Forged Feature: Tara D.

BIG congrats to the winner of August’s Shred Challenge: Tara D.

Tara has been training with us since March of this year and her results have been incredible.

Even when you’re training consistently and in a good routine with your fitness, it’s easy to get comfortable and fall off track a little bit. It happens to the best of us. Even though Tara has been training with us for months, she decided to challenge herself a bit and throw her hat in the ring for the August Shred Challenge.

It’s awesome to see what happens when you “get uncomfy” and push yourself that little bit extra!


Here’s our interview with Tara:

How did you decide to begin training at Forged?

I had tried out Forged February 2015 after seeing an advertisement on Facebook.  At that time my schedule would not allow me to continue.  But I remembered how much I enjoyed it in the short month I was there.  I decided in March 2016 to give it another shot.

What were your initial thoughts when you first walked into Forged? Were you intimidated?

I was definitely intimidated, even my second time around!  I remember Linsday Bain and Caitlin Edwards throwing around heavy kettlebells and I struggled with my 25 pounders!

What does training mean to you besides all of the benefits of being leaner, stronger, and more athletic?

I’ve always worked evenings and had a swing shift work schedule.  A schedule that ranged from getting home from work at 6:30 PM or 1:30 AM, while working 8, 10 and 12 hour shifts.  It’s never consistent, not even for a week.  I used to tell myself I’d wake up early and make the most of my days, but that didn’t happen.  I found myself sleeping in almost every day of the week, waking up just in time to go to work.  I was groggy all of the time.  It wasn’t until I joined Forged and suffered through the early alarm clocks for at least a solid month to attend the 5:30 AM class.  Then without even noticing, I all of a sudden became a morning person!  And even though my work hours are still crazy, I feel like training makes life feel more scheduled and balanced.

What changes have you noticed since starting at Forged?

I’ve gained mental fortitude I didn’t know was possible and learned how to properly fuel my body by dietary discipline.

What do you do to stay so consistent with the gym and your training?

When I first started SHRED, it was money focused.  I paid money for something, so that forced me to drag my body out of bed at 4:30 in the morning.  But then that evolved to something better.  I developed a bond with my teammates.  These are women I would’ve most certainly never met outside of Forged.  They’re fun, crazy, eclectic, caring, loving, etc.  I come to Forged for the same reason they do.  I want to better myself and what better place to do that than with like-minded people.

What gets you PSYCHED up the most?  What drives you and gets you going?

I blast 90’s on 9 and 70’s on 7 XM radio stations on the way to the gym every morning!!!!  I love a good jam.  Andy hates when I sing during workouts.  Not sorry about it. J

Up till now, what has your FAVORITE most memorable moment been inside the gym thus far?

Probably the first group photo I was in after a Saturday session.  I think it was Lindsay Bain’s last workout before she moved.  That’s when I really felt a part of the team.

For the “speed round” of questions…

Favorite Movie Character and Why?

“The Dude” from The Big Lebowski….because “yeah, well you know, that’s just like my opinion man…”

Favorite song that you’d want blaring on the speakers to help you hit a 1RM?

Good Vibrations by Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch

What’s your FAVORITE cheat meal?

I don’t really have one.  Probably an entire Tombstone pizza folded in half like a calzone, a stout beer, and key lime pie for dessert.

Your FAVORITE movement in the gym is?

Bear crawls.

How long until you can string together 10 toes-to-bar?

Hopefully a month, maybe two.

Your LEAST favorite movement in the gym?


FINALLY…  If there was one piece of advice you could give someone else for more success whether that be in the gym, in life, business, whatever, what would that be?

Observe success.  Emulate it.  Improve upon that.


We’re getting towards the end of Septemeber’s Shred Challenge and we’re pumped to see people’s results. This month has been awesome, and we know there will be some crazy results.

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