Tanya Pennington-Miller has been working professionally in the fitness and nutrition industry in several capacities for 20 years. Her passion for health and wellness began in 1994 and has continued to grow.
Tanya was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years, ran track and played tennis in high school. She had already been a member of a gym for four years and knew her next step was to become a personal trainer to help others reach their goals. One week after high school graduation she was hired as a personal trainer and obtained three personal training certifications within the next year. She enrolled at C.S.U., Sacramento to obtain her degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science.
She continued to cheer at the collegiate level for a few years, but knew that wouldn’t last forever. She knew she had to find something else to put her physical energy into and in 2001 the NPC figure division was born. The figure division is a competitive bodybuilding class for females allowing for more femininity than that of the traditional female bodybuilding division. In 2004 she would become the NPC San Francisco Champion taking home the overall title. Tanya competed in the figure division while attending college and continuing to build her personal training career.
Her active lifestyle has never let up as she continues to compete in CrossFit Competitions, half marathons and Spartan races. Loving to spread the gift of fitness, she and her husband are also the lead directors of the largest CrossFit competition in the Central Valley. The Central Valley Throwdown is a 330+ athlete event which takes place in a 66,000sqft building at the International Ag Center in Tulare, CA. This event requires the involvement of over 100 volunteers and draws in 1000+ spectators each year!
Over the years, her unwavering passion for this industry has kept her continuing her education and expanding her knowledge as she continued her career path as a Personal Training Manager, then as a General Manager of several gym locations. She felt her next step was naturally to open a gym of her own as this had been her dream for years. In 2010 her focus began to shift more to the nutrition side of things and she decided this was the area she wanted to focus on with her clients. She had learned over the years that as important as exercise was, nutrition was arguably even more important, as you cannot outwork a poor diet.
Upon leaving her General Manager position with the gyms, she took a management position with a nutrition and supplement store having the goal of one day owning her own store. On April 20th 2013, she opened her first Total Nutrition store location in Visalia, CA. On April 22nd , 2013, unbeknownst to her, her future husband would walk in for nutrition advice and seven months later they would go on their first date. Together, as husband and wife, they would open a second store location in Bakersfield, CA in 2017.
Tanya currently works with a wide spectrum of clients through personalized nutrition. She coaches a team of figure, bikini and physique athletes, is a nutrition coach for high school athletes as well as for CrossFit gyms, works with both college and professional athletes, has many weight loss and sport performance clients. Over the years her passion has grown for nutrition as medicine.
Tanya is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Certified Diabetes Specialist. She opened her practice, Nourish to Thrive, where she is able to help clients from a therapeutic standpoint. She is able to address and identify imbalances in the body and intervenes with nutrition for improving overall health and wellness.
In addition to running her nutrition stores and her thriving practice, you can also find Tanya regularly public speaking on the topic of nutrition. Most recently, she began teaching nutrition to the Hanford Fire Academy at the College of the Sequoias.
- 2004: NPC San Francisco Overall Champion
- 2012: Battle of the Sexes CrossFit competition (First CrossFit comp)
- 2014: WOD Wars CrossFit competition (1st Place)
- 2014: Moxie Madness CrossFit competition (1st Place)
- 2014: Heavenly Half Marathon (1st Place in age bracket)
- 2014: Hell of a Half Marathon (3rd Place in age bracket)
- 2014: CVTD CrossFit competition (2nd Place)
- 2014: Judgement Day Half Marathon (4h Place in age bracket)
- 2015: Qualified for Granite Games to compete in Minnesota (CrossFit)
- 2016: Qualified for Wodapalooza to compete in Miami (CrossFit)
- 2016: Spartan Sprint in Castaic
- 2017: Hell of a Half Marathon
"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food."
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