This has been a very strange time for us all, but so many of our members have proven that you can overcome any obstacle or change in routine if you’re committed to this lifestyle. One of those awesome members is this month’s Member of the Month, Tara Guidinger!
Tara is a 46 year old high school art teacher and has been a member of The Strength Collective for over a year now, starting with Warrior Strong Kickboxing. She’s also participated in Barbell Strong group strength training, Lean & Strong Lunch group training, and the Forever Fat Loss Solution nutrition coaching program. Most recently, Tara participated in our 4 Week Spring into Action Challenge, and has been in the top ten every week!
Continue reading below to learn more about Tara and her fitness journey:
Q: What got you started working out?
A: I was sick of being a slug and needed a time/place to clear my mind.
Q: How many days per week do you typically work out?
A: 4-5, but I try to do something active everyday.
Q: What’s your favorite exercise?
A: I really enjoy hiking with my dog, but in the gym, it’s deadlifting or kicking bags.
Q: What’s your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Get ready for originality here…Protein shake and a piece of fruit. Or…Ice Cream 🙂
Q: What do you find most challenging about working out?
A: Making the time and committing to it.
Q: What keeps you motivated to work out regularly?
A: That great feeling you get during and afterwards. Also, I LOVE the ever-changing challenge of it. Variety is key and group settings really help me too.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who’s thinking about getting started in the gym?
A: The hardest part is committing and starting-out can be especially overwhelming. Set aside time for yourself. Find personal or group training sessions that are supportive and keep you accountable. Also, don’t let age, weight or fitness level hold you back. It’s never too late and is truly beneficial for everyone!
Q: What is something you couldn’t do when you started, that you can do now?
A: Lots of things physically, but more importantly, viewing myself in a more positive light.
Q: What fitness accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: Deadlifting 255 lbs, and the mentality that I will get to 300.
Q: What goals are you working on now?
A: Trusting the process, self-acceptance, and that 300 club is still on the horizon.
Q: Tell us a random fact about yourself that people might not know:
A: I’ve traveled to 5 continents and counting.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about working out at The Strength Collective?A: The support and encouragement from Jenna, Kat and the fabulous members. It’s changed my life for the better and has redefined the word “gym” for me. And really….there’s no judgement here….all are welcome.
Thank you Tara for being an amazing member! Keep working towards those fitness goals and supporting those around you. We’re so proud of you!