Tim Rodgers is a man of habits. You won’t catch him drinking soda, he sticks to water (with, of course, the occasional beer), and he’s been consistently running for 25 years. Walking and running for 25 years. Tim runs, or run/walks 3 miles each day. His running habit he started years ago, and one he enjoys now with his daughter, Melissa. The two of them run together and catch up, and he and his wife, Mary Beth, walk three miles on the other days. It’s a habit he started years ago, and one he enjoys now with his daughter, Melissa.
But Tim was missing something in his healthy lifestyle. Weight training. “I’d never really done a structured workout before,” Tim says. Tim’s son, Tim Jr., went to high school with Pursuit Fitness and Performance founder, Ryan Morgan. Tim learned about Pursuit and its unique approach to fitness through him. “I thought I’d try it out,” Tim says. “It seemed like the right kind of thing for me.”
Tim wanted to get stronger so that he could continue his running habit into his golden years. Still, he also had other challenges Pursuit could address. “I ended up getting a crazy virus
and losing the hearing in my right ear. So, I had severe vertigo. The balancing exercises (at Pursuit) have helped, even though that had nothing to do with why I originally joined.”
Tim has felt that since he started working out at Pursuit, he’s both improved and maintained his balance and gained significant strength. “There’s no question my upper body strength, leg strength, balance, and endurance have all improved. It gives me energy and just makes me feel good.”
Instead of group training, Tim typically does the semi-private (usually four-person) training sessions. The intimate groups have allowed Tim to feel like he’s had the chance to get
to know Pursuit’s trainers, particularly Andrew and Anna. “They’re fantastic,” Tim says. “They pay attention to what you’re doing. They seem genuinely interested in me, and they push me in
the right ways, which is what I want.”
Tim loves that the trainers know how to tap into his highest potential, and he enjoys the fact that his fellow members keep the workouts fun. “We talk about everything—kids, vacations, music. It’s a good social event, as well as a workout. It’s very nice to get to know each other.”
At this point, Tim has been retired for just over two years. But that doesn’t mean that he’s spending his time sitting around. Tim stays busy working with a few pro bono clients, traveling the world, learning to play the piano, and, of course, staying fit. That’s the lifestyle he enjoys, and he wants it to stay that way.
Pursuit is key to his success in this endeavor. “I’m 66 years old, and I feel like I can do anything. My energy is good, so I want to keep that up. I’m learning how to play the piano, I’ve
started writing songs, I’m running or walking every day…I want to feel like I am getting better at something every year,” Tim says. “That’s really it. I don’t want any limitations on what I can do.”
GET TO KNOW TIM:
Favorite exercise: Straight ahead weights with pulleys because that’s what I’m most interested in. I’ve really enjoyed that. But I like it all. They mix it up, which keeps it interesting.
Least favorite exercise: Reverse lunges with weight. You hold a weight up by your chest and you lunge backward.
Go-to healthy meal: I eat a lot of salads and I eat a lot of soup, especially Healthy Request.
Family: Married for 42 years to Mary Beth, with three adult kids—Melissa, Tim, and Greg.
Career: Retired, after 42 years in advertising
Hobbies: Golf, traveling (favorite locales include Kenya, Rwanda, and Seychelles and the Galapagos), running, playing piano
Current Goals: Keep getting stronger and maintain my balance
Looking forward to…Hopefully, taking a family trip to Croatia in June.