My name is Tatum Rebelle. I’ve been a personal trainer for more than 10 years, and an athlete since I was a little girl. When I was young I was extremely skinny and got teased for it… A LOT! I tried everything under the sun to gain weight.
I consumed thousands of calories a day and couldn’t break 100lbs. I started strength training as a teenager and became stronger, but still couldn’t add weight. It was embarrassing. I wore baggy clothes to hide my size.
I joined the Army at age 17, and in 6 months of military training I added 25lbs pounds to my small frame… not muscle! I got fat and unhealthy.
That experience made me realize that there is so much more to weight and health than just how many calories you eat and the activities you do. It also has to do with stress, sleep, portions, and especially the quality of your food.
Soon after that I became a personal trainer because I wanted to help others overcome their struggles. I’m fascinated by nutrition and the capabilities of the human body.
During my 8 years in the Army, I served as a Drill Sergeant and received the highest fitness awards, including the top fitness score in Basic Training and Drill Sgt School, competing amongst mostly males. I was also chosen to represent my unit in an “Iron Soldier” competition.
I honestly don’t recall ever being beaten on a Army Physical Fitness Test. Not because I was the strongest or fastest, but I trained very hard leading up to each test and competition. As a petite female, fitness was a way I could prove myself and earn the respect of my fellow soldiers.
My personal training certification is from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). I studied Kinesiology at Texas Christian University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, and hold a Master’s degree in Business Administration. I was also chosen as one of “Austin’s Fittest” by Austin Fit Magazine.
I’m not your typical gym rat. I actually spend as little time in the gym as possible! My workouts usually take place at the park running around with my dogs. I prefer to be outside, and believe that it does not take much equipment to stay in great shape. Just a little knowledge about how the body works and some creativity.
Rebelle Fit is based on the simple principle of getting back to the basics. There are a lot of crash diets and trendy workouts, but the truth is that the fitness industry is a relatively unregulated multi-billion dollar industry. New fads are usually meant to take your money, not give you health. Much of it is complete nonsense. I have learned this the hard way and want to teach you what I know.