Are you looking to kick start your fitness routine? Tamara Anthony, fitness influencer born and raised in Orange County, California, has all the tools to get you started. Tamara recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology and currently works as a head coach at Orange Theory. As someone who has been physically active her whole life, she was passionate about sharing her tips for staying in shape and helping women become the strongest, healthiest versions of themselves. Tamara created her fitness account, @tamara.fitness, this past year to share her workouts, fitness tips, and nutritional advice.
"During quarantine, I hit a low in my mental health and knew I needed to focus my attention on things that make me happy and passionate… which is fitness. My fitness account saved my mental health.”
If your fitness routine was put on hold this past year due to the lockdown, you are not alone. Many of us have found creative ways to stay active and have taken to home-workouts since our usual workout routines had to change. Weight training is essential to building muscle and achieving that toned look many of us are going for. Tamara recommends to focus less on the physical results and more on the mental benefits that come with getting stronger.
If you are just starting out at the gym, Tamara offers tips and advice to ease gym anxiety and feel confident. She says, “I recommend planning out your workouts entirely so that you know EXACTLY what you’re doing before you get in there! It will help to take away that anxious “what’s next?!” feeling! Also, remember that everyone goes to the gym to work on themselves. No one will judge you for doing the same.” She also released a complete gym guide to take away the stress of planning out your workout, with over 120 exercises to ensure you never get bored. And if you don’t have access to a gym or prefer home workouts, Tamara shares minimal equipment exercises that are perfect for beginners.The biggest tip to starting your fitness routine is to find what you love and start slow. Just get moving in whatever way you can. Summer is the perfect time to stay active while doing fun activities. Tamara says, “I loooove to go on long calming walks to clear my mind and also an easy yoga flow to stretch out my body. I am hoping to get back into surfing soon.”
Tips to Build a Booty
If your goal is to build a booty, (let’s be real, whose isn’t?) Tamara is the perfect person to look to for tips and tricks. But remember, there is no quick fix. It will take a lot of hard work and consistency to see results.Here are her top five moves for building a booty:
- Hip thrusts
- Dead lifts
- Bulgarian lunges
Healthy LifestyleFitness should be something you enjoy, and never a punishment. Tamara is a big advocate of working hard and playing harder. Finding balance between social life, work, and fitness is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you are constantly overworking yourself and being overly strict in your fitness routine, it can be difficult to stay consistent.
“Create habits that will last you forever. Try not to go for the quick fixes or doing things you don’t enjoy because that is how you burn yourself out.”And of course, there are those days when the motivation just isn't there, and that is totally okay! If this past year has taught us anything, it is that we have to prioritize our well-being and mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical. Luckily, fitness is a great outlet to deal with both. Being transparent with her audience is one of the most important parts of her fitness account and her authenticity is what makes her so inspiring. She says, "It’s important to show people that everyone goes through ups and downs and life is never picture perfect! I honestly hate following those who never show hardships because it just isn’t realistic.”
Food is Fuel
When it comes to achieving your fitness goals, nutrition is even more important than working out. Tamara's go-to pre-workout meal is usually a big bowl of oatmeal, and then post workout she opts for a nourish bowl filled with tons of veggies and protein. Moderation is key when it comes to creating a sustainable diet. Don’t be afraid to eat those carbs, your booty gains will thank you. She also cannot live without her pre-workout drink and a hype playlist before she hits the gym. Shop her favorite pre-workout, You Can Beam Sour Blue Gummy, with code TAMARA10 for 10% off your order.
Check out her YouTube channel for a more in-depth look into her day-to-day routine, as well as her go-to meals, grocery hauls, and recipes. She says, “I really wanted people to see more into my life and YouTube was the perfect way to do it! I want people to watch my videos to get the motivation to kill a workout and eat healthily.”
Strong Girl Summer
Forget about hot girl summer, this year it’s all about strong girl summer and becoming the healthiest, happiest version of yourself. So whether you have been working out hard or hardly working out, Tamara Anthony is the perfect one-stop shop for all things fitness. Be sure to follow @tamara.fitness on Instagram to get started on your fitness journey today with her simple-to-follow workouts. And remember, as Tamara would say, “Make today your bitch!”