0735_E004455-Tara.jpg0735_E004455-Tara                 Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

I’m currently in Law School and I’m set to graduate in May 2018! (I cannot wait!) In all honesty, I have no idea what I’m going to do. I’m the type of person that goes with the flow, and things seem to work out pretty well that way. I’m completely immersed in the fitness lifestyle. When I’m not in class or at the gym you can find me skiing, hiking, trail running, biking, exercising my dogs, or some other variety of outdoor activities. That is why I live in Colorado now! Additionally, people ask me about ethnicity/race quite often. My mom is Canadian (French/Irish) and my dad is from Singapore (Indian). So, I’m quite a diverse mix.

What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy when I go to the gym and everything else in life fades away. Whenever I’m lifting I forget about any drama, any stressors, or anything else that preoccupies my mind. I also enjoy seeing healthy changes in my body.

How long have you been into fitness?

I’ve been lifting since midway through college (5 years). Though, I was a competitive horse-back rider throughout high school.

How did you get into fitness?

I started going to the gym every so often. Eventually, I decided to join the Temple University powerlifting club. This is where I really started to understand and become involved in fitness.

What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?

I used lifting to get away from the potent relationship I was in. I had become isolated, so I ended up relying on my own strength in the gym to gain back my confidence. I joined the powerlifting club to meet people and regain a social network. I also got a bodybuilding coach because I was more interested in competing in bodybuilding, than competing in powerlifting. I plan to rehire my coach and to compete after law school is over!

How has fitness impacted your life?

Can I even put this question into words?! Haha.

I dated the same person through high school and some of college. Because the relationship was so bad, I never learned who I was as an individual. When we split in college, the gym became my devotion. The gym helped me learn who I am as a person, what my capabilities are, and what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it. If I was sad, happy, excited, etc. the gym and the weights were ALWAYS there. This taught me that at the end of the day, I am the only person who can make myself happy and mold myself into the person I want to be. I don’t want to discredit my parents and my (now) fiancé because they are my biggest supporters.

Fast forward to today. I have developed an incredible support network on Instagram! Knowing that I’m impacting others and inspiring other people to work out makes me push even harder to keep becoming a better version of myself emotionally, mentally, and physically.

It is really extraordinary what you learn about yourself when you test your limits and step out of your comfort zone.

Instagram: @tara_alexa

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