Athlete Profile: Tasha PoultonInstagram: @ox.tasha.xo Category: OPA Athlete Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: Michael Newman Trainer Website: www.musclescience.ca
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I have always been a small girl, but after having two children things just weren’t sitting where they were supposed to. I had no muscle tone nothing was tight and I just had enough of looking the way I did. I wanted to look better and feel better. I decided to do something to change my life and boy did it ever!
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
Up until last year (June 2014) I had never put time into going to the gym or doing anything to improve my body. From the first day I started, I went from 0 to 100% I went to the gym 6 days a week, putting my all into everything that I was doing. I was completely dedicated to doing what I had to with no excuses. and it showed.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I ate very healthy before I started this journey. but I never followed any specific meal plan. I had stomach issues and thought that if I stayed away from carbs it would help. little did I know that as a woman your body needs carbs (good carbs)so with the help of my coach I started to follow a meal plan. and just as I gave my all to my workouts, I did the exact same thing with my meal plan. they most definitely go hand in hand.
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings:
When I had started, I had no intention of doing any competitions. it was simply to have something to go by for workouts and meal plan, but after seeing how quickly my body had changed and how drastic the change was, the idea was thrown at me. So that 100% that I was putting into my body became 110% I pushed myself and I had so much support from my family and friends. I was to start out as a bikini competitor and 2 months before the show I had to make a decision.. I was too muscular for bikini and not quite ready for figure. So I had to either stop mid way through my prep and wait till the end of the year to go up to figure or still compete in bikini just for the experience.. I stuck with the show and moved up to figure. I had two months to build enough muscle and learn how to pose.May 2nd 2015 I competed at the Stephanie Worsfold classic in London Ontario in woman’s figure.I placed 2nd at my first show!
How many years have you competed?
Who do you look to for motivation and why:
My man is my number one supporter. He has helped me and pushed me along the way, always there to reassure me that I am where I need to be and if i’m not he kicks my butt in gear.Without him I don’t think I would be where I am now.
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
Having two kids, working three jobs and trying to plan out when I’m going to be able to get to the gym or get my next meal in. There have been lots of early mornings and some late nights. sometimes dragging the kids along with us to the gym at 6or 7 on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
If you want something bad enough, you need to go out there and get it. you need to put in the work to get results. your body is your masterpiece!
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