Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Campbell.
Hi Tyler, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
So when I graduated from North Harford High School in 2011, I was recruited to play basketball at Harford Community College. I played basketball for two years at Harford Community College and obtained my Associate’s Degree. Next, I was on my way to Frostburg State University, where I would play my final two years of college basketball and study exercise and sports science. On my recruiting visit to Frostburg, I fell in love with the major and the potential to work in the strength and conditioning field after my playing career was over. Right after college, I accepted a summer internship at Appalachian State as a strength and conditioning intern working with their football team. The day after my internship ended, my college basketball coach called me, wanting me to become the Graduate Assistant working as the post player-coach. Coaching college basketball wasn’t my first plan, but I saw it as a way to get my Master’s Degree in Education while getting coaching experience. I intended on trying it for only one year but ended up graduating with my Master’s and getting promoted to a full-time assistant for the next two years. Throughout my time as a college basketball coach, I continued to study exercise science, so I always had it in my back pocket. During my final year, COVID had just started, and with the way I set up the assistant coach positions at Frostburg, I was only allotted two years at the position. Trying to find a coaching job was not easy at all with COVID, so I had to move back home. I needed to take a few months and perform odd jobs such as landscaping until an assistant coaching position opened up at Harford Community College. Working part-time as a junior college coach was not paying the bills, so I revisited my original passion, strength, and conditioning. After completing my certification as a personal trainer, I found a position at Harford Sports Performance Center. I currently work as a personal trainer and strength coach helping athletes and clients of all ages reach their goals.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not always been the easiest road to get where I am today. With COVID hitting in my last year as an assistant coach at Frostburg, it threw a monkey wrench in my plans. With no colleges hiring new coaches, I needed to move back home to Harford County with my Mom and Dad. Along with that, I had to try and find odd jobs for half the year, including mowing, weeding, mulching, cutting down trees, and doing junk removal. Thankfully one of my old teammates from when I played at Harford Community College was now the head basketball coach and wanted me to come on staff. While working at HCC, I took on more odd jobs working athletic events, doing facility maintenance, and landscaping while studying for my trainer certification. The many jobs I was performing throughout the season were putting a toll on my body physically and mentally. The hardest part about my journey was that one-night last year, on my way home from work, I got a call that my Dad needed to be taken to the emergency room at John’s Hopkins. My Dad had many health scares throughout my life and even a heart transplant. They could not figure out what was wrong with him until they found a mass in his lungs. He had severe lung cancer and was placed on a ventilator to breathe. Unfortunately, he ended up passing away after eight days in the hospital. This was a huge loss for our family and sent me into a deep depression since my Dad was such a huge part of my life. It took me months to be able to even return to work and be around people. Shortly after my Dad’s passing, I obtained my training certification and accepted a full-time position at Harford Sports Performance Center.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a full-time personal trainer/strength coach at Harford Sports Performance and a part-time assistant men’s basketball coach at Harford Community College, where I’m in charge of the strength and conditioning program for the team. I use my knowledge of exercise science and my athletic background to help create the best plans possible for my clients and their goals. My experience in college athletics, college strength and conditioning, and the private fitness sector help me create programs that tailor to my client’s specific needs. My specialization is my work with athletes, especially basketball players, having played in college. I am most known for my attention to detail in ensuring every client I have gets the most out of my training sessions in a fun, safe, and effective manner. I pride myself on listening to my clients’ feelings and watching how they move to adjust the workout accordingly if needed. The other thing I’m well known for is how personable I am with anyone I meet. I genuinely care for my clients, whether they are high-level college athletes or just someone looking to shed a few pounds. I’m always checking in on my clients and staying in contact with them, they aren’t just a number to me, and they all will receive the same attentiveness.
So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
I have a positive impact on people in my daily pursuit to help clients be healthier and happier versions of themselves. I love being a personal trainer/strength coach because I truly love helping people, and if my way of helping people is making them a little stronger, faster, or healthier, then that’s just a bonus. It matters so much to me because when I was in college, I had some amazing strength coaches that made my life better by being my coach. I try to help people in the same way that those coaches helped me. Two coaches in particular that I truly appreciate and are why I became a coach are Nick Halkias and Allison Papenfuss, who were my coaches at Frostburg State University.
- One on One Training- $60/hr session
- Small Group (2 People)- $40 each/session
- Small Group (3 People)- $35 each/session
- Small Group (4 People)- $30 each/session
- Small Group (5+ People)- $25 each/session
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