Tarryn Garlington IFBB FIGURE PRO
Name: Tarryn Garlington
Date of Birth 01/APR/83
Trains out of: Planet Fitness & Club 4 Fitness
Years competing: 5 Years (1st show was in Sept 2014)
Years training: 5 years (But an athlete for entire life)
Sponsor/s I Sew It You Show It, All That Glitters Gems, 1st Phorm
Which division and federation do you compete with?
International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) PRO FIGURE
How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?
My training is intense! I typically operate on training splits, which basically means that I train a single major body part and a single minor body part per training session (for example, I’ll train legs and abs on one day and the next day I’ll train shoulders and bi’s/tri’s). My coach provides a fixed diet for me to follow for each meal that I’m expected to consume. Food options and quantities are provided for each food group (protein, carbohydrates, & fats) on my meal plan and I follow it to the letter. This method of “dieting” works best as it allows my coach to manipulate each source as needed throughout my prep. I prefer this method over the macro-based method because it takes the guesswork out of the process and leaves very little room for human error.
Favourite and Least favourites exercise?
My favorite exercise would most definitely be anything related to my back. I could do rows (all types) and pulldowns (all types) all day, every day if I could. I love training my back! But obviously to maintain a balanced physique, I have to space my back training days according to my training regimen, which typically equates to twice per week.
My least favorite exercise would be ANYTHING related to training chest. Chest is the one body part that I have no motivation to train. It’s not something that’s a main component of judging in the Figure Division, so it’s hard for me to find the motivation to train it.
Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods?
Let’s start with favorites… My favorite diet food would most definitely be my morning oats! Once you find the perfect mix of zero calorie, zero carb, and low fat ingredients to spruce them up, they are TO DIE FOR and worth waking up in the early hours of the morning to consume! My favorite (or “go-to”) cheat meal will always be pizza and ice cream, although I rarely get to consume pizza when in prep. I’ll take a New York style cheese slice over ANYTHING.
My least favorite diet food is fish (tilapia). I always dread the moment when fish creeps back into my prep diet, but I endure it because it has proved to be beneficial during the cutting phase of prep. My least favorite cheat meal is sushi! I know, I know…everyone loves sushi right? Yeah, not this girl. I’ve tried it on several different occasions, even in Japan where I’m sure most sushi lovers would say is the crème de la crème of sushi, but I have yet to find a roll that could make me a believer.
Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?
Yes, I am coached by Dave Hintz of Team Underrated Muscle. I recently joined Dave’s team this past September (2018) and it was one of the best decisions that I’ve made regarding my professional bodybuilding career. He is an excellent motivator and a true advocate for all of his athletes. Although he has hundreds of athletes that he coaches, he always finds the time to provide each and every one of us with the care and attention that we need/require. I’m pretty self-sufficient, but when I need him, he’s always there.
What are your likes and dislikes about competing?
I love, love, love, the stage!! It is my absolute favorite part about competing. I grew up competing in beauty pageants, so that coupled with my background in athletics groomed me perfectly for the bodybuilding stage. When I’m up there my alter ego takes over and I OWN IT!
My dislikes about competing are associated with the stigmas, or people’s perception of the sport. I hate hearing “oh she went too far”, “she looks too manly”, “don’t get too big”, “women shouldn’t be lifting weights like that”…and the list goes on!
Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?
This is such an easy question. Candice Lewis-Carter has been an inspiration of mine since I started competing and got enthralled in the world of competitive bodybuilding. I saw her beautiful physique for the very first time during her showing at the 2014 Olympia, which was the weekend following my very first competition. When I saw her present her stage package on the Olympia stage that year, my first instinctive thought was “Oh, THAT”S figure?!!”. I was so impressed by her physique and I knew at that very moment that I’d be in this for the long haul.
What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?
As a working adult, the sport of bodybuilding provides me with an enjoyable challenge outside of my day job. Many of us use the gym as a way to relieve the stress of the day, and competitive bodybuilding just tales it a step further. For me, it keeps me sharp, disciplined, and on top of my game in all aspects of my life. It forces me to be responsible because I’m juggling so many things at one time.
What is the biggest misconception people have about your comp pursuits?
That lifting weights will make a woman look manly. People look at females that compete in the Women’s Bodybuilding Division and they immediately think that all women that lift weights will eventually grow to that level of muscularity, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When I initially told family and friends 5 years ago of my intention to pursue competitive bodybuilding, that negative reaction was exactly what I received from many of them. It took them seeing what my division looked like on stage for them to realize what I was truly committing to.
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What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why?
Wow! My most recent competition, the 2019 Toronto Pro Supershow, where I snagged my very first win as an IFBB Pro athlete and secured my qualification for the 2019 Olympia! There really aren’t enough descriptive words in the dictionary that can describe my exact feelings in the moments leading up to hearing my name called as the winner of that competition. I was totally overwhelmed with happiness and disbelief. It was at that moment that stage grace and poise was thrown completely out the window and I cried like a baby on stage! It will go down in history as one of the most profound moments of my pro-competitive career.
Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?
Nah, I’m pretty boring for the most part…LOL
What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?
I plan to keep charging forward. My ultimate goal would be to be crowned Ms. Figure Olympia in the next 2-5 years!
photos supplied to us by Tarryn Garlington