Mom Crush: Tina Toner

Tina Toner has a fantastic outlook on life, and it definitely stems from her healthy lifestyle. For years she has worked on maintaining a well-rounded, consistent workout and nutrition plan, and as a personal trainer, she’s helped to completely transform countless peoples’ lives. How does she run a successful business, and balance her work and personal life? Find out below. And you’ll love finding out who her most influential female role model is…

Tell us how you got into personal training.

I had a lot of different jobs throughout my life, but fitness was always one of those things that was continuous. I’ve been training myself since I was 19 – I just loved the way I felt, and so I turned it into a business in my mid-20s. I had this strong desire to help people feel just as good as I did. Today I do personal training, and run my online fitness and nutrition programs called the “Busy Mom Bootcamp” and “Little Black Dress” for women who want amazing results from home.

What is the largest amount of people you’ve trained simultaneously?

65 people is my biggest group. (Laughs) It was a lot for one trainer to manage!

What is the biggest challenge if you want to get into better shape?

I think it’s two things: We can find so much information on the internet and on nutrition and exercise that I think it’s an overabundance of info, so people don’t know where to go. Or, it’s a lack of motivation – they want the end result but don’t want to do what it takes to get there.

What are a few of your steadfast rules when it comes to wellness?

You have to treat yourself as a client and pencil yourself into your life. The majority of trainees will put other people first. If you would never show up late, miss or cancel on a client, why do we do that to ourselves? Physically pencil yourself in. Respect your time and respect your goal.

Secondly, you have to have an understanding that momentum is key. The hardest part is getting started. If you can get past the first few times and trust it will get better, it will become a part of your life. But you have to give yourself the opportunity – go through the resistance and then you’ll start to see results and you’ll want to do it naturally.

Who is a female role model you admire and greatly respect?

I was speaking with some friends recently and thinking about how the majority of speakers in fitness and nutrition that I listen to and watch are male. And it bothered me that I couldn’t find a female that I look up to in the same way. So, I made a promise I was going to become her instead of reaching for someone to give me that.

What is your favourite part of your job?

You know what gets me excited? Receiving feedback from people whose lives I changed. When they write to me years later and say that they’re still in the best shape of their life, I know I’ve left them with more than a short goal realized. They have the skills and confidence to continue without me. It makes me feel good to know that, without me, they can still manage on their own.

Where is your favourite place to workout?

I’m really inspired by my environment, so I love training in a gym where people are training hard. I’m really inspired by people who are training intensely.

What do you do you do on a day off? Or do you even get a day off?

I don’t need full days off because I only work a few hours at a time each day. But when I go on vacation, I give myself more of an opportunity to tune out.

Any tips for someone thinking of starting a business?

I imagine that anyone starting their own business already has the confidence to do so, so do a lot of research on people who are successful in your field. The only people I ever attached myself to were my mentors. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.

What is your go-to dinner?

It’s simple, quick, nutritious: tuna, apple and walnuts. It’s not fancy but fills my macro nutrient needs.

What is your go-to drink?

I’m not really a big alcohol drinker, but I love love love homemade lemonade with stevia. It’s just lemons, water, ice, and stevia.