It’s been a while since I’ve featured another AMAZING woman and, well, the time has come! Women need to elevate each other and celebrate one another. I want to give a big, sloppy, wet, thanks to Jennifer at KineticFix.com for featuring me this last week on her blog.
[Read that post here: How I RUN: Team LUNA Chix PDX’s Tiffany Henness.]
Let’s Talk Tara!
I think we can all agree that a daily dose of fit would be welcome in life, right? Well, let me welcome Tara, author of adailydoseoffit.com!
We are BOTH going to Blogfest at IDEA World in July! This will be my third time attending the world’s largest fitness convention and my second time at Blogfest. However, it will be Tara’s FIRST, so we got paired up to be Blogfest Buddies!
[We’re working on a secret Blogfest Buddy handshake.
In fact, it’s SO secret, Tara doesn’t even know about it yet!]
My name is Tara and I write A Daily Dose of Fit.
I am an ACE-certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, as well as a happy wife and mother to two littles (ages 3 and 1). These titles inspire me to share all things health, fitness, family and fun with high hopes of inspiring and/or helping others to find joy in their healthy living journey. I currently reside in Southwest Michigan, where I work as a fitness director at a health and racquet club. I teach Spinning, PiYo Live and barre, and train a number of different clients. Outside of work, running is my exercise of choice.
If you could meet your fitness celebrity crush,
what would you say to them?
It’s funny, I tried to think of one fitness celebrity crush I’d like to meet, but I’m blessed to work in an industry that produces so many great and inspiring people. Charlene Johnson, Meb…any trainer I might happen to read about in a fitness magazine…I’d tell them all one thing: “Thank you!” I’d thank them for continuing to push health and fitness in a society that seems to work against it, for positioning this way of living in a way that’s fun and inspiring. So, since I’m here right now on your site: Thank you, Tiffany!
[You are WELCOME Tara!]
Anything you’re really excited / nervous / anxious about the conference?
Ohmygosh. IDEA World has always been a bucket list item for me. So when I heard that Blog Fest was going to happen, I could hardly contain myself. I couldn’t come last year because I just had my son, but this year…I am so excited for everything. I can’t wait to meet the people behind some of my favorite blogs. I can’t wait to learn new techniques from the best. I can’t wait to visit California for the first time! Am I nervous? Sure. But in the best way possible. It’s going to be so fab, I just know it based on all the reviews I read last year.
If you could close one fast food chain, due to disgusting food,
what would you pick?
We don’t eat a lot of fast food in our house. There is a time and a place, and we typically choose Subway if needed. However, I’d get holy hell if I closed down Taco Bell or Wendy’s. My husband’s go-to cheat is Taco Bell, and my daughter loves a good frosty from Wendy’s (and so do I). But again, it’s not something we typically indulge in. We’re doing our best to teach our kids balance in every way possible.
When did you first become interested in the
fitness world and what sucked you in?
I graduated from college with a Communications degree, after which I worked in the advertising world for seven years. I absolutely hated the last agency I worked for…I was living in a city by myself, far from my immediate family and my husband (we weren’t yet married at the time), and the position itself was not at all what I thought it would be. So I turned to fitness in my free time. And when people started asking me for advice, I thought about making it a part-time/after-work gig. And then I lost my job, moved back home, got married and joined a gym…I’m still at that gym, only now I’m the fitness director!
What is your go-to place for fitness questions?
I’m partial to ACE Fitness and the IDEA Fitness Journal. I feel that both sources present fitness in a way that’s understandable and usable. They stay up on industry trends, standards, studies, etc. I know I can always find answers when I search their site or read their articles. Additionally, I have a number of health and fitness blogs in my Feedly. Too many to name, but so many great perspectives nonetheless.