Meet Taylor – the 5’10” 26-year-old fitness trainer from Atlanta. For THE 20s, her focus is Functional Fitness, so if that’s your passion too, make sure to follow her on Instagram at @taybayallday and watch THE 20s on Beachbody On Demand to support #TeamTaylor!
Were you into fitness growing up?
Totally. I’ve been skiing since I was three.
Not near Atlanta, I assume…
I actually grew up in Evergreen, Colorado. I was born in Denver, and we moved to Atlanta when I was seven. Every weekend my parents would drive us to Copper Mountain where I learned to ski. That was my first memory of being really active.
Learning to ski was awesome and it teaches you a lot about coordination. I realized how much I love about moving. So I actually was a dancer, which I don’t claim to be right now – at least not ballet or jazz or any of that. But, I did tap, ballet, jazz, and I played basketball and tennis and golf. I played everything. I love love love love love sports. I still do. When we went to Atlanta, I started playing basketball and tennis.
I played guard and then forward when I got taller. And in my freshman year of high school, I got into lacrosse. One of my basketball teammates brought her lacrosse stick to practice and I was like, “What is that?” She was like, “It’s a lacrosse stick. We have tryouts tonight. Want to come?”
I showed up, it was raining, it was muddy, and I loved it! I was so used to playing sports indoors or on clean courts and this was my first real outdoor field sport. I went on to play in college and coach lacrosse.
What did you study in college?
Psychology. I love the brain. I think it’s so exciting. The fact that you can rewire the way you think and the way you behave. The tie between psychology and fitness has been a driving force in my career.
How do you use it to motivate others?
I think success has a lot to do with being at peace with where you are. I tell my clients, be kind to yourself. They’ll be like, “I’m so fat, I’m so slow, I’m never going to make this team…” I’m tell them it’s a habit of thought. That they’re in a pattern. Coaching isn’t just about training someone – it’s about teaching them and helping them rewire how they talk to themselves.
What is your favorite body part to work?
I really like working core. Functionally it’s the most important for me. But also, who doesn’t want a sexy core?
Let’s talk about nutrition for a moment. Were you always a healthy eater?
I’ve always been pretty healthy. After basketball games, we’d go out and my friends would get fries and burgers, and I’d get a salad and soup.
What nutritional strategy do you follow?
I try to eat five meals a day. Some days are imperfect because life happens, but I do my best to plan ahead. I try and get my carbs in in the morning and have vegetables and proteins with every meal. I eat different types of fish and I like lean turkey, lean chicken, and tuna. I also recently got into goat’s milk yogurt.
Do you have a cheat food?
Just raw broccoli! It’s my treat! [laughs] I have a gluten and a dairy intolerance. But there are some dairies I can handle. So if I’m going to splurge, I’m have gluten free cheese pizza with onions and sausage and all of the fixings.
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