When Teresa Giudice made her debut in a bodybuilding competition earlier this summer, savvy Real Housewives fans probably couldn't help but notice that she was following in the footsteps of The Real Housewives of Orange County fitness guru Tamra Judge. And it turns out when The Real Housewives of New Jersey yogi wanted to transition into the world of bodybuilding, she actually asked Tamra for some advice.
"I talked to her. I had seen Teresa maybe a year ago, after my competition, in New York and she had said, 'Oh my gosh, I've always wanted to do that.' And I said, 'You should; you should try it.' And I saw the past [six months], like everybody else, the pictures of her working out and I could tell by the way she was working out that she was training for a competition because not too many girls train like that," Tamra recently told The Daily Dish. "It's just not typical. So I'm like, 'I bet she's going to do a competition,' and sure enough she did one."
Tamra notes that it takes a lot of work to get to a place where you can compete and place in a competition like Teresa did. Teresa debuted in her first bodybuilding competition back on June 9 at the NPC South Jersey Championships in Medford, New Jersey in an unforgettable little purple bikini. Teresa placed third in the Bikini: 40+ category in the competition.
"And it takes so much dedication, so much drive," the SoCal fitness guru said. "It consumes your life. Like 24 hours, it consumes like everything in you to do this. And I just sent her a message just saying I was proud of her. She looked great and good job."
But, Tamra is quick to point out that she was the first among the 'Wives to make her debut in the fitness competition world, having first started competing back in 2016. "I'm a trendsetter, come on!" she laughed. "I think I had the first boob job on the show — and sure enough, everyone else starting getting them."
Check out Tamra in action, below.