Tylor, welcome to MFS, it’s great to have you on board!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your fitness journey began…
My name is Tylor Davis. I am 21 years old, and have always been a fitness junkie. When I was younger I played all sorts of sports from dancing to ice hockey. I loved being active and couldn’t sit still for a second. As I got older, I decided to focus more on dance. I danced for my high school for all four years where I held the captain position for two years. Once I graduated from high school, I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to continue dancing at Davenport University where I danced for three years and held the captain position for two years as well. Although I had a blast dancing I began to realize I was suffering from what is known as Athletic Anorexia Nervosa.
I was doing way too much cardio, and not fueling my body with the proper amount of food!
This can be very common in young women, but also very dangerous. I was doing way too much cardio, and not fueling my body with the proper amount of food. It took me awhile to realize what I was doing, but once I, did I knew I needed to make a change, and help better myself before it got too far out of hand.
Dance was my life for 18 years, and I never imagined the day would come that I would put dance to rest, but it did. This year I decided to take a different path in life and realized as much as I love dance, I wanted to do something else for myself. Push myself to my limits and test myself. I decided to start training for my first figure competition about 5 months ago, and absolutely love the journey so far. I have two of the most amazing coaches and can’t wait to see where this decision takes me!
What is your training philosophy and what does your workout program look like?
Working out and eating clean does not need to be a drag. Make it fun!
When it comes to training, I simply cannot get enough. I am at my happiest when I’m in the gym hitting the weights with my trainers. My philosophy is simple, short and sweet, and that is to have fun with it. Working out and eating clean does not need to be a drag. Make it fun! If you enjoy what you are doing, your results will be that much better.
You are going to get what you put in, so why not give it your all! Remember no one is asking you to be perfect, so do your very best to become the best YOU possible. I train 6 days a week, and with the help of my trainers, I have a great workout plan put into place. I am beginning to see some incredible results. It takes time, but being patient is key. Sundays are usually my rest day. Rest is a must. Your body needs that time to grow and recover in order to function properly. Take your rest days and enjoy them!
What are your beliefs about nutrition? Can you give us an example of what your daily diet looks like?
If I haven’t learned anything else through my journey so far, the one thing I have learned is that you need to eat. You MUST fuel your body. Nutrition is the number one most important thing when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.
Take care of your body, It’s the only place you have to live!
Read your labels and pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Take that extra time to do some research on the food you eat. Just as Jim Rohn says “Take care of your body, It’s the only place you have to live.” Don’t treat your body like a garbage can. Fuel it with healthy clean natural foods and you will be happy with your results. Yes it is extremely important to get to the gym but without eating clean, you may have a real hard time reaching the results you’d like.
My daily diet consists of 6-7 smaller meals a day. I eat every 3 hours and each meal consists of a protein, carbs, and healthy fat. For example:
- 8am- Pre workout meal/ Breakfast: Oats, Egg Whites, Protein powder, Natural peanut butter
- WORKOUT (:
- 11-11:30am-Post workout shake: Protein powder
- 1:30-2pm-Lunch: Chicken, Brown rice, Veggie
- 4pm- Snack- Protein shake, or egg whites
- 6-7pm-Dinner: Chicken/Tuna/Salmon, Sweet potato/brown rice, Veggie
- 9-10pm- Bedtime Snack: Cottage cheese or Egg Whites
How do you stay focused, disciplined and committed to your fit and healthy lifestyle?
The biggest thing that keeps me going and motivated, is my passion for it. I absolutely love it. I love that feeling I get when I’m in the gym working out, and the way I feel as I’m leaving the gym knowing I just destroyed a workout! When it comes to being focused and disciplined, I have my coach to thank for that. He is constantly on me to make sure I am doing what I need to be doing to see the best results. I tend to also be very hard on myself. I love living a healthy life style, so for me that is enough to keep me going.
You can do anything you put your mind too. Believe in yourself!
I would suggest if you are struggling to find a way to keep yourself focused and disciplined, come up with a goal big or small. Write it down and place it somewhere that you will see it multiple times a day. Remember that goal, and remember exactly why you made that goal for yourself. Make it a reasonable goal, and tell yourself you can do it! You can do anything you put your mind too. Believe in yourself.
What is your biggest achievement when it comes to fitness so far?
I have had a lot of great success when it comes to fitness throughout my life. As a dancer I have placed very well in numerous national competitions, competing against teams from all over the world. I have yet to start competing in any figure competitions, but I hope to one day reach the nationals stage for that as well.
Overcoming my Athletic Anorexia Nervosa, is a huge success for myself!
With that being said, achievements don’t necessarily need to be a huge event. They can also be small incidents throughout your journey. Overcoming my Athletic Anorexia Nervosa, is a huge success for myself. Being able to turn your life around and become a healthier you is probably one of the greatest successes in my books!
What are your current and future fitness related goals and projects?
My future goal is to step on stage at my first figure competition, strong and healthy, representing the best me possible!
Currently I am working hard every day to get myself prepared to begin competing as a figure competitor. My current goal is to put on as much muscle as I can by eating clean and lifting heavy! My future goal is to step on stage at my first figure competition strong and healthy representing the best me possible. Besides training, I am also a full-time student. I am currently going to school for my science nutrition degree in hopes to become a nutritionist. I am also working towards becoming a certified personal trainer. I would love to combine the two and work in the fitness industry when I finish school.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling in staying committed and reaching their fitness goals?
Everyone struggles at some point in their life. It’s completely natural. No one is perfect, and the more you try to be perfect that harder it is. Relax everything will be ok!
- Find that inner confidence!
- Figure out exactly what you want, pick a reasonable goal for yourself, and run with it!
- Don’t dwell on the little things
- Mistakes happen and are meant to be made in order for us to learn. Embrace your mistakes and failures, they will help you tremendously throughout your journey
- Keep your head up, and work hard: You get out what you put in, so give it 110% every time.
- Don’t compare yourself to other people: You are who you are for a reason, be thankful for the body you were given, and if there’s parts of it you don’t care for, work hard and make it better.
- Use those negative thoughts as positive motivation, and I promise you, you will get the results you want!
- Find a good support system: Lean on them when need be! It can be tough to do it on your own, so don’t be afraid to share your journey with others. The one thing I’ve noticed, and absolutely love is that the fitness world is one huge family. Use others stories as motivation, and allow them to help you through!
What are your top 2 favorite exercises?
Leg day is most definitely my favorite day!
Picking only two of my favorite workouts is very difficult. I love working out and I enjoy doing pretty much an exercise knowing it is bettering me in the long run, but if I had to choose I would probably go with squats and curls. I love working both my legs and biceps. (: Leg day is most definitely my favorite day!
Can you give us 3 Fun Facts about yourself?
- I have a serious addiction to peanut butter (:
- I am a huge hockey fan
- I don’t like red meat (but I eat once a week, because it’s good for you!)
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