009 (NPC)

1999 (NPC)

  • 1999 Musclemania Bantamweight, 1st

1996 (NPC)

  • Atlantic States Championships, 1st
  • Atlantic States Championships Bantamweight, 1st
  • Eastern USA Championships Bantamweight, 1st


  • 1993 Atlantic States Championships Bantamweight, 1st
  • 1991 Atlantic States Championships Bantamweight, 3rd


Leonardo Pacheco during his younger days in bodybuilding, flexing his abs on the stage

Leonardo Pacheco when he just started competing.


Leonardo trains like most other competitive bodybuilders; heavy, with a lot of volume in the off-season (and with a little less volume while competing).

However, when it comes to Leonardo’s training frequency, it doesn’t matter which phase he’s in. He always trains in the gym up to six times per week – performing cardio every other day.

The only variable that changes is the duration of his cardio when he’s preparing for the show. In the off-season, Leonardo’s cardio sessions last between 20-30 minutes, while in the in-season – they can last up to one hour.


Back shot of Leonardo Pacheco flexing his big and ripped biceps


Bulking Diet

Leonardo avoids counting calories and macros during his bulking phase; he only focuses on eating nutrient-rich foods to make his muscles grow.

Foods he eats most often during this period are:

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Walnuts
  • Olive oil

Cutting Diet

During his cutting phases, there isn’t much variety in Leonardo’s diet – especially when h’se preparing for a competition.  While cutting, he eats mostly the same foods every day.

Leonardo’s cutting diet consists of these foods:

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Cottage cheese
  • Egg whites
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Low-glycemic fruits.


Leonardo Pacheco performing a front double biceps pose on the stage, looking muscular and ripped


Leonardo Pacheco flexing his muscles and showing the to the judges on the bodybuilding stage

What we can learn from Leonardo Pacheco

Leonardo faced a long journey towards earning his Pro Card. But his hard work and dedication to the sport of bodybuilding eventually gave him the success he wanted.

If you are inspired to become a professional bodybuilder one day, then remember that everything takes time. For Leonardo, it took over a decade to write his name in the IFBB history books.

If you can stay patient and dedicated on your journey, then eventually – you’ll achieve the goal you set for yourself. Just like Leonardo Pacheco achieved his ambitions as a professional bodybuilder.

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