By Krystian Von Speidel
3:40 PM EDT, September 14, 2011
occupation: fitness professional, founder of Tyler English’s Fitness Revolution
found at: Farmington Valley Fitness Boot Camp (Canton)
What was your earliest ambition?
After my grandfather taught me how to read the scoreboard in the local newspaper’s sports section I wanted to become a sports journalist.
How physically fit are you?
We will just say I practice what I preach and then some. I pride myself on being a professional natural bodybuilder who trains more like a world-class athlete. I actually won my World Natural Bodybuilding Federation professional natural bodybuilder status three years ago.
How do you encourage someone who isn't physically fit to become so?
People are comfortable being comfortable. So the sooner I get them out of their comfort zone, the faster they will realize what they’re missing in life.
What makes a good trainer great?
Years of practice and constant improvement. A great trainer will not only “get it” but they know how to teach it.
If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?
I’d like to be taller.
How politically committed are you?
I know what I need to know. Next question.
Do you consider your carbon footprint?
Not as much as I should, but we do recycle at both of my gyms!
What ambitions do you still have?
To write a book about my journey over the past 10 years.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
Starting my business, as it’s led me to so many great accomplishments in less than three years.
What has been your greatest disappointment?
Not being able to help every person who has ever walked into my gym. But as I’ve learned in my 10-plus years in the fitness industry, you can’t help those who aren’t willing to help themselves.
If your 20-year-old self could see you now, what would he think?
Good work, homey!
If you lost everything tomorrow, what would you do?
Go back to the drawing board and do it better.
If you could rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
I’m my biggest critic, so I would say 8.8, as I’ve got plenty room for improvement.
Book that changed your life?
The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Dream dinner date?
A candlelit dinner, windowside on the Top of the Hub in Boston with my future wife and a bottle of Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2005.
Brains or beauty?
Brains, what good is beauty if there is nothing inside.
Money or sex?
Money, as great as sex is. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make this world go round.
Don’t talk about it, be about it.
Most envious of?
Donald Trump and not because of his hair. The guy has proven you can fail over and over again and still succeed.
Most proud of?
The men and women of the United States Armed Forces. My brother, Sergeant Robert P. English, served five years in the United States Marine Corps.
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