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Meet Kylie Tullipan of CoachedByKylie in Venice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kylie Tullipan.

Kylie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I guess you could say I got my start when my boss gave me a good kick in the butt and told me to pursue my dream.

Growing up I danced, figure skated, water skied and dabbled in athletics. I was in my 20’s when I got into triathlons then CrossFit and now Kettlebells. During that time, I was working in the Entertainment Industry in Sydney, Australia- specifically in Event Management. It’s not an ideal career for your health and fitness. A typical day consists of ‘boozy’ lunches and LONG hours but not for me: I was training for Ironman. I would train before work, after work and on lunch breaks if I got them. On average, I was training 6-8hrs per day, 5- 6 days per week. My life consisted of 4:30am wake-up calls so I could drive 40min to a training session with my coach before work. After a long morning training session, I would work an average of 10 hours (while hoping for a lunch break to get a run or swim in) and then train some more after work for about 2-3 hours before hitting the bed hard. I was determined. Exhausted but determined.

One day while rushing to a morning training session I broke my foot. I was in full denial and I trained on it for another week before going to see my physical therapist. After a long healing process my doctors suggested I seek out a guy named Chad, a CrossFit athlete and coach. They said if anyone was going to get me race ready and stop my crazy over training it would be him. They were right. Through Chad’s coaching I realized that I was only hindering myself with the crazy work hours and injury prone training. I found a new love and appreciation for a balanced life but something was still missing. I was making good headway in my training and headhunted to work on Vivid Sydney. During my time, there my boss noticed that I was becoming the unofficial fitness and health ambassador at work. After needing to take time off work for another injury (I broke my other foot 6 weeks out from a race while watching my coach compete- no joke!). My boss urged me to use this time to see if I was doing what my heart desired. One morning I came into the office and my boss said to me, ‘Your contract is due to be renewed in 3months and I am not renewing it. I’m paying you out to the end of your contract today.” She told me that those who follow their passion and purpose never work a day in their life. Later that day a friend who had been pushing me to train her told me she entered me into a competition to win a full scholarship to earn my Personal Trainers Certificate, I received that scholarship, it was the sign I had been waiting for. I thank my boss every day for firing me.

Soon after I came to LA to visit a friend and complete my CrossFit Certification. The warm welcome from the coaches and willingness to share knowledge motivated me to move to LA. Years of dedication, volunteering, perseverance and study, (the study never ends) I am now based out of Deuce Gym in Venice and still coach remotely in Oz. While my passion is more with kettlebells these days I still use the fundamentals and practices of CrossFit in coaching style. I love that I went from over training, being headstrong and fixed minded to being open and balanced with my life. My goal is to help others find that harmony and reap the rewards. I believe health and nutrition are not tasks, they are a lifestyle. It encompasses not just physical but emotional and mental well-being. I train my clients to be physically stronger, mentally tougher and ready for life!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Easy? No. Enjoyable and Rewarding? Absolutely!

Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, I was raised on the work ethic and drive it takes to build a strong business foundation and client base. My parents and brothers instilled in me a sense of determination despite all the difficulties in running one’s own business. It’s no easy task.

Finding my niche and where I fit into the larger picture has been the hardest. I had to learn to block out the fear of being too late in the game, missing any chances and worrying about what other people were doing. Overcoming those fears motivates me to encourage my students to pursue their dreams regardless of what the voice in their head is telling them. It has driven me to continuously learn, keep my certifications up to date, seek out coaches of specific disciplines or styles and to keep a strong network of mentors and professionals.

CoachedByKylie – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I draw on the principles of functional fitness and Russian Kettlebell training along with using odd objects (stones, kegs, sandbags) at various intensity. I have a strong focus on my client’s longevity, training them not just for their general fitness but daily life. Making you mentally tougher, physically stronger and ready for life!

I believe strength and movement are the foundations of a healthy, fun and honorable existence. To restore and keep your youthful vigor one must not just eat healthy but train both the mind and body. I create a holistic approach to training for all ages. Yes, all ages! In addition to private training, small groups and kettlebell workshops I train our youth at local school and summer camps.

My plan for the future is to create a grassroots program for those affected by Autism, specifically ADD & Asperger’s. I want to educate my community that with the right physical activity and clean eating those who suffer from Autism do not need to rely solely on drugs and may be able to safely reduce the amount medication.

online programming | private & small group training | skills coaching | Workshops & summer camps

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me success is defined by the relationships I build with my clients, their results, having them overcome their fears, go beyond what they thought they could do. Knowing at the end of the day I have had a positive impact on someone’s life. That days they come in not wanting to train or sore from work night shift and leave feeling energized, empowered and strong. That even though I’m training others I still pursue my own fitness education and goals both personal and professional, you got to practice what you preach right? The day we stop learning is the day we stop living!

I’m blessed to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who also believe in an ever evolving and growing environment. Who share and seek out to learn all they can.

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