Name: Tara Jaclyn Silzer
Nicknames: OMG .... where do I start! I have so many, I guess u can pick your favorite. Silz, Sizz, Sizzler, T, TJ, T-Rock, Bigness, Big Sexy, and as of lately Big Tinah
Birthday: December 30, 1981
Born in: Edmonton , Alberta Canada
Currently Living in: Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Off Season 200 lbs
Contest 155-160 lbs
I am a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.
You can also book me for sessions when I travel! :) see my travel schedule for dates that I am in your city! (((((click here))))))
Food: dim sum, pizza, ice cream and apple fritters
Diet Food: Baked basa, with rice, cooked spinach, MCT oil and balsamic vinegar. ooow... and protein ice cream! (((((see my recipes!)))))
Music: i listen to everything.. just no country. lots of reggae, R n' B, metal, rock, jazz, latin
Movies: Ace Ventura Pet Detective ( a classic), Step Brothers...anything funny
TV shows: anything CSI, Reality Dance shows (cant get enough of them), Sports, Sports and more sports
My favorite muscle to train: Shoulders, but legs come a very close second.
I love doing drop sets of Dumbbell shoulder side raises. I love the burn you get. As for legs, there is this CYBEX leg press that I love! I will spend 1/2 my workout on it, as it is the best machine in the world!
Least favorite: Chin Ups!!!!! no doubt! in off season when I'm 200 lbs, they are the worst!
Muscle Beach 2007 - 2nd Place
Alberta Provincials 2008 - 6th Place
About my training routine (i.e.: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
DAY 1 Chest
Day 2 Back
Day 3 Hamstrings, Adductors and Abductors
Day 4 Shoulders
Day 5 Quads & Calves
Day 6 Arms
Day 7 REST
I hardly do abs! Maybe 1-2 times a week if that. I believe in keeping your core muscles tight when u train, and that will be enough on its own
Off-Season I do 20 min of cardio max a day or none at all.
Contest prep, I start with 20 min of cardio a day and increase it slowly as I get closer to my show.
BEST body part:
My eyes and smile are 2 of my favorites i would also consider my butt to be one of my best body parts too! lol
On a serious note, I am comfortable in my own skin, so i cant really say I have an absolute favorite, i just proud of what i have accomplished and become.
WORST body part:
I still need bigger shoulders!!!
Chest 38 DDD
MAX LIFTS (for 1 rep)
Bench 225 lbs
Dead Lift 405 lbs
Leg Press 1080 lbs
Shoulder Press 75 lbs
Biceps Curls 65 lbs (one arm)
Hobbies, what do you do to relax... etc.
When I'm not training, I'll find myself something to do. I have a hard time sitting still for too long.
Ill go to movies, dinner, COSTCO (oh I love that place!.... don't forget the hot dog! mmmmmm) I love to do smudge pastel drawings, shop, you might find me napping too!
Something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear:
I can "bahhh" like a sheep really, really well! lol
How I got started with Bodybuilding..........
I grew up very over weight and always struggled with my image since I was 7 years old. most of the eating I believe started when my parents divorced when i was 6. i used food to make me feel better. it was in grade 3 when i really started to fill out. I use to have kids draw pictures of me on the side walks at school, with arrows to them with my name. I tried to never let it bother me as i would alway just try and ignore it, but deep down it did far worse. I have a great sense of humor and always have. I would sometimes make jokes about myself to make it seem as if things didn't bother me. I guess I also used my wittiness as a way of covering up the feeling that I had on the inside.
At school most of my friends were males as they saw me as an athlete and a cool girl to hang out with. still to this day 75% of my friends are male, as for some reason i can relate to them better. A "tom boy" at heart is how i would describe myself. but I am a true woman in every aspect.
I remember being in grade 4 and my Doctor said i was 148 lbs. i was only 9 years old then. I grew up as the fit fat kid though. I was very active, playing all types of sports mainly soccer, which I player for years. I started at the age of 7 and played club and college until I was 24. In Jr. high I lost a bunch of weight but not the healthy way at all, then High School came and so did late night eating, drinking and everything in between. when I finished High School thing got even worse. I stopped plating soccer for a year and let myself go. I was in a bad relationship that did nothing but stress me out and cause me to go back to what made me feel better....food!
It wasn't until my dad decided to get remarried that i would finally have that realizing moment and breaking point. I was to be my step moms maid of honor and my dress that i wore to the wedding was a size 16, which had to be altered further as it wouldn't zip up all the way. it was Christmas in 2001, right after the wedding when the pictures came back. I then saw myself on the other side, and was astonished in what I had let myself become. I stepped on the scale for the first time in years, I was almost 200 lbs.
So January 1, 2002, it was my turning point. got a gym membership and started eating healthier, they way you are suppose to do it. I started of slow 30 minutes of weight and 30 min of cardio 5 times a week. I use to watch others in the gym and mimic their actions while training. after 3 months I had dropped 15 lbs. i started to see life with a whole new perspective and realized that it really wasn't that hard. I developed some self confidence and some self pride, which then gave me the courage to get out of my dead end relationship.
I continued on my path trying to surround myself with old friends that i had shut out of my life because of my old relationship and because i was to ashamed to be seem by them. I was then reintroduced to an old high school friend that became my new training partner. He was a true inspiration and gave me every bit of encouragement to reach my gaol. A few months later, that turned into a 6 year relationship. He was my number one supporter and helped me overcome so much of what I was battling for so long. I don't know if he ever really knew how much he had an impact on my life but I thank you Matt.
it was that following year in December 2002, that i had now lost almost 70 lbs and put myself in the best shape of my life. I had reached 132 lbs and wearing a size 2. I hadn't weighed that much since probably grade 3.
During that time I had gone to school to further my knowledge of fitness and nutrition and become a certified personal trainer.
Becoming a trainer just make sense after i achieved my goal. I knew what it felt like to be on the other side, and i wanted everyone i met that needed that help to feel the same way i did!
I always loved the look of muscle. i think its sexy and truly represent a great deal of what type of person is behind it all. in 2005 i stopped playing soccer and really took my training to a whole new level. I always had people asking me if i competed. and of course i would always say no, but always wondered what it would be like. i just never knew how to go about doing it.
it was in May of 2006 when i asked a man by the name of Bobby Tang who trained also at my gym, if he would diet me for the next up coming show. He himself was a competitor and judge, so i trusteed him and he took me under his wing!
i trained with Bobby for 3 years, and a great 3 years it was. i dedicated my life to body building and making the most out of it! i learned so much about the sport and even became certified as a judge in Alberta.
In the summer of 2009, i decided that i needed to move on and train with another trainer. it was hard to tell Bobby but he completely understood, as i remember him saying once that he recommended that i train with someone else after a few years. just for something new and to keep growing.
Currently I am training with a true idle in the Bodybuilding world and most of all in the Canadian bodybuilding community, Ms. Helen Bouchard. she i an IFBB Pro who has graced the Olympia stage and is a true inspiration to many athletes in Alberta and in Canada alone. I could not have been happier to have her take me on as a client. Im sure she will do wonders!
I am training now for 2 shows this up coming June in 2010. so stay tuned for my progress and results as you can follow me during my adventure.
Bodybuilding is not just a hobby to me its my way of life. I am so happy of the difference it has made in my life, not only on a physical level but most of all on a personal and mental level. The dedication and commitment, is something that I cant even explain. When u can train and commit yourself to something for so long, going over, under and around so many loop-holes and obstacles, you learn so much about your self. The process at times seems agonizing and treacherous but the moment you go step out onto that stage and realize what you have done and become.... there are no words that describe it. you see life differently and things never seem to be out of reach.
I am destin to be an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder. i will keep growing physically and mentally in order to achieve my gold and eventually grace the Olympia stage myself! But in the mean time my goal in life is to help others! i truly believe God put me on the this earth to make an impact in the lives of others.