Fitness Models Questions & Answers - Tawnya
Gentleman Diet Exercise Advice
has been a fitness instructor now for over 4 years. She has been able to help
many dear friends achieve their personal fitness goals along the way, as they
have also helped her. She has taught at several gyms in Arizona and Texas. She
also teaches kickboxing, pilates, yoga, muscle conditioning, water aerobics and
spinning classes just to name a few. Tawnya eventually got into modeling and acting
which led to film making. She is now writing her own books, getting her art career
going and helping others with healing through teaching meditation and visualization
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Tawnya Gentleman - Fitness Model Statistics
- Name: Tawnya
- Height: 5'4
- Weight: 120
- Hair Color: Blonde
- Bust: 36 D
- Hips: 35
- Location: Washington
Tawnya Gentleman - Fitness Model Photos
Gentleman - Fitness Model Background
What's your background? How did you get started in the fitness modeling field?
I taught fitness classes or years and got in to
modeling/acting after that. This led to film making and I am now writing my own
books, getting my art career going and helping others with healing through teaching
meditation/visualization classes. I like to do everything!
What is the #1 thing you like best about being into fitness?
I love to work out and take good care of my body.
I love how I feel after a good workout as well as after meditation. I feel calm
clear and connected. As well as it helps own with confidence and self esteem.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?
My understanding of my self and knowing how to
honor my body, keeping my focus on how my body feels and letting go of the push
to be competitive by this society. The honor of ones self is the highest accomplishment
in my opinion.
Gentleman - Fitness Model Questions & Answers
Fitness Question #1 - What is the best way to get
started in the fitness modeling industry? Should I just contact the photographers
directly or should I use an agency?
Well I just started visualizing it and journaling
my dreams, then the doors started opening. However the beginning of my journey
brought many obstacles and I would recommend women be careful and wise in whom
they trust in. Follow your intuition and never feel desperate to do anything!
Fitness Question #2 - Please describe a typical day
for you. What is your daily routine like?
That honestly changes from day to day. I used
to be much stricter on myself yet I didn't feel all that happy. I was hiding out
in the gym to help heal after my dad's suicide. Then I began meditation and started
to allow myself to feel the feelings I was "running" from. Now I am
much more playful I workout, dance, go on nature walks, weight train and do yoga
.. I keep it fun and flowing I am not prisoner to any gym.
Fitness Question #3 - I dont have that much
time during the day to workout, so I really want to burn major calories in a short
amount of time. What is the #1 bang for the buck cardio exercise I
should do to burn serious calories?
My answer would be kick boxing, I Love kick boxing
it is fun and a great calorie burner. As well as being very empowering, which
I feel we could all use for balance.
Fitness Question #4 - How much weight (pounds) should
I focus on losing every week? What is a safe amount to make sure I keep it off?
I don't go by this; I follow how I feel and don't
obsess on the number on any scale. Just take care o yourself and make it a lifestyle
habit and all will flow beautifully in a harmonious way.
Fitness Question #5 - What type of food or supplements
should I take before and after my workouts to help me see results in gaining lean
muscle and losing fat?
My best advice is to have some lean protein within
30 minutes after a weight training session. As well as eat a good balance of carbs,
protein and healthy fats. Drink lot's of water and see yourself as beautiful and
fit everyday. I say no way to any kind of supplements that promise fat burning,
I personally feel these are very dangerous and the natural way is always best,
slow and steady wins the race!
Fitness Question #6 - How do you deal with cravings
for junk foods, sweets and salty food? I can stay on a diet for maybe a few weeks
but I eventually get really bad cravings and binge on snacks and fast foods.
I say positive affirmations such as "I only
crave that which is healthy for my body" this is a huge help but do it daily
until you believe it. Much o the craving thing is mental. Never send yourself
a negative message like "I can't have cake" this always backfires. Use
a positive in its place. Allow yourself to be human and have an occasional treat
with no guilt. I eel the guilt is what gets to us in the long run. This is your
life, live it!
Fitness Question #7 - Im trying to create a
healthy shopping list to stick with. What are some of the main foods I should
include to maintain a lean and muscular physique?
Lot's of veggies, lean protein if you eat fish,
as well as wheat bread, rice, grains, oats, fruit. Just
keep a balance and listen to your body. No one can tell another how they should
eat, in my opinion. One must listen and talk to their bodies, get to know yourself
not what others say.
Fitness Question #8 - Im about 35 pounds over
weight. I have never started an exercise program and really dont know where
to start. What tips can you give me to get started on the right track?
Just begin, believe in yourself and love yourself.
You can do anything, you are so powerful and you are creating your experience
by what you believe about yourself. Spend some time exercising each day walking,
weights, dancing, playing, and sports. Just get active and move.
Fitness Question #9 - I tend to eat out most of the
time and really dont know what healthy foods to order from the menu. What
tips do you recommend for eating out at restaurants to make sure my diet will
Eat clean as if at home, fish, chicken with rice
and veggies. And only eat what your need pack the rest up. Share with a friend
and help each other eat better and less.
Fitness Question #10 - What exercises do you recommend
for getting a bigger, rounder and fuller butt?
Step mill machine, run stairs, and do squats.
Visualize a fuller butt and accept what you can do with what you have. I your
super skinny than accept that and realize what your body frame is built to be.
Do your best and love yourself as you are a very important step to any success.
Fitness Question #11 - What is the most challenging
thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
Distractions, getting too caught up with life.
We can do this and loose sight of our needs and goals and we must take time for
ourselves to vent and feel our blood flowing and breath.
Fitness Question #12 - Please describe your normal
diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
Breakfast: Oats, muesli with soy milk or
low fat milk. Berries and OJ. Other days egg beaters, turkey meat, piece wheat
toast with honey. Juice or fruit.
Mid-Morning Snack: slice deli
meat, handful nuts, piece of fruit. Water
Lunch: tuna melt on
wheat bread, fruit, and water
Mid-Afternoon Snack: ½ bagel
with low fat cream cheese and berries, ½ cup milk
Salmon grilled, with homemade salsa, rice and greens.
Fitness Question #13 - What type of exercises do
you include in your routine to stay in shape?
Strength Training Exercises: vary between,
arms chest, then legs, butt, and shoulders back days. As well as incorporating
Cardio Exercises: machines, treadmill, elliptical,
nature walks, dance classes, kick boxing, cycling
meditation, days off or rest
Fitness Question #14 - What are the top 5 tips (specific
exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for developing toned and defined arms?
1. I like to do a variety of exercises for arms
switching from free weights to machines and cable systems. Starting with bicep
curls and hammer curls.
2. Also doing tricep curls and dips on a bench.
3. Pull ups are a good exercise for the triceps as well.
4. I enjoy
working my shoulders out as well and keeping a balance between arms shoulders
5. I like to switch from doing a burn out routine lifting the
most weight I can for the highest amount of reps. and then doing a build up in
weight on other days for 3-4 sets. Just be careful burning out your muscles more
than once every week or two. Not every day that will cause injury.
Fitness Question #15 - What are your top 5 tips for
losing unwanted body fat?
1. Positive thinking and limit stress/meditation
2. Cardio that you enjoy and regularly
3. Eating a healthy balance
between healthy fat, protein, and carbs.
4. Eating every 3-4 hours small
5. Watching your portion sizes.
Fitness Question #16 - What are your top 5 tips for
gaining lean muscle mass?
1. Eat enough healthy protein and fat.
2. Regular weight training time 4-5 days
3. Eating enough and balancing
the nutrition in your diet.
4. Cardio to burn unwanted fat away.
5. Stretch do your yoga, Pilates
To keep lean and flexible
Fitness Question #17 - What are the top 5 tips you
recommend for staying motivated on a fitness plan and truly making a healthy lifestyle
1. Reward your success as you go, get a new outfit
and think positive about your goals and believe you'll make it.
do it! Get in there and sweat and find a way every day to move.
a good workout buddy to go with and have fun, don't be too serious.
Allow yourself to have normal things and not neglect your body and be super strict
and deprive yourself of fun.
5. Stay focused and surround yourself with
Fitness Question #18 - What is your training routine
like? (Please include a few details - training split, sets/reps, exercises, types
of cardio, etc.)
Monday: 30 min on Elliptical, stretch then
did arms and shoulders on free weights and cable system. Did 3-4 sets of several
exercises with rest between and stretch follow with 30 more min cardio either
treadmill or elliptical then end with abs and stretch.
30 min cardio, stretch then legs did machines and free weights lunges, squats,
sumo squats, and dead lifts. 3-4 sets cardio 30 min and stretch/yoga
Wednesday: rest day go for a nice nature walk and maybe do some quiet yoga.
Thursday: do video or class of cardio and weights, dance class... stretch and
Friday: 30 min cardio stretch and do back and chest workout
then do abs and stretch
Saturday: do video or go for hike, walk
Sunday: teach meditation class rest day yoga if anything possibly
Fitness Question #19 - What are the top 5 tips (specific
exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for losing fat around the stomach and
developing a toned and defined midsection?
1. What you eat will contribute to this, so watch
what you eat.
2. Crunches, crunches baby also add some Pilates and yoga
moves for abs they work great.
3. I have never struggled in this area,
so I wonder if some just have a trim waistline and others struggle in other areas.
I am not sure how I feel about the whole genetics thing but I do think you have
to be honest with yourself of your body frame and its realistic possibilities.
4. Cardio is a great help all around and will burn the fat from the entire
body, so get that heart rate up and sweat.
5. while your crunching visualize
tighter firmer and more trim mid section, this may sound silly but I believe visualization
is one of the most important parts of any achievement. See it as if where already
so everyday and keep your focus and know you deserve a healthy fit body, allow
that to happen first in your mind the rest will follow!
Fitness Question #20 - What are the top 5 tips (specific
exercises, diet advice, etc) you recommend for toning the thighs, hips and butt?
1. One of the best for legs and thighs is lunges
baby. I do forward, back and side lunges. They are a great addition to your leg
2. For glutes the step mill is a great cardio machine as well
as sprints and hiking, they all target the butt area. Also doing leg lifts for
the glutes is helpful just give a good day or two of rest between intense leg
3. Send Love to your butt and legs and visualize them firm and
fit and they will send Love back ;)
4. Doing Pilates and ballet exercises
are helpful for inner thighs and butt calves and legs in general. Do a lot of
good stretching for lengthening
5. I Love kick boxing for an all around
workout and it definitely targets the butt and legs as well as is a great abdominal
worker. Plus it keeps you emotional balanced so you don't freak out on those you
love, that's a good thing!