It’s Family Business: Time with Tianah, aka TP aka my cuz!

It must run in the family, my cousin has that gym junkie gene too! Let me introduce you to Tianah; beautiful, humble and lover of  family and friends, an intellectual and self aware individual living in Los Angeles, California.

Don’t mess with her family, don’t mess with her food and don’t dare bother her in the gym. Break her focus and she’ll break your neck! Haha, and you think I’m playing…

Our mothers being sisters make us first cousins so my love for her is second to none. I sit down with Tianah and gain some insight and inspiration from which we can all benefit from. Adapt her advice to your psyche and you will be a better you!

Heck, if you don’t believe me just check out her killer body!



Describe yourself in 5 words? Adventurous, Protective, Passionate, Loving, and Energetic.

Finish sentence …When I was young I wanted to be: involved with the performing arts and anything artistically creative. At an early age I would dance, sing and pretend which was basically acting. Above all I found dance to be my most favorite artistic expression and that’s where I began. I always felt like I was very in tune with my body and its movement, I have always been pretty well coordinated with rhythm from a young age. So I began ballet at age 4 and have been involved with music and dance for the majority of my life thus far. My involvement with dance led me to my interest in physical fitness and health awareness.

Briefly explain your weekly fitness routine? My weekly fitness regimen consists of 5 days of diverse workouts so I don’t bore myself. About three days out of my week I’ll focus on cardio and endurance, those days I’ll train at the gym in the cycling class, track, park and or stairs. I’ll do combinations of some day’s stairs and track, other days the park and running up the incline, or an hour in spin. The other two days I’ll do resistance training boot camps for my upper and lower body. Every day I work on my core strength, and flexibility. With my fitness routine I try to be well rounded and target as many areas of my body as possible.

Explain why maintaining regular exercise and eating healthy is important to you? Living a healthy lifestyle is very important because gives me balance in all other areas of my life and keeps me in a good space. I believe the mind, body and spirit are deeply connected and all need to be exercised to have a most harmonious life. To live a full life in good to great health is enough reason for me to stay health conscious throughout life.
Who motivates you? The real question is who doesn’t motivate me? ahaha I’m motivated on a daily basis by everyone whether it’s someone in or out of shape I’m inspired to continue my living this lifestyle to motivate others. I do admire mothers that manage to maintain a healthy lifestyle, have a career and take care of home. I look at them as the future me and what I want to be like when I get to that point in my life. So big ups to all the MILFs out there taking care of business lol.

Hardest body part to keep in check? My hardest body part to keep in check is my freaking thighs specifically my hamstrings, my Samoan genes have blessed me with huge thighs so I have to make sure I stay on top of my legs.

Favorite body part to work out? Funny enough that my legs are my problem area but I’ve learned to love my leg routines the most of all, this includes variations squats, leg press, lounges, step ups, stairs, and other creative exercises. I love the strength gained and the overall results I get from these routines.

Biggest (health-related) pet peeve is? My biggest health pet-peeve is when I’m training in the gym possibly doing super sets and someone is occupying equipment at the gym that their not using. For instance they may be standing there talking or just resting for extended periods of time. It’s bothersome for me because I come to get it in and leave, not to mingle lol lets get serious people.

Your best advice/tip for women trying to shed weight? My best advice for women wanting to lose weight is to first make sure you are working out for the right reasons. When I say this I mean, what is your motive behind living a healthy lifestyle? Is it superficial, just to impress others? Is it to maintain your physical health and overall well being? You need to validate your intentions, and this will determine your focus. Secondly I would suggest to them to come up with a realistic routine that works for them and stick by it until they can elevate to the next level. Don’t demand too much of yourself in the beginning, it’s a transition and it’s not easy. My routine works well for me and keeps me sane lol I eat clean and exercise throughout my entire week and then I give myself the weekend to recover from training and eat the foods that I love (in proportion of course).

My schedule prevents me from binge eating and allows me to enjoy life, food all while staying health conscious. It’s always great to find ways make your physical activities fun, try going roller skating, bike riding, hiking or play a few games of tennis to get your heart rate up and enjoy moving your body. Remember to keep a positive and focused attitude when you go to work out, eat foods like trail mix or protein that help raise your energy before you start. Try working to your fullest potential each session you train, it’s only a small portion of your day so dedicate yourself to it, using the go hard or go home mindset to remind you ahahahaha. Once again physical fitness is one component of living a well rounded and balanced life; this component affects other factions of your life so consider this as a positive addition to keeping in touch with yourself and releasing energy through physical outlet.

What makes a woman sexy? A sexy woman is one that can be herself, has a strong mindset, and natural beauty. I love to meet women that aren’t afraid to be themselves; they can accept their beauty and flaws with confidence and embrace who they are. I also admired Women that have positive and loving mindsets always making the best of a situation and understanding of others. Lastly, natural beauty is always sexy, not altering your appearance through surgery but through discipline, hard work and a realistic view of self is essential and very attractive.

Your best advice for men wanting to impress you in the gym? Lol The best advice I could give a guy that’s going out of his way to try to impress me in the gym is to not impress me because I’m not paying attention and I don’t like being interrupted during my workout. It’s impressive to see you really focused on what you’re doing not what I’m doing. (it’s as if you took these words from out of my mouth cuz, Amen!)

When is your Work Out DVD release date? Lol My workout DVD is TBA for the moment but when in stores or streamed Follow the Lita will be the first to be updated on the release because she is more than likely going to be in it! :p

(Tianah and I with our sisters; L-R: Namoi, T, me & Larryn)