Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Hard Knock Body!
Name: Tiffany Garrett
Location: Littleton, Colorado
Age: 30 Height: 5'4"
Weight: 120 lbs contest 140 lbs off
Years Competing: 1
I started my journey in 2005 when I relocated to Littleton, Colorado, from Talladega, Alabama. As many people know, everything's deep fried in the south. Needless to say, my eating habits weren't great. I was "skinny fat." I was lean, but there was hardly any muscle on my bones. In Colorado, I met many new friends; all of which were extremely active. They ran marathons, cycled, snowboarded, skiied, and played soccer. I decided to become active and see what all the hype was about.
I started going to the gym daily, ate much better, and ran my first marathon. If someone would have told me 10 years ago I'd run a marathon, I would've laughed. I hadn't run since age five. At that time, I was the skinniest I'd ever been in my adult life at 115 pounds. In my opinion, it wasn't healthy or attractive.
Last year, I became fascinated by the amazing athletes who graced the covers of fitness magazines like Muscle & Fitness Hers and Fitness RX and wanted to look like them. I was tired of being the skinny girl. Believe it or not, I hated to hear people say, "You're so skinny." At that point, it was merely a dream. I didn't believe a country girl like me could ever look that incredible, but in my heart, I knew I could do anything.
My family and friends will tell you that I don't back down from a challenge. I set out on a mission to gain some sexy muscle. I wanted to become a muscle princess, or even a queen. I researched online and met amazing trainers, DJ and Kimberlin Hanes, at BodyVisions Fitness & Nutrition.
I decided to be a bikini girl and needed to build my figure, so I set my sights to compete locally. I won the overall in my height class at my first competition which qualified me for nationals. I competed in my first national competition the same year. Through this experience, I learned I'm much stronger than I give myself credit for. I possess the self discipline and determination to become an IFBB figure pro and won't stop until my dream is realized.
My goal is to put on more lean muscle mass. Adding quality, lean muscle is a challenge. It's funny because I was one of those women who thought I'd be masculine if I lifted. Ladies, this just isn't true!
Based on my goal, I'm not doing any cardio right now. It took time to get accustomed to. I was the girl glued to a treadmill and thought it was the only way to maintain weight. To go from cardio every day to none at all was a little incomprehensible. I managed to get over it. As a result, I began to see major gains. I didn't realize I was running off all my muscle. For now, I enjoy lifting five days per week. Below is a typical workout I love in the off-season.
I eat or drink 5-6 clean meals per day. Saturday or Sunday evenings are designated for prepping my meals for the week. I allow myself a few cheats throughout the week. During contest prep, I adhere strictly to the plan outlined for me by my trainers. I weigh and track everything I put in my mouth. I also consume close to a gallon of water each day.
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My passion for fitness emerged when I began to experience its benefits. I have increased energy, sleep better, and have an increased metabolism. I like to think I look good too. When I started to reap the benefits of fitness, I desired more. Fitness became a big part of who I am. I couldn't imagine my life without it.
I'm motivated by the way I look and feel. There's nothing like looking in the mirror and loving the person staring back at you. I enjoy doing what I love without worrying about health issues.
I'm motivated by others. It's a blessing to be a blessing. When others look to me for advice or I'm complimented by others, it motivates me. I've been in the gym a few times and didn't feel like training. I've had people walk up to me on occasion and say they're inspired by how hard I work. That kicks me in gear more than anything. At that moment, I feel like I can conquer the world.
I go to a mental place and think of all the people who cheer for me; those who believe in me. I have a host of family and friends who look to me for motivation. Little do they know, but they inspire me. I also think of people who say I can't do it. I set out to prove them all wrong. I can and I will.
I dream big. What do I have to lose? I have plans to become an IFBB figure pro in 2013. I work to improve my physique and bring my best package to the national stage. I also have dreams to grace the Olympia stage. It would mean everything to become a fully-sponsored athlete for an outstanding supplement company. Last, and probably most importantly, I want to give back. I want to encourage and inspire others to reach their fitness goals. I plan to do this by obtaining a NASM personal training certification.
Never give up! Your mind will give up long before your body. Don't allow self-defeating thoughts to sabotage your fitness goals. The road won't be easy, but I guarantee it will be worth it. Who doesn't want a smoking hot body?
Erin Stern is my favorite fitness competitor. I don't know her personally, but through her videos, Facebook updates, and Instagram, I feel like we're almost BFFs. She's authentic and has a down-to-earth personality. She's proven to be one of the best in the business. Her physique is amazing. I enjoy following and learning about her fitness regimen.
Bodybuilding.com is the best in the business. It's a one-stop shop. I don't even have to leave my couch, which is the best part. The supplements I need are always in stock and they ship extremely fast. The website has a large amount of valuable information on supplements, nutrition, and training. Additionally, I like to read through the various forums to gain insightful information. Bodybuilding.com continues to exceed my expectations.
- "Run The World (Girls)" by Beyoncé
- "Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys
- "Survivor" by Destiny's Child
- "Motivation" by T. I.
- "I'm Going In" by Drake (feat. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy)
Thanks: To Angela Swain for being the most supportive mother on this planet. You've been my biggest fan since day one. I don't know where I'd be without you. I love you, mom.
To DJ and Kimberlin Hanes for being the best trainers a girl could ask for. Thank you for believing in me and pushing me past what I thought possible. I appreciate everything you've done.
To a host of family and friends for believing in me and supporting me on this journey. I wouldn't be here without your unconditional love and support. I love you all.
To Brett Seeley for taking amazing photos, Jo Vu for the awesome make-up, and my girl Keva Morris for the fabulous hairstyling. Thank you.
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Congratulations on your achievements :-) I love your enthusiasm and thank you for sharing. "Don't allow self-defeating thoughts to sabotage your fitness goals" really hit home for me. Thank you for helping me take my fitness goals and training to the next level :)
Awesome!...I'm just geting started in changing my lifestyle and become more active and changing the way I eat and look at what I put into my body. I want to lose my extra weight and put on muslce. I was wondering what is better..To lose weight first or to just start with building muscle?