My name is Tara, but my friends call me Pig (in a loving way, I swear!). I am an Australian who is currently travelling around Europe, working as a freelance journalist and personal trainer while exploring all of the gyms this part of the world has to offer.

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, like many ballerinas, I suffered disordered eating habits when I was younger.

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.


I originally planned to enter a figure competition, but my international move and then subsequent diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) put a stop to that.

In 2012, I moved to London, England. I briefly toyed with the idea of competing in powerlifting, but I was involved in a serious accident in February 2013. Due to the operations I had to have, I was initially told I may never lift weights again. I sought a second opinion and slowly and carefully eased my way back into lifting.


In June 2013, I started strongwoman training. My first competition was in September 2013 and I have won a few since then. I am currently ranked as the 7th strongest U75kg woman in England, but I will sadly not be there to improve my ranking this year.

I did my first powerlifting competition in February 2015 to improve my performance as a strongwoman. My best lifts to date are a 120kg squat, 58.5kg bench and 140kg deadlift.

I love the confidence lifting weights has given me, and the fact that my body composition has improved as I continue to eat more than ever before.

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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. 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. If you have any specific questions or issues you would like me to cover please let me know. Thanks for stopping by.

25 Responses

  1. Jackman
    Jackman / 6-8-2011 / ·

    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 / 6-16-2011 / ·

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

    1. Brooke
      Brooke / 3-29-2014 / ·

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

  3. Robyn @ GirlonRaw
    Robyn @ GirlonRaw / 10-1-2011 / ·

    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 / 10-15-2011 / ·

    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 / 1-1-2012 / ·

    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. / 3-17-2012 / ·

    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 / 9-5-2012 / ·

    Hi Tara.
    Please can you come up to nottingham and train me 🙂

    1. Tara
      Tara / 9-5-2012 / ·

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

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  10. Salman Hafeez
    Salman Hafeez / 11-15-2012 / ·

    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 / 11-16-2012 / ·

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

  11. Amy
    Amy / 12-9-2012 / ·

    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 / 12-9-2012 / ·

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

  12. Kylee
    Kylee / 10-31-2013 / ·

    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 / 11-18-2013 / ·

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

  14. Kate
    Kate / 12-14-2013 / ·

    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 / 2-18-2014 / ·

    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 / 2-21-2014 / ·

      Hi Airnel,

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


  16. Kevin
    Kevin / 5-16-2015 / ·

    Hi Tara, just wanted to say that I love your site. I just left a typical job to become a personal trainer (NASM cert). Health and fitness have always been my number one passion but I didn’t think about getting into the field until I learned how I had severely damaged my metabolism after years of over-exercise (cardio) and under-eating based on following the advice of the the mainstream fitness media rather than doing the real research. I am now on a path to restoring my fitness and metabolism by eating the right amount and lifting with very little HIIT. Your articles were one of my main sources of good real fitness advice. I would like to now channel my passion into helping others with solid research based advice and training plans. Thanks again. Keep up the great work.

    1. Tara
      Tara / 5-18-2015 / ·

      Thank you so much! That makes me very happy to hear 🙂 Good luck with your new career – I’m sure you will do great as you are so obviously passionate about it!

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