Meet New York GAIN Trainer, Tara:
Why did you become a personal trainer?
Originally I thought I was interested in being a group fitness trainer only, however, being able to work with people one on one and see their progress on a more personal level is very fulfilling and now I do both personal training and group fitness classes equally.
AFAA Personal Trainer Certified, ACE Group Fitness Certified, Mad Dogg Athletics Certified
Favorite way to stay fit:
I do it all! I think variety is key and stepping out of your comfort zone is the best way to stay fit. However, if I had to choose, I enjoy Kickboxing the most!
Oh… I am a sucker for a dessert martini! Like a Pumpkin Spice Martini or Strawberry Cobbler Martini. Gets me everytime!
Favorite way to stay fit on vacation:
While traveling I always take my personalize “300 Challenge”. It’s 10 exercises (with no equipment needed) and you do 10 reps of each, three times through. This way I have no excuse, it’s short, it’s hard and I don’t even have to rely on the hotel gym. It has tortuous exercises like Burpees, Dynamic Pushup Jumps and Tuck Jumps, for example.
If you had to choose only one piece of exercise equipment to use, what would it be?
Mini Resistance Bands: it’s great for legs, butt, arms and back! Also easy to take anywhere!
Cardio or Weights?
Cardio with body weight exercises!
Which fitness myths bother you the most?
That women will get bulky if they lift weights. I tell women to grab “a heavy weight” and they come back with 5 lbs because they don’t want to get bulky and I just shake my head! Woman have 1/16th the amount of testosterone as men, so pick up more weight and burn more calories/build stronger leaner looking muscles!
Favorite part of your work:
Watching people change their lives and start working out because they love it instead of because they need to. Seeing people transform into happier, healthier individuals makes all my hard work and time worth it!
Favorite meal to cook:
I love cooking new recipes all the time. This winter I’ve gotten really into Cauliflower Soup and Black Bean Tacos! The Cauliflower Soup is super easy, just take vegetable broth to a boil, add in 1 head of chopped cauliflower and a half cup of pecans (or nuts of choice). Simmer for about 15 minutes, then throw it in a blender and boom! You’ve got a delicious, low cal soup for days!
Best Nutrition Advice:
Cook at home!! You will save over 200 calories per meal if you make your own food at home versus going out to eat or ordering in. Also – TRACK YOUR FOOD! I am a huge advocate of tracking your food everyday, most people have no idea how many calories, fat, carbs they consume on a daily basis, and apps like MyFitnessPal nowadays make is easy to monitor! Oh – and remember – even healthy foods have calories, so just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean you can eat double the portion.
Want to train with Tara? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an introduction!