certified glo pro | South Central, Illinois and Surrounding Areas
I would love to share my story with you.
Good nutrition, health, and exercise were not my things growing up. In fact, I never would imagine that I would be where I am today when I was a teenager. Being an overweight teenager turned into being an even more overweight college student. I ate and drank whatever I wanted and never had any concern about the future of my body or health. After finishing my college education and getting my Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy, I got pregnant with my first son in 2001. In my 8th month of pregnancy, I decided that once he was born, I was going to try my hardest to get healthy, not only for myself, but also for my new family. Losing the 45 pounds of baby weight after his birth wasn’t easy. Fast forward 4 years, and I became pregnant with twins boys. After moving across the country, while 20 weeks pregnant to a town where I knew no one, I gained 75 pounds with the twins! After I had them, I was exhausted mentally and physically, and was very overweight. Going through a divorce did not help either. So now here I was with 3 young boys, living across the country from my family, and was all alone.
This is when the light bulb went on that it was time for me to take control of my health AND my life instead of laying around and feeling sorry for myself!
I decided to get NSCA-CPT certified and open my own gym, StudioT Fitness, without any business background. People thought I was crazy, but I was determined to make this a success! Not only did I open my own fitness studio, but I got serious about biking and running to the point I joined a bike racing team and found that racing bikes is my passion! In fact, I won the Illinois State Road Race in 2012. In addition, my passions are half marathons, Half Ironmans, and criterium bike racing, in addition to running a gym as a single mom, being a group fitness instructor, and taking care of my 3 boys. In 2013, I met the best guy anyone could ever ask for, Gehl. He is now my husband and lifelong partner. In June 2015, my husband and I joined Isagenix International, which is the fastest growing health and wellness company in the world. By sharing this nutrition with others around the globe, we were able to close the studio, retire Gehl and enjoy life to its fullest, thanks to the residual income from Isagenix.
I competed in a Fitness America Bikini Competition in 2017 at the age of 41. In 2018, at age 43, I participated in the Be Amazing Fitness Weekend in Charlotte, NC in the Fitness Model category.
I started my own online lifestyle coaching business in August 2017, called Higgs Lifestyle ( www.tarahiggslifestyle.com). Coaching men and women from all around the country has taken all of my certifications and degrees and put them to great use helping people change their lives. Watching people transform before my eyes is beyond rewarding!
I am super excited to join the GloPro Team, after being introduced to all of them in October 2018 in Charlotte! Their core values line up directly with mine, along with our passions together to help women feel empowered and special, in the healthiest way possible. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”–Jim Rohn