TARA SAYS: You can keep your boxercise. I like weights. 100kg sled drags are my cardio, powerlifting is how I burn fat. Training for a nice body is so girly and working for strength delivers better-looking results – my mini-circuit proves it. Shoot for 8 to 10 reps of each, rest 60 seconds and repeat 4 to 5 times.
GYM ETIQUETTE NO-NOs
“Talking to me in the middle of a set. This actually happened – I was in my local gym on the weekend and a guy started chatting to me while I was on an incline leg press (in the middle of set). Also, don’t lift your top to check your abs. No one cares.”
“I don’t think a guy needs to live in the gym, but I love keeping fit and being active, so he would have to be sporty in some way, be it on the pitch or a water sport!”
Strict Pull-ups (neutral grip): 10 reps
1RM Deadlift: 100kg (bodyweight of 47kg. That’s more than twice her bodyweight!)
HER FAVOURITE WORKOUT TOOLS
“We have a sled track – 25m of glorious forwards and backwards weighted sprinting! Try that at the end of your session for a finisher. We also have a Viking press, and strongman equipment for the Farmer’s Walk which you can add weight too. For pressing, we have Swiss bars and thick bars – great tools to improve your pressing strength.”
Load a barbell. Step over it so it’s behind you. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, then drop into a squat. Grab hold of the bar using a pronated grip like a deadlift, only the bar is behind you. Drive through your heels, extending hips and knees until you’re standing. Do 8 to 10 reps.
Grab the parallel pull-up bars with a neutral grip (palms facing in towards each other) and tense your core as you pull upwards. Once your whole jawline is above the bar, return slowly back down until your arms are straight. Keep your core tensed. Do 8 to 10 reps.
Stand with the barbell above the centre of your feet (which are shoulder-width apart). Grab the bar overhand so your arms are straight and knees slightly bent. Pull the bar off the floor, keeping your back straight and bar close to your body, until you are standing straight. Do 8 to 10 reps.
Using dip bars, drop down slowly and with control until your chest is in line with the bars, then press explosively back to the start, making sure your arms are straight at the top of the movement. Do eight to 10 reps. Hold a dumbell in between your ankles if body weight dips are too easy.