Well this is it…I am on my way to the competition prep and posing clinic workshop in Seattle with Physiques Northwest. Excited to see how things go, what I learn about myself and my potential in my sport over the course of the weekend as well as try to catch up with an old friend and take in some of the sights and sounds of beautiful Seattle while I’m in the area!

Hope you enjoy my highlights and thoughts from the weekend! Feel free to leave a comment below:

Pre Seattle Trip Expectations | Vlog

Sightseeing highlights and tour of the city with my long time friend Gary, during my mini vacation trip to Seattle for the Physiques Northwest competition prep workshop…

Sightseeing in Seattle | Vlog


This last video features my personal thoughts and outcomes from my trip to Seattle for the Physiques Northwest Competition prep workshop. I received some interesting feedback to take with me for the rest of the 2017 season. No definitive competition plans, but I do know what categories to work towards.

Post Seattle Trip Thoughts | Vlog


TRAINER’S CORNER: Biweekly Update – Scale Back Alabama Edition


Welcome Scale Back Alabama Participants!

Congrats on taking the initial step towards better health!

Welcome also to my Biweekly Trainer’s Corner  Update;

FUN ACTIVITIES for Scale Back Participants:

Scale Back Alabama Participant Special Personal Training Packages: Invest in the motivation and education you need to transform your body in 10 weeks with a nationally certified personal fitness trainer during your participation period in the Scale Back Alabama program! Good luck to you and your team!

Anytime Fitness McCalla Weigh-In Site ONLY:

10 Weeks – 1 x/ Week $35/Session $175/Month per Participant*

*up to 2 people only can sign up under the same plan with the 2nd person’s plan being discounted 50%*


FREE Initial Fitness Consultation and Personal Training Session: Anytime Fitness McCalla & Chelsea ONLY:

If you didn’t get a chance at weigh-in to set up your one-time FREE session contact me to get set up this week at Anytime Fitness McCalla. Anytime Fitness Chelsea Scale Back participants should contact any one of our team members at that location for scheduling that appointment.

tracking progress

*Unfortunately at this time, due to some recent changes in facility dynamics, I will not be offering any personal training services at the Tuscaloosa YMCA weigh-in location.

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Each week during your 10 weeks in the contest, Tweet what you did that was healthy and tag me, @IAMCandiceMaria, your local area coordinator and @ScaleBkAlabama in your Tweet with hashtag #TWEETtheBURN

Example: @IAMCandiceMaria, I completed (Fill in Fitness or Nutrition Activity) for @ScaleBkAlabama #TWEETtheBURN


 Other Announcements:


WIN a FREE Month of Personal Training with my Spring 2014 “Share My Journey” Contest. Winners not only receive a FREE Month of Personal Training Sessions with me as I prepare for the NPC & SNBF 2014 Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, & Bikini Competition Season, but also winners will be invited to a front row seat to all of my shows during the 2014 Competition Season!  Along with other prizes as well as be featured on my Biweekly Blog Updates as an Ambassador for Wellness!

Will you be 1 of 3 lucky winners in 2014!? Winners will be announced in February, Training begins in March!

Contest available for Anytime Fitness-McCalla location ONLY!

share your journey

Share my journey to the stage and beyond by sharing your story with me so that I can inspire you to chase your dreams in 2014! Submit a video about your story to candicehubbard@gmail.com to be considered eligible.

 share my journey

My Personal Training Location:

Anytime Fitness-McCalla

4955 McAdory School Rd

McCalla, AL 35111

Booking a FREE Fitness Consultation is as simple as contacting me to set up an appointment!

Scale Back Alabama Local Area Coordinator

Candice M. Hubbard, BSN, RN, AFAA

Nationally Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach



www.iamcandicemaria.com and www.scalebackalabama.com


Periods of Training: Preparatory Period | Competition Period | Transition Period

So in talking with my personal training colleague at work one day, he said something to me that really hit home for me as trainer, amateur athlete, and newly certified USA Track & Field Level 1 Running Coach. He basically told me that I needed to create an annual plan for myself. Something I had been learning about in preparation for coaching track & field athletes, yet failed to apply it to my own personal training for the athletic activities I  participate and compete in myself.

Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail!

So in taking his words into consideration, I realized I had been doing just that. Having newly stepped into the realm of endurance running and amateur fitness competitions (female bodybuilding) this past year, I soon learned that to train for and prepare for either sport has to meet fine tuned strategic timelines and cannot if possible be trained for simultaneously.

So in creating my annual plan I have to decide what part of the year I will devote to running and what part I will devote to competitive fitness modeling (female bodybuilding).

In looking at the Periods of Training: Preparatory, Competition, and Transition at this very moment as I write this post I am in actually still in the Competition Period as I still have two more Endurance races ahead of me at the top of 2014. Once completed by early March, I go into my Transition Period, where I begin to transition how I train my body from endurance racing to fitness competitions (female bodybuilding). The first competition for that sport begins in mid to late May and runs until about late August.

So in summation:

My Endurance Running Macrocycle for 2014: 

Preparatory Period: September to November

Competition Period: November to March

Transition Period: March and September

My Figure Competition Macrocycle for 2014:

Preparatory Period: March to May

Competition Period: May to August

Transition Period: March and September

The Phases of Training: General | Specific | Precompetition | Competition

Fine Tuning the Plan: The Macro becomes Micro

I won’t go into specific training schedules and workouts here in my blog, as I teach and train clients for a living and prefer not to give out workouts in my blog. However, a general over view of making the “Macro” plan “Micro” is just that. Creating a time line of scheduled training sessions for myself outlined in each of the four phases of training: Developing the Mesocycle!

General Phase: this is my prep period where I put myself on a general training regimen. During the general phase for my bodybuilding (fitness competition) prep my training is focused more on building and maintaining muscle mass. During this same phase for endurance running prep, I focus on maintaining stamina, through base building, short runs on hills or longer runs on a combination of flats and hills along with total body strength training and flexibility work.

Specific Phase: in my specific training phase, the focus is on building  lean mass in specific areas, but also on shredding and preparing my body for leaning out in the pre competition phase. For endurance running, specific training at this phase is focused speed and timing of my runs.

Precompetition Phase: Pre-competition phase for bodybuilding is my final cutting period, this is where nutrition is the defining factor between a good competition experience and a not so good competition experience. Food tapering is a word you will find me using a lot around this time in my training. Workouts are still intense but everything is dependent on diet at this point. Pre comp. phase for endurance running is a lot of yoga,my runs shorten to non-existent to rest and reserve energy for the big day, strength training takes precedence over a run in the preliminary days before a big race as well as a lot of yoga stretches.

Competition Phase: Exactly what its called. Its the point in time where final prep work is completed and its show or race time! Time in between competitions or races is spent on improving and maintaining competition conditioning.

To be continued…….

fitness model photo opp

~ Candice Maria~