About Tim

My Story

My parents always told me I could either play a sport or get a job. I chose sports. Years later, however, after getting a “real” job I discovered how difficult it is to find the right balance between work and athletics; between having a career and staying reasonably fit. Keeping that balance when “life gets in the way” takes a commitment I still fight to keep, even as a trainer.

Growing up, I competed in sports as varied as soccer, badminton, 400M hurdles, volleyball, gymnastics, and tennis. Graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in Business Leadership had prepared me for success. I started an internet company, opening offices in two countries over the next seven years and was living the American Dream. While my parents and education provided me all of the tools I would need for a successful career, I learned few required for a healthy and balanced life. Being “too busy” to exercise or eat a healthy diet had weighed me down…literally.

The need for a positive lifestyle change brought me back to Seattle, a self-proclaimed 90’s dot-com refugee. I returned to school graduating with honors from Ashmead College’s Personal Fitness Trainer Program. I became a certified Health/Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and I earned a Performance Enhancement Specialist certificate through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Decades after I first chose athletics over a job, I found a way to do both. As a personal fitness trainer, I enjoy working with clients on behavior modification strategies to incorporate regular exercise into their busy schedules so they may improve or maintain optimum health…and get a little sweaty at the same time.

Balancing a successful career with your personal health and fitness goals is a challenge for everybody, including me. Being committed to your health in the “real” world means that sometimes life gets in the way, and sometimes we need help to get started or back on track. That’s where I come in. You have taken the first step to healthy lifestyle change by finding this site. The second is to contact me.

My Philosophy

I believe that being healthy is more than just working out a specified number of times per week for a specified duration. Successful achievement of your health and fitness goals is attained through specific program design. Building a sustainable, long-term fitness program requires careful consideration of lifestyle choices, habits, stressors, diet and nutrition. Changing your body is a gradual process which is accomplished over time through consistent, focused effort. One size does not fit all, and the “right” program for you incorporates:

  • exercises that are physically challenging yet fun,
  • enjoyable activities with any that may be essential for optimal health,
  • flexibility for time and lifestyle constraints while remaining goal-oriented.

I want to help you create a regular and positive behavioral change when it comes to fitness and exercise, diet and nutrition. By gaining an understanding of your own individual health and fitness goals, we will make a plan that works best for you. This process is not about making one plan and pushing you hard. It is about thoughtfully implementing one that is dynamic with the adaptability to reach your goals.

In devising your individual plan as an evolution, not a one-time event, my aim is to encourage and motivate you to reach your optimal health on a gradual and, therefore, long-term basis.

My Credentials

B.S. Business Leadership
University of Puget Sound (1993 – 1997)

Fitness Training Program – Honors Graduate
Ashmead College (2003 – 2004)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Health/Fitness Instructor (2004)

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Performance Enhancement Specialist (2005)
Corrective Exercise Specialist (2008)
Certified Personal Trainer (2004)

CPR/AED and First Aid (Current)

My Experience

Founder / Personal Fitness Trainer
Tim Koffler Fitness (February 2010 – current)

Fitness Director / Personal Fitness Trainer
Seattle Athletic Club (December 2007 – February 2010)

Personal Fitness Trainer
Seattle Athletic Club (October 2002 – February 2010)

Fitness Editor
Vibrant Living Magazine (December 2006 – February 2008)

Personal Trainer
Pure Fitness (November 2003 – October 2004)

My Accolades

Best Personal Trainer in Seattle
Seattle Magazine “Best of Seattle” (2006)

Fitness Expert – Q13 Fox News (2008 – 2009)

Fitness Contributor – King 5 News (2009 – 2010)