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Julia Hubbard is a top international figure rival from the United Kingdom. Next weekend, she will be a part of the British Bodybuilding Grand Prix and Expo and will be having an exercise program with the renowned Rich Gaspari at that same expo. Juila’s a great person to learn, inside and out. FitGems Nation: Let’s kick this off by telling us a little about yourself. When did you begin contending first? Julia Hubbard: I started competing this year 2010, it did so a local show last April to see easily liked competing and got the bug! I used to be so nervous about being on stage in a bikini, but once I was up there I loved it!

I see it as a chance to showcase the effort I put in! Seven days later I decided to be a part of the first qualifier for the 2011 UK Champs, The Hercules Show, and as it’s held only a week after the UK Champs, it is a popular and high-quality competition. Fitness: What’s your strategy when you head to the fitness center?

Is it mainly weight-training, cardio mostly, a balanced combination of both, or something else? Julia: Well my background is within Sprints and Bobsleigh that are both acceleration / power sports, so I have always weight trained, I really do a split routine training a separate body part each session. I don’t really go for traditional ‘cardio’ a favor to do circuits and sprint training (which are basically HIIT) for my conditioning. Pre-competition I keep carefully the weight training exercise the same and just add in an extra session of cardio and could do some lower strength cardio, if I’m dieting and lack the energy for a high tempo session!

Julia: I am actually also a Track competitor, I have started to compete in Masters Track and Field this year and am going to Sacramento in July for the World Masters Track and Field Champs! Items: With women’s entire body and bikini now area of the NPC and IFBB, do you feel that there’s now a division for each female who wants to compete? Julia: I believe Physique, Figure, and Bikini give us 3 clear classes so a female can choose the look she would prefer to achieve. Bikini course is seen as more attainable for most women and can undoubtedly get more young ladies into competing.

In the UK we have only just introduced Bikini course and it’s already showing to be popular. Items: Along those same lines, where do you personally start to see the direction of the figure in the long haul? Julia: I’d like to see figure keep its softer look, more muscular and with lower body fat than the bikini girls, however, not the known degree of muscularity and bodyfat as the physique girls have. It needs to be somewhere in the center, but a clear class of its. Perhaps a maximum height to weight ratio could be launched, to limit how muscular the shape girls can achieve would assist in preventing the class ‘outgrowing’ itself.

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Items: If you weren’t a part of the female physique world, what can you be doing right now as your career? Julia: I’m an individual trainer, so id still be involved in the fitness world. I’m passionate about health, fitness, and sports, so I will be involved for some reason always!

Items: What (if anything) do you change about the IFBB woman divisions? Julia: We have 3 clear divisions to suit whatever look you want to achieve! Items: Which competitor (former or present) you look up to the most for your motivation? Julia: Monica Brant, she has had (and still has) such a unique career in competing and fitness modeling, she is proving that age group is not a restricting factor and is a fantastic role model. Balancing a competition, modeling, and fitness career with style! She is the feminine competition that has influenced me the most definately! Items: What are your future plans heading into 2011 and beyond, and where does the truth be your career after you’re done competing?

The UKBFF UK Championships in October is my main goal and I intend to compete at the Hercules comp the week after again, as it was such a great competition last year! My second goal is to win a medal at the World Masters Track and Field Championships in July. I am currently involved in preparing the GB Bobsleigh Youth Team as they train for the wintertime Youth Olympic Games.

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