Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Raquel Huggins

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  • Name: Raquel Huggins
  • E-mail: raquelfitness@hotmail.com
  • Age: 30
  • Where: Toronto, Ontario
  • Height: 5' 8"
  • Weight: 132 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :4
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Chocolate Tri Max Whey Protein Isolate

How Did You Get Started?

Becoming a Fitness competitor was the furthest thing from my mind when I got started, I have always been and athlete in some form. I have been dancing from the age of 4 years old so being physical was always a norm for me. One day while trying on bathing suits on our way to Trinidad my good friend looked at me and he said, "you should compete in those fitness competitions." I remember laughing so hard because at 170 pounds you don't really think of getting on the stage to jump around.

Being 170 pounds at that time in my life and unhappy with my weight is what motivated me to become fit, because I was training more to be a body builder rather than a fitness girl. The more we talked about him starting this year's training again, I really started becoming serious about getting into fitness shape.

I hired a trainer and began working out and working off all the excess weight I put on while trying to become a heavyweight bodybuilder. Health problems have plagued me a bit but I have never let it hinder my drive to bounce back. This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It has been a wonderful journey that I am not ready to have end.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Honestly I am still in the learning phase. I have tried many different workout plans and the one that really works best for me is when on season starts I am in the gym doing 1 hour cardio in the morning and weights in the evening and I try and do at least another 30 mins of cardio in the evening.

On season training: Gym twice a day 45 min cardio every morning w/combination of body parts in the evening (weights), and 30 mins of cardio. Weekend workouts are practicing fitness routine, posing w/circuit training all body workout lightweights lots of reps.

    Monday - cardio, upper back and biceps, abs
    Tuesday - cardio shoulders and lower back, abs
    Wednesday - cardio, chest and triceps, abs
    Thursday - cardio, legs quads and hams, abs
    Friday - cardio, calves, glutes, abs
    Saturday - cardio
    Sunday - cardio





I have not always been able to keep up this routine but as my experience grows so does the ability and the determination to keep up this routine and to be the best I can be.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My meal plans are all different depending on the time of the year and the time of the day and honestly I try too, I try and calculate down to my last calorie intake. Meaning that because

    1gram of Protein = 4 calories
    1 gram of Carbohydrate = 4 calories
    1 gram of Fat = 9 calories

Using the formula to calculate my BMR (Basal metabolic rate) 655 + (4.3 x weight in lbs.) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)
655+(4.3x140)+(4.7x5.8)-(4.7x30)
602 27.26 141=1088.74

My daily Caloric needs for my body and activity level is approximately 2477 calories per day on the "on season" when I am looking to cut a few pounds I take 500 calories off of the above total and increase my cardio.

When I calculate my BMI (Body Mass Index) knowing that 1pound of fat theoretically equals to 3500 calories so a weekly calorie deficit of 3500 equates to 1 pound per week fat loss. That is one of the hardest things to do sometimes, life gets busy and you totally lose track of time but it is still something I am trying to perfect for myself. I still have lots of learning and work to do in this area.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have taken different supplements for different reasons and mostly to optimize on the muscle retention and replenishment they offer. I really like the B-100 Vitamins for muscle recovery and stress release, Glutamine and Whey Protein Isolate powder.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love fitness because of how it makes me feel. I love the way I look, I love the way others look at me, I enjoy the conversations that being a fitness person brings. The people I meet on a daily basis. I feel great inside and out and my energy level is amazing. Being this active gives me the drive to do all the other things that I love to do in life.

The honorable feeling I get when people come to ask my opinion on products or workouts or how to start or just asking about me. Fitness is a passion it's my passion. It allows me to express all the fire and dedication I have in my heart and soul, it gives me the leeway to be creative and to show case the talents that I have. It allows me to be free and uninhibited. It is just an all around great feeling to be in this industry and to have adopted this lifestyle.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My goals for the future are many but one for sure is to continue my pursuits in the fitness industry. I want to continue being a role model for future young athletes and continue being an advocate for living healthy and happy without the influence of cigarettes, alcohol or drugs.

As a Nutrition Consultant and a Chef, these skills also allow me to help others by providing a clear understanding about nutrition and what the body needs, but it also allows me to be hands on with my clients and show them how to prepare the foods they love in half the time and with more of the nutritional value.

Coming from a family of cooks my major goal is to own my own restaurant that provides healthy choices and a variety of alternatives to the usual. I am eager to introduce some of the recipes that I have been working on over the years. I would also like to offer my clients cooking lessons on how to prepare easy, fast healthy meals for their family. In whatever spare time is left my creative juices are poured into my jewelry line '5 Star Jemz,' I hand make a wide variety of jewelry for different occasions using different materials of which I will continue to "SPORT" at the competitions that I enter.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Be true to yourself, and remember that this industry, as many others, is very subjective meaning that you are rated on what others think about you. First impressions really do count, and remember to always look your best. You need to think of yourself; be dedicated, work hard, have a positive attitude, and determination of steel.

2. Networking is the key; Fitness shows, expos and any other type of fathering if you can go to go! You never know who is there or who you're going to meet and sometimes you might be pleasantly surprised that someone wanted to meet you. Always keep pictures of you on hand, comp cards and business cards etc. Invest in yourself because "You're Worth It."

3. Most of all don't give up, if this is your dream fight for it!

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I really have to say I do not have a "favorite" bodybuilder; I respect and admire everyone in this business. Even if you are not in the business and you are a person that takes care of yourself and promotes others to do the same you have got my vote.

Either your a famous fitness model and competitor like Jenny Lyn (Figure) or Susie Curry (Fitness) or just an amateur (like me he he) I admire your determination and drive to become the best you can be by living a long and healthy life and lifestyle.