Hey, I'm T.J.
In a nutshell - I help people open up successful gyms in communities most would think are too small to make a profit.
I know you're not here for me. In fact, if you didn't think I could help you, you probably wouldn't read another sentence.
But you are here, and it would be impolite if I at least didn't introduce myself and at the very minimum help you answer the question that's bouncing around your head - Can this guy really help me start a gym?
I'm a pharmacist, trainer, and small business owner. I graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2007 with my Doctorate of Pharmacy. Over the past 9 years, I've been in charge of a Sullivan's Drugs, which does a little more than $2 million in sales annually.
Although I truly enjoy pharmacy and its ability to help people, fitness is where my heart is at. I started my first gym in 2007 with childhood friend. It started out in 2,000 square foot building, and since then has grown to a 9,000 square foot 24 hour gym called Ageless, which the Hometown model is based on. During those 9, almost 10 years, I got gym fever and opened 4 more gyms. I ended up selling two, and currently am an owner of 3 gyms (co-owner of IO and Flow). I've done all of this while still working full-time as a pharmacist.
Unlike most fitness coaches (which I am not, but you've probably already designated me as one), I'm not boxed into one model. Ageless is a 24 Hour Gym located in a small, rural town in Illinois. Iron Orchid is a small, high-end personal training-only studio located in a suburb of St. Louis. Flow is a pay-per-class spin studio also located in a suburb of St. Louis. 3 gyms. 3 completely different models. 3 different perspectives. All successful.
Because of that, I can say without hesitation that the Hometown Gym model is THE best model for the majority of people interested in opening a gym.
And just to make sure my hunch was right, I helped an owner, my cousin, with very little fitness experience, open his own Hometown Gym almost two years ago. With some hard work and guidance, it too became a successful, profitable gym.
In addition to the gyms, I've also contributed articles to Fight! magazine, Bluff! magazine, IHoops.com, Stack.com, ConFitdent.com, Natural Muscle Magazine, Personal Fitness Professional, and The Personal Trainer Development Center, as well as several other regional media outlets. I'm a fitness dork to the core.
My certifications include:
- Doctorate of Pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the NSCA
- Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
- Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
- Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Coach
- EXOS Level 1 Coach
And beyond my infatuation with Disney World, that's pretty much everything you need to know about me.
You can also visit my gym's Facebook pages below: