When I turned 19, I decided that I would try my hand at modeling and did my first professional photo shoot. Shortly after, I was discovered by an agent appearing on my first major magazine cover and fell in love with the industry.My love for being in front of the camera allowed me to explore with television guest hosting shows including The Score, Bite TV and appearing in the comedy “The Love Guru” starring Mike Myers. My ventures in modeling led me to appearing in and on magazines, television and billboards for big names like Budweiser, Maxim, Blackberry, Bikini Village, Danier Leather, UMM Magazine, Baby Phat, and Body Glove… just to name a few.
After being blessed with years of an exciting and successful modeling career I was diagnosed with an extremely rare autoimmune disease, which turned my world upside down. As a result, it changed my focus from modeling to health and wellness and I have since dedicated a huge part of my life to doing everything I can to continue with a positive and high-energy lifestyle.
Since beginning my pursuit, I have not only improved my health, my strength and my body but I have absorbed an immense amount of not only knowledge, but personal experiences that I now share with my fans and clients.
One word to describe yourself?
How did you get into fitness/bodybuilding?
Growing up I was always a very skinny girl and was teased and bullied a lot because of it. I began working out to become stronger physically and mentally. When I started seeing the changes in my body & health I decided to change it from an interest into a lifestyle. After years of being successful as a bikini and glamour model I wanted to challenge myself again, so I decided to transition into fitness.
What is a typical daily routine for you?
Each day for me is very different so I don’t typically have a consistent routine. I do start each morning by drinking a warm glass of lemon water followed by my probiotic.
I make an awesome breakfast and of course take my vitamins. I like to start my days off right by doing these things as they give me the energy I need to conquer my day! I work full time at ISM Health & Wellness Center for VitaminDrip, check emails, write lots of blogs and keep up with my social networking. I work out in the evening to complete my day, and go home and cook.
I love cooking!
Your own physical feature you are most proud of?
What keeps you motivated to stay in shape?
Looking and feeling my best and seeing progression really motivates me. I have always had problems with my health, and that is what has fueled my lifestyle. Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. The confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness is like no other. I have an incredible support system around me who motivate me everyday.
My boyfriend and trainer, Amer “The Hammer” Kamra; is the most incredible person I have ever met. He motivates me every day to be a better person- in and out of the gym. With him by my side I feel like I can accomplish anything.
What is your eating plan like?
I am a vegetarian so I always have to make sure I am getting enough protein in my diet. I don’t deprive myself of foods and allow myself cheat meals here and there. I eat every 2-3 hours and my diet consists mostly of whole grains, oats, nuts, lots of veggies, tofu & tempeh, beans, quinoa, sprouts, berries, fruits, and protein shakes. I also love juicing fresh veggies and drink lots of water. I don’t drink milk so instead I have almond milk and I am not crazy about egg whites… I have to force myself to eat them sometimes.
What food can’t you go without?
What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to staying in shape?
Being constantly conscious and aware of my diet and staying consistent with my workouts. I have a lot of respect for people in the fitness industry- they are the most dedicated, disciplined and hardest working people I’ve ever seen.
What are your workouts like?
Friday– Fitness Bootcamp Class
Top 5 tips for people who want to get in shape?
1. Set goals for yourself.
Be specific with your goals so that you can actively plan what steps are needed to achieve those goals. Write them down. Plan them out. Ask yourself why you are getting in shape. Be accountable-once you decide to get in shape, make it public. Tell all of your friends & co-workers, start a blog.. this way you are more likely to be successful.
2. Surround yourself with positive people who encourage and support you.
Ditch those who want to go out all the time and drink/party and distract you from your goals.
3. Educate yourself.
Know what you need to do to get in shape. If you have no idea where to start or what you are doing- hire a good trainer. Do your research, as there are a lot of bullshit trainers out there. It is worth the investment. Hire a trainer who can assist you in all areas of your life (diet, training, coaching).
4. Clean up your diet.
80% of your success will depend on your diet – I cannot stress this enough. Don’t make too many changes at once, or you will probably end up running back to your comfort foods. Pick one food change per week, and stick with it (eating less calories per day, cut out soda, eating more veggies, cooking your own meals at home)…small changes can lead to big successes in the long run.
5. Be consistent.
Commit yourself fully in all areas of your life (social, exercise, diet) and know that you are not just “getting in shape”. This is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. This will not happen overnight. Focus on slow and steady progress. Sticking to your new routine will keep you feeling your best both physically and mentally.
Tania Z’s Workout Video
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What is the biggest myth you encounter every day in the fitness industry?
One of the most common things I get asked by women is regarding their fear of bulking up if they lift heavy weight. You can check out my blog about this here: http://www.taniaz.ca/will-women-bulk
Your favorite six pack abs exercises/workout?
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