A Bit About Me
My name is Craig Hughes and I officially started Body by Craig in April 2013 after spending a year part-time privately prepping a pageant contestant (Arielle Rosmarino) for Miss Virginia USA 2013. Arielle came out of nowhere to finish 1st Runner-Up and shocked a lot of people especially pageant insiders.
I saw first-hand that there was no comprehensive prep coaching being done in the pageant world, it was all very fragmented and the fitness training was very static and standardized, like it still is today.
I proved I could do it better and decided to jump in full-time to manifest my own vision of how pageant physique prep should be done. I changed the pageant world and haven’t looked back since.
During Body by Craig’s first year Arielle Rosmarino won Miss Virginia USA 2014 and made the Miss USA semi-finals. Overall in my 6 pageant seasons as Body by Craig I’ve trained 4 Miss Virginia USA titleholders in Virginia alone along with several others from the Midwest. This year Body by Craig’s current Miss Virginia USA 2019 Courtney Smits made the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Finals.
Outside Virginia as my reputation has grown my business has expanded nationwide and worldwide. For the past two years Body by Craig has been voted a Pageant Planet Top 5 Trainer and Virginia Trainer of the Year. I’m particularly proud of those achievements because the awards are based upon votes and Body by Craig has a small select client base.
Last year Body by Craig’s Miss New Zealand Emily Sullivan placed in the swimsuit finals at World Supermodel and in January 2020 will be representing New Zealand at Miss Globe in Mexico. And Body by Craig’s superstar Rachel Stacy won Miss Glam World 2019 in Kochi India over Miss India and also won the world runway title. Rachel is one of only a handful of American pageant competitors to win a world crown on foreign soil since the millennium.
This pageant season (2020) in addition to being the official trainer for both Virginia and D.C. USA Body by Craig is training Teen and Miss USA competitors in 12 different states.
Craig has not only transformed my life on the floor of the gym but in every room I walk in today. Through motivational coaching and physical coaching, Craig has shaped me into the independent, driven, and finally confident woman I am. I'm endlessly thankful.
I love working with Body By Craig, when you're his client he's fully invested in you as long as you're invested as well! Craig has been one of my biggest fans and I'm one of his, and although we've gotten close, he still tells me what I need to hear instead of what I want to hear. Craig has been like a father and a coach to me and has been very helpful to me in accomplishing not only my fitness goals but my personal goals as well.
Craig pushed me in every way: mentally and physically. With him I achieved much more than my dream body, but a team of people urging me to always be my best in and out of pageantry.
First Runner Up at Miss California USA 2020