Nope… that’s not Tania in costume.. and no she is not dressed up as a pregnant lady for Halloween. She is actually pregnant as she continues to ROCK the gym in her 2nd trimester! Tania is the definition of POWERHOUSE, as she is one of the STRONGEST ladies at the gym. She never ceases to amaze me, not only by her sheer ability to overcome her personal bests, but also her phenomenal focus and motivation every day to just KILL it in her workouts. Congratulations Tania on being member of the month… this is the first month that our winner is 1 and a half humans =). We congratulate you and your family on your beautiful baby boy – can’t wait to meet the cutie! Check out my interview with Tania to learn how much of a badass mama she really is:
Congrats Tania on being this month’s member of the month.. so how old are you?
I’m thirty—- hmm– six… I always have to think about it. I have a daughter, 3 years old… and a boy on the way, as you can tell haha!
How did you hear about KEEN? And what made you try it out?
Drive by. That sounds bad.. Haha. I was driving by Trader Joe’s, and saw it from the outside and it always looked very interesting. I’ve always been into working out, but it took me several months of “Ankeen-Stalking” on Instagram to make the first move.
How long have you been coming?
Just over a year and a half… and I feel spectacular.
What is the biggest progress you’ve had?
Physically or emotionally? It’s so much of both… like even though I’m older, I’ve never been in better shape. And emotionally, I can tell I’m mentally more clear.
Where do you think that mental clarity comes from? Definitely from having time to myself, and when you do good for your body, it absolutely benefits your mind.
You always have such a determined attitude.. And your ability in the gym gets crazier by the day. Have you always been this driven?
Yes… I’m a bit of an over-achiever.
Haha – So basically you just want to make all of us look bad?
Actually I’m not competitive with others. I really hate competition in general. But with myself, I’m super competitive. I’m my own driver.
What’s one of your favorite exercises?
I absolutely LOVE the bear complex, because it makes me feel like a bear.. Like a beast. I feel accomplished afterwards.. Super strong.
Why did I know you were going to choose the bear complex… you are a beast!
So you can lift some serious weight… were you always this mega strong?
No Actually… that was all Ankeen haha.
Does your husband know how much of a badass you are?
I think he’s in denial actually… I don’t think he wants to accept the truth hahah!
So should we set up a sparring challenge with him?
Oh ya, bring it on… even while I’m pregnant! He’s definitely not a couch potato.. But we do get some serious strength training here at Keen.
Any feedback about Ankeen?
She’s real.. What you see is what you get. Listen to her and trust her. That’s all you gotta do.
Tell us something that we don’t know about you?
I’m a PA (Physician’s Assistant), and I specialize in hematology / oncology.
Is that difficult emotionally?
It’s challenging.. but it teaches you to take nothing for granted, and enjoy every single day of your life. And be grateful for your health and to take care of yourself.
What’ advice would you give someone who is hesitant to try the gym?
Honestly JUST DO IT. Come with an open mind. Be prepared to fail the first week. Be prepared to feel nauseous, and tired, and challenged… but push through, and after that, you’ll be amazed at the results you see.
How has working out while pregnant been a new experience for you? And would you recommend it?
It’s an empowering feeling. The female body is amazing, and we don’t give it enough credit for all it’s capable of. We are strong beings. And this is my bonding time with the baby… I think he enjoys Ankeen’s playlists too. He’s always dancing around in there during the workouts. I would absolutely recommend staying fit and active throughout your pregnancy if you’re able to.
Any routine outside of the gym that helps you?
Definitely my protein powder and lots and lots of water all day long.
What’s your jam right now?
Don’t judge: my toddler is into the “Sing” Soundtrack… so I’m into the “Im still Standing” song by Elton John, and “Shake It Off”.
Restaurant: Sake Sushi.. Even though I can’t have it right now =( … I love their Omega 3 Roll!