Name: Rebecca Garrabrant
Birth Date: 05/15/1989
Birth Place: New Jersey
Current Residence: New Jersey
Height & Weight: 5’7, 140
1. What made you want to compete?
As a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and health coach, I was working very hard to help the lives of others but I was neglecting my own health. I was training hard but not eating properly or resting enough so I was not seeing any progress. I always told clients, friends, and family how important goals were but I realized I didn’t have any of my own. So i set one- I was going to enter a competition! As soon as I saw shots from the WBFF Worlds, I knew that I had to be a part of a WBFF show so I registered within days of making my decision!
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I am lucky to have a core group of friends, family and clients that keep me inspired on a daily basis. I also look to Pros and experts in the industry for inspiration. I have been working on using my own progress as my inspiration and really focusing on how far I have come, both physically and mentally, through this journey!
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
This upcoming show in Boston will be my WBFF debut! I competed in my first bikini competition on April 27th of this year at the OCB Jersey Natural Open in Burlington, New Jersey. Although I haven’t competed in the WBFF yet, I am already considering competing in the December 7th show in Atlantic City…my ultimate goal= WBFF WORLDS!
4. Who got you started?
I took a leap on my own when I decided to enter a competition but I had a huge help from a close friend of mine who is a figure competitor in the OCB. Also, I happen to stumble upon the NY Divas page shortly after registering for the show and, since I was a HUGE Lindsay Messina fan, decided to reach out and see if I could join their organization…what an amazing decision! The NY Divas have helped me tremendously with my confidence and stage presence; working with Kim Pearson 1-on-1 with Lindsay Messina and Kelly Klarich both watching was SURREAL to say the least! Although I don’t make it to Diva sessions as often as I’d like, these women are HUGE supporters in my competition prep and I am very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group!
5. Who do you look to for help now?
Aside from all of the help the Divas have given me, I have one person who has done more for me in my prep than anyone else; my boyfriend. He has taken on the role of training partner, photographer, therapist, meal prepper, you name it he does it for me! I am so blessed to have such an amazing, supportive partner to help me. Although he is not a competitor himself, he enjoys learning about the fitness world, competing and nutrition.
6. Where do you usually workout?
I typically work out at the health club where I teach BodyCombat, HealthQuest of Hunterdon. It is an amazing facility! Other than that, my boyfriend and I have a little gym set up in the garage which helps when I want to sneak in an extra workout or don’t feel like running to the gym!
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I generally rely on clean, whole foods for all of my nutritional needs but I do take a few supplements. My staples are a high quality whey protein concentrate (brand varies- nothing artificial!), BCAA’s, Glutamine, and a Hair/Skin/Nails supplement.
8. What are your most noticeable results?
My entire body has changed since getting serious about my health and preparing for my shows! I am a naturally curvy girl which will never change but I have leaned out quite a bit and my upper body amazes me every day! Even my booty and legs (which are the toughest area for me) have changed tremendously!
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness hasn’t only changed my life, I believe it saved my life. I suffered from poor body image and struggled with an eating disorder for years, beginning from a young age. About a year ago, I was still struggling with my ED and was on a path of destructive behaviors (training hard coupled but partying excessively and not taking care of myself). Once I got a grip on my health and began to eat and train properly, my whole life changed and I have found a new sense of self-worth. It has also helped me get my career on the right track and helped me get rid of bad relationships (and find good ones!)
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
Competing in the WBFF at the pro level is my ultimate goal at the moment and I would absolutely love to become a sponsored athlete. I have a photo shoot lined up, my first EVER and I am hoping to break into fitness modeling. After my next show, I am going to take a few months to work on my fitness level; not focusing so much on the aesthetics of lifting but really working on getting STRONG and functionally fit!
11. Describe your diet.
I eat clean year round and rely on whole foods and minimally processed ingredients. I rarely eat out and cook tons of lean protein, fresh green veggies, a few complex carbs and healthy fats. My typical diet includes lots of chicken, fish, turkey, bison, eggs/whites, avocado, sweet potatoes, brown rice/quinoa, oatmeal, aspargus, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage. I have a huge weakness for peanut butter so that’s a staple in our house but I definitely restrict my intake during prep!
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I typically train 6 days a week and give myself one rest day per week (maybe some light cardio). I usually do body part splits, hitting legs 2x per week and other body parts once (sometimes back twice). I have incorporated a lot more cardio into this current prep and love a quick, tough interval workout. I also teach BodyCombat twice a week; BC is a martial arts based cardio class that lasts 60 mins.
13. What do you do for a living?
I am a certified Holistic Health Coach, Fitness trainer and group fitness instructor. I recently formed my own LLC, Rebecca Ashley Health & Fitness, and I provide health coaching, fitness training and holistic life coaching services. I am working on growing my business so that I can be self-sufficient and not have to work elsewhere part time. For my part time work, I work for my father’s company; not a bad gig just not fitness related 🙂
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
My ultimate goal, again, is to be self-sufficient with my business and eventually own a boutique training facility in which I can train clients, meet with nutrition and life coaching clients and even hold workshops.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I grew up playing softball and basketball and also doing gymnastics. From age 3 to age 18, I played competitive softball and for the lats 6 years I played it was a year-round sport…lots of hard work! I have always been competitive and excelled in sports through my teenage years but decided not to participate during college.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to my amazing boyfriend, Ron, for being my biggest supporter and my rock through this journey. You are amazing! To my family and friends, I appreciate all of your positive encouragement and spirit. A HUGE thanks to the NY Divas for teaching me class and sass!
17. Do you have any hobbies?
I love to cook! The kitchen is my laboratory and I am constantly looking up recipes and experimenting on my own to make all of my clean food super yummy!
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
I think the biggest challenge for me is/will be not comparing myself to others and expecting to look like the best of the best in a short time. Getting down on myself is something I’ve struggled with so keeping a positive attitude and trusting the journey will help me a lot. Also, maintaining a balanced social life during competition season will be tricky but my goals are worth the sacrifice.
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
Negative self-worth and body image, an eating disorder and partying to cope with these issues. I have brought myself to a much better place through fitness and nutrition. I have also overcome the thought that I could never look like a fitness model; my hard work has shown SO much!