Tamra Judge's transformation has been incredible to watch. The Real Housewives of Orange County mom has taken on the challenge of completely changing her body in preparation for the fitness competition circuit, thanks to the help of an incredible workout routine and her trainer, Mia Finnegan (see video above). The workout fiends met through a mutual friend just as Tamra was ready to finally conquer her dream of competiting professionally in the world of fitness competitions. "She has said that she always wanted to do a fitness competition, and I guess it's always been in the back of her mind," Mia told The Daily Dish in an exclusive interview.
And Mia has the resume to help Tamra get to the top. She's appeared in various competitions herself, including Ms. Natural Universe, Fitness Olympia, and Fitness America Pageant. She's also trained women for the Miss Universe and Miss Mexico beauty pageants, so working with Tamra was a natural fit. "She's always wanted to do one of these — but never really flipped the switch on it. And I think after knowing my background she was like, 'I'd love for you to help me,'" Mia added. "Obviously, I was a former world champion. I have a big smile on my face 'cause I love doing it. We have a blast together."
Mia explained the process it's taken to get Tamra from "skinny fat" to the lean, mean self she is today — and that means treating their workout sessions as seriously as doctor appointments to ensure Tamra never misses a single one.
"When we started she was skinny fat. And she knows it. She's small, tiny. But not a lot of muscle. There was muscle under there, but she had quite a bit of body fat on top," Mia said. "Just to watch the transformation, even today, she has a crazy schedule. She's a mom of four and to watch her be so dedicated and so disciplined to her nutrition, her supplements, her family obligations, her work obligations, her gym obligations, and she's doing it. That's where I come in and help her stay fit with that crazy busy schedule that she has."
Tamra's alsoe experienced changes beyond her physical appearance. "Her spiritual walk has been the most dramatic change. She is taking two minutes, at least — I know it sounds silly it's only two minutes — before she even gets out of bed to be able to thank her creator for giving her another day," Mia explained. "It's pretty amazing, that transformation."
And Tamra's husband Eddie Judge has certainly noticed. "It's great. Eddie definitely loves the way she looks. I know [daughter] Sophia all the time says, 'Oh my gosh, Mom, you have a deep groove in your back.' So that's the muscles that have come out, so it's awesome," Mia said. "Her transformation is so beautiful."
All that hard work will soon pay off as Tamra is only weeks away from her first fitness competition. She'll compete in Muscle Mania on May 28 in Orange County. "Basically we're trying to do this is a personal goal for her, so we always go in with a very positive mindset. This is a serious growth for her and this is a personal goal that she wants to achieve," she said. "Whether she comes in first, second, third I have no idea. We always say sometimes it's flavor of the day, you just don't know? But we do go in with a winning mindset, but she's a winner just for doing it."
Check out photos of Tamra's journey through fitness, below.