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Biography

Julia Hubbard

Ihave been passionate about sport, health and fitness for as long as I can remember. 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 Winter Olympics, I decided to try out for the National Bobsleigh team. 

I have represented Great Britain in Bobsleigh on World and Europa Cup since 2006 and I was selected for the 2009 World Championships. I love the Sport; it’s an amazing mix of speed, power and adrenaline. Unfortunately Illness prevented me from being fit for selection for the GB Olympic Team. So I started to look for another sport to give myself a new challenge as I was missing my adrenaline fuelled adventures!

I decided to try a Figure competition in April 2010, just for the experience, I was so nervous... but I loved it and now I’m hooked! I have already qualified for the UKBFF British Finals to be held in October 2011 so now I have a year to focus on making improvements to my physique so I can come to the British Champs in the best shape I can and I hope to qualify for international competition by the end of this year.

My first 3 competition

  • 2nd NABBA Figure West Britain April 2010
  • 2nd UKBFF (IFBB) Bodypower Bodyfitness (Figure)  May 2010 (qualified for British finals 2010)
  • 2nd UKBFF Hercules Bodyfitness October 2010 (qualified for British Finals 2011)

This year I have also taken up Track sprinting again. I am the current GB Indoor Champion for 60m and 200m for my age group. Now I am training for the British and Outdoor Masters Athletics Championships in 2011, I will be competing at the World Masters Championships held in Sacramento July 2011.

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 modelling and model competitions, which I really enjoy. I was a contestant in the British Bodybuilding Grand Prix Model Search Competition and I am competing in the in the Gaspari Calendar Girl online competition. During the British Bodybuilding Grand Prix, I was chosen by Bodybuilding.com as their Amateur Athlete of the Week. To be recognised by them was a massive achievement for me, being so new in the sport.

I studied for a degree in BSc (hons) Physiology & Sport Science; I then qualified as a personal trainer. I do a variety of different jobs which keeps life interesting and gives me the flexibility to continue to train and compete. I work in a Gym, Personal Train, work at events and do promotions. I am also a Volunteer coach / mentor for the Youth Olympic Winter Games Bobsleigh Team. (Innsbruck Jan 2012) I will be coaching and mentoring the team as they train and compete internationally to qualify for the Games. I am really enjoying working with our future Olympic hopefuls.

So for now i’m concentrating on training for the World Masters Track and Field Champs and British Bodybuilding Champs and hope to build on this year and hope to compete in International Figure Competitions in the Future.

Current world champion Womens Masters 200m. In July 2011 I traveled to Sacramento to compete in the World Masters Athletics Championships. I got a lifetime best time to claim silver in the 100m and then 3 days later matched my lifetime best time to take the Gold Medal in 200m.

Im 35 years old and still achieving faster times than i have ever done! I am now concentrating on the UKBFF (IFBB) British Bodybuilding champs in October 2011 where i am competing in Bodyfitness (Figure). My plans for 2012 are to compete at the World Masters Indoor Athletics Champs in April and then the European and World Champs in the summer. I hope to qualify for international figure competitions next year too!

My mottos are

  • The harder you work, the luckier you get
  • Go the Extra Mile and you will stand out from the Crowd

Questions

Age:35

City, Province, Country:Plymouth, Devon UK

Profession: Personal Trainer, Promotions and modeling

Years Experience in this Sport:1 years

Goals and Ambitions:To compete internationally in Figure Competitions.
To be a Cover Girl on a fitness magazine. To become a world champion in Masters Athletics.

Hobbies and recreational activities:weight training, Sprinting, Bobsleigh, travel

Favorite exercise:combining Squats with Plyometrics!

Favorite Book:Autobiographies

Favorite Cheat foods:Chocolate

Favorite Movie:Awakenings

Favorite Music: Cheesy Pop and dance

Favorite body part:Legs

What is in your Locker Room or Gym Bag:straps, gloves, water bottle, ipod shuffle

Advice for the begginer:Theres 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. Set goals, get good advice, be consistant and find some workouts that you enjoy!

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I Was Featured in:

  • Bodybuilding.com Athlete of the week, March 2011
  • The Beef Readers Pix
  • Female Muscle Guide Interview and Pic of the week
  • Interview on Fit Gems Nation website