Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Hard Knock Body!

A change of scenery opened Tiffany's eyes to a world of hard bodies. She immersed herself in the competition culture and watched her body spring strong and sexy muscle!

Name: Tiffany Garrett
E-Mail: tiffany.a.garrett@gmail.com
BodySpace: TiffGarrett
Website: tiffanygarrett.wix.com/figurecompetitor
Location: Littleton, Colorado
Age: 30  Height: 5'4"
Weight: 120 lbs contest 140 lbs off
Years Competing: 1

Q
How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

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.

What Fitness Regimen Delivered the Best Results?

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.

Day 1: Back/Triceps/Abs
  • Wide-Grip Pull-Ups Wide-Grip Pull-Ups

    Wide-Grip Pull-Ups

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Wide-Grip Barbell Rows Wide-Grip Barbell Rows

    Wide-Grip Barbell Rows

    4 sets of 10 reps
  • Shoulder-Width Pull-Downs Shoulder-Width Pull-Downs

    Shoulder-Width Pull-Downs

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Triceps Press-Downs Triceps Press-Downs

    Triceps Press-Downs

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Weighted Crunches Weighted Crunches

    Weighted Crunches

    4 sets of 12 reps


Day 2: Hamstrings/Chest/Biceps/Calves
  • Seated Leg Curls Seated Leg Curls

    Seated Leg Curls

    3 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Deadlift Deadlift

    Deadlift

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Incline Bench Press Incline Bench Press

    Incline Bench Press

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Curls Incline Dumbbell Curls

    Incline Dumbbell Curls

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Calf Press Calf Press

    Calf Press

    3 sets of 10-12 reps


Day 3: Shoulders/Rear Delts
  • Reverse Dumbbell Flyes Reverse Dumbbell Flyes

    Reverse Dumbbell Flyes

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Reverse Pec Decks Reverse Pec Decks

    Reverse Pec Decks

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Rope Rows Rope Rows

    Rope Rows

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Clean and Press Clean and Press

    Clean and Press

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Military Shoulder Press Military Shoulder Press

    Military Shoulder Press

    2 sets of 12 reps
  • Lateral Raise Lateral Raise

    Lateral Raise

    3 sets of 10 reps


Day 4: Off

Day 5: Back/Abs/Calves
  • Wide-Grip Pull-Ups Wide-Grip Pull-Ups

    Wide-Grip Pull-Ups

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Close-Grip Pull-Downs Close-Grip Pull-Downs

    Close-Grip Pull-Downs

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated Close-Grip Rows Seated Close-Grip Rows

    Seated Close-Grip Rows

    4 sets of 10 reps
  • Rack Pulls Rack Pulls

    Rack Pulls

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise Seated Calf Raise

    Seated Calf Raise

    3 sets of 10-12 reps
  • Leg Raise Leg Raise

    Leg Raise

    4 sets of 12 reps


Day 6: Legs
  • Sumo Squats Sumo Squats

    Sumo Squats

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Glute Ham Raise Glute Ham Raise

    Glute Ham Raise

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Romanian Deadlift Romanian Deadlift

    Romanian Deadlift

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Hack Squats Hack Squats

    Hack Squats

    3 sets of 10 reps
  • Smith Machine Squats Smith Machine Squats

    Smith Machine Squats

    3 sets of 10 reps


Day 7: Off
What Nutrition Plan Fueled Your Body?

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.


How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

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.

What/Who Motivates You to Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

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.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

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.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

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.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

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?

Who Is Your Favorite Fitness Competitor?

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.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

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.

Tiffany's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Run The World (Girls)" by Beyoncé
  2. "Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys
  3. "Survivor" by Destiny's Child
  4. "Motivation" by T. I.
  5. "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.