Tanya Pennington-Miller has been working professionally in the fitness and nutrition industry in many capacities for over 18 years. Her passion for health and wellness began in high school and has continued to grow over the years.
Tanya was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years, ran track and played tennis in high school. Upon graduating, 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. She enrolled at C.S.U., Sacramento to obtain her degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. One week after graduation she was hired as a personal trainer and obtained three personal training certifications within the next year.
She continued to cheer at the collegiate level for a few years after high school, 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. Tanya competed in the figure division while attending college and continuing to build her personal training career.
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, but 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 then moved into nutrition and supplement store management with the goal of one day owning her own store. In 2013, she opened her first Total Nutrition store location in Visalia, CA and her second location in Bakersfield, CA in 2017.
Tanya currently works with a wide spectrum of clients on 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 a CrossFit gym, works with both college and professional athletes, has many many weight loss and sport performance clients and over the years her passion has grown for nutrition as medicine.
Currently, Tanya is working to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Upon completion of this course, she will open a practice, Nourish to Thrive, where she will be able to help clients from a therapeutic standpoint. She will be able to address and identify imbalances in the body and how to intervene with nutrition for improving overall health and wellness.
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”