Luckily for Tiphany, adaptive exercise doesn’t translate to reduced strength. In the gym, where you can find her most days, she tackles upper body workouts (we’re talking wheelchair pull-ups), and often enlists the help of apparatus like TRX straps and a standing frame. Though sometimes experiencing added slowness because of atrophied muscles, Tiphany is able to get out of her wheelchair for a class or to get on her yoga mat, noting that with some modifications, she can complete most exercises set by an instructor.
Combining her knack for fitness and education, Tiphany created a coaching business where she takes a holistic approach to well-being, considering everything from nutrition and exercise, to stress and sleep. The responsibility of helping her clients through their battles is something Tiphany can attest to, as she admits that silencing her own negative self-talk and finding the tools to regain the ability to love herself after the accident was a challenge. It was when she accepted her wheelchair not as an enemy, but as an extension of her own self, that progress could begin.
Tiphany continues to advocate and share her story, speaking publicly in televised and online interviews and educational institutions. In 2012, she starred in the ground-breaking reality show Push Girls, which chronicled four LA-based women who had been affected by paralysis. Along with training clients, Tiphany also hosts a weekly live broadcast, and is in the process of writing a book based on her experiences. “I felt compelled to begin [these projects] in the hopes that my experiences would heal the hearts of others,” she notes. “I’m always looking for ways to share my story, to inspire, and to spread the message of inclusion.”