Tiffiny Hall has made a living from exercise – but to call her a fitness trainer would be under-selling it.
The former Biggest Loser coach, who has gone on to launch her own fitness program TIFFXO, is whip-smart; she studied media and communications at Australia’s top-ranked University of Melbourne, where she also obtained a Diploma of Modern Languages in French, before penning, at last count, five health books and a series of fiction novels.
Add to that her ranking as one of Australia’s best female martial artists (she is daughter to an Olympic Taekwondo coach and black belt mother), and her regular stints on Channel 10’s The Living Room, and you get a pretty clear picture: Tiffiny Hall is a bloody impressive woman.
Oh, and she’s only 33.
How someone packed all that into a touch over three decades baffles me, but here Tiffiny is, just a few weeks post-birth of her first child, ready to tackle her next feat: helping women accept themselves, in a world where we are constantly bombarded with messaging that tells us what we are couldn’t be more wrong.
“I have a close-knit community through my program,” the TIFFXO founder tells Mamamia on the phone from her Melbourne home.
She’s just finished breastfeeding, actually.
“These are real women with not just one child, but maybe three, and they’re doing it tough. So I want to show the women doing my program, and the women who follow me, that it’s not easy, it’s not perfect… I still to this day look pregnant.”
This pursuit of authenticity was sparked by the influencer’s hellish pregnancy, hallmarked by hyperemesis gravidarum; that is, severe nausea from the early stages of conception all the way to birth.
It saw Tiffiny hospitalised every three to four weeks.
The condition is difficult for anyone, let alone a woman whose day-to-day is anchored by healthy food and consistent exercise. While pregnant, Tiffiny’s familiar routine of martial arts and vegetables was replaced with long, sedentary days and a diet of milk and carbohydrates. In the space of nine months, 30 kilograms were added to her slender frame.
“I was even throwing up with every contraction during labour,” Tiffiny tells me.
That labour – where son Arnold “shot out” of his mum in just two hours – was also traumatic for Tiffiny’s comedian husband, Ed Kavalee.
“Ed was really stressed in the delivery room. Arnold was born with the cord around his neck and Ed saw the obstetrician pull it off. Arnold was pretty limp afterwards… it was very scary.