Meet Bikini Competitor and Magnum Athlete, Kayla Tait. Although Kayla started off bodybuilding, she has recently found a new passion. Kayla’s new found passion has not only challenged her; it has taken her physique to the next level. In this interview, Kayla shares how her body has dramatically transformed in just a matter of months.
- Hometown: Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Current Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Height: 5’3”
- Weight: 127 lbs
- Age: 27
- Favorite Lift: Squats and Deadlifts
- Favorite Style of Cardio: Sprint Interval Training
For those unfamiliar with you, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in the fitness industry?
I’ve always had an athletic background, but about 7 years ago I really got into fitness. I started competing in Bikini/Bodybuilding about 6 years ago, and became a personal trainer. I also spend my spare time working on becoming a well-rounded athlete. I practice yoga daily, and do obstacle course, and strength training. My strength training has led me to challenge myself further and compete in my very first Strongwoman competition.
What were your biggest challenges when you first started training?
When I first started training, I was training for the ‘look’ only. I started off with the wrong mindset, and at that time, my focus wasn’t on being healthy overall. When I first started out, I didn’t always apply a balanced, healthy approach to my diet and training. So, I’d have to say that was a huge setback for me. Now, I take a completely different approach to my training, and I’ve learned to love what I’m doing because of how it makes me feel, rather than how it changes me physically.
How did you become involved in Strongwoman competitions? What do you love most about competing in them, and tell us about your recent competition.
I’m actually brand new to Strongwoman. I started working at my new gym, Adrenaline in December, and this was when I got introduced to Strongwoman competitions and became interested in it. When I was little my dad and I had always watched Strongman, but I had absolutely no idea what an amazing huge community it actually was. I started training with my new found friend at Adrenaline, Jess Theaker. Jess is Canada’s Strongest Middleweight Woman of 2015. All of my hard work started to pay off because my boss and strength coach said he saw ‘potential’ in my ability, so with encouragement from some teammates, I decided to try competing for myself! I competed in my very first show on July 9th where I placed 1st. With the count back, I was given second place, but I’m so happy with how my first Strongwoman went, and I can’t wait to move forward to the provincial level!
How did you become involved with Magnum Nutraceuticals? And what do you love most about the company?
About two years ago, I was contacted by President, Markus Kaulius, and I was thrilled to have the honor of joining Team Magnum! The Magnum Team is so supportive, and they really stand behind their products. Magnum is a brand that I absolutely love and trust!
What Magnum products are you currently using?
My Current Magnum stack is all about strength building; it’s designed for me to get and stay strong leading up to my Strongwoman show!
- Big C
- Big C
I also take Tonic 3 times a day, and I take Acid with my meals. I also use Quattro Protein Powder in all of the clean baking I do!
If you had to pick only ONE ‘Strongwoman’ supplement by Magnum, which one would it be?
I’d have to say Big C! Big C is for maximizing muscle strength and muscle energy, and that’s exactly what I need!
Tell us about your current routine, and do you incorporate stretching or yoga into your routine?
I stretch and practice Yoga daily! I’ve always practiced yoga on a really regular basis, but now I’m making sure I do at least 30 to 45 minutes a day; this helps me a lot with my mobility. I also use a foam roller regularly pre workout and at home before bed.
Monday: Squats and Deadlifts
Alternating weeks I focus on strength gains and speed work. I also do a bit of accessory work focusing on low back and core stability.
Wednesday: Overhead Pressing
Here, I really focus on form, technique and of course strength gains. I do some accessory work as well, usually focusing on triceps and back.
This day is spent working on using the more ‘awkward’ Strongwoman equipment. Keg carries, Truck Pulls, Yoke Walk, Farmers walks, Atlas stones; the list goes on! (Laughs)
Sunday: Weak Point Training
On Sunday, I work on strengthening any weakness I may have.
What is your secret to your incredible arm development?
Well first off, Thank you! I guess when I started off in bodybuilding, I really worked on bringing up my upper body size, so I would have a balanced physique. Now I can honestly say, I am just always picking up really heavy things! (Laughs) I’ve been strength specific training now for just over one month, and I’ve really noticed my upper body grow, and my lower half grow too! Well, actually everything is growing! (Laughs) I’ve really shocked my system with this new style of training, and my body is adapting very quickly!
What are your favorite exercises for abs, and do you have any tips you’d like to share?
I use my core in a lot of my big compound movements, squats and deadlifts. If I add in a little extra core work, I will do static holds like v-sits, planks, and bow poses for stability. During obstacle course training days, I like adding in hanging leg raises. I also like working with the TRX for mountain climbers and pikes. And sometimes, I’ll use the ab wheel for rollouts and do see- saws.
What does your current diet look like?
I actually can’t give you a meal plan because I’m not currently restricting my calories or eating on a specific plan. I eat clean whole foods, nothing processed, no dairy, and no refined sugars. I eat 4 to 5 balanced meals per day with a clean source of protein, carbs and fat. I make sure I’m steadily maintaining my weight, but with how hard I am training, I can eat a fairly high amount of calories. I don’t weigh or measure every gram I eat, but I eat clean and natural, and I take a very balanced approach to nutrition.
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without? And how do you handle cravings?
I can’t live without apples, steak, and I actually eat bacon as well! My new balanced diet approach allows me to eat what I like and crave without leaving me feeling guilty or like I’m missing out on anything. I really don’t ‘crave’ any ‘non- clean’ foods anymore. The times I do eat prepackaged or refined sugars, I end up getting sick. My body loves and reacts well to whole foods, so that’s what I fuel it with. I also like eating higher fat foods such as avocados and calorically dense fruits. My body responds well to how I’m eating, and I feel amazing!
What are your hobbies and interests outside of the fitness industry?
I love spending time with my teammates and friends. Now that summer is here, I also love to be outside running with my dog. My dog is always challenging me to keep up with him! (Laughs)
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