Terri Griffiths - UKBFF Female Physique Competitor

Terri: 20 years ago in 1994 was my first bodybuilding competition in Hastings, I was 22 years old and had been training for 4 years. I won, I didn't expect that! The following years I entered a NABBA qualifier and came 3rd and qualified for the NABBA Finals in Hayes and came 6th. The seed was planted. But work and relationship steered me away from competing. I always had in my head I wanted to comeback after 20 years. I started getting ready about 5 years ago by upping my weights workouts and intensity. Whilst I was running. Between 2010 and 2013 I ran over 20 half marathon, 5K, 10Ks, and 4 full Marathons, the last one being Milton Keynes Marathon in May 2013, then 5 months later won the UKBFF Leamington Spa, which qualified me to get into the UKBFF British Finals 2013 In Harrogate (19 years since my last competition, so a year early!) I came 8th in Britain. The two weeks later won the UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow in Hayes and qualified for this year's UKBFF British Finals in Nottingham. So now I am prepping for that. I can't compete for any other federation in between.

I am just about to get my diploma in Diet and Nutrition and will be qualified as a nutritionist. I really suffered back in the 90s on a real extreme diet, and now know it doesn't have to be like that. I work out my BMR and always make sure I eat at least that every day, plus additional calories depending on my workouts that I am doing that day. I work on a 50/25/25 Protein/Fat/Carbs basis. Which ends up more 75/15/10 towards the final 2 weeks, then I carb up 3 days before. Out of season, I still work on the 50/25/25 rule pretty much but with slightly bigger portions. I often play about with my diet for 4 week periods to see if things work like high fats, carb cycling etc. Off season you can take risks. I like to gain lean mass and don't like going over 19% body fat all year.

Back in the NABBA days, I just starved myself sometimes eating just half a tin of tuna for dinner. It really doesn't have to be like that, and you lose a lot of muscle.

I don't really use weight loss supplements, I just diet. I do use BodySharp Flux-5 Protein Powder, a scoop in my porridge each morning and sometimes a scoop after my workout, and BodySharp Creataur before my workout for a good pump. I always take Calcium, Zinc, Magnesium, Glucosamine, Iron, Vit C every day. Lots of bone supps as my family is riddled with arthritis. All starting very young in their 30's it's not got me yet and 43 this year!

I don't think of balancing diet with training. I simply have to do both. I'm very good with time management. I am a Director of my own Telecoms company which takes me all over the country, I prep my 6 meals a day in advance and always have them with me, I am mostly up between 4am and 5am to do cardio before breakfast, eat, go to work, and train weights in the evening. And train every weekend. With one day off training a week, which is when I go and do my Martial Arts as I also am working towards my red belt in Jeet Kune Do and Kali stick fighting. It's how I like to live. And have done for a while so it's simply my every day routine.

Future plans: Win the British Finals 2014 in October and get an invite to the Arnold Classic in the US...do a sub 4 marathon and become a Kali instructor...and make my first million. I don't expect much from myself!

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