Meet our Member Spotlight of the week, Tim Byers!!! Tim and his wife Tenille have an adorable baby girl named Ellie, we love when they visit class! Tim has been coming to OSI for a couple months now and he has seen some great results so we want to celebrate with him. He recently participated in our Strong and Able Challenge and improved his overall diet and lost 13 pounds and 8 inches, he did awesome! Tim can usually be found in one of our 4pm small group personal training sessions or Saturday morning sessions. When you see him around the gym be sure to give him a shout out!!!
How did you hear about/what made you decide to try OSi?
I pass by it all the time, and noticed when looking closer out of curiosity that OS stood for "original strength", which intrigued me. I assumed it was some sort of specialized training facility, and I was looking for something new, so I looked it up online, liked the concepts, and figured I'd at least do the trial and see what I thought.
What are your favorite things to do outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?
I have two jobs. I am licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant and do that as well as act as the Industrial Rehabilitation Manager for Performance Rehabilitation in Sanford. I also am a Bartender and Server at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Cary. When I am not working, I like to hang out with my wife, Tenille, and baby daughter, Ellie, as well as watch movies, read, cheer on my Indianapolis Colts, and experience new things.
When you hear “OSi” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Functional strength and mobility
What did you initially think about our form of
movement and what reset felt the strangest?
I actually found it refreshing. A lot of people probably think it's weird initially, but coming from the world of rehab, it just makes sense. In physical therapy, I always tell patients that the first thing we need to work on is decreasing their pain and/or swelling. Then we need to get them moving correctly, including fixing any postural dysfunction. Then we need to work on stability. Then we work on strength. So many people go to the gym and work on all these single-plane motions to improve their strength, while neglecting their stability and mobility. There is a lot of science behind what we do here, and that includes doing these complex, functional movements that work on multiple fascial chains throughout each session.
The only reset that was initially weird was probably the rocking in circles, just not something I had done before. And I still have to concentrate on the rolls. I have a hard time slowing down and trying to roll segmentally.
What changes have you seen in yourself since starting OSi?
I started about two weeks after my daughter was born, around late October. Since then, my core stability and balance have improved, my sleep cycle is better, my diet has become much healthier, and I have lost almost 20 pounds. I also am just moving better. I couldn't walk or jump my feet up to my hands for burpees when I first started. Most of my crawling was on my knees back then. I still get pretty out of breath during sessions, but I've noticed that my breath comes back faster than it used to. I couldn't even make it through my very first session and I almost threw up in the bathroom. It seems like that's a long time ago, but it's only been 5 months.
What has caused you to keep coming to class even when you don’t necessarily feel like it?
It's a mixture of things. When you sign up for a class, you feel like you committed yourself to something, and you don't want to just not show up after you said you would be there. Also, I know that I am going to be doing something different every time, not just the "same ol', same ol'" that made me sometimes skip the gym in the past. The camaraderie is also nice in two ways: 1. I like to see others succeed and do well. It's part of what i like about PT. 2. I am pretty competitive. So, seeing what others have done or are doing, or knowing what I have done in the past, all drives me to do better. And finally, I want to be better for my daughter. I want her to grow up with a Dad who can play with her and who sets a good example of a healthy lifestyle.
What is your proudest achievement/next big goal at OSi?
My proudest achievement is probably cleaning up my diet. It's still not perfect, but it's light years better that it was. My next goal is to achieve all the Mastery Challenges on the WOW board. I knocked one out last week, and I'm coming for the rest of them.
If you are interested in joining us at OSI we have a couple options including; one on one training, group training, and a $29 2 week trial. For more information about OSI or to register for classes, check out http://originalstrengthinstitute.com.