Ultra-slim dancer reveals how she transformed her body and built an enviable derriere by making two simple changes to diet and exercise
- Australian dancer Tahnee Sheehan was tired of being pressured to be thin
- Six years ago, the 24-year-old transformed her body with two small changes
- Ms. Sheehan lifts weights five times a week and eats at least six times a day
- Since 2015, she has been qualified as a fitness coach and has competed as a bodybuilder
- Ms Sheehan says her life has improved dramatically and feels stronger than ever
An ultra-slim dancer has created the body she’s always dreamed of by lifting weights five times a week and eating at least six meals a day.
Tahnee Sheehan, 24, of the Gold Coast, Queensland, was tired of feeling an “immense amount of pressure” to fit the stereotype of the slick thin dancer with no curves.
The petite blonde began overhauling her diet and exercise regimen in 2015, and in the six years since she qualified as an online fitness coach and now competes as a professional bodybuilder in World Beauty Fitness and Fashion (WBFF) competitions.
Ms Sheehan finished second in the Australian pro division in 2019 and achieved pro status that same year.
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Tahnee Sheehan (pictured) was tired of feeling an ‘immense amount of pressure’ to fit the stereotype of the rake-thin dancer with barely a single curve
The ultra-slim blonde began overhauling her diet and exercise regimen in 2015
Since then, Ms. Sheehan (pictured in 2021) has qualified as an online fitness coach and now competes as a professional bodybuilder in World Beauty Fitness and Fashion (WBFF) competitions.
Tahnee’s day on a plate
Breakfast: Two eggs and smashed avocado
Post-workout snack: Rice cakes, protein shake or a piece of fruit
Lunch: Double portion of grilled chicken, rice and vegetables or fish, potatoes and vegetables
Supper: Homemade chicken pizza
Dessert: Protein oatmeal with peanut butter
She has her sights set on winning gold in October to take the title of Australian Champion.
Ms. Sheehan achieved her dramatic transformation by exercising five times a week, with three of those sessions devoted to her lower body and two to her upper body.
She also takes daily morning walks to clear her head and take care of her mental health.
But she said the change that made the biggest difference to her physique was her relationship with food.
“Many girls are afraid to eat, but a little discomfort now pays off,” Ms Sheehan told the Daily Mail Australia.
Throughout her dance career, she said she took an “extreme approach” to wellness, where she would either go on a “completely clean diet” or a period of total loss of track.
Sheehan said hiring a personal trainer and following well-rounded fitness influencers on Instagram who focus on building muscle rather than losing weight helped her become the healthiest version of herself.
Hiring a personal trainer and following well-rounded fitness influencers on Instagram who focus on building muscle rather than losing weight helped Ms. Sheehan (pictured) become the healthiest version of herself
The 24-year-old (pictured) trains five times a week and eats at least six meals a day
Ms. Sheehan (left, in 2015 and right, in 2020) urges women to let go of their fear of lifting weights and eating more often.
‘I was able to strike the perfect balance between achieving my goals and enjoying life on the go by minimizing limitations and maximizing results,” she added.
Ms. Sheehan urges women to let go of their fear of lifting weights and eating more often. If you insist that you don’t, you won’t get “fat.”
“You wish it were that easy!” she said.
‘Building muscle takes years, you don’t grow overnight. Eating enough to fuel your sessions can create the shapes you’ve dreamed of, but it takes consistency to get there.”