Prior to meeting Tara Carlton, I did not have a good relationship with food or exercise. I grew up as an athlete, but suffered from anorexia during my Junior and Senior years of high school. At my worst, I was eating less than 800 calories a day and running for 60-90 minutes everyday. By my fourth year of college, I had “recovered” from the eating disorder but still had extremely disordered eating habits. I was eating 1400-1800 calories a day and running 40+ miles a week (marathon training). I had an intense fear of food and of gaining weight.
At that point, I had been following the sport of bodybuilding for about a year. So, one day I finally decided to make a change. I walked into a local gym where I met Tara. I told her that I wanted to do a figure competition. From the very beginning, Tara was honest about the process but enthusiastic and encouraging. We trained together in Eugene that summer. One of the very first things Tara did was set my macros. Seeing that I was so small from running, she warned me that I would have to eat a TON of food and do little to no cardio. Eventually, she had me eating over 2400 calories with weekly re-feeds and only one or two HIIT sessions a week. I finally felt like I had permission to eat and not run for countless hours. I felt amazing and had energy!
Coincidently, we both then moved to Portland, where we continued training for my first competition. Our two sessions were honestly the highlights of my week! Tara is the most positive person I have ever met and always pushes me to do my best and work harder. She is encouraging, responsive, and has a clear plan. Unfortunately, about nine months after we started working together, I had to take a break from my show prep in order to finish my senior thesis. Shortly after, I moved to Colorado and decided to start training again. I found a local bodybuilding team and decided to give it a try. That was a mistake… My new coaches had me eating nearly 200 g of protein and only 15 g of fat. I felt sick all of the time and was loosing my desire to compete. But then, Tara randomly reached out to me with the sweetest message, saying that she was thinking about me, believed in me, and hoped I had a great day. It was exactly what I needed at that moment! Long story short, I went back to Tara with ADOFitness! Cumulatively, I have now been working with Tara for almost 1 year and 9 months and am incredibly thankful for all that has done for me!
Tara is very knowledgeable and I trust her 100%. She not only transformed my physical health, but my mental health as well. With her help, I have repaired hormonal imbalances and gained a healthy mindset in regards to nutrition and exercise. If you are looking for a coach who truly cares about you, your goals, and your health, I highly recommend Tara and ADOFitness. In this world, there are certain people who have the ability to change your entire direction. Tara is someone who has completely changed my life! (Also… if you want a booty, Tara writes a killer glute workout!)
– Annie Calhoun