Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Tricia “Teefab” Floyd
Tell us about yourself
- Name Tricia “Teefab” Floyd
- Age 37
- Height 5’8
- Weight 146
- Occupation: Director of Education & Child care
Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.
I am a 37 year old lifelong athlete fighting for fitness with the intentions to inspire others to have faith and never quit. Shortly after getting married on 2012 I ended up having surgery after multiple miscarriages in attempt to start my family. I was told I couldn’t carry a child, however, after a rough pregnancy, God blessed my husband and I with my daughter Tia in October of 2013 and we were elated. Soon after, my daughter, Tia now 4 years old, went from appearing to have asthma to being diagnosed with the rare heart condition called Cardiomyopathy.
For the next 2 years after Tia’s diagnosis, our family endured med-flights to UVA and living in the hospital for months at a time, while Tia battled heart failure, kidney failure and dialysis. I would literally sit by her beside all day, inactive and living off fast food. Her time being sick caused her to have severe developmental delays and her mother, her sickness and the stress of it all also caused me to battle with anxiety, guilt, severe depression and weight gain. Soon I found myself weighing 215 pounds. Each time Tia appeared to get better, I would get back to training, but it seems as if I would lose 15 pounds, to only gain 20 the next time she was sick. But I refused to quit! I knew something would have to change. The tipping point was being sat down by her cardio team in 2015 with the ultimatum to list her for an emergency heart transplant. In faith I refused. I knew that she was a fighter like I was. And my faith assured me, if I could get out of my depression and let go of fear, she could progress. I couldn’t expect her to fight and be strong while I was so physically, mentally, and emotionally weak!
After some hard work, prayer and faith we went home and went to work getting her better. I began training again, and creating healthy habits, and studying body weight workouts that I could do just in case I had live at the hospital again. I started meal prepping and was determined to stay strong and on track, not just for me…for her! I noticed the stronger I became, the more Tia thrived. Fast forward 2 years of hard work, and we are excited to say Tia is celebrating over 2 years hospital free! Mimicking her strength I have lost over 75 pounds and have been competing in crossfit, powerlifting and now bodybuilding.
In 2017, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and broke the state record in deadlifting. I currently hold 5 World Records and I am on track to compete in Raw World Championships in October. I also competed in my first natural bodybuilding show in December and won all four of my categories and won my Pro Card.
What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?
(Tricia) Keep pushing and no matter what you are going through, you will be stronger for it.
What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?
(Tricia) Since losing 75 pounds, I have adapted the lifestyle of eating clean year round. I gave up meat about 15 years ago and am now a pescatarian, but I also try to keep an alkaline diet. Since I spent many years yo-yoing with my weight, I kept a journal of my progress and failures and was able to come up with a list of foods that worked well with my body.
What is a typical day of eating like for you?
(Tricia) A typical day of eating for me usually starts with some protein oatmeal. Rather I’m prepping for a show or not, I still eat 5 to 6 small meals a day and aim for at least ¾ gallon of water. My meals consists of lean fish, clean carbs and a leafy green. I give myself more leinecy on the weekends when I’m not in prep mode.
What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?
(Tricia) Because I am a hybrid athlete, my training schedule is a bit unorthodox, however it all works together. My main conditioning comes from crossfitting 2/3 days a week. I also train in powerlfiting 2 days a week. I have target strength training for bodybuilding 2 times per week and always take one day of rest and recovery every week.
Favorite body part to train?
(Tricia) My favorite body part to train is legs. I come from a track and field background and have exceptionally strong legs and core. I love training my legs because they make gains rather quickly and I can really push them to the max.
Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?
(Tricia) I don’t particually have a workout playlist because my training style. But anything Missy Elliot really gets me motivated to move!
Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?
(Tricia) I try to keep my supplements vey basic. I always include fish oil, vitamin C, BCAA’s, low carb whey protein, and l-glutamine.
Favorite food/Cheat meal?
(Tricia) My favorite cheat meal is strawberry pancakes from Denny’s! I usually have them before a big meet, on re-feeds and anytime I need to carb up to perform my best.
One interesting fact about you?
(Tricia) I still have every fitness award that I have won over the span of my life. The oldest being a 1st place feild day ribbon from winning the 55M dash in 1987. 🙂
To keep up with Tricia and learn more about her fitness journey go follow her IG page Teefabfitit