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Meet Tara Harner of D7 Fitness in Smyrna

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tara Harner.

Tara, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was 17 years old, I joined the Marines. Almost everything you hear about Marines are true. Yes, we’re loud. Yes, we’re intense. Yes, we’re tough. We fight. We win. We are a brotherhood.

All of these things have bled over into how we run our D7 fitness. I yell at my “warriors.” I push them to their limit. 10 minutes into it, they hate me. But when its’ over, they give me a hug and tell me they’ll see me tomorrow.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Getting people to believe that they could get an intense and effective workout in only 15 minutes was not easy. At the beginning, I had to have printouts on hand of multiple studies showing the research and proof that I wasn’t pulling their leg.

D7 Fitness – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The D7 in D7 Fitness stands for “daily seven.” It’s based on the seven exercises that Marines do daily to keep fit, and in fighting form. Two facts that you can’t deny: Marines do everything with intensity, and Marines are incredibly fit fighting machines. Our D7 fitness incorporates self-defense, martial arts and military exercises into High Intensity Interval Training (or H.I.I.T.) for an effective, fat blasting workout that takes only 15 minutes. What really sets us apart is that we don’t have a scheduled group class. Rather, we have a set block of time during which you can arrive as YOUR schedule allows. Our motivator/coach is standing by and ready when YOU are – not the other way around.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
It’s hard to pick just one. Every time a client and I set a fitness goal and we not only reach it, but surpass it, I’m extremely proud.

But if I HAD to pick one I’d say it was something that happened just the other day. A client of mine, who struggled in the past with an eating disorder, told me that she feels “safe” in the environment that I provide, and in the brotherhood-type support from her fellow “warriors” when she works out. Two things that many big gyms lack. It was a surprisingly emotional thing to hear.


  • $50 = 1 month of D7 conditioning and weekly martial arts class.

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