Battle for Shape of "Tara Fredericks"

Hello, who are you and what sports/fitness routine do you play?

Hi! My name is Tara Fredericks. I have actually never played sports. Growing up I was the kid who used every excuse NOT to play sports. Now, I work out usually 6 days a week - from the comfort of my own home.

How do you get ready to train for your sport/how do you train?

I personally follow Beachbody programs, so they’re structured with a trainer - it takes the guesswork out of what to do next. Now that I am more experienced I would be able to structure my own routine at the gym, but in the beginning I wouldn’t have had that knowledge. These programs made it easy for me to learn new moves while also learning to move my body.

After a workout/game, how do you recover your body? What do you do to get your body in shape? What type of diet do you eat? 

If I am doing a lot of muscle work - IE lifting weights, I always drink my Beachbody Recover. It ensures that my muscles repair quickly and saves me from being really sore - especially on leg day!

I always warm up before a workout, but I also take Energize. Beachbody’s all natural pre-workout. I used to have to drink several coffees in the morning. I’ve eliminated the need with the use of a pre-workout and natural endorphins.

I follow an Intermittent Fasting schedule 16/8, 16 hours in a fast 8 hour eating window. Along with the Portion Fix program (coloured containers) that make it super easy to get all the nutrients and fuel that my body needs.

How do you prevent injuries when you’re training? What type of stretches do you normally do? What’s your routine looking like?

It’s REALLY important to warm up and cool down accordingly. Also to know when form is off. I video record my workouts so I can see if my form is off. If it is, that might be a queue to go down in weight or even drop the weight all together.

Right now I am doing a program that has 10-15 minutes in the warmup. We are focusing on firing up all the muscles from head to toe, with a heavy focus on glutes since they’re constantly under used.

After the warm up is done, I do 30ish minutes of work. (Yup, that’s it - I am not one for spending hours at the gym). 

I also walk daily with my dogs and stay active outdoors with my nine year old!

If there is someone wanting to get to your level, what type of advice would you give them?

Let’s chat! 

Literally anything is possible. When I started my fitness journey I was 210lbs, I had decided I would be “big boned” forever. It was just a lie I would tell myself to excuse not moving my body that day. Everyone can and should move their bodies! 

I spent years of my life binge drinking on a daily basis, and then moving to the cupboards and binge eating.

Now I have been sober for almost 2 years. If you had asked me then if I would ever stop drinking, the answer would have surely been NEVER.

One day (a Wednesday), I got up and said I don’t want to get hung over anymore, and I want to be able to walk up the stairs without getting winded. That was it. Two small goals. They became so much more. There is so much more to life than what we are seeing. 

Trust me, YOU CAN TOO!!!

How do you structure your day now? What projects are you busy with?

I have just retired myself at the age of 33 to come home and do this full time - helping other women get started on their own health and fitness journeys that is!

What a dream come true, eh!

Now I get up in the morning, soon school will start and I will get my daughter out the door, I have 9 animals to care for and then I drink my pre-workout and head to the home-gym! After that I spend a few hours speaking to women who have their OWN goals, and how I may help them achieve them! I am honestly so lucky!

How has your journey on social media been? Future plans?

Honestly, it has been a wild ride! You can scroll through my IG and see my earlier stuff. From practically no followers, to SO MUCH support - it has been amazing! People always ask if there are negative people, yes. But honestly, not many! A lot of people LOVE to see other people happy - and if someone rude lands in my DMs, well - the block button is just a click away. 

Lots of future plans to come - but it’s going to start with helping more women and building a team of like-minded women who want to be their own bosses as well! 

Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you so much for having me tell my story - how amazing is social media to connect our accounts. I feel honored to be able to tell a bit of my story here.

Knowing what you know now, what do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago?

Nothing, everything that’s happened has lead me to where I am today.

How can our audience find you online? 

Find me on Instagram: tara.fredericks

Link to Tara Fredericks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tara.fredericks/

Tara Fredericks have just retired herself at the age of 33 to come home and do this full time - helping other women get started on their own health and fitness journeys that is!