My interest in fitness started growing at a young age. My mother, a lifelong gym goer, felt that she would rather have me in the gym and working out with her instead of having me sitting at home and playing video games like other kids my age did. Slowly I developed a basic understanding of machines and the dynamics of a gym, mimicking the big guys, amazed by this place where people came to stay in shape, get strong and be healthy. By my freshman year of high school, I had embarked on my bodybuilding journey. At 14 years old I measured 5’ 10 and weighed in at a whopping 125lbs. I was a small guy with dreams of getting big. Guys like Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman from muscle and fitness magazines motivated me to pursue my own goals. Trying to emulate what I saw in the pages of those muscle magazines, I bought into all of the weight gainers, multivitamins, and, of course, pre-workout powders I could get my hands on! I hit the gym every day and took my supplements, gaining about 10 lbs but still no where near where I wanted to be. My senior year of high school I decided I wanted to compete, but at only 145lbs soaking wet, I knew bodybuilding was out of the question but I still made it my goal.
In 2010, the category of Men’s Physique hit the competition stage, and I was so excited because this was a good place for me to start. The guys in Men’s Physique had the look I wanted and one I could shoot for! Soon after I started my freshman year at Arizona State University, I added Exercise and Wellness to my Business degree to learn more about the human body. Through my exercise and wellness courses, I learned all about the human body, how the muscular system contracts and works and how vital the central nervous system is for muscular growth and development. Even though I was looking to compete in Men's Physique, I tried to add size too quickly. I went full bore in the bulk concept because I wanted to grow and be MASSIVE! I ate burgers, fries, pizza, ice cream, nachos, etc. The end result was about a 20 lbs gain in two months, mainly in my midsection. I added size, but did it wrong. I had to reset. I reached out to a close family friend who was a competitive body builder to seek guidance in preparation for my first competition during the summer of 2012.
Finally, with the knowledge provided by my own experiences at the gym, my education and the guidance of several people, I got my act together and was able to put in all the components together to get me competition ready. My first competition was the NPC Arizona Open where I placed top 10. It was such an amazing feeling and it catapulted a drive in me to achieve more and continue on my fitness path. Since then, I have competed at multiple Arizona regional competitions, most recently the Dennis James Classic. Throughout my fitness journey, friends, co-workers and colleagues started noticing the changes I was making and this prompted some of them to come to me for tips, guidance and ultimately training. By now, I was done with my degree in Business Economics and was working a full time Job as Member Solutions Representative at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union. I began training a few friends on the side, just to keep myself in the fitness world. I realized shortly that becoming a trainer and helping people achieve their fitness goals was something I could do and do it successfully. As more people came to me for training, word of mouth kept bringing me new contacts who became paying clients. I left my 9-5 to pursue training as a full-time job.
Tytin Fitness was born in early summer of 2016 and I haven’t looked back. Fast forward to today, and I have been operating as a full time personal trainer, fitness and nutrition coach and competition coach. I have a high roster of private training clients and a handful of competing athletes that have won and placed high in their respective categories. Never did I expect at 10 years old when I first walked into that gym that I would one day own my own fitness studio and that people would come to me to help them become the best version of themselves. I am lucky and grateful that being taken to the gym at such an early age and becoming knowledgeable about fitness and training so early on now allows me to do what I love. Gains all around.
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