Introducing Coach Tyler! One of the newest members of the regular Game Ready Staff, we are excited to have his enthusiasm and vast sports experience to expand on the GR Team. Tyler brings a lot of passion and a great ability to connect with youth athletes. Without further delay…here is some more information in his own words!
Tell us a little background on yourself…
I grew up in Longmont and was pretty much always active. I played soccer and baseball until my early teens when I started to focus on soccer. I played on traveling teams and for my High School until I graduated.
In high school I was lucky enough to have the option to take a class called “Ironworks” which became my introduction into lifting weights. In that class I learned many of the basic but essential barbell movements including bench, squat and deadlift. We even touched on the power clean a bit at that point. I was able to sign up for this class multiple times and it really laid the foundation how I would approach fitness in my later life.
What is your current Profession?
I work as a digital marketing consultant; I spend most of my days helping clients drive potential customers to their website so they can grow their business. Essentially, I spend a lot of time with my shoulders hunched staring at a computer. With that in mind, the time I spend in the gym is vital to my overall health. It gives me a daily opportunity to move, to get up from my desk and stretch, sweat, and breathe. It also is the perfect stress relief; I’ve found there are very few things that can’t be cleared up or helped by picking up a heavy barbell.
Do you eat a particular way or follow a nutrition plan?
Over the years I have experimented with just about every style of eating and “dieting” under the sun. I’ve tried intermittent fasting, keto, low carb, and paleo just to name a few. Currently I count my macros and eat mostly paleo, but I’ve added in a few things that I find work for me and don’t negatively affect my weight or performance in the gym. For me it’s all about finding something that is easy to maintain over the long run. My diet is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it works for me, is easy to keep up with, and leaves me relatively lean and having the energy I need in the gym and for daily activities.
What are your hobbies?
I obviously love working out and pushing myself to improve, but I still also love playing and watching soccer, games like spikeball, ladderball, bags…. Really anything competitive! After that I just simply enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading. In the summer you can find me sitting on the porch in the sun and in the winter I enjoy snowboarding!
Do you have any advice to share?
When it comes to fitness and diet… find something that works for you. Living an active, healthy lifestyle looks different for each of us and that’s ok. You don’t have to eat paleo, or do CrossFit, or even work out everyday… Find the things you enjoy and do more of them.
Did you have an influential Coach or Mentor growing up?
First and foremost, I am lucky to have an amazing Father. He encouraged me to play any sport that I had fun at and was quick to remind me that I could accomplish anything I put my mind too. He spent more hours that I could even guess kicking a soccer ball or playing “catch” with a football or baseball with my brother and I in the backyard growing up. To this day those are some of my favorite memories.
What do you enjoy most about coaching Youth?
I really enjoy coaching kids to see them improve. It is great to see a child finally accomplish a difficult skill they’ve been working on or improve their squat. Even something as simple as seeing a smile on their face as they leave the gym. With any luck we are helping them build healthy habits that will help them throughout life!