FITNESS LEADER, TAWNYA CLINE, IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD!
Intro by Ben Yosef | Interview by IPL PRO Beth Cote | HMUA: Maxx Glam | Photos by Sarah Lyons Picturegroove.com
Tawnya Cline is my sista from anotha mista. She is like family. And, I am so proud of her for all that she has accomplished. So, any time I get the opportunity to celebrate this beauty, I take it.
This cover story has been a long time coming and is long overdue. Tawnya’s first cover was on the September 2014 issue. A little over 2 years have passed and now TC lands cover #2. Since then, she has become Editor-in-Chief of this very magazine. That, and so much more amazingness has happened during this time, as you will see in the following interview conducted by IPL PRO and Natural Bikini Magazine Sponsored Athlete, Beth Cote. Enjoy. >>>
Beth Cote: When did you start dedicating your life to fitness and plan for your first fitness competition?
Tawnya Cline: I have always enjoyed fitness. However, I began to take it seriously about five years ago when opening up my business, Nutrition Head 2 Toe. We offer customized meal plans and free fitness activities to help others reach their wellness goals. I really felt committing to a bikini competition was exactly what I needed. This way I could achieve new results with the Herbalife products we use at the club, get in the best shape of my life and teach others how to do the same. It was a win all around.
“I REALLY WORK ON TEACHING LIFESTYLE, AND MAINTAINABLE PHYSIQUES, SO THERE IS NO BETTER PERSON THEN ME TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.”
Beth: Being so well-known in the fitness industry you’re always under a watchful eye. Do you ever feel pressured to always look like you’re in a perfect shape or do you use that as a way to motivate others?
Tawnya: It is absolutely used to motivate others. I really work on teaching lifestyle, and maintainable physiques, so there is no better person then me to lead by example.
Beth: With IPL using the most prestigious, WADA drug-testing are you ever worried about any of the Herbalife products?
Tawnya: Absolutely not! I actually love the strict testing regulations and know I am in good hands with the products I consume daily as well as recommend to others. Herbalife actually has a Sports Nutrition line called Herbalife 24 which are all NSF certified and stamped on the labels.
They use no artificial sweeteners, colors or additives. In fact, we currently have many Olympic Athletes consuming this line. They use the WADA standards to an even higher degree. So, I am rest assured that I will never have a positive drug test. We also have a product with CLA called Prolessa Duo that aids in burning fat and curbing hunger at the same time that is stimulant free. It’s crazy, because when I started this journey, I was literally told by many in the industry that there was not a place for Herbalife in Bodybuilding. I beg to differ. We are changing the game, especially for the natural athletes.
“I JUST WANT TO CONTINUE IMPACTING LIVES EVERYWHERE AND HELPING OTHERS TO FEEL AND LOOK AMAZING.”
Beth: What are your goals with Herbalife?
Tawnya: I have many. I just want to continue impacting lives everywhere and helping others to feel and look amazing. When related to Bodybuilding, I would love to train on the Herbalife yearly Extravaganza stage and share a method to building your business through competitions.
Beth: What inspired you to get started with Nutrition Head 2 Toe, the “Smoothies and Blenderz” and Bronzing Head 2 Toe?
Tawnya: My husband and I found a love for Herbalife and wanted to impact the community. This inspired us to open Nutrition Head 2 Toe. We have definitely accomplished that. We see 120-200 people daily for their healthy meals, free workouts and weigh-ins. The place is off the hook!
My experience in competing became an extreme passion of mine, and the Smoothies and Blenderz originated out of that. I knew if I could do it, so could they. We started as a team of 9 and quickly grew…not only locally, but globally.
I am honored to say that we have popped close to 60 PROS in the last 3 years and I am not stopping now. I am ALWAYS accepting new teammates to grow alongside us.
“THIS IS WHERE WE ALL GET READY FOR THE BIG DAY TOGETHER. IT’S LIKE A GLAM PARTY!”
The large team inspired my husband and I to take on the spray tanning business. We love the team to look great and the product I use fulfills that look. I have found that Bronzing Head 2 Toe offers a great service to the athletes, as well as IPL West Coast Tanning Sponsors. Along with our mobile tanning, we added a private room to our current salon, Indulgence Head 2 Toe. Tanning was a nice addition to the hair, skin, and nail services we already offer. This is where we all get ready for the big day together. It’s like a glam party!
I have coached hundreds to live a healthy lifestyle by using the stage as a platform and accomplish the goal to be in the best shape of their lives. I want to make it a wonderful and empowering experience. I want to lead others on how strong the mind is and what the body can do when you set it free.
Beth: What are your next steps in the fitness world?
Tawnya: I plan on growing our team “Smoothies and Blenderz” more through healthy, active lifestyle. I plan to continue growing the IPL in Arizona through the two shows I promote with Ben Yosef. I want to be a part of the growth for the IPL all over the rest of the world.
I plan to continue competing with the IPL as a Bikini Pro, Sports Model Pro, and Evening Gown Pro. Who knows, maybe I’ll give the Fitness Angels a shot! I love this organization and everything it stands for. I have found my home in the fitness industry.
Beth: What advice do you have for others who are inspired to make a change of career and make a life of their passion for fitness?
“REMEMBER, FACING THE FEAR IS HOW WE GROW. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, IF YOU SET YOUR MIND TO SUCCEED.”
Tawnya: Honestly, I would advise others to make their goals, write them down, and visualize them. It is not a goal if it is not written out. Start by blending your passion into your everyday life. Put the work in required of you to be your best and don’t let fear hold you back from anything. Remind yourself of those goals daily. Remember, facing the fear is how we grow. Anything is possible, if you set your mind to succeed.
Beth: How do you balance / prioritize life in order to maintain your competitive edge, yet still find time for family, fun and fitness?
Tawnya: I have learned how to balance well. I blend my passion with my business and thankfully have a super supportive husband that loves fitness too. It wasn’t always easy. He wasn’t a big fan in the beginning, but saw the love and the drive I had for the sport and has always had my back. Always include your spouse / boyfriends and kids into our life. This can be a selfish sport, but having gratitude for all those in your life goes a long way. Invite them to workout with you. Push the stroller for your cardio. Challenge them to eat with you and ask for their support. They need to feel special, loved and important during times of training. I also think living a healthy lifestyle with fitness all of the time and not just during on season always makes for better and shorter prep time.
Beth: How do you find the time and energy to manage so many responsibilities with the camp, businesses, and promoting?
Tawnya: I want to lead by example and be a hands on coach. I love to work out with my clients, family, and team. Balance is key. If something is important to you, you will always make time for it.
Beth: What emotions are brought up when you see the progress your clients are making by choosing healthier habits?
Tawnya: There is nothing better than helping someone else feel better about themselves, outgrow their clothes, drop their body fat, increase their muscle, move better, sleep better, become more active, and become more attractive, mentally! There is not a day that goes by that I don’t receive texts, messages, phone calls or have a live conversation with someone on how I have made a difference in their lives, positively. I get to lay my head down every night and feel good about who I have become.
Beth: As an outsider looking in, all we see is perfection. What do you see as your biggest downfall?
Tawnya: Oh, thank you! I am definitely not perfection. We can always be better. I always set a new physical goal for myself, so I can continue to improve. The mind always has room to grow. We can change physically, but the mind never stops. I love to start my day with personal development. While I am far from perfection, I really love who I am and I am comfortable in my own skin. I embrace my flaws. We are all human. Many flaws we cannot change. I do not ever compare myself to others, but know I did my best. It is part of my journey, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
“I knew I had more to offer the world and to those who have put their trust in me and my guidance, I am forever grateful! They continue to motivate and inspire me.”
Beth: Did you ever see yourself in the position you’re in today, “on top of the world” in the fitness industry?
Tawnya: I am humbled to what I have created. I am blessed to be a part of the Herbalife Company, and love that I have the opportunity to follow my passion and share with others. I knew I had more to offer the world and those who have put their trust in me and my guidance I am forever grateful! They continue to motivate and inspire me. NATURAL BIKINI