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Meet Tim Liu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Liu.

Tim, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m an online fitness and nutrition coach and personal trainer based here in LA. I first got into health and fitness when I was just a child. My mother had stomach cancer and passed away when I was just nine years old. I also grew up overweight, and my mother passing made me realize that there was a link to your health and what you ate.

As I continued getting older I knew I couldn’t continue being this way, it affected everything about my life. My confidence, self-esteem, and energy levels were low. My lack of fitness also made me a terrible athlete even though I liked to play sports and exercise.

So I decided to improve my life by losing weight and studying nutrition in my undergrad so I can help others. Since graduating in 2009, I’ve been working as a fitness and nutrition coach. Most of my clients are busy working executives and professionals with very limited workout time. As someone who also has a busy schedule, I can understand their lifestyle.

This allows me to give them the best plan for them to succeed. After personal training for quite some time, I started my online fitness and nutrition coaching business three years ago and haven’t looked back since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all, especially during the initial phase. When I first started, I began coaching at a major commercial club. It wasn’t exactly the most organized nor was I given direction on how to grow my coaching business or how to be a better coach.

Eventually, I left and ended up working at Equinox for two years, where I learned the ropes on how to become a successful personal trainer. There were many long 12+ hour days, and it was tough. Walking around approaching members, giving workshops and lectures, training 20+ clients all while trying to stay in shape myself.

As I was doing all of these things, I worked on continuing my education as a coach. I attended many events to learn how to give the right exercises for all populations. I also learned how to teach nutrition properly to my clients so they can have long term success and make it a true lifestyle change, not just quick fixes.

With my online coaching, I definitely struggled in the beginning. I had to learn the basics of running an online coaching business: How to write compelling content so people will read my stuff, creating videos and infographics, and making sure I’m getting great results with my clients. On top of that, trying to get as many people as possible to know the work I’m doing. It’s a lot as a one-man-show.

I’m hitting a good groove now and have been growing for the past year, helping and reaching more people, so life is good.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m an online fitness and nutrition coach as well as a personal trainer. I specialize in helping busy men and women lose fat and build muscle without having to live in the gym or give up their favorite foods.

What sets me apart from others is that I don’t believe in fad diets, generic meal plans, or cookie cutter workout programs. I also believe that fitness should be something that enhances your life, instead of consuming it.

I help my coaching clients create long term success by giving them the best workout program that works for them. You might have the best plan in the world, but if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle or if you can’t execute it, then it doesn’t mean anything.

I also teach my clients healthy eating habits and the right mindset so they can get results and keep it for life. I’m most proud of my clients who’ve lost a tremendous amount of weight and seeing how their entire lives have improved in all other aspects because of it.

What were you like growing up?
As a kid, I was very introverted. I did have my small circle of friends and was big into video games. Growing up in the 90s, I was really into playing Super Nintendo and later on PlayStation/N64. I also loved reading comic books as well, especially from Marvel and Image Comics.

Outside of gaming and comics, I was big into music. Being an Angeleno in the 90s, I was big into gangster rap, R&B, punk rock, and 80s heavy metal. I geek out about music and even learned how to play guitar.

When I was in high school, my sister enrolled me into four years of Speech & Debate. Given my introvertedness and shy personality (with a side of teenage angst) at the time, it helped me break out of my shell and become more confident, social, and fun.

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