With nothing to lose
Biggest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall urges people to look beyond ‘ skinny’, reports Jade Kennedy
She’s young, blonde, beautiful. . . and she hates the term ‘ skinny’. Celebrity trainer, author, journalist, TV personality and martial artist Tiffiny Hall is passionate about health – and she says it’s not all about how thin you are.
‘‘ I hate the words ‘ thin’ and ‘ skinny’,’’ she said.
‘‘ Everybody is always trying to be a size six and it’s this crazy mentality that people have.
‘‘ I’m not a size eight, I weigh more than a lot of girls my age because I have a lot of lean muscle mass, but I focus on fitness – increasing how far I can run or how long I run for – rather than how low the number on the scale is.’’
Growing up in a family of professional martial artists, Hall said health and fitness was never her main focus.
‘‘ I grew up a fighter, I didn’t really have any choice in the matter,’’ she said.
‘‘ Martial arts is now a way of life for me, but a big focus has always been on my writing.
‘‘ I did a degree in journalism and studied French in Paris, now I’m about to release my second book and have been working on a fictional action-adventure series for kids to be released next year.’’
Hall’s latest book, Weightloss Warrior, is a no-diet approach to weight loss.
‘‘ The book is basically about how to lose weight and have fun doing it,’’ she said.
‘‘ It shows you how to get motivated and win the battle within, because really our worst enemy when it comes to exercising is ourselves – we all have those days where any excuse will do.
‘‘ I’ve had seven phone interviews this morning with an hour break, so I’m actually talking to you right now in the middle of a run – it’s the last thing I felt like doing, but I had to force myself to do it.’’
At 26, Hall sometimes finds it difficult to practise what she preaches.
‘‘ I’m a non-drinker, so especially at my age that makes me socially retarded,’’ she said.
‘‘ But something I will always tell my clients is that the worst thing you can do is drink alcohol.
‘‘ Not only are there a lot of calories in it, alcohol shuts down the body’s fat-burning systems, and that’s not something you want to do.
‘‘ Some people scoff at it, but really if you take a stand for your long-term health people can also admire that; some of my friends have actually stopped drinking now as well.’’
Hall has simple words of advice to boost self-confidence: stop comparing yourself to other people.
‘‘ Focus on yourself and your fitness, not how skinny you are compared to a Hollywood actress or a girl in a club,’’ she said.
‘‘ It’s not all about flogging yourself in the gym, either – it can be trying a yoga class or getting your zen on.
‘‘ Your frame of mind is just as important as any exercise regime, if not moreso.
‘‘ Listen to your body, make good choices for yourself – at the end of the day, it’s not whether or not you can fit into that tiny dress but feeling fit and healthy, and that’s when you feel confident no matter what size you are.’’