Tanner is a 23-year-old bodybuilder. He competes in the CPA Classic Physique division and he’s thinking about carrying over to the bodybuilding division. He originally started athletics at about the age of 12, starting with skateboarding, which he competed in, placing among the top 3. He was sponsored by West 49.
In grade 8 he was about 119 pounds and decided to get into fitness. Ever since he developed a minor case of acne which then turned severe at the age of 15-17. Then he started getting into the gym really hard and focusing on nutrition. Next thing he knew, he cleared up his skin. Jump ahead a few years and he did his first powerlifting meet, which he originally started with before bodybuilding. He placed second in the competition before switching over to bodybuilding. Now, he is on his 4th off-season. He’s got Nationals in October. Within the last 2 years he has begun personal training. Currently, he has 6 clients.
His younger age accomplishment is taking 3rd place in Beat The Heat, one of the biggest skateboarding competitions in Alberta. As an adult, he says, “My biggest accomplishment is buying my first house at the age of 23.” He’s very proud of where he came mindset wise as a teenager to where he is now in his twenties. As a teenager he was into partying and drinking. After the acne arrived he did a full pivot to health and fitness and he’s never looked back.
His main goal, where all his focus and energy is going, is toward achieving his IFBB Pro card. Other than that, Tanner is planning on growing his portfolio for personal training and growing alongside Gorilla Wear Canada.
One of Tanner’s biggest idols is Jay Cutler (an IFBB Pro and four-time Mr. Olympia winner). He also idolizes Joe Rogan and Mike Belt, two YouTubers who pretty much came from nothing and built a business empire out of fitness.
He says, “Looking back at photos from where I was to where I am now. Every time I feel like I’m not making progress I just go look at old photos and it keeps me motivated.” He also says personal training clients is a big motivator for him. Seeing his clients grow and change also helps to keep himself motivated and do better.
He says, “My work out split is currently two per day, what that means is for example if I’m training legs in am/morning, I train shoulder pm/night, say chest am/morning I’d be doing triceps evening/pm. I found this super beneficial because usually by the time you’re done chest you’re pretty tired and hungry. What splitting the workout does is allows my body to recover and get a bunch of nutrients throughout the day. That way I can crush triceps just as hard as I hit chest.”
“I would say my greatest challenge has been balancing work life while being a bodybuilder. In 2021 I competed in two bodybuilding shows: Alberta Open Classic Physique & TnT Showdown Classic Physique as well as Physique. I placed 3rd in Alberta Open, 4th in TnT Classic, and 3rd in Physique. This qualified me for Nationals and I did all this while working a labour intensive job over 60hr/week.”
Tanner says, “I actually have a decent amount of hobbies outside of the gym. In winter I love snowboarding. My father and I do a yearly snowboarding trip to the mountains. For summer I mountain bike, dirt bike, skateboard, cliff jump, and travel. Honestly the list goes on but my greatest passion is bodybuilding. It truly built me into the man I am today.