My name is Tara, but my friends call me Pig (in a loving way, I swear!). I moved to London, England in March 2012 to pursue a career in personal training, after leaving my job as a financial journalist in Sydney, Australia behind. I currently work in public relations for a sports centre but also do personal training on the side.

Ultimately, my hope is to combine my love of fitness and writing and work for a fitness magazine (or start my own!) or open my own training facility. For now, this blog is where I share my daily nutrition/workouts and my general ideas and advice about training.


I’ve always lived a very active life, but never saw any significant changes in my body until I began weight lifting. I grew up as a dancer and also taught for three years while I studied at university. Like many ballerinas, I suffered disordered eating habits when I was younger so I tried my hardest to promote positive body image among my students.

When I was 18 I began running, and was soon averaging 10 kilometres every single day. In total, I was exercising for three or four hours a day and eating a generally healthy diet, but one which was very low in calories. Yet my body never looked the way I wanted it to.

In 2011, I started lifting under the guidance of a trainer.


One month into my training I saw my coach compete and that’s when I knew: I was going to enter a figure competition. My original plan was to compete in May 2012 but our international move pushed back my competition date. I then planned to compete in June 2013, but being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) in October 2012 put a stop to that.

I toyed with the idea of competing in powerlifting instead, but I was involved in a serious accident in February 2013. Because of the operations I was forced to have, I was initially told I may never lift weights again. I slowly and carefully eased my way back into lifting, and joined a powerlifting/strongman gym in June.


I then became involved in strongman training, which is definitely my sport! My first competition was in September and my second was in October, which I won. I love the strength and support of the strongman community, and I am currently training for an England’s Strongest Woman qualifier in April and another comp in June.

I love the confidence lifting weights has given me, and I love knowing I can out-lift a lot of men! It also helps that my body looks significantly better despite the fact that I’m eating a lot more than ever before, and exercising a lot less than I once was.

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I preach the idea of eating big and lifting bigger. I currently offer my training services online, where I train a variety of people with different goals and backgrounds.

I love teaching women about the benefits of weight training (and the perils of excessive cardio, which I have now almost completely given up!). Even more so, I love proving to women that you can eat like a pig and still remain lean!

The majority of people have such big misconceptions about diet and exercise, and the aim of my blog is to address some of these issues. I hope my journey is not only personal, but informative. I have a tough love approach and I’m not afraid to be brutally honest. If you have any specific questions or issues you would like me to cover please let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

21 Responses

  1. Jackman
    Jackman at · Reply

    Great to see the website growing. I look forward to reading about your journey and you take on the diet and fitness…… Keep the blog coming!!!!

  2. Meg
    Meg at · Reply

    Try not to turn into one of those gross muscle women :S

    1. Brooke
      Brooke at · Reply

      This comment is so ignorant. That’s like telling a larger person, “Try not to get too fat.”

  3. Robyn @ GirlonRaw
    Robyn @ GirlonRaw at · Reply

    Congrats on training for you upcoming competition. I live abroad but am also from Australia and have a good girlfriend who is also training for competition this month. I am so amazed at her discipline.

  4. Sarah
    Sarah at · Reply

    So glad that I came across your blog :) I’ve dabbed with the idea of figure so I’m super excited to read more about this one! You rock girl

  5. Court
    Court at · Reply

    Wow… so stoked I found your blog. Seems you’re heading (or have started heading) in a very similar path in which I wish to pursue also!! Good luck with your journey, I look forward to reading updates :)

  6. Christine R.
    Christine R. at · Reply

    Welcome to London! I’m a Sydney girl too who moved in Feb 2012 with my husband. Good luck with your dream career as a personal trainer. Keep up the good posts with the handy tips :)

  7. sel
    sel at · Reply

    Hi Tara.
    Please can you come up to nottingham and train me :-)

    1. Tara
      Tara at · Reply

      If I make the trip one day, I will let you know ;)

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  10. Salman Hafeez
    Salman Hafeez at · Reply

    Can i have permission to use one of your Pictures as part of my ICT Unit 1 Dida course and only intend to use it for educational purposes only. http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/fruit.jpg Here is the URL of the picture. it shows friut and veg to promote healthy eating.
    Please reply ASAP. Thank you

    1. Tara
      Tara at · Reply

      It’s not my original photograph so I can’t grant permission, sorry. I included the source in my original post.

  11. Amy
    Amy at · Reply

    I just found your website today! (I googled “Dana Lynn Bailey diet” and your website was on the first results page – Gender Double Standards.) I’m checking it out and now and it is sooo refreshing (and encouraging) to hear about getting results after dropping the cardio. I’m looking forward to checking out some more posts. Good luck with all of your goals!

    1. Tara
      Tara at · Reply

      Thanks, Amy! I would love to know all about DLB’s diet too ;) I hope you enjoy my blog!

  12. Kylee
    Kylee at · Reply

    I am a personal trainer and avid lifter as well and am so happy that I stumbled across Sweat Like A Pig!

    What a great, informative and inspiring site. I own a women’s fitness clothing company that really pushes for women to step out of their comfort zone and try lifting something and watch their bodies become even more beautiful than they ever imagined.

    Check it out at http://www.ferofit.com.

    Thanks, Tara!

  13. Colleen
    Colleen at · Reply

    I’m so so glad I found this blog , very informative & I need your help !

  14. Kate
    Kate at · Reply

    I just happened upon your blog when writing an article on my own. So happy I found this. I think we have similar viewpoints surrounding the idea of exercise and food.

    I can’t wait to keep reading.

    kate @ coffee with kate

  15. Airnel Talatala Abarra
    Airnel Talatala Abarra at · Reply

    Hi Tara, I seen your blog via FFG blog and must say your life as powerlifter and how you put different context on your training is amazing. Currently, I am planning to do a PhD study about women’s bodybuilding and physique. I hope we can have some discussions about the topic. My email is batubalani@gmail.com. My post about the project is on FFG website as well.



    1. Tara
      Tara at · Reply

      Hi Airnel,

      Thank you. Please feel free to email me at tara_pig@hotmail.com if you would like to talk more :)


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