Remarkable Women: Tami Peddigree

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EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Throughout March, Eyewitness News is showcasing Remarkable Women from NEPA.

Eyewitness News morning anchor Kelly Byrne sat down with one of our four finalists from our Remarkable Women competition

It’s the high interval, and high energy exercise, created by a remarkable woman.

For Tami Peddigree fitness is a way of life. Founder of the work-out program Drum-Latè. Her goal is to inspire women to live their best life. It’s a journey she started just a few years ago.

“One day I woke up, and I thought I was having a heart attack at 35. And it scared me, and going to the hospital and getting all the testing I had to get done. And then stepping on the scale, and weighing over 320 pounds… It was devastating,” said Peddigree. “It was one of those days in my life where if I didn’t change that day, I might not have seen my daughter grow up the rest of her life.”

After Peddigree’s health scare, exercise and healthy eating became a primary focus in her family’s life.

“My daughter called me out on it. She kept saying ‘mom are we going to the gym? Are we going to the gym?’ and I’d say no, we’ll go tomorrow. And she said, ‘that’s what you said yesterday.’ And that was the day that I have never stopped coming here.”

From attending her first fitness class, to now being a fitness instructor at the Jersey Shore YMCA, it’s a transformation that inspired her daughter, who’s now pursuing a degree in exercise science.

“I know she focuses on fitness, but she also focuses on mental health and self-worth,” said Hunter Swartz, Tami’s daughter.

It’s that mentality that led to the start-up of her own fitness class with flare.

“I wonder if I could take parts of cardio drumming, add those nice powerful Pilates moves into it. And then just adding those interval drills. We get really creative when we’re making new routines,” Peddigree said.

Peddigree changed her life around and single-handedly changes the lives of others, both in her class and community.

“Don’t ever give up. Because that time when you start thinking that you’re not good enough, and you’re going to quit, is the time that all that stuff that you worked so hard for, is when that stuff is going to go down the drain.”

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