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Tianna Miller - Pro Bikini
Personal: Married, No children
Place of Birth: Allentown, PA
State of residence: South Carolina
Available For Posing Exhibitions and/or Seminars: Yes
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Hobbies: Line Dancing
Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
Favorite Actor: Patrick Swayze
Favorite Band: Brooks & Dunn
Favorite Performer: Pink
Favorite Food: ALL OF IT... Taco, Salad, Ice Cream
Favorite TV Show: Friends
Training since: 2019
Year Turned PRO: 2019
Height: 5' 6"
Preshow Weight: 151 lbs.
Show Weight: 129 lbs.
Personal Trainer Since: 2017
Education: College Graduate
Best Body Part: Quads
Most Challenging Body Part: Abs
Favorite Exercise: Box Jumps, Double Unders, Power Rolls, pull ups, toes to bar, straddle situps, hand stand walks
Least Favorite Exercise: Renegade Rows, Man makers/Devil presses, Turkish getups, Arnold presses
Traits You Admire Most In Others: Wise, talented, organized, honest, and loyal
Traits You Admire Most In Yourself: Relentless, hard-working, bold, determined, and passionate
NGA Bluegrass Bodybuilding Championship
1st Place Bikini Novice
1st Place Bikini Tall
2nd Place Bikini Overall.
Hub City Classic
2nd Place Bikini Tall
2nd Place Bikini Debut
3rd Place Bikini Overall
Certificates: Certified Plyoga instructor, AFI Certified personal trainer, Licensed Zumba and Pound instructor, NAIA Cross Country National Qualifier, NAIA cross country first team all-conference, NAIA cross country first team all-region, 2009 Southern Wesleyan University Female Athlete of the Year
BIO: I was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Delaware, went to high school in New Jersey, and moved to South Carolina for college. I grew up dancing, playing soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, and running track and cross country. My first workout was when I was 7 years old. I popped my mother’s 1987 Jane Fonda’s Workout Video into the VCR and hit the living room floor. It was then that I aspired to be a fitness instructor like her one day. Years later, I saw The Biggest Loser on TV and was inspired to be a personal trainer like Jillian Michaels. I crushed those goals, but I wanted something more.
I’ve battled weight issues and genetics my entire life. I have countless stories of people knocking me for my size, being surprised that my hand-me-downs that were too small for me were so big on them, numerous people who told me that they were shocked that I was a runner because I looked like a softball player or at least a soccer player, and that I “still wasn’t lean, but looked like I had lost some weight.” My own grandfather told me that I, “hadn’t gained TOO much weight in college.” I maintained the number on the scale by running, but I was a slave to cardio. I spent years of my life that I can never get back trying to be “skinny” but the closest I ever got was skinny fat (skinny arms and legs with a belly and no muscle). I couldn’t do pullups and pushups and my lower back was killing me. I began weight training in 2016. It took me 3 years to grow these arms and a lifetime to build my quads and abs.
I spent my childhood and teen years preparing and conditioning for sporting events, but had nothing to work toward or strive for in my adult life. I threw my whole heart and soul into training my clients and they were my #1 priority for years. After the holidays last year, I was at my highest weight ever. I had put myself on the back burner. In a short amount of time, 2 different people asked me what my goals were. I told both of them that I was so focused on the wants and needs of my clients that I didn’t have any ambitions for myself, which isn’t like me at all. I entered a weight loss challenge at the gym and beat 39 other people just to prove that I still had that drive in me and could win a competition. I had abs for the first time in my life and started to actually believe that maybe, just maybe, I had what it took to enter a bodybuilding competition. I filled out the application online and paid my fees and started training like a mad woman and dieting like I never had before. I thought I was going to turn into a fish before I ever got a chance to set foot on stage. I trained in silence and didn’t tell anyone what I was doing. I had to do this for me and I couldn’t have any distractions.
In my first show, I placed 2nd Place Bikini Tall, 2nd Place Bikini Debut, and 3rd Place Bikini Overall. Originally, I entered to challenge myself and push myself to my own limits, just to see how lean and healthy I could possibly look and feel. I caught the bug. It lit a fire inside of me that had been burned out since college and my will to win was raging. My “If you’re not first, you’re last” mentality kicked in and I decided that I wasn’t going to stop until my dead, lifeless, spray tanned body had a 1st place medal around my neck and a trophy in front of it. I set my eyes on the prize and ate, slept, and breathed the bodybuilding lifestyle for most of 2019. Nothing has been handed to me on a silver platter, and this was no different. I was bound and determined to be the fittest on the stage if it killed me. I wasn’t stopping or slowing down for anything. This has been the most grueling, but the most successful year of my life. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I’m just getting started and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I am a firm believer that hard work beats talent and that grit pays off. My NGA PRO card took blood, sweat, tears, and mostly prayers. I absolutely could not have done this without the grace of God. I am thankful every single day for 10 fingers, 10 toes, eyes that see, ears that can hear, and the ability to lift heavy things and put them down. I will do this for as long as the Good Lord allows me to and I’m grateful for every second that I am able to strengthen both my body and my mind.
Being a part of the NGA has been nothing short of life-changing. I have made lasting friendships and have a support group full of incredible individuals who walk the walk and talk the talk and who I have the utmost respect for. Some of then I have only met once and spent 12 or less hours with and I feel like they understand me better than people I have known for 20 years.
For anyone who is reading this, the thing I want people to know is that this is not easy for me or for anyone else. I wasn’t born like this. I do not wake up like this. I didn’t grow up in a gym or a family of body builders, or even athletes. I wasn’t ever a 00, 0, 1, 3 and I was barely a 5. I’ve hated my body. I’ve sweated just getting dressed and doing my hair. I have cried and canceled dates because none of my clothes fit. I have come in dead last in the mile and second to last in a cross country race. I’ve been chastised by friends, family members, co-workers, acquaintances, and people on social media about my size and my body. I still have people ask me if I ever even lift weights and tell me that I look different on Facebook than I do in real life. I have been there. I get it. I understand. IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT. You can do anything you set your mind to and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. If you’re thinking about dabbling in this sport, do it with no regrets and don’t look back! If even 1 person reads this and decides to change their mind, their body, and their life, then it was all worth the sacrifice. You can suffer the pain of discipline of suffer the pain of regret. My favorite “Tianna Tip” is, “You’ve got what it takes, but it’s going to take everything you’ve got.”