Delta High alumnus Kevie Tennant hasn't looked back since changing careers at age 40.
For Kevie Tennant, life truly began at 40.
After spending 18 years as an accountant, Tennant broke away from her desk job to start her own business, 4 D Luv of Fitness.
She has never looked back.
“This is my second career,” said Tennant, a 1986 Delta High School graduate who went on to earn her associate's degree in accounting from Louisiana Tech. “I have been self-employed for six years. Not only have I found what I love to do, I'm getting paid for it. I feel more fulfilled now.”
Upon graduating from college, Tennant moved to the Dallas area where she was hired by Savino Del Bene, a freight forwarding and customer brokering company.
Tennant's co-workers quickly noticed that sitting at a desk wasn't Tennant's affinity.
“I am ADHD hyperactive. Everybody always told me I was too hyper to work from a desk,” the personable Tennant laughed.
Though technically holding a 9-5 job, Tennant routinely worked until midnight.
“I went to work at 9 a.m. and I would sit down at 3 p.m. and stay until I was finished,” Tennant recalled. “I would do my job, but I wasn't able to sit down at my desk until 3 o'clock. I was constantly moving around.”
Tennant still works long hours, but is no longer confined to four walls. Besides working with clients at her own gym, she works as a personal trainer for the University of Texas Arlington faculty and student body and is a master fitness trainer for Fitness Nation.
Certified as a personal fitness trainer and as a group exercise instructor, Tennant has trained clients in body sculpting, strength and endurance, powerlifting, water aerobics and cycling in addition to leading boot camps.
Meanwhile, she makes time to follow her own training regime. Eight-time Mr. Olympian and Bastrop High graduate Ronnie Coleman is among Tennant's workout partners at Fitness Nation. In fact, Tennant is currently training for a bodybuilding competition in December.
At Delta, Tennant was a cheerleader and track athlete.
Tennant was first exposed to weight training as a fifth grader at Collinston Elementary.
“I've always been athletically-inclined,” Tennant said.
Getting deeper into weight lifting in college, she competed with Louisiana Tech's nationally-acclaimed powerlifting team.
“At that time, we were pretty much undefeated,” Tennant recalled.
Tennant's athletic background also includes a stint as a middle linebacker for the Dallas Diamonds semi-pro football team.
“I was a middle linebacker,” Tennant said, smiling. “I was working out in the gym, and one of the guys said, 'We're starting a women's football team. You should come try out for it.' I went through the tryout with the timings and bear crawls and made the team. I only played one good season with them.”
Tennant has a son, 24-year-old James Otis Price Jr. of Arlington.
At the request of her first cousin, New York Giants' wide receiver Rueben Randle, Tennant served as an instructor at the Rueben Randle Football Camp on Saturday at Bastrop High. While their sons took part in the football camp, a group of mothers joined Tennant for a workout.
“I had fun today,” said Tennant, who grew up in Collinston where her mother, Betty Jean Tennant, still resides. “When Rueben called and asked me to help with the camp, I couldn't say no.”
It was a rare trip home for Tennant.
“This is the first time I've been home in over a year,” Tennant said. “I work seven days a week. I see my first client at 5 a.m. and my last client at 9 p.m. I stay that busy, but it's my fountain of youth.”
Tennant says she has found her fountain of youth through helping others.
“Inspiring, encouraging and motivating people is what I love to do,” Tennant said.