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Tara Scott – A Testament To Consistency

Tara Scott is the epitome of exercise consistency and simplicity. I first learned of Tara after reading about an exercise streak of hers that spanned over two years. At the time, she was around 40 years old and had trained 766 consecutive days. Tara is now 46 years old and has extended that streak to an amazing 2700 days. For those who may not have a calculator handy, that’s over 7 years.

As for her approach to exercise, here is a quote taken from a previous entry:

Some days I go light, others heavy, and then others somewhere in between.

Tara describes her workouts as playouts. She subscribes to the philosophy that fun is fundamental. She enjoys the work so naturally looks forward to using her body each day. She often trains outside mixing calisthenics with tools such as kettlebells, sandbags, sledgehammers, and more. As for the results, you can see a brief sampling below.

First, you’ll see a casual pistol squat walk that she performs with ease.

 

She’s also clearly well developed throughout the upper body and core as evident below.

 

So in summary, we have a woman who is 46 years old with the strength, body control, and ability to humble many half her age. And what I enjoy even more than her ability is that her training is clearly rooted in simplicity. She thrives on the basics. She can turn any open space into a fully functional gym. Let’s also reiterate that Tara enjoys what she does. She is the perfect counter to anyone who suggests that workouts must feel miserable to be effective. If Tara felt miserable each day, there is no way she would continue for 2700 consecutive days.

When you enjoy what you do, you’ll be more eager to do it. And for those who still doubt the potential of a simplistic routine, Tara Scott is yet another example that proves otherwise.

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Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals. – Jim Rohn

 

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9 Comments so far

  1. Alicia December 2nd, 2013 8:23 am

    Nice post! Really inspiring, as it is something everybody can start now but can’t accomplish “right now”. The commitment is awesome and her approach something everybody could benefit from. Love the simplicity of it, and clearly it is effective.
    Nice way to start the week :)
    Thanks!

  2. Danilo December 2nd, 2013 1:26 pm

    Nice!! Consistency!

  3. Joe December 2nd, 2013 7:33 pm

    Ross
    Been a whe since I commented just wanted to say I hope you train up some champions in boxing. I wish I had your methods as a teen- I was born in 1982 and if I had your methods I could’ve been way better in the ring bcuz we did retarded stuff like jog miles and miles avoid the weight room and plyos only doing push-ups and sit-ups till we puked and sparred way too much in a week after bag work to boot. That’s he Southbfor you I’d rather had intelligent New England methods like you apply.
    Question-
    Do you think at 31 I could still fight amateur or just forget it I’m too old to mess with it?
    You should do a write up about keeping perspective for guys over 30 thinking of competing. I might just do Krav Maga and other no be military street tactics instead. I do live boxing but I think learning more commando type moves to defend myself is probably not too bad an investment of time.
    Do you know much about Den Mak, Krav Maga, Spentsnaz or any other near lethal hand to hand tactics? Do they actually work or is it all marketing hype??????

  4. Eric December 3rd, 2013 8:57 am

    I must say after years of training I’m still confused about “daily” workouts and so-called “overtraining.” Cal Ripken’s “streak” pales in comparison to this woman, at least #8 had days off in the off-season and when the O’s didn’t play. teehee. I’ve even seen credible people say you shouldn’t do bodyweight dips, pullups, and pushups daily, but do them every other day like in weight training. And then you have examples like this wonderfully fit woman and say someone like this woman who perform exercise every single day. Even heard accounts that you shouldn’t run every day and maybe limit your runs to 3-4 times a week maximum. I can imagine the confusion someone new to exercising must experience with all the conflicting information out there. Kudos to Tara, she made those pistols look incredibly easy.

  5. Eric December 3rd, 2013 9:14 am

    Meant to include Herschel Walker as an example of someone who would be considered “overtraining” in my orignal post. Just watched this woman’s kettlebell video. Even more amazing than the “pistol” video. Looks like a pretty large kettlebell she’s using in the video. I thought she might be just extremely fit and flexible, but it looks like she’s incredibly strong for her “petite” size. IMPRESSIVE. Will be watching her vids in the future.

  6. Leon December 3rd, 2013 12:04 pm

    Hey Ross,

    I appreciate all of your posts. I learn alot from your wisdom. I do not know if you have seen this video, but It is truly inspiring. Check it out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_Q9ej5LEHq0

  7. admin December 3rd, 2013 1:21 pm

    Hi Joe, 31 is still young enough to get involved in the amateurs (ie. learn, compete, and have fun). We’ve even had guys start in their 40′s. They are too old for traditional amateur competition, but there is a master’s division for those over 35.

    If your passion lies with boxing, I’d consider focusing your efforts there. You’ll get plenty out of it and you’ll enjoy yourself (which is also important IMO).

  8. RossTraining.com Blog December 4th, 2013 12:33 pm

    [...] on Tara Scott, I received several questions about exercise frequency. As mentioned in the original entry, Tara has exercised daily for over 2700 consecutive days. At age 46, she is in tremendous physical [...]

  9. RossTraining.com Blog March 4th, 2014 7:30 am

    [...] I updated her story in December to highlight seven consecutive years of exercise. She’s now 46 years old and has exercised for over 2700 consecutive days. Tara continues to thrive and is in better shape than most adults half her age. If you missed her update, you can see her in action here. [...]

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