Courtney Tailor is a model, bikini athlete, and actress – starring in movies and TV shows, such as American Psycho and The Lying Game.
She began posting pictures on Instagram @CourtneyTailor in 2014, and gained masses of followers online. By 2016, she’d become a fitness sensation, inspiring fans around the world to lead a healthy lifestyle.
This is her story:
|Full Name: Courtney Taylor Clenney|
|115 – 125lbs (52.2 – 56.7kg)||5’8″ (172.5cm)||36″||36″|
|Waist||Year of Birth||Nationality|
|Bikini Competitor, Model, Actress, Social Media Star||Courtney Tailor||2010|
|Weight||115 – 125lbs (52.2 – 56.7kg)|
|Year of Birth||1996|
|Profession||Bikini Competitor, Model, Actress, Social Media Star|
- 2016 NPC West Coast Classic Bikini Novice Class C – 6th place
- 2016 NPC West Coast Classic Bikini Class F – 9th place
- 2016 NPC Brew City Bikini – 1st place (National Qualification)
Born and raised in the Lone Star State, Texas (USA), Courtney was very active as a child. She took part in every sport available at her school – soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, horseback riding, and diving.
But she wasn’t training in the gym during her childhood. Instead, Courtney became a high-level (pool) diver – her family believed she could compete at the Olympics when she was older.
At this point, she set her sights on becoming a professional diver.
Growing up, Courtney’s other passion was to entertain her family and friends. At the age of 13, in 2009, she discovered acting and decided it was her calling.
It wasn’t long until she’d left diving behind to pursue a career as an actress. Courtney began attending acting, dancing, and voice classes – determined to be successful in the acting industry.
Commercials, TV Shows and Movies
After a year of acting classes, Courtney’s hard work paid off – she appeared in numerous commercials, including an advert for a market-leading soft-drink company.
But that wasn’t all.
In 2010, at the age of 14, Courtney featured in TV Shows, and movies – such as American Psycho.
Courtney taking a break, while filming a commercial in Hollywood.
Start of Fitness Journey
During Courtney’s progress as an actress, she realized the importance of staying fit and healthy. She began training in the gym during high school, using fitness as an escape from the pressures of her promising career.
Courtney soon fell in-love with fitness after seeing progress on her figure. But she was only training cardio at this point – regularly running on the treadmill.
At the age of 14, in 2010, Courtney had embarked on her fitness journey.
Courtney at the start of her fitness journey, at 14-years-old in 2010.
Over the next 3 years, Courney had become very slim and healthy. She followed a clean, well-planned diet and became more interested in bikini athletes and fitness icons (especially Ashley Kaltwasser).
In 2013, at 17-years-old, Courtney began lifting weights in the gym – setting her sights on sculpting a physique capable of competing.
Courtney at 17-years-old, after starting to lift weights in 2013.
By the time she was 20, in 2016, Courtney had built an impressive physique. Due to her love of fitness, she slowly placed acting on the sidelines while she focused on sculpting her dream physique.
After intense preparation, she entered her first show that year – the 2016 NPC West Coast Classic.
Courtney stepped on stage, competing in two categories as a bikini athlete – the Bikini Novice Class C, and the Bikini Class F. Although she didn’t win, she placed 6th and 9th respectively.
This experience fuelled her determination to succeed in the fitness industry.
Competing at the 2016 NPC West Coast Classic.
Success In The Fitness Industry
Courtney was motivated by her respectable performance in her first competition. She raised her training intensity, aiming to place higher in her next contest.
A few months later, she entered her second show – the 2016 NPC Brew City. She didn’t disappoint.
Impressively, Courtney walked away with the trophy after placing 1st. Along with her victory, she also qualified to enter national fitness competitions.
At this point, she realized that she had a future as a bikini athlete – and began working towards earning her Pro Card.
On stage at the 2016 NPC Brew City Show – where she placed 1st.
Social Media Sensation
During her progress in the fitness industry, Courtney began posting pictures of her journey on social media under the name @CourtneyTailor.
Soon after, she’d attracted a mass of fans online – being admired for her incredible physique.
It wasn’t long until she’d reached over a million followers on Instagram. By 2016, Courtney had become a social media star, inspiring fans around the world to lead a healthy lifestyle.
When Courtney first began training in the gym, she only trained cardio – running on the treadmills.
But after being inspired by bikini athletes and fitness icons, she started lifting heavy weights and focusing less on cardio. This allowed her to sculpt a physique capable of competing.
Courtney splits her week into low-carb, and high-carb days. She believes that her body responds to this routine the best, progressing without getting used to a certain diet.
Courtney will keep her carbs minimal on low-carb days. She plans her meals around lean proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats on these days.
Her low-carb diet will look something like this:
- Meal 1 – Egg whites and tiny amount of oatmeal
- Meal 2 – Chicken, Vegetables, and nuts
- Meal 3 – Fish and Vegetables
- Meal 4 – Egg whites and vegetables
- Meal 5 – Chicken, Vegetables, and nuts
- Meal 6 – Fish and Vegetables
On her high-carb days, Courtney consumes more complex carbs – sweet potato, brown rice, and oatmeal. But she’ll keep her fats minimal.
Courtney’s high-carb diet will look something like this:
- Meal 1 – 1 cup of oatmeal, sugar-free syrup, and egg whites
- Meal 2 – Chicken, Vegetables, and Brown Rice
- Meal 3 – Fish, Vegetables, and Sweet Potato
- Meal 4 – Egg Whites, Vegetables, and Oatmeal
- Meal 5 – Chicken, Vegetables, and Brown Rice
- Meal 6 – Fish, Vegetables, and Sweet Potato
In terms of supplements, Courtney takes:
- Pre-Workout supplement
- Whey Protein
Idols and Influences
Courtney was inspired to begin lifting weights by numerous bikini athletes and fitness icons. She names Ashley Kaltwasser as her main idol in the fitness industry.
The social media star also names her friends, family and fans as other sources of motivation. It was them that encouraged her to enter her first competition.
What we can learn from Courtney Tailor
One thing we can learn from Courtney Tailor, is to always work towards your ambitions. She didn’t waste any time in chasing her goal of becoming an actress – and it was only a year after taking acting classes that she appeared in numerous commercials.
Not only that, Courtney worked hard to sculpt her dream physique after setting her sights on competing as a bikini athlete. She followed a strict diet and training routine – to eventually win her first trophy.