The most important role models a young person can have are their parents. If you’re a fit and healthy mom or dad, chances are your kids will follow in your footsteps.
For fitness model Tim Roberts, being a role model extends way beyond his family. He says, “I wake up every day with the drive and passion to positively influence as many people as I can.”
But his journey hasn’t been an easy one. At the age of 22, weighing in at 215 pounds, he knew he had to make some changes to his lifestyle:
“In 2008, I was let go from my job, had managed to gain over 65 pounds in 2 years, and was left at kind of a crossroad. The only clear path for me at the time was to get into better shape. I had never felt so awful. I had managed to get a small job detailing cars. Using that money and a ton of blood, sweat, and tears, I was able, after about 14 months, to lose nearly 70 lbs! I was lean again. I continued on for another year to help grow some size and muscularity. Being physically fit again was an amazing feeling.”
Like most people who start working out, when Tim started to lose weight and see results and changes in his body, it kept him motivated and on the right track:
“Everyone would ask me at my gym, ‘Hey, are you a personal trainer?’ I wasn’t at the time, but after some convincing from a dear friend I decided to enroll in the National Academy of Sports and Medicine. I purchased some basic gym equipment and would drive to the houses of my friends to practice what I preached. After about 6 months I began renting out a gym, started BodiesByTim and everything just kinda took off. My business model was to provide free quality information that worked. If people used that information and it benefitted them, they would always know where to go from then on for more.”
From there it was onto running marathons, competing in NPC physique contests and working on a career in fitness modeling. Then his daughter, Marley, came into his life:
“On January 18, 2012, my daughter Marley Ana was born. Knowing my career demanded a ton of travel, I stopped doing most of my outside activity so I could really focus on her and be there as she grew older.”
The decision to focus on family and be there for his daughter was a no-brainer for Tim:
“Being fit and a father for me must coincide. My daughter isn’t getting any slower or less crazy. So her and I need to be in the best of health. Keeping her active, eating wholesome food and enjoying being outside recreationally are some key points. I work harder than ever so that one day Marley can follow her dreams like I have.”
This Father’s Day, Tim plans on spending time with his daughter relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. He says,
Its important to keep the my family fed and fueled for a fun day of activities. I highly suggest bringing a few servings of some good fats, lean protein and healthy carbs. Below I’ve listed a few favorites that always make it on the menu:
Healthy Family Snacks
Homemade Trail Mix – take a handful of almonds, chocolate chips, raisins and dried fruit, and toss it in several snack-size bags for an easy and fast way to feed many.
Fresh Cut Fruits and Veggies – I like to use apples, bananas, celery, cucumbers, oranges, carrots, and bell pepper. Bring some almond butter for the fruit and some Greek yogurt for the veggies – yum!
Turkey Jerky – although it may seem high in sodium, jerky is high in protein and with all that sweating and rehydration, a little sodium wont hurt you!
For Tim, “Fathers Day brings so much appreciation from those that make me feel wanted, needed, and loved.”
From everyone here at Fitmark, Happy Father’s Day!
The Fitmark Team