Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m an avid lover of all life, from the spiders I rescue- rather than kill- inside my house, to the special needs adults I work with. As a female named Tylar, I’m a huge advocate for girl’s with boy’s names. I was born and raised in Colorado- just outside of Boulder, graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies, and continued to bounce around post college between North Dakota and Utah (did it for love) before settling down back in my home state. I spend most of my time “working” aka hanging out with my clients, playing in the sunshine with my pup, writing my introspective thoughts on my blog (neuwellness.net), boppin’ around at the gym, and thinking about what I’m going to be eating next.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I suppose my favorite aspect of fitness is how alive it makes me feel. My soul feels completely synced with the shell that it’s living in. I can feel my heart pumping, my breath is connected to my movement, and it’s all set to great music. It’s my flow state.
How long have you been into fitness?
I’ve been trail running since, like, 6th grade. Mind you when I started, I would literally jog for like 2 minutes before I felt like I was going to die. I started because I was full of prepubescent squishiness and wanted to be skinny, but quickly discovered how therapeutic it was. By age 16 I was consistently running about 6 miles a day. My dad died around that same time and running helped me work through it. It was this weird space where I could try to be at peace with him not being here, while simultaneously not actively think about it. In retrospect it wasn’t the healthiest coping mechanism, but grief is messy.
I started strength training around 19, mostly on the grounds of building a phat booty- leg day was basically everyday *internal cringe*. But I fell in love with it, and my workout regimen has naturally progressed since then. I got my yoga teacher cert in 2015, personal trainer cert shortly after, and continue my education now through various avenues.
How did you get into fitness?
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
It sounds silly, but a major turning point for me- when I really started to take lifting seriously (seriously enough to replace it as my main form of exercise-rather than running, which mind you was a HUGE deal for me) was when I saw how much food I could eat without gaining fat. After losing my dad, I used my diet to feel like I was in control of something. At the time I didn’t realize that that was what I was doing but looking back now it’s so obvious. It’s not normal to live off a handful of trail mix and a few turkey roll ups and call it good.
I progressively began to eat more, eat nutrient dense foods, and continue to lift weights. I saw the way it shaped my body and decided I needed to feed it more than I had been. I was SHOOK when I realized that eating like a normal human being would not in fact turn me into an obese pile of fluff. What a concept.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness, in a holistic sense, is the cornerstone of my life. It makes every other piece of my existence better. There’s this connection between movement and feeling good, feeling at peace. I think there’s a lot of people walking around out there, completely unaware of just how great they can feel- simply because they don’t prioritize their wellbeing. They’re not mindful of what they’re putting into their body; this relates to not only food consumption, but also the relationships that surround them, the media they engage with, the way they talk to themselves- or the amount of movement they get each day. Meanwhile, that stuff is everything to me. I have found purpose in helping people foster the connection between taking care of themselves and feeling happy.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
– Not everyone is staring at you.
– Even if they are, if you’re doing some suggestive looking butt exercise, I guarantee they’ll be trying the exact thing next time you see them.
– Find a form of exercise that makes you happy. You’re never going to stick to something you don’t like. Once you start seeing results from doing something you enjoy, you’ll probably seek out different avenues to keep improving.
– People are actually pretty nice!! Don’t be scared of them or their judgement. Everyone is doing the same thing: working on themselves.