Fully Committed – that’s the theme Oak Harbor resident Tyson Smith chose for his home-based fitness center. The full name of the company is Fully Committed 5150, LLC.
The thinking behind the name is this – Smith is fully committed to helping his clients get into, and remain in shape. In return, he expects his clients to be equally committed to exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet.
Smith is experienced and has been certified as a personal trainer by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and also serves as a TRX Group Instructor.
|Personal trainer Tyson Smith conducts a wide range of fitness classes in his home-based
fitness studio, Fully Committed 5150, LLC, located in Oak Harbor.
Formerly an employee of the Catawba Island Club (CIC), Smith, 33, is a father of two girls with his wife, Melanie. He previously ran his fitness center out of the Keith Kline Wrestling Center in Rocky Ridge for about a year before setting up shop at home in February.
“I considered (working from home) five years ago,” Smith said, “but it just recently became something that I thought would be the best scenario for my family.”
Hour-long classes conducted in his basement last an hour and feature a number of exercises like squats, knee tucks and lunges, working different muscle groups, including the legs, the abdomen and the upper body. It is that variety that keeps things new and fresh for each session, he says.
“Variety is the spice of life,” said Smith, a California native. “My workouts are never the same. They include bodyweight exercises, suspension trainers, kettle bells, free weights and stretching.”
There are two classes Mondays (8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.), Tuesdays (6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.) and Thursdays (6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.) and morning classes Wednesdays (8:30 a.m.), Fridays (8:30 a.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.). The cost is $5 per class or $30 per month for unlimited classes. Private sessions are also available.
To keep his clients informed and up-to-date, Smith maintains a Facebook page where he posts articles about diets, exercise, recipes and inspirational stories as well as information about the class.
Despite the importance that exercise plays in shaping one’s health, the key to a healthy lifestyle lies just as much with one’s diet, Smith says.
“I personally believe that a whole-food, plant-based diet combined with consistent exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “The more organic foods you can consume, the better, and I am a huge fan of having your own garden (and cultivating crops). If people grow their own food, they will know exactly what is going on their plate.”
Sabrina Smith (no relation), a 26-year-old living in Oak Harbor, has been a client of Smith’s for several months and speaks highly of his training regimen.
“I started (taking a class) privately in August and then I started attending the group classes in September,” Ms. Smith said. “I had not worked out during the summer, so I was ready to get back into a routine.
“You get a really hard workout (in class); I don’t work that hard on my own, so I need that motivation,” she said.
Ms. Smith claims that she has seen a difference in her physique as a result of her commitment to the class.
“I’ve trimmed down,” she said. “I definitely notice a difference in my arms and my waist. This class, it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done. Some of the exercises you do, you can do without any weights or any extra equipment. There’s no excuse not to utilize these techniques at home.”
Another benefit to attending the class exists in developing relationships with other people seeking to better their life. The atmosphere, which constantly challenges a person’s physical and mental fortitude, fosters a sense of camaraderie and commitment among the patrons.
“You meet a lot of people in the community,” Sabrina Smith said.
In the end, Tyson Smith summed up the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
“The physical and mental benefits of exercise are one of the best rewards people can give themselves,” he said. “Also, if you’re a parent, one of the best examples you can pass on to your children is to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Thus far, Smith is pleased with the relationships he has developed with his clients and what they, as a group, have been able to accomplish.
“My clients are great. I have never had the honor to work with such a dedicated, hard-working group of people like this before. They work out like they are on a mission and trust me to challenge them on a regular basis. It’s a great group of people that have been coming to my workouts for several months and new people keep showing up, so I continue to count my blessings.”
Personal trainer Tyson Smith conducts a wide range of fitness classes in his home-based fitness studio, Fully Committed 5150, LLC, located in Oak Harbor.