- Name: Julia Hubbard
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Age: 35
- Where: Plymouth, UK
- Height: 5'7''
- Weight: 132 Lbs.
- Years Bodybuilding :1
- Favorite Bodypart: Abs
- Favorite Exercise: Legs
- Favorite Supplements: Creatine, Glutamine, Whey Protein
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!
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 Bodybuilding.com 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!
|TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW|
Track: Sprint drills and HIIT, 6-12 sets of between 30-300m Triset:
- DB Incline flye: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Flat bench flye: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Decline flye: 3 sets of 10 reps
Cable flye: 2 sets of 10 reps, 1 drop set of 10 reps
- Incline bench press: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Flat bench press: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Decline bench press: 3 sets of 10 reps
Wednesday: Back/Ab Circuit (two separate sessions)
Pullups (wide-grip): 3 sets to failure Superset:
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.
Track: HIIT, 6-12 sets of between 30-300m
Seated leg curl: 2 sets of 10 reps, 1 drop set of 10 reps
- Lunges: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Swiss ball glute exercises: 3 sets of 10 reps
Friday: Shoulders/Biceps (two separate sessions)
Cable lat raise: 2 sets of 10 reps, 1 drop set of 10 reps
- BB curl: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Rope cable curl: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Reverse-grip cable curl: 3 sets of 10 reps
Saturday Track (same as Tuesday) or Triceps
- Cable pressdown: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Reverse-grip pressdown: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Rope press: 3 sets of 10 reps
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.
- 1 fillet quorn/soya
- 2 cups vegetables or salad
4pm: Post Workout
- 1 scoop whey protein
- 1 fillet quorn/soya
- 2 cups vegetables
- 1/2 tub cottage cheese
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 Bodybuilding.com?
I use Bodybuilding.com 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!