A year removed from a disappointing finish at the 2017 Ben Welder Legacy Cup in Toronto, Canada, women’s fitness competitor Tammy Stubbs, and her coach/husband, Glen Stubbs said it was time to “turn up the intensity.”
Three hundred and sixty-five days later, in pursuit of that illusive International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness pro card, the Stubbs duo’s amped-up determination has finally paid off. The Masters over 35 competitor, wowed the judges at the Diamond Cup Show held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with her newly ripped physique, on her way to victories in the Open Body Fitness (B Division), Masters Over 35, and the Overall Body Fitness categories, awarding her pro status.
The Freeport News caught up with both Tammy and Glen to get their outlook on the competition and what’s on the cards next for the duo.
Obviously, the win means a great deal for Tammy, who missed out on her pro card a year prior. With last year’s results etched in her mind, it made for a compelling story for an athlete doing all that it took to bounce back stronger and all the better.
“The feeling from that night was overwhelming. I had a feeling that I won it, because I knew I brought a really good package this time,” she expressed. “I looked at some females there, but I knew I had everything - symmetry, the look, the ripped legs. So, I had a feeling it was mine for the taking.
“Last year I came sixth and second. So, this year I went back in the same categories and won both, along with the overall title and my pro card. I thank God for that.”
Those in the bodybuilding and fitness arena know that Tammy and Glen are fully dedicated to the sport. The newly minted IFBB Figure Pro knew that it would not be possible without her husband pushing her to be in the best shape of her life.
“I really feel good about myself. I want to thank my husband. He really pushed me hard to train and make sure my meals are there. I did the cooking, but he made sure that I had my meals. Also, waking me up 4:30 a.m. to go to the gym, then being to work for 8:30 a.m., then once I’m off at 5:30 p.m. I’m back to the gym for 6:00 p.m. to put more time in.
“It’s rough, but I have what it takes. I’m a really humble person and I try to take the time to look at myself and see what’s needed - not thinking that I have it all. I see what’s needed and we both get it done.”
Glen noted that the duo won’t b resting on their laurels and have already begun preparations for an early run at pro shows in the early part of 2019.
“We will be jumping right in early next year doing our first pro show. We feel we are on the pro level and so we’re doing a little more training and fine tuning. We should be able to place high or even win pro shows in the IFBB Elite Pro League.”
Winning an IFBB Pro Card is the ultimate goal for all bodybuilding and fitness competitors. Knowing this, Tammy also felt the need to encourage other athletes to stay the course.
“Just try to strive and push for what you want. You have to really want it and have some discipline. You will have to sacrifice a lot of things to really achieve what you want in this sport.
“Keep pushing and listen to persons in the sport and be disciplined enough to want to win and succeed in this sport.
“I’m a hardworking person as well and I know what it takes to try and get to the top. I’ve been competing for 13 years and still going,” she concluded.