Name: Tamara Kester
Height: 1.69 m
Competition weight: 54 kg
Current weight: 57 kg
Current city: Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation: Personal Trainer
How long have you been training consistently for and have you always lived a fit and healthy lifestyle?
I have always been a sports fanatic and was involved in competitive sports from a young age. I only began the gym side of things about 2 years ago.
What do you love about it?
I love the way being fit and healthy makes me feel! A healthy body is a healthy mind.
What competitions have you competed in and your placings?
- H&H Classic, Fitness bikini, 4th
- Ifbb Gauteng North Provincials, Fitness Bikini, 3rd
- Mpumalanga Nabba Championships, Miss Beach bikini tall, 1st
- Nabba SA Championships, Miss Beach bikini tall, did not place
What made you decide to start competing?
I had always excelled in the sport I had been competitive in. I wanted a new challenge, both physically and mentally.
What are your future plans?
I have just finished studying to be a personal trainer so that in 2013 I will be gaining experience as a trainer, as well as bettering my physique for competition. I am also planning on studying Bio kinetics at TUKS and am aiming to work with athletes in the High Performance Center, where ultimately, sports conditioning will be my main focus.
Take us through an average day of yours:
- 6am wake up, eat breakfast and pack lunch for work
- 8am- 5pm… WORK WORK WORK (eating my many meals at my desk)
- 6-7:30pm is spent at the gym training.
- Eat dinner before 8pm
- Shower and then dig into the books.
- 9:30pm bed time
Give us a brief description of your philosophy on your diet, pre contest and during the off season.
My basic diet on season consists of egg whites and oats, chicken breasts, green vegetables, almonds, green apples, steak and hake whilst limiting salt, sugar and dairy intake.
My basic off- season diet is basically the same, I just allow myself more cheat meals during the week. I don’t think it is possible, nor necessary to restrict yourself continuously especially seeing as my off season consists of higher intensity training and the extra calories are needed to build that extra muscle.
Do you believe in completely eliminating unhealthy foods from your diet, or rather not eliminating them just limiting them?
I don’t believe that it is healthy in our day in age to eliminate unhealthy foods completely. The way I see it is that humans adapt, and we have adapted to the foods that are put on the shelves, the steroids that are pumped into our meat, the pesticides that have been sprayed on our crops and the preservatives put into 90% of our foods. Everything in moderation is perfectly fine!
Do you believe in using supplements? If you do, what would you say to a woman starting out thinking she needs to take many supplements in order to lose weight?
I am proud to say that I used absolutely NO supplementation whilst ‘on season’.
“If you follow the right diet and training program, supplements are not necessary.”
At the moment I am only taking a whey protein shake to try to build some extra muscle fullness. The Optimum Gold Standard whey is expensive, but worth it.
Give us a brief description of your philosophy on your training and on average how long do you workout for?
I believe in quality not quantity. If you know what works for your body, your sessions should be quick. I do about 30 mins weights, 30 mins cardio on and off -season. Leg sessions are an hour, and cardio close to competition goes up to an hour.
What’s your favorite form of cardio?
Haha Nobody likes cardio, but my best would be spinning.
What would you say are the three best exercises women should include in their arm work outs to get toned, strong arms?
- Concentration curls for biceps
- Dips for triceps/chest
- Side lateral raises for shoulders
Fitness models or bodybuilders?
Favorite female fitness icon(s):
I am going to be really predictable and mention the common favourite, Jamie Eason!
“That one hour spent in the gym is important, but the key to seeing results is how you spend the rest of your 23”
How do you stay motivated with your training and when you have to diet, and avoid giving into cravings?
I appointed myself a motivational gym partner and trainer who would keep me going. Regarding diet, I would Google the nutritional info of the food I was craving haha!
Advice for someone wanting to change their lifestyle and achieve their ideal physique?
When my mother quit smoking and I asked her what made her quit and stick to it, she said,
“You have to WANT to do it”
So, If you’re not sure about it and already have doubts, you will not succeed. Your mind set is everything.
Where can people get hold of you?
- Email: tammykester[at]live.co.za
- Facebook: Tamara Leigh Kester