How to be efficient in a crowded gym (Q&A)

When are gyms in Beirut the most crowded? In Beirut, peak times for training are weekdays from 8-11AM and from 5-8 PM. This is the universal rush hour period for gyms and Beirut is no exception. Equipment tends to be hard to access at this time (yes, cardio equipment and mats also included). When is…

3 Ways To Combat Gymtimidation (It’s A Thing)

I have received a recent email by a reader about how to stop being intimidated at the gym, the question was: Dear Tara, I always feel so self-conscious at the gym, how can I become more confident in the weight room? I feel like it is mainly for men and would like to get over…

Meal Preparation Ideas for Vegans who want to get Fit

What is meal prep? Why do I need to do it? The short answer is that any successful body builders takes into account the long-term aspect of fitness which is not just the week’s workouts but the week’s nutrition. Meal preparation helps them reach their goals. They eat according to those goals and take an…

Benefits of Pull-Ups

One of my goals this year is to get progressively stronger at pull-ups and be able to do more than I was able to last year. I have thus committed myself to doing 3 sets of 5 pull-ups a day and work my way up daily. I am now able to do 17-20 pull-ups and…

Will transitioning into a Vegan diet affect my levels of fitness?

Contrary to popular belief, putting on muscle and shedding pounds while consuming a plant-based diet is definitely possible. I would like to share with you tips on how to eat and workout on a plant-based diet. Protein Let me address the popular misconception that eating adequate amount of protein for muscle growth can only be done…

Self-Mastery as a means of visualising fitness goals

Self Mastery can only come from understanding yourself. “I understand myself therefore I can create a better life for myself.” This is a spiritual mindset. Now, in the physical world, such as improving physical levels of fitness, a mindset could be “I can improve my physical performance and I know that my will to create better…

Why Strength training helped me become happier with my body.

My relationship to food and exercise has changed over the last few years. Ever since I started lifting weights, I noticed that I no longer feel as horrible as I used to when I was trying to be a certain size.        My Struggle With Body Image.  I used to be the kind…