Born and raised in Jamaica, Tal left her beloved island to move to Los Angeles, California when she was 21 to study Interior Design and live the "American Dream". She is a proud Mama of 2 teenagers and has been with her husband for 31 years!
It was early 2017, when Tal realized the damage that the "S.A.D. (Standard American Diet)" was doing to her body, internally, externally as well as mentally. She committed herself to living a healthy lifestyle at age 43 (it's never too late). Not long after losing 45 pounds in a year, thanks to Organic Superfoods that she is happy to share with everyone, she rediscovered her passion for fitness and began combining the superfoods performance pack as part of your nutrition protocol.
"I used to be a great athlete living in Jamaica and now I have found something
that allows me to be a badass again while getting stronger and leaner.
I never entertained the thought of lifting weights, like never ever,
but now that I am down 80 pounds (more to go) I can assure you that
a healthy diet and good fitness training does a body good!"
Tal was one of the 3 Boy Mama co-owner of Crossfit Aviator in Los Angeles that closed it's doors for good due to the
2020 Covid-19 lockdowns.
"I had to pivot, I had to find a way to continue this lifestyle.
More importantly I had to find a way to continue to share all that I
have learned and my passion for it with my community.
In the depths of a global pandemic and all the confusion and lockouts,
I couldn't be more happy to be offering this space to my community"
She says she made lemonade out of the lemons, in Jamaica, they make LIMEADE. Nothing could be more personal and intimate than building a complete open air gym in her own backyard.
Now, Coach Tal has taken 4 years of training, research and coaching to another level by personalizing for her clients. With each client she offers concentrated one on one time to focus to improve their strength and mindset around living a healthy lifestyle.
It was just an idea, a thought, an imagine-if and then it became a reality more impressive than anyone thought. YAAD FITNESS opened the gate on September 8th, 2020. You should know that "yaad" in Jamaican means "yard" in proper english so it's not a typo...lol...but instead has deep rooted meaning to
Owner/Coach Tal. "Ya-ad" is also a jewish word (Coach Tal is Jewish) meaning transformation or destiny.
YAAD Fitness offers private and semi-private strength focused training sessions.
The Yaad is filled with bells and whistles.
To boast, here's are some of the toys:
Battle Rope (pictured), Air Bikes, Rowers, Jump Ropes, Med. Balls, Ab-Mats, Slam Balls, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Barbells, Weight Plates and an impressive custom (Rouge-like) 4 Squat-Rack Rig with Pull-up Bars, Monkey Bars, Gymnastic Rings and tons of accessories. Each client also has access to mobile app to log milestones.
Every Saturday as far back as she can remember, Tal's mom and friends (and many many Kingstonians) would drive from Kinston to Portmore to go to Hellshire Beach. "It was as religious as going to temple on Friday evenings or church on Sundays".
Fishermen would go out in their canoes to fish for fresh fish and lobster and doc right on the beach with their daily catch. The shack owners would come out and buy the selections and prepare them per the menu. "I promise you the food it so amazing with only the bones or shells left on the plates...no doggy bags...lol."
Sand so soft and water so calm and clear, the beach is lined with almond trees for shade. Hummingbirds and hibiscus everywhere and let's not forget the families of mixed bread dogs and loose goats (many more goats than dogs) roaming around the the shacks for any scraps of food. Yes, there is always a coconut man and a cart selling ice cream bars and popsicles.
The shacks are made entirely of recycled materials. Meaning, any piece of wood, zinc or even leftover paint found on the roads blown away by heavy rains or hurricanes would used to build and patch up the shacks and make them hole again.
This was a happy place for many many years. Currently Hellshire has become so popular for the amazing food that the shacks are now as close to the water as the high tide so people don't go to sunbathe or swim anymore.
"It's now all about the food and rightfully so...YUM!"