Tanika Taking It On And Growing Stronger Every Day
Meet Tanika, one of my earliest Personal Training (PT) clients *back in the day when I still had my L plates on 😬*, and she’s stuck around. Yet another person experiencing some setbacks this year through no fault of her own, but I find her resilience and focus on overall wellbeing admirable!
What is your exercise history?
Growing up I was never sporty – I did dancing and horse riding, but thinking about planned exercise wasn’t really a thing. When I left school, I couldn’t do that anymore, but I was working a really physical job on a horse stud – so physical activity was part of my daily life.
I then went from a really physical job to a sedentary job and had to try to do some decent movement elsewhere .
It wasn’t until I had some issues with my knees, and got nowhere seeing Drs and specialists, I came to see you for PT to build some strength and muscle. Then I fell in love with it, and the environment here. The shed here is where it’s really become the little community that it is.
I’m not the type to walk into a gym personally.
How has your training changed over time?
So much. At the start it was just about building up my knees, then I started to love it and I love that now my training is personalised in Gold sessions, and that we are educated on the what and why in the process.
My goals have changed this year, due to an injury outside of exercise. That’s been accommodated and Angie has been in touch with my physiotherapist and structured my training according to the safest path of rehab, while being mindful to keep me motivated.
What is your favourite part of training at the shed?
The community environment, I look forward to coming here and I really enjoy the space, I find it motivating – the layout, everything is nice, everything is clean and I love HER (our mural by Dan Bianco Art). I think she’s inspirational in a way that she is achievable.
I like feeling the challenge of our sessions, I fell in love with the sore muscles you walk out with. There’s so much variety here – I love the weights, I loved doing kickboxing sessions but also MetaPWR. I don’t like Metafit lol. Kickboxing is the only real cardio I’ve ever liked.
One of the things I love about this place too is that everyone is so different, different levels, shapes/sizes and abilities…. that’s one thing that makes me panic about going into a gym, just walking into a room full of instagram types or bodybuilders.
And everyone in Gold sessions has their own programme to suit where they’re at so you know you’re doing what’s right for you, instead of doing guesswork.
What’s the biggest struggles you’ve had staying on track?
This injury. And trying to find a new normal when it’s thrown my other goals out the window for now. I had just started a strength training programme, so redirecting my goals to be rehab based has been really hard mentally. Having the support here really helps.
What do you feel is the most effective training for you or has given you the best results?
All the weights, I’m motivated by the weights I enjoy picking them up and “throwing them around” – and I can’t believe the difference they made, as I previously believed the stereotype of “weights will make you look like a man”.
One of your biggest lessons?
Smashing the stereotype of what effective training is, and right back when I was training to go and do a photoshoot overseas, how much food I could eat when I was eating properly along the lines of what Ange advised me. Looking at macronutrients to suit me instead of just calories.
Any advice for someone wanting to get started?
Just to start. And if you’re not confident to join group stuff like I wasn’t, doing a block of PT with Ange really helped, I probably wouldn’t have stuck it out if I didn’t do that initially.