Tim had never thought he would grow up to be overweight. As a youngster, Tim played soccer and even earned an athletic scholarship towards the end of high school. Yet, thanks to repetitive joint injuries and burnout, Tim walked away from any chance of athletic glory. Slowly but surely, without his steady workouts, his weight crept on until he hit 270 pounds by the time he turned 30. Tim’s weight would have kept on climbing had he not walked into a single spin class that changed his life forever.
After quitting sports, Tim’s life took a downward turn. “I grew up in a boring, rural community without any real entertainment outlets and had consequently developed quite a drug history. I spent my 16th birthday totally stoned on meth and booze,” says TimInstead of wallowing in self-pity and waiting to get into trouble with the law, Tim got his act together, entered community college, where he discovered that his true calling was physiotherapy. In two years, Tim graduated his registered physiotherapy program and went off to work.
Meanwhile, however, his unhealthy habits of eating junk food and maintaining a sedentary life were kicking in. “I worked for the first six years helping to rehabilitate stroke patients an intensive care unit so I witnessed what most people never want to see. While it scared the hell out of me, it was not enough for me to really take my own health seriously at that point.”
One wonderful thing happened at the hospital..Tim met his now wife Judy. The couple married and moved to Atlanta Georgia for her to attend law school. While he was delighted for Judy, Tim found himself more isolated than ever. He hit the refrigerator for solace and thus ended up gaining more weight than ever. Pretty soon he hit his highest point of 270 pounds.
“My mindset was, ‘I’m just going to do whatever I want in terms of nutrition. I’ll eat junk food all week if I feel like it and drink a dozen or so beers on the weekend.’ And he justified it all with two or three jogs a week. At the time, Tim was just 30 years old. But his physicians were already warning him about his weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and hereditary predisposition to diabetes. At a gut level, Tim knew he had to do something radical but just didn’t know what. Until one day, he just so happened to walk into his local gym’s spin class.
“Instantly, I became addicted to spin classes as they gave me the outlet that I so desperately needed. I just ran with it and went five days a week.” At the same time, Tim totally transformed his nutritional habits. Happily, he finally quit his 15-year pack-a-day cigarette habit. He replaced beer, fruit juice and carbonated sodas with water. He stopped his late night snacking behaviours as well as eating a massive bowl of ice cream daily. Instead, he started increasing his lean protein intake and now eats fresh fruits and vegetables as often as possible. Due, in part, to these substantive changes, Tim, who stands 5 ft. 8 in., shed 105 pounds to meet his target weight of 165.
While Tim still loves the spin classes that got him lean and healthy, he has since graduated to doing a four-day split for a weight routine and two days of steady state cardio to maintain a healthy heart.
“I’ll turn 50 this year but in terms of my physique, I’m in far better shape now than I was when I played high school soccer. Being my age, I take great pride in that since it’s fairly uncommon. ” proclaims Tim.
Indeed, Tim was so inspired by his healthier new lifestyle that he also chose to overhaul his career. After moving back to Colorado with his family, Tim became a personal trainer and fitness nutritional specialist so he could counsel other men just like him how to overhaul their own lives.