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One on One with Tamara - Continued
How regularly do you hit the gym when you are and not competing?
Whether I’m actively preparing for a competition or not, I try to hit the gym 5 days per week as far as possible. When prepping for a show, I’ll add additional cardio sessions in the evenings and/or weekends.
What's your typical workout routine like?
I train the larger body parts twice per week (back, shoulders, legs) and the smaller (chest, biceps, triceps) once. I try to do at least 3 cardio sessions per week (more for competition prep).
What’s are a few of your favourite workouts?
I love working chest, back, legs and glutes. I also love doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) cardio.
Any pet peeves at the gym?
Yes! When people linger on machines (daydreaming, on their phones etc.) When people don’t re-rack their weights after use When people try to talk to me while I’m performing a set
Most embarrassing workout or gym moment...
I was supposed to meet my cousin at the gym one evening so when I got there, I saw her standing at the counter and went up and smacked her butt. It wasn’t my cousin!
Does it drive you crazy when you don't get to exercise?
I definitely feel agitated if I have a workout planned and something gets in the way. If for some reason I go for more than a week without working out, I don't sleep well, I feel irritable and restless.
Are you that disciplined in every area of your life?
I would like to think so. I don’t think anything is worth doing unless you give it at least 100%. I do have a strong work ethic.
Are you fulfilled in your life and achievements and what’s next for Tamara?
I feel very blessed at this point in my life and while I am proud of my achievements thus far, I still feel there is so much more I want to do. My latest challenge is completing my Masters Degree - I gave up competing temporarily to focus on this. Once that is achieved, I’ll be looking for another challenge!
Who would you like to see in upcoming issues?
There are so many promising new athletes that can provide inspiration and motivation to those thinking about entering the competitive arena or just about adopting a healthier and more active lifestyle. Especially the ladies who can demonstrate that lifting weights does not mean sacrificing your femininity!
Any parting comments to our readers?
Never place limits on yourself! The human body and brain have so much untapped potential that can only be fulfilled when you push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Never be afraid to fail! It doesn't feel good at the time, but you learn much more from failure than from success.
  CHEST - CABLE CROSSOVERS - 4 Sets, 12 -15 reps
  BACK - LAT PULL DOWNS - 4 Sets, 12 -15 reps
  LEGS/GLUTS - MACHINE SQUATS - 4 Sets, 12 -15 reps 17

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