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 as a personal trainer out of two gyms in Putney and Kensington, and I also manage the latter.
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 as 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.
I met my husband, Rob, in 2008. As a regular weight lifter himself, he tried to get me to go to the gym with him and strength train. After some resistance, I finally took his advice and began 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 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 plan to enter England’s Strongest Woman in 2014.
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.
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.