FEATURED ATHLETE: IFBB Physique America – Jim Hurtubise.
Evolutionofbodybuilding.net loves to feature amateur and professional athletes with a story to tell.
This feature covers future IFBB Physique America athlete Jim Hurtubise.
What does a Burger King Operations Manager and a Bodybuilder with a Ph. D have in common?
This man. Jim Hurtubise’s passion for bodybuilding started in 1992 during his freshman year at Biddeford High School in Biddeford, Maine. The community is a blue-collar football town that has produced some of Maine’s best football players and bodybuilders. Jim first started working out at a downtown hardcore gym, by the name of Liberty Gym.
He was so focused at building muscle and attaining the confidence he lacked, that nothing would stand in his way of achieving his goals. After 4 years of hard training and building muscle, Jim decided to take his passion for the sport to Springfield College to further his education in health and fitness. Springfield College has also produced some of the great bodybuilders such as, Jeff King, former Mr. America, Chris Aceto, former Collegiate Mr. America and current renowned trainer of the world’s top bodybuilders, as well as John Cena, a classmate of Jim’s for four years.
Jim’s drive and passion for the sport allowed him the energy to promote the first ever Springfield bodybuilding show. This show was a great success, which created much excitement for the sport of bodybuilding on campus and around colleges and universities in western Massachusetts & Connecticut.
Jim was a top student at Springfield earning high academic honors on his way to a Bachelor’s of Science in Health & Fitness in 1999, while also working as a Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Lady Vols & Graduate Teaching Assistant earning his Masters in Sports Administration in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Community Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2005.
Jim’s first show was the NPC Volunteer Classic in 2002 winning the Novice Class, NPC Eastern States 1st place in junior Middle-Weight Class and his most recent competition, the 2013 NGA Granite State in which he placed 1st in the Men’s Middle-Weight 35 and Over Class.
Jim’s next big adventure is coming back home to Maine and compete in the 2020 IFBB Physique America Northeast Open Master’s! He will be competing in his hometown of Biddeford, which will draw several hundred fans, which will include many of Jim’s family and friends.
Challenges of Working in The Fast Food Industry
Having a Ph.D. in Community Health Education and working in the fast food industry does seem confusing! The fact is that he loves working with people by motivating people to reach their maximum potential to achieve great results, whether it is work, fitness, or life coach related. Working shoulder to shoulder with his Burger King teams is something he absolutely loves, but being surrounded by cheeseburgers and fries, while building a stage worthy physique, is a daily walk in faith and test of strength. Jim says “I have no problem walking through the valley of the shadow of temptation 50 hours a week. It enables me to stare in the face of adversity and dominate – building my self-confidence and focus.”
Jim, age 42, currently lives in: Mechanicsville, Virginia with his wife Courtney and their three beautiful children: Bryden, age 13, Emmy, age 10, & Grayden, age 2. He has been employed by MHF / N & R Dining, a 19 restaurant Burger King Franchisee, for the past 15 years.
We will continue to post Jim’s journey to the stage on all our social media sites!
Name: Jim Hurtubise
Date Of Birth: May 19, 1977 (42 years old)
Currently Lives In: Mechanicsville, VA
Born & Raised In: Biddeford, ME
Married: Courtney Hurtubise (August 7, 2004; 15 years this year)
Children: Bryden, age 13, Emmy, age 10, & Grayden, age 2
Operations Supervisor, MHF Dining (Burger King Franchisee), 2004-Current (15 years)
Ph.D. Community Health, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (2001-2005)
Masters Sports Administration, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee (1999-2001)
Bachelor’s of Science, Health & Fitness, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts (1995-1999)
Gold’s Gym & American Family Fitness (2005-Current)
Scot’s Gym (1999-2004)
Springfield College Health & Fitness Centers (1995-1999)
Liberty Gym 1991-1995
NGA Granite State Open 2013, 1st Men’s Open Middle-Weight
NPC Eastern States 2003, 1st Junior Open Middle-Weight Class
NPC Volunteer Classic 2002, 1st Men’s Novice
Liberty Gym Bench Press Championships 1999, 2nd Place Weight Class
- To compete in a bodybuilding or powerlifting competition in every decade of my life
- To be an inspiration and role model for my kids – to be the Dad they look up to and say, “That’s my Dad!” and to be strong and sexy for my Smokin’ Hot Wife.
- To stay in top physical shape as I age to reduce the risk of long term illness and slow the aging process
Words To Live By
- Your “can do” has to get real with your “want to” so you can achieve what you “dream to”.
Favorite Music to Listen To In The Gym
- 80-90’s Heavy Metal (Guns ‘N Roses, Metallica, Black Sabbath, etc.)
Challenges Of Working In The Fast Food Industry
Having a Ph.D. in Community Health Education and working in the fast food industry does seem confusing – and it is! The fact is that I love working with people. I love motivating people to reach their maximum potential to achieve great results, whether it is work, fitness, or life coach related. Working shoulder to shoulder with my Burger King teams is something I absolutely love, but being surrounded by cheeseburgers and fries, while building a stage worthy physique is a daily walk in faith and test of strength. Personally, I have no problem walking through the valley of the shadow of temptation 50 hours a week. It enables me to stare in the face of adversity and dominate – building my self-confidence and focus.
Interesting Stories In The Journey To The NGA Stage In 2012
- Before I competed at the Granite State Open In 2012, I had asked my wife permission to compete. Now you may say, “Permission?” Yes – Permission! I gave my wife full authority to pull the plug on my competitive ambition if I “changed for the worse” as a Dad and a husband. Going all in to compete for a bodybuilding show is a very self-absorbing and life focused experience – everything changes and it impacts everyone. I did not want to take out any feelings of negativity, anger from lack of carbs, etc. on my family. It is not their fault. I chose to do this and if I could not control my emotions and live a normal life then I simply cannot continue down this road.
- One week out while I was working 45 minutes away from home, I stopped in at Dunkin Donuts and bought a Homer Simpson style donut with strawberry frosting and sprinkles. I took it out of the bag and placed it on the console and drove home with it by my side. Now you may be asking – is he nuts!? YES! You have to be a little crazy to put your body through something your mind has no interest in doing on its own!! Needless to say, I never took a bite, but what I did take from that experience was the last final run before the stage control of knowing that my dreams are bigger than this small temptation.
Before & After Pics 2012 NGA
2012: When I didn’t think I had a good before picture, my wife chimed up and said, “I do!”
2012: 2 Weeks Out & Showtime