Body by Tamika | HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR BODY
Our body is our vessel, it takes us everywhere we go. We focus on our body more than anything else around us as it’s always present with us. It’s of the highest importance to love our body and to honor its extraordinary mechanism that makes us move, sense and express ourselves in infinitely creative ways.
Tamika Harden, the creator of Body by Tamika says:
“As a young girl, I knew I was meant for greatness, but in so many ways I lacked the confidence to truly express myself.”
Tamika’s inspiring story began after dealing with childhood obesity and starting her fitness journey at the age of 16. She found her way to flourish and become a confident human being by discovering that she is in control of her destiny and if there is something she doesn’t like; she has the power to change it.
“My weight loss journey birthed the woman I am today. Today, I stand strong, courageous, and confident. It all started with fitness. After losing 40lbs, I saw myself in a way that I never did before. I felt beautiful, but most of all I was proud of the woman I saw in the mirror.”
Not long after, at the young age of 19, Tamika began her professional fitness career as an operations manager of a lucrative gym chain known as Lucille Roberts. There she had the opportunity to train and work with some of the best coaches in the fitness world and expand her interest in bodybuilding.
Although the bodybuilding industry is continuously evolving and becoming more open and diverse, it has not always been open to women. It was not until the late 1970s during the feminist movement where women gained access to resources that helped strengthen their voice and role in society. Today, women still work to expand their possibilities. Inspirational women like Tamika are opening doors for other women in all avenues of society, including in the bodybuilding world. Tamika discovered that bodybuilding is not only a physical activity that strengthens your body, but it’s also a way to strengthen your mind.
“Self-belief strongly shapes your perspective in creating the success desired. First, one must believe in their greatness. There are so many people with great talents but may never reach their true potential because of a lack of faith in themselves.”
Harden quickly became aware that one’s emotional and physical realities are interwoven. We can exercise every day, but true appreciation for yourself comes from within. For that, the combinations of mind and inspired physical activity comes into a perfect match to manifest the results we desire.
Being her own example of success, Tamika had a burning desire to share her wisdom with others. As a result, Body by Tamika was born.
She started with only three private clients that grew very quickly into 40-50 clients per week. Harden created a unique program that empowers people to live their best lives, where fitness is just a fraction of the process. Her core intention and biggest satisfaction are to see people smile brighten and witness how through her program they also find strength and inner perseverance they never knew they had.
“My goal is to boost one’s self-esteem and confidence building. My clients never leave the same way they come in,” she says.
Tamika believes that by following the five key steps of her program Body by Tamika one could receive spiritual and physical benefits:
1. CREATE A PLAN OF ACTION.
2. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP TO EXECUTE A PLAN.
3. NO MATTER LIFE’S STRUGGLES, GIVE THANKS DAILY WHILE PRAISING YOUR STRENGTH AND PROGRESS, EVEN IF IT’S SMALL.
4. STAY DILIGENT AND IN ALIGNMENT WITH APPRECIATION TOWARDS YOUR BODY.
5. REMEMBER YOU DESERVE NOTHING BUT THE BEST. YOU DESERVE THIS TRANSFORMATION. WHEN YOU FALL OFF TRACK, DUST OFF AND TRY AGAIN.
“When a person begins to fit into their clothes that were once too small or just a thought, there is a feeling of happiness and confidence that takes over. I’ve had clients break down expressing tears of joy and gratitude. That’s how good a total body transformation can make a person feel,” reveals Harden.
She feels amazing and blessed that she is able to remind people how beautiful they are inside and out; she wants to continue positively impacting the lives of others and helping large masses by reaching people worldwide.
“How we see the world is a reflection of how we see ourselves. If a person only sees the strengths and challenges life has to offer, there is a strong possibility that this individual sees him/herself as incapable of overcoming life’s challenges.
If a person is able to face challenges and say “I got this,” most likely this individual sees him/herself as strong, positive and capable. My goal is to use health and wellness as a platform to help empower others to be courageous, not only physically but mentally.”
Ultimately, our bodies are our creative expression. Tamika understands this and with clarity was able to build not only the body she loves and has always desired, but also spread her inner wisdom with the world. Every day she wakes up feeling the opportunity to seize greatness through her talent, which is the most joyful experience for her.