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My parents always told me I could either play a sport or get a job. I made the obvious choice. 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. My parents and my education had taught me all of the tools needed for a successful career, but 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 thexperiencrough the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Decades after I first chose athletics over a job while living with my parents, 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, even me. Being committed to your health in “the real” world means that sometimes life gets in the way…sometimes we need help to get started or back on track. And that’s where I come in. Take the first step to the healthier lifestyle changes you are searching for by contacting me.

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I love to help people make positive long-term lifestyle changes by educating them on the fitness and nutrition strategies that will work best for them. Building a successful, long-term exercise program that fits into a busy work and social calendar involves more than following the latest fitness tips from a magazine (8 ways to Rock Hard Abs – in 1 week!). A few motivational words and a list of exercises won’t do the job.

Developing the right program requires understanding more than just my client’s physical fitness goals. I provide each client with a program that:

  • is physically challenging yet still fun
  • combines activities they enjoy with those I feel are in their best interest
  • is maximally effective and goal oriented yet takes into account their given time and lifestyle constraints.
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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)
Hea lth/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)

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Founder / Personal Fitness Trainer
Tim Koffler (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)

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Fitness Expert
Q13 Fox News (2008)

Pregnancy and Exercise

Key Stretches to Prevent Back Pain

The Life Series: “The Experts” – The 20’s

The Life Series: “The Experts” – The 30’s

The Life Series: “The Experts” – The 40’s

The Life Series: “The Experts” – The 50’s

The Life Series: “The Experts” – The 60’s

The Right Workout

The Wrong Workout

Fitness Expert
King 5 News (2009 – 2010)

Create Your Own Exercise Equipment

Fitness Equipment Calorie Counter Accuracy

Spice Up Your Morning Workout

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

If you didn’t love him, you’d have to hate him. A devoted overachiever—he graduated from Ashmead College at the top of his class, aced the grueling ACSM health fitness instructor exam and won a gold medal in squash and a silver in the triathalon at the Gay Games the first time he entered those events

Tim Koffler, the Seattle Athletic Club’s most in-demand trainer, is also one of the more caring fitness professionals in the city. He’s tough on the glutes, easy on the eyes and gentle to the psyche, as likely to ask how you slept the night before as how many cookies you snuck before bedtime. You’ll curse him the day after your first workout, but you’ll worship the ground he walks on six weeks later.

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