Sturdy Girls: ‘Influential ladies in health all look the identical – I’m sick of making an attempt to suit the mould’

December 9, 2020
Dig doing a yoga pose

Tig has cherished sport and health for so long as she will keep in mind, however when she tried to interrupt into the trade she realised she didn’t have the ‘proper look’.

So, she determined to launch her personal health area that’s inclusive for various ladies and free from judgement.

‘As a feminine enterprise proprietor within the health trade, you come up towards loads and much more so when you’re a mixed-race entrepreneur,’ Tig tells

Tig doing a plank

‘I’ll create my very own mouldless mould the place you may be who you need to be’ (Image: Tig/StrongHer)

‘It takes quite a lot of scrutiny, doubt and folks questioning you, and there was all the time part of me that didn’t perceive who I used to be and the place I slot in.

Tig comes from a dance background, so she is used to being judged on her look, however she thought the health trade can be completely different.

‘I quickly realised it was fairly comparable and those that had been supposedly “influential”, all regarded precisely the identical.

‘I used to be making an attempt to suit the mould, however once more and  I used to be advised I wasn’t “fairly the precise match”.

‘So I believed, f*** it. I’ll create my very own mouldless mould the place you may be who you need to be and your persona and confidence is the one factor that issues.’

So Tig co-created StrongHer – a women-only health and wellbeing platform that’s offers a protected, accessible group for ladies.

It’s an area for ladies of all ethnicities, skills and cultural backgrounds to seek out their confidence with resistance coaching, wholesome consuming and mindset coaching.

Tig at a sports event

‘You start to encompass your self with like-minded individuals who can relate to you, share your enthusiasm and your woes’ (Image: Tig/StrongHer)

‘We educate, empower and enrich ladies to grasp that nothing is unimaginable,’ says Tig.

‘By opening StrongHer areas throughout the UK (the primary one will open in January 2020) we purpose to assist each single lady realise they’re limitless, and for this sense of self esteem to filter all the way down to youthful generations.’

Tig cherished sports activities at college. She performed daily and was even captain of the netball staff and competed at county stage. However she by no means thought {that a} profession in sport was a viable choice, so she switched her focus to bounce and efficiency whereas she was at college.

‘It was solely once I started working as a receptionist at a fitness center once I was 25 (a strong 6-Eight years of not taking part in sport) that I grew to become desirous about weight-training.

‘I used to be a brilliant cardio bunny and folks stored saying I ought to be a PT – so I did. I wished to know the best way to rework my physique for myself, and at this level it was for aesthetic causes too, I wished to be lean and step onto a stage.

‘Nevertheless it didn’t fulfill me. It was an unimaginable course of and taught me loads about myself, nevertheless it wasn’t what I wished.’

Tig modified her motivation and now has objectives that encourage her daily.


‘A robust lady is a girl who isn’t afraid to fail’ (Image: Tig/StrongHer)

‘I need to be robust, transfer higher, carry out higher, problem my thoughts and my physique. I realise now that I like the sensation of progress, the sensation that I’m not in a position but, however I shall be in a position.’

Tig is keen about the advantages that health can deliver to communities.She says figuring out in a fitness center may be lonely, however discovering health associates may be an antidote to isolation.

‘Once you start to maneuver your health regime into challenges or occasions, like turf video games, marathons or perhaps climbing – you start to encompass your self with like-minded individuals who can relate to you, share your enthusiasm and your woes.

‘I discover this actually helps me to remain motivated, and it opens you as much as new experiences and presumably new associates for all times, which I’ve undoubtedly discovered.

‘It additionally simply makes life extra thrilling and difficult. I’ve days the place nothing strikes ahead, there isn’t a progress in my day-to-day life, so having health implies that one thing is all the time achieved.’

Tig is sincere about how troublesome it’s to launch a profitable enterprise and sustaining a work-life stability. She says she typically seems like she has one million balls within the air.

‘Actually, all the pieces is quite troublesome in the meanwhile and so discovering time to coach is my salvation,’ she says. ‘It’s quite a lot of psychological pressure, I consider it like spinning plates – it’s straightforward to neglect about your self.

‘When your complete life revolves round health, the very last thing you need to do is encourage your self to go and exercise … so having that objective to work in the direction of permits me to take 90 minutes out 3 times every week for myself and swap off.

Dig doing a yoga pose

‘We educate, empower and enrich ladies to grasp that nothing is unimaginable’ (Image: Tig/StrongHer)

‘There are moments typically the place I don’t need to discuss to anybody, as a result of issues can really feel overwhelming, so it’s in these moments I cherish heading into the fitness center or to any Olympic lifting class and letting myself deal with what my physique can produce.’

Tig is aware of that energy is about a lot greater than the bodily.

‘A robust lady is a girl who isn’t afraid to fail, isn’t afraid to look a idiot ,and isn’t afraid to not comply with the gang typically.

‘A robust lady is just not good and can by no means attempt to be however what she’s going to all the time do is push for development.’

She says ladies must embrace their strengths and remind themselves of who they’re with out all of the labels given to them by society.

‘We aren’t simply titles… moms, daughters, nieces, aunties,’ says Tig. ‘You and I are simply ourselves.

‘Remembering all of the unimaginable moments that received you to this very level, is step one to recognising that you’re resilient and robust and that there’s extra to you than you suppose!’

Sturdy Girls

Sturdy Girls is a weekly collection that champions variety on the planet of sport and health.

A Sport England study discovered that 40% of girls had been avoiding bodily exercise attributable to a concern of judgement.

However, opposite to the restricted photos we so typically see, ladies of any age, dimension, race or capability may be lively and revel in sport and health.

We hope that by normalising various depictions of girls who’re match, robust and love their our bodies, we are going to empower all ladies to shed their self-consciousness in relation to getting lively.

Every week we discuss to ladies who’re redefining what it means to be robust and attaining unimaginable issues.

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