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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Julia Hubbard

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How Did You Get Started?

When I was a teenager I used to compete in sprint events for my local club and university team. I gave up competing after University and competed in gym / cross training competitions for a few years. In 2006 after watching the Turin Olympics, I decided to try out for the National Bobsleigh team and competed on European and world cup for 3 years. Unfortunately with a spinal fracture and illness in 2008 and 2009 I lost my place on the national bobsleigh team in an Olympic year, so I started to do figure competitions as a goal to aim to get my fitness back.

I was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2008 which caused my fitness levels to decline at an alarming rate. Training has helped me get my health and fitness back and I competed for the national bobsleigh team again this year. Training for figure competitions has been so much fun and I hope to continue competing for a long time!

Julia Hubbard.
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Julia Hubbard.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I have always done strength / speed / power training in the past for other sports and my body adapts well to this type of training. I have had coaches in the past, but I'm a personal trainer and sports coach so I now plan all my own training and nutrition, and I love to research on and fitness magazines for new ideas too!

Now that I am training for figure competitions I still use mainly low rep high weight ranges, but I incorporate supersets and giant sets more and this has a positive effect on keeping my metabolism high whatever stage of training I am in; helping me stay fairly lean all year round. I like to use circuit training and HIIT for cardio, I find this very effective in lowering my body fat, without losing my hard earned muscles!

Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Trisets - Three exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Drop Sets - Also known as strip sets, drop sets involve the immediate reduction of weight between sets with no rest. This will thoroughly burn out a muscle.
Add Sets - An add set is the reverse of a drop set in that as you progress the weight used increases with each set.

Monday: Quads

Tuesday: Track/Chest

Wednesday: Back/Ab Circuit (two separate sessions)

    Pullups (wide-grip): 3 sets to failure Superset:
    Ab circuit:
      I choose 3-4 exercises to work in a circuit and do 3-4 sets

    *Some of my favorite exercises include hanging leg raises, cable curls and Swiss ball exercises.

Thursday: Track/Hamstrings/Glutes

Friday: Shoulders/Biceps (two separate sessions)

Saturday Track (same as Tuesday) or Triceps

Sunday: Off

Julia Hubbard.
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Julia Hubbard.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat a vegetarian diet, (no meat or fish, but I do have dairy and eggs). I have been a non meat eater for nearly 20 years. I am very careful to ensure my diet contains all the nutrients I need.

Breakfast: 7am




  • 1 fillet quorn/soya
  • 2 cups vegetables or salad

4pm: Post Workout

  • 1 scoop whey protein



  • 1 fillet quorn/soya
  • 2 cups vegetables


Portions: I use cups to measure my portions and a quorn/soya serving is about the size of my palm.

Close to a competition I will lower the carbs and increase the protein. One day a week I have a treat day where I eat a few of the things I miss like chocolate, pizza and biscuits. This helps me stick to my nutrition plan during the week and also stops my body recognizing its on a diet and stops the metabolism dropping.

Julia Hubbard.
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Julia Hubbard.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have always had good gains from creatine, it helps me have a more intense training session, I recover quickly and it also assists performance when I'm sprinting. I also like taking glutamine for my immune system and digestive system as well as it being one of the most important amino acids.

I have whey protein after training to aid recovery and sometimes use a pre-training drink if I need a kick to get going or have a particularly hard session to do! I like to take multivitamins and omega oils (like omega 3, 6, 9) as well. I am hoping to secure a supplement sponsor to work with me as I embark on this year's goals. I want to make the most of every training session and aid recovery so I can make as much progress as I can over the next year.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the feeling of achieving the goals I set myself. Figure competitions have helped me understand my diet and training and how my body adapts to training. I love these competitions and have big plans for 2011! Competing in Figure competitions has opened up new opportunities for me, for fitness modeling and model competitions, which I really enjoy.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I love sports and competition, so I am always looking for competitions of all kinds to train for and that keep me motivated! The reality of getting on stage in a bikini is usually enough to keep me on track with my diet plan! I value my health and want to be healthy and active for as long as I possibly can!

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Julia Hubbard.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I'm basically just a very competitive person, so I like to set goals and try to achieve them. It's fun to push yourself and see what you are capable of! I never felt I reached my full potential in athletics or bobsleigh and figure competitions have given me a new outlet to compete!

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Julia Hubbard.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My main goal for this year - I qualified for the 2011 UKBFF UK Finals in October, so I'm currently working towards peaking for that. I have also set shorter term goals to keep me motivated and focused during the year, I competed in Gaspari UK Calendar Girl comp and in March I am competing in the British Bodybuilding Grand Prix Fitness Model Shoot competition. I'm also competing in Masters Athletics in 2011 and hope to qualify for the World Masters Champs in Sacramento. I also have GB selection for the National Bobsleigh team later in the year, so it's a busy year ahead! Long-term I would like to compete internationally in Figure competitions. I would also love to be on the cover of a Fitness Magazine!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Threes lots of tips I would like to pass on, listen to your body, do your research, be prepared, keep a training and diet diary and enjoy what you are doing! Set your competition date and work back to make sure you have enough time to prepare and set a plan to keep you focused.

Julia Hubbard.
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Julia Hubbard.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite female competitor is Monica Brant. She has had such an interesting career in competing and fitness modeling and is a fantastic example to all women!

Dorian Yates is the male bodybuilder I admire the most; being a British competitor who dominated the sport for so long!

What Features Do You Use On

I use most days! I have met lots of like-minded friends on BodySpace, I like to post new modeling pictures on my gallery and stats to my profile, and I often contribute to the forum. The Supersite is full of useful articles and information too!