Amy Huber Interview

She found a magazine called Oxygen at a local drug store. She started reading the articles and discovered an organization called NPC. She liked the way the girls looked on stage and knew she could do the routine portion of the competition. She found out there was a competition in NC, registered and started talking to a few people about the competition. She had never seen an NPC show and had no idea how to pose or anything. She could tell by the pictures in the magazine that she needed a one piece and two piece suit. She started looking online and found someone to make her fitness competition suits. She stepped on stage with no idea how she was suppose to stand or anything. She won! She was shocked. She had qualified to compete in National level shows and was so excited. In 2003 Amy Huber won her Pro card.

Author: Jonathan.L - owner Models Observer
July 2007

* Amy, while many people can't stick to a diet and keep their body fit, you've developed one of the most impressive fitness physiques. What is the secret of your success?

Amy Huber: I give the diet and training 110% of my energy. That's kind of my motto - if you can look back and say you have given it your all, then you have won no matter what place you may have finished in the judges eye. Each competition is a competition against myself, to look and perform the best ever!

* Looking back, can you point out the sources of your competitive nature What nourishes it?

Amy Huber: The source of my competitive nature is simply to continue to do my best, to challenge myself to be the best I can. When I finish with one competition, I look back and see if I could have been better in any way on the day of the competition, meaning did I carb up enough or did I hit my jumps during my fitness routine, things like that.
Being an inspiration to other people is what nourishes my competitive drive. If I can inspire one person to start working out, all the years of competing are worth it.

* What would you say are the most important milestones in your fitness career so far?

Amy Huber: Learning to tumble! I didn't take gymnastics lessons as a child so I learned to do back handsprings , back tucks, front walkers, everything beginning at the young age of 30! Getting over the fear of jumping backwards and landing on your hands is something you take for granted when you are young. I was so proud of myself when I learned to do a back handspring. I also qualified for the 2007 Fitness Olympia! That is a dream come true for me.

* Have you faced any difficulties in getting to where you are? Were you able to solve them? If so, how? If not, what would have been helpful to you?

Amy Huber: Of course, competing is not easy. Learning the foods that work for me and the training programs is probably the most difficult. I am constantly changing my workouts and diet to see what works. Even after 7 years of competing, I am still trying new things to see the outcome. Mike Davies at the Fitness Factory has really helped me to get where I am. He is an excellent resource for everything.
The financial aspect of competing is difficult as well. I don't have a sponsor so the expenses really add up. I have been fortunate in that the company I work for, Oenophilia, Inc has paid for my flights to competitions this year. I have a full time job as an Account Manager for Oenophilia. The time constraints have been difficult. When you work from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM everyday, then go to the gym to workout, it makes for a long day.
On top of that, food preparation is very time consuming when you are dieting. It takes about an hour to cook food the night before for the following day. The support of my family, friends and especially my boyfriend, Jay Jolly, have been the only thing that has gotten me threw the months of training and dieting. Just when I feel like giving up, Jay always has this way of saying the right words to energize me again. He is a wonderful man.

* You've completed BA in Sports Medicine from University of North Carolina. How does this academic knowledge benefit you in preparations to fitness competitions?

Amy Huber: I am very lucky that I have a degree in Sports Medicine with all of the injuries you incur while competing in fitness. I use my degree everyday in some sort of rehab for something I have tweaked the day before. UNC also taught me a lot about nutrition and how the body responds to intense training. I know what to expect after a hard day of training and luckily how to rehab myself back to 100% when needed.

* How would you describe your fitness competition diet (number of meals, calories, what do you eat often and what do you rarely eat)? What are the diet's effects on your mood?

Amy Huber: I am lucky, I actually eat about 2500 calories on a competition diet. I have one of those crazy metabolisms that allows me to eat large amounts of food while still losing weight. I eat about 7-8 times a day! I call myself a professional eater during competition season. I tend to eat a lot of chicken, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, asparagus, green beans and egg whites.
The diet has a not so positive effect on my mood. It is difficult in the summer time not to eat hamburgers or hot dogs at a cook out. Also just the small amounts carbohydrates that you eat tend to make you a little moodier as well. I am very lucky that my boyfriend, Jay, is also a bodybuilder and understands completely how I feel. Otherwise, I think he would have stopped talking to me a year ago.

* Do you use creatine, glutamine and other muscle building supplements? If so, how often?

Amy Huber: I use glutamine everyday. It really helps to repair those joints and achy muscles. Of course I use protein powder everyday as well, but that's about it aside from muliti-vitamins, vitamin C, and B complex.

* What is your training routine and which fitness equipment in the gym meets your requirements as a top fitness competitor?

Amy Huber: I like to use a lot of free weights. Free weights allow your core to strengthen too. You can do jumps, push ups, lunges, anything you would like with free weights. My training routine consists of lifting each body part one time per week and training my routines 3 times a week. I do cardio every morning for about 20 - 30 minutes.

* In a poll published at Bodybuilding.com, most fitness competitors voted One Arm Push-Up as the hardest mandatory fitness move to learn in fitness routine. What do you think about the poll result, Amy? How was it in your case, was it easy for you to learn all the fitness moves?

Amy Huber: I think the poll results were pretty much right on. It wasn't easy at all for me to learn the fitness moves! I really had to work at all of them. I think for me, the straddle press was the hardest. It requires a lot of hip flexor and abdominal strength.

* From your rich experience, what connection do you see between muscle pain, muscle fatigue and muscle growth?

Amy Huber: Unfortunately, you can't grow unless you have muscle fatigue and muscles pain. Of course, there are different kinds of muscle pain. There's the good pain of pushing yourself hard threw a heavy lifting program, then the bad muscle pain of not warming up enough and pulling something.

* What can make you smile?

Amy Huber: Just about anything, if you aren't smiling then you aren't living :o)

* Imagine you are a tourist guide showing me Durham. Where would you recommend to visit within the city, and why?

Amy Huber: Duke Gardens at Duke University is absolutely gorgeous! There is a pond with gold fish and every kind of flower you can imagine. It is a great place for a picnic or just to relax. South Point Mall is also amazing. It is one of the largest malls in the Southeast. There is a great courtyard with a huge water fountain and live music. There are a number of wonderful restaurants to check out in the Durham area. Everything from wonderful sushi to unforgettable steaks. You should also visit the Research Triangle Park, it's one of the leading research facilities in the US. Glaxco Welcome and Bayer Pharmaceuticals are both based here in NC. With Duke Medical Center being in the heart of Durham, the city logo is Durham - the city of medicine.

* Soon you're going to have a hectic schedule - the Europa Supershow in Dallas, TX, two weekds later the All Star Pro Fitness, in Little Rock Akansas, and your first Fitness Olympia in September! The frequency sounds like a big challenge for the body. Or maybe you are used to such efforts?

Amy Huber: It is a huge challenge. For me, keeping on weight is the hardest part. I really have to try to maintain my weight and not lose to much in between competitions. It is also a challenge to make the body peak in such a small amount of time. Each competition takes a toll on the body and it usually takes a few weeks to bounce back from the impact of the stage, the adrenaline rush, and just the over all stress of traveling. I am hoping I will be able to bounce back quickly after the Europa. I think its going to be difficult.

* How will you pamper yourself after these tough fitness competitions? Maybe a good pizza or ton of ice cream?

Amy Huber: Unfortunately, I am lactose intolerant so no pizza or ice cream for me. I usually have a margarita right after a competition, then a massage the next day or make dinner reservations at a nice restaurant for the following evening.

* The IFBB is the international federation for bodybuilding, fitness and body fitness. The IFBB has more than 170 member countries and is recognized worldwide. Notable shows include Miss Olympia, Miss Fitness Olympia, Miss Figure Olympia, Arnold Classic and Ironman Pro.


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