Tyler Heidelbaugh’s philosophy on fitness is simple: there is something for everyone. Each person can incorporate some activity into each day that will enhance his or her overall wellbeing and yield positive results. “Anyone can do something,” he summarizes.
A Fitness Coordinator at Willow Valley Communities, Tyler is part of a dedicated team of talented fitness professionals. He works in the expansive Fitness Center located in Willow Valley’s Cultural Center, where he leads exercise classes and designs personal workout plans for residents as well as team members. He also orients those new to the Fitness Center on the proper use of equipment.
Tyler’s positive attitude is contagious. No matter who he is working with – a resident or a team member – he exudes enthusiasm and encouragement. “I don’t like to hear the words, ‘I can’t,’” said Tyler. “I support people in achieving little successes and taking pride in each step.” He encourages those he works with to just make a goal – one small goal – and take small steps to achieve that goal. “Just start,” he says.
Tyler is able to adapt to the goals his clients set. Nothing makes him happier than to see someone reach those goals. “Feeling good physically spills over into other areas of your life,” says Tyler. “It’s all about those endorphins!” Sometimes the best part of an exercise routine is when it is over. Tyler gets that. But he’s also quick to remind others that wellbeing is a journey, not a destination. It isn’t just about losing weight or inches. It’s not just about how fast you can run or how much weight you can lift. It goes much deeper than that. Yes, it is about getting healthier and rejoicing in all the physical health benefits that comes from increased activity. But it’s also about that quiet, little voice in your head that says, “I can do this.”
Tyler sums it up quite simply: “If you feel better walking out of the Fitness Center than when you walked in, then I’ve accomplished my goal.”