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Transformations

TONIA PENNER

Tonia Penner Shares Her Transformation Success Story
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Are you a trainer?
Yes, I have been and personal trainer since 2013 as well as certified in the group, cycle, older adults, Trx stretch, and 11 other fitness certifications.

JEAN JACQUES BARRET’S PHILOSOPHY ON TRAINING IS EXACTLY WHAT I BELIEVE REGARDING ALL COMPONENTS OF FITNESS.  HE IS PATIENT SUPPORTIVE AND EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND MOTIVATING.

Who is your trainer?
I have been honoured to work with so many trainers and mentors. In my last show, I had the privilege of working with JJ Barret.

What makes him so special?
His philosophy on training is exactly what I believe regarding all components of fitness.  He is patient supportive and extremely knowledgeable and motivating. Cannot Say enough great things about him.

Occupation?
The most important job I have is being a mom to 4 beautiful children (Jacob 19, Carter 15, Charlie 14, and Emma 11).  I have been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 12 years and teach 10 classes a week from Bootcamp’s, spin, and weights along with having the privilege of training a variety of clients to help them reach their personal and fitness health goals.

Relationship status:
Married for 16 years to the love of my life.

Fitness goals:
To become MY BEST. The most well-rounded athlete in all components of fitness. Complete bio- My fitness philosophy focuses on continual lifelong learning while working with my clients to empower them with knowledge, skills, and support to continue their fitness journey.  I always want to work with people to integrate the love of fitness in their lives and show them the benefits of fitness both physically as well as internally.

Training plan:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday- Bootcamp, bike and cardio class lower body Tuesday/Thursday-cardio classes and upper body.

Thoughts on HITT, powerlifting, TRX, yoga, bodybuilding?
I believe in and participate in all of these avenues of fitness to become well rounded, efficient, and functional. We need to train in all avenues of fitness to become efficient and strong.

Nutritional supplements?
100% real food.

Special skills:
Certified in Cross fit fundamentals Power lifting Barre Trx Group fitness Older adults Stretch Pio Insanity Body shed Cycle Nutrition  Foam rolling Women in weights Kickboxing

I ALWAYS WANT TO WORK WITH PEOPLE TO INTEGRATE THE LOVE OF FITNESS IN THEIR LIVES AND SHOW THEM THE BENEFITS OF FITNESS BOTH PHYSICALLY AS WELL AS INTERNALLY.

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents have taught me to be kind to always pay it forward and to always have compassion, you never know what someone has gone through.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I love Status because it showcases real people from all different avenues of the fitness industry which makes it very relatable to everyone.  It shows real stories of people who have all had their own fitness journey.

What would it mean to you to be the next status fitness cover model?
I would be honoured to be the next status fitness cover model.  I believe that there are so many amazing and deserving women out there, however, I would be so proud to represent the women out there who are moms working and trying to put themselves first and need to know that they can reach the goals they want.

If you could ask Status editor-in-chief Rodney Jang a question what would that be?
I would ask him what are some of the stories through the years have moved him.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
AMAZING!!! I had never had a photoshoot before and he made me feel so comfortable and took the time to get to know what I wanted to represent.  High energy and so professional.

6 things that people would not know about you?
1. I have a twin sister.

2. I received an art scholarship from Emily Carr.

3. I love Judge Judy and record all episodes.

4. My husband and I are chicken farmers.

5. I won a nutrition bursary while competing in Femme Sports for “miss congeniality” because I never stopped cheering for everyone competing.

6. I have run 4 half marathons.

Who inspires you?
My participants and clients. Everyday real women manage to juggle being moms, wives and see the importance that fitness can make in their lives.  They make fitness a priority.

Who do you wish to inspire?
I wish to inspire everyone I may come in contact with to fall in love with fitness.  I wish every day that someone will leave my class feeling amazing and that they are capable of amazing things.

Transformation story:
My fitness journey never started until after I had my last baby.  I remember feeling overwhelmed lonely and uncomfortable in my own skin.  I joined the local YMCA and started attending classes regularly and realized how motivated I was, surrounded by women in all different bodies and fitness levels all there for one common goal.  I decided to sign up for a fitness competition after my cousin Heidi introduced me to the competition world.  I gave myself 1 year.  I took my fitness course I read, read, read, and soaked up all the knowledge I could regarding the body and training, and a year to the date I stepped on stage.  I placed 6th place in figure but when I was up there I realized it wasn’t about where I placed it was about setting goals and achieving them.  About learning things I loved and fitting them into my world.  I guess you could say after that the goals were endless and still are.  I completed another 17 certifications and realized the impact that fitness has in all aspects of our lives and want to always continue to pay it forward.

I JOINED THE LOCAL YMCA AND STARTED ATTENDING CLASSES REGULARLY AND REALIZED HOW MOTIVATED I WAS, SURROUNDED BY WOMEN IN ALL DIFFERENT BODIES AND FITNESS LEVELS ALL THERE FOR ONE COMMON GOAL

Life goals:
To be the best wife, mother, and person I can be.

To try and lead by example, to always learn and challenge myself.

To take on new adventures even if I’m not an expert and to live the best life I can.

5 lessons you have learned:
You are capable of amazing things if you work at it.

Everything takes time.

We are never done learning.

Always be kind you never know who needs a smile that day.

Love what you do and it will show.

Music and artists you listen to when training?

Everything!!!  from hip hop, techno, dance I LOVE MUSIC.

Favourite actors/movies?
Don’t have one favourite actor but favourite movie is Sliding doors because it shows that no matter what path you choose you will always end up exactly where u need to be.

Favourite book and author?
Carry on warrior-the power of embracing your messy, beautiful life by Glennon Doyle Melton.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness Determination Loyal Sense of humour Humble

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
Pick an activity or sport you love so you enjoy fitness and never think of it as a chore. Learn at a young age what your body is capable of doing.

Favourite quote?
You can do anything you put your mind to!

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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