A 31-year-old single mum-of-two, Tara Mooney, is set to compete in the YouTube hit series, Strength Wars, a European powerlifting competition in Berlin on September 10, despite only becoming involved in powerlifting and crossfit less than a year ago.
It is the first ever all-female Strength Wars, and because Tara's first ever deadlift was only eight months ago, she says she is representing normal women and single mums everywhere, by sharing her workout regime and diet plan on Snapchat and Instagram.
The Tullamore native has undergone major changes in her life in the last 12 months, including the news that both her children were diagnosed with hearing loss, but despite all the emotional upheaval, Tara is sharing her story to inspire other women, to search for the strength inside themselves.
“Last year was a tough year for me, between my children's diagnosis and being a single mum, it's a moment that any woman would reach her breaking point,” she begins. “Instead I turned to fitness, in particular strength training and powerlifting.”
A size 6, Tara measures 5ft 1 inches, and quickly gained attention for hitting personal bests of 125kg deadlifts. In the last seven months she has achieved much, competing in powerlifting and crossfit competitions, placing and finishing well.
“Last week I received amazing news that I have been chosen to take part in a European competition, a show which takes place on YouTube with almost a million subscribers for the first female 'Strength Wars'.
“I will be competing against women who have been doing strength training for years, and at a professional level. I am a single 31-year-old mum, who works full time in a office, so to say I'm the underdog is an understatement, however my drive and determination has got me this far.
“I may make a show of myself on it but I feel that I'm representing normal women out there and I'm hoping to do my best.”
Tara will face off against another competitor, demonstrating 12 repetitions of 40 kilo lifts, 12 reps of 90kilo lifts, 15 pull-ups, and 20 dips, and all in a time limit of minutes!
Meanwhile, as a result of being chosen for Strength Wars, Tara has been offered sponsorship from Irish sports nutrition company ROS Nutrition, all in the space of a few days.
“I would love to put Irish strong women on the European radar,” she says.
To tune into Strength Wars on YouTube, check out https://www.youtube.com/user/BodybuildingRev or to follow Tara on Instagram under 'tinypowermom', or follow her journey on Snap Chat TaraMoon85.