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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Tanya Page

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Tanya Page! - Pics and info and more!

How Did You Get Started?

I started taking ballet classes when I was 11 years old and continued until 2nd year university. During that time I trained pretty intensively, always at the dance studio for 3-4 hours a night after school practicing for upcoming competitions and working on technique. After university started, I became more focused on school and work took over. I just didn't have the time to dedicate to my dance training anymore. I started running as a hobby, but lost a lot of muscle in the process; I was fit, but I was skinny fat.

My brother who had been lifting for years introduced me to weight training and I started researching all that I could about fitness and nutrition. I became obsessed with learning everything I could about diet, nutrition, and training. I remember seeing pictures of Jamie Eason on the internet and thinking "this is what I want to look like!" I showed my husband a picture of her, and told him I wanted to compete in fitness shows and be a fitness model. He looked at me like I was crazy (I was out of shape and pretty lazy then), but he supported my goals 100%. That was 5 years ago, and I've consistently trained since then and continue to learn more about my body each and every day.

Tanya Page
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Tanya Page

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

My training style varies according to my physique goals, how far out I am from a competition, and how my previous training split has been set up. Usually, I do 45 minutes of cardio in the mornings followed by abs or stretching and train one body part per day in the evenings. If I'm prepping for a show or photo shoot I'll add another 30 minutes cardio after my evening training session, depending on how lean I am. Other times, I'll completely mix up my schedule and do circuit training or HIIT sprints just to mix things up, not only to keep my body guessing but also to keep it fun for me!

An average week usually looks like this:

Day 1: AM Cardio/Abs/Stretching, PM Shoulders
Day 2: AM Cardio
Day 3: AM Cardio/Abs/Stretching, PM Back
Day 4: AM Cardio/Abs/Stretching, PM Arms
Day 5: AM Cardio/Abs/Stretching, PM Chest
Day 6: AM Legs
Day 7: Off

If I'm prepping for a competition I'll use Sunday as a makeup day for anything I missed during the week, I'll also use this day for posing practice, and/or add in more cardio on this day if I need to lean out more.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I rely on whole unprocessed foods for all of my diet, and have found I feel much better on a low carb/higher fat diet. I also listen to my body and don't follow any specific meal times throughout the day, if I'm hungry I'll eat, if not I'll wait until I am. Although I eat clean year round, if I'm not close to a competition or photo shoot I will have a cheat meal once in a while. Also, I am extremely lactose intolerant and have found my body doesn't respond well to whey protein shakes. If I'm in a huge rush and need to get a meal in, I'll use a vegan protein meal replacement such as Vega.

Afternoon Snack:
  • Handful raw, unsalted nuts
  • Or

  • 1 serving fruit
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Tanya Page

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I've used a wide variety of supplements throughout my years training and competing. By far, keeping consistent with my diet has helped me the most in achieving my physique goals - there are no ways around a consistent diet plan that works for you! On top of that I supplement with a multi-vitamin, vitamin d, and fish oil every day.

When I'm in contest prep mode, or feeling extra tired I'll use a pre-workout supplement like Gaspari's Superpump250 for a little extra energy. Or if I need the convenience of a protein powder I'll use a vegan whole food meal replacement such as Vega, as I'm extremely lactose intolerant and find most whey proteins upset my stomach.

With First Meal:
With First & Last Meal:
Pre-Workout (Optional):

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love fitness because it gives energy, confidence and motivation to every aspect of my life. Since I began taking my training more seriously and setting goals for myself I have literally seen my whole life change around me. It has given me the confidence to accomplish things in my life that I would have never even considered attainable before.

I love seeing the changes in my body, and comparing myself now to pictures of me taken just a year ago. I think it's absolutely amazing how you can completely change your body and your mental outlook on life through training and nutrition.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Honestly, feeling great and looking great every day motivates me to continue following a healthy lifestyle. I'm less tired, more motivated in everything that I do, and my overall mood/attitude towards life in general has increased 1000% with consistently following what I love to do and what works for me.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

After having been active with dance and running for so much of my adolescent years, continuing with fitness was just the next step for me. I always have loved being active and truly love training every day. Achieving my physique goals are just an added bonus to the way living a healthy lifestyle makes me feel, and competing in fitness and bikini competitions have become a fun hobby along the way. It's amazing to see how much you can push your body beyond your preconceived limits.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

After years of wanting to compete on the Figure stage I have recently changed my mind and started competing in the Bikini class this past year. Bikini is a look that is more attainable and maintainable for my body, which means I can stay closer to my competition weight in the off-season and maintain a level of leanness I'm happy with. For the upcoming season, I'll be focusing on competing at the national level and building my fitness modeling portfolio.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Find what works for you and run with it. Everyone is different, meaning not all diets and training styles work for everyone. The only thing that works for everyone is consistency! Be consistent with your training and a clean diet and you will see changes! Find something you actually enjoy - training wise and nutrition wise. You are more likely to continue and achieve your goals when you enjoy the process and aren't thinking of it as a struggle.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Jamie Eason and Pauline Nordin are definitely some of my favorites, along with all the amazing BodySpace members who have achieved their physique goals.

What Features Do You Use On

I use BodySpace often, checking out member profiles and reading BodyBlogs for inspiration. Seeing how others achieve and maintain their physiques is incredibly motivating. I also read articles and shop online at the store.

Photographic Credit:

Liana Louzon,
Gerald Blanchard

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