Tika Collins majored in Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
However, when it comes to living a healthy and carefree lifestyle, no one, it seems, can cross-examine individuals like her.
“My goal is show individuals that the same way we develop daily habits in our everyday routine, like getting the kids dressed, going to work etc., is the same way we can develop habits with working out and eating healthy,” Collins told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.
So passionate has Collins become in exemplifying favorable health that she has emerged as a fixture throughout the Memphis-metropolitan area.
Considered arguably one of the Mid-South’s finest health gurus, Collins, 31, a native Memphian, is a professional trainer and nutrition specialist for Total Domination Strength Training.
A former Shelby-Metro-area prep multisport athlete (track and field and basketball) who also played one of year of collegiate basketball, Collins is widely known for her popular 30-day boot camp, during which she steadfastly pushes clients’ bodies so they can better achieve the most possible favorable results during the span of just one month.
“I also teach you how to develop better eating habits and a consistent workout regimen,” Collins said.
That’s not all.
Besides this ever-so-popular boot camp, Collins customarily conducts one-on-one sports training sessions for clients, corporate fitness and sports training sessions, as well as provides a healthy meal prep service known as Health Creations.
This service is run mostly by Collins’ sister, Nikki Greer.
“We prep food every week for about 80 percent of our clients,” Collins said. “When people come to us, what I want to do is create a system whereby no one has excuses. If you can’t cook, I’ll cook for you. If you don’t know what to do in the gym, I will show you. If you need motivation, I will give it to you.”
Given her continuous progress, coupled with the word-of-mouth rave reviews she routinely fields from those who have sought her for advice on how to savor a healthy lifestyle, it seems the only way for Collins to go in this ever-evolving industry is up.
No one, it seems, can attest to this sentiment more than Gwendolyn Goode, one of Collins devoted clients. Goode, like a number of individuals who aspire to exhibit good health, has thoroughly embraced Collins’ vision for ensuring that Mid-Southerners strive to possess a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives.
“Since training under Tika, I’ve lost close to 30 pounds or better,” Goode said. “My eating is much cleaner now that I know what to eat and how much of it. I train with Tika five days a week — two personal training days and three boot camps a week. This will be my third year with her. I’ve had a rotator cuff surgery and knee surgery while training with her but I didn’t give up. It was something I wanted and change starts with the man in the mirror.”
Because her reputation as a professional trainer and nutrition specialist is such that people have embraced her keen knowledge and experience in the health industry, it’s safe to assume the sky’s the limit for this young, vibrant health professional.
In other words, because Collins is starting to emerge as a household name in the Mid-South, particularly on the health and nutrition circuit, the possibility exists that with proper exposure, her classes and corporate sessions could very well increase considerably in the foreseeable future.
All of which essentially plays into her lofty mission of figuratively cross-examining individuals to possess and savor favorable health and good eating habits.
That’s a criminal justice major for you.
“God puts us all here for a purpose,” explained Collins, adding that she caters to all age groups, from individuals as young as 10 years of age to 72. “It is our job to live out that purpose. At first, I was just doing something I love to do, not even thinking I was making that big of an impact until a client came up to me a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘We all have come to you because we are broken.’ That’s why our health is not good because something has to happen that breaks us.
“God put (certain people) in our lives to fix us, to make us better,” Collins continued. “It’s my job to inspire others. I didn’t chose this purpose. My purpose chooses me. I just want people to know, believe, and understand we have the ability to change anything about ourselves we do not like.”
In that order.
For more information about obtaining Tika Collins as a professional trainer/nutrition specialist, call 615-306-7353.
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