Tyler has been a member of KCI for nearly 5 years. He’s consistent, humble, coachable, and works hard. Tyler is the type of guy that will go out of his way to lend a hand and offer support. He has a family, a company to run, and juggles all the priorities that come along with that busy lifestyle. He’s got the recipe for #GratitudeAndGrit and is striving to make tomorrow better than today.
You’ve recently committed to being IN the Committed Club, which is our club honoring members who have attended 15 or more classes each month. Why did you feel it was important to attend more classes?
For awhile now I’ve noticed the Committed Club and admired the hard work and commitment of the folks on that elusive list. But, I had convinced myself that I just didn’t have enough time to fit more classes into my weekly schedule. Fitness is something I value though. High blood pressure & diabetes run in my family so I want to do everything I can now to be as healthy as possible down the road. But, as I evaluated my priorities, I noticed that they didn’t quite align. So… I quit using the excuse that I didn’t have time and simply “made” time in my schedule. Now, it’s a habit.
You’ve described yourself as “old man strong.” What does that mean to you? How does it make you feel to continue to improve your strength as you get older? Does being strong physically carry over to any other areas of your life?
I’m no spring chicken. But… I’m stronger today than ever before. And… it’s not because of working out more than I previously did. CrossFit is simply a smarter way to workout. As a high school and collegiate athlete, I worked my tail off trying to get stronger. But, today, strength isn’t even a goal for me… it’s the bi-product of doing my best at each WOD. I love the challenge of a completely new workout each day that pushes me to my limits. It sets the tone for the rest of my day.
You are a father, husband and business owner, two roles that require a lot of your time. How busy do you feel day-to-day? How do you prioritize your tasks? Specifically, why do you choose to prioritize your fitness as the first ‘task’ of your day?
Life is busy. It’s busy for all of us. And, I’m definitely not a morning person. But, what I’ve found is that by creating a morning routine that includes the gym I feel more energized for the remainder of the day. It’s helps me prepare to tackle the workday. Sure, there are days its hard and I don’t want to put in the work, but it’s having a clear goal that gets me up. I love the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek. And… knowing my WHY gives me the motivation on those hard days.
How do you describe CrossFit to friends and family?
I describe CrossFit as the most effective way to workout. Sure, it’s tough, and some days are really tough. But, every workout is completely scalable and the coaches modify the workout so that it is appropriate for each person’s fitness level. CrossFit is not just for super-fit athletes, CrossFit is for everyone who wants to be a healthier version of themselves.