TERRE HAUTE —
Although Anthony Hubbard enjoys competing in most sports, the Northview senior claims that he “loves” two of them.
One is traditional for a high school athlete; the other, not so common.
Football and bodybuilding.
“My true love of a sport is bodybuilding,” Hubbard said recently, “with football being a close second.”
Leading the Northview football team in tackles in 2009, the 5-foot-10 Hubbard played defensive tackle, defensive end and running back at a bodyweight of about 215 pounds. The Knights finished 8-2 in what was Hubbard’s third season of football at Northview, his second on varsity.
When he was younger, the versatile Hubbard wrestled for Northview as a sophomore (junior varsity) and as a junior (varsity) and threw the shot put and discus for its boys track and field team as a sophomore.
When he was even younger and a whole lot lighter (wearing extra-small shirts), Hubbard won an age-group (12-15) state championship in mountain-bike racing.
“I was one of the smaller kids in my class,” recalled Hubbard, who started lifting weights for exercise during the winter of his freshman year at Northview.
Now he’s 18 and grown into manhood, which was evident by his victory in the male teenage division of the National Physique Committee (NPC) Midwest Championships for bodybuilding April 24 at St. Louis. He also competed in the light-heavyweight class of the men’s open division but didn’t place, yet he received valuable tips from talking with more experienced competitors in their late 20s, 30s and 40s.
Thanks to that teenage title — earned in his first bodybuilding contest ever — he qualified for the 2010 NPC Teen Nationals in July in Pittsburgh.
“I still have some more weight that I could take off,” Hubbard admitted. “I’m really going to hit it hard for this next one.”
In preparation for the Midwest Championships, Hubbard explained, he stuck to a strict “extremely low-carbs” diet for eight weeks. He reduced his bodyweight to 193 pounds while taking in 200-250 grams of protein and “little to no fat” each day.
After the April 24 show ended, as one might expect, he devoured a Domino’s pepperoni-and-bacon pizza in his St. Louis hotel room. Now that he’s between contests and he’s able to eat bread, brownies, milk and peanut butter again, his bodyweight has shot back up to 210-212 pounds.
But Hubbard plans to resume dieting soon and drop down to 185 by mid-summer.
Employed by a Terre Haute restaurant, which probably isn’t good for dieting (wink), Hubbard works out at the Brazil YMCA. He credits longtime bodybuilder Steve Kidwell and his parents, Bill and Honnalora Hubbard, with providing the inspiration and training advice he’s needed to become successful in the muscle-flexing sport.
Determined to bulk up after the Teen Nationals and compete in high-levels shows in a few years, Anthony Hubbard said he’d like to take his bodybuilding career “as far as I can.”
“I plan to hit the weights hard,” he promised.
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