Tim is founder and owner/operator of Precision Fitness, Inc. He has personally been involved with exercise for 40 years and currently has over 33 years of professional work experience in the health and fitness field. Prior to starting Precision Fitness, Tim worked in a variety of settings and capacities ranging from fitness instructor/personal trainer in a Nautilus fitness center, to Fitness Director of a large, multipurpose medically based health and wellness center.
Tim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise from Northern Illinois University. He has earned a number of nationally recognized fitness and personal training certifications over the years including: Health/Fitness Instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE); MedX Exercise Technician with the University of Florida, Center for Exercise Science; and Master SuperSlow Instructor with the SuperSlow Exercise Guild (SSEG).
Tim also has extensive experience in rebuilding, refurbishing, and designing and installing custom modifications and retrofits on exercise machines such as Nautilus and MedX.
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This episode covers:
- Tim’s thoughts on workout frequency, training to failure, and recovery time
- High-intensity Training at home, using free weights – is it possible? Should you do it?
- What to eat and how to work out to maximize fat loss and muscle gain
- And much more!
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- Tim Ryan’s story, in his own words [6:33]
- The differences between HIT and conventional sports science and fitness education [14:13]
- Was Tim ever forced to teach workout and exercise routines that ran counter to his knowledge of HIT principles and knowledge? [18:30]
- How can you work with people who are skeptical of HIT? [21:30]
- Why some people can’t be convinced to do HIT [26:22]
- Why some people respond more to certain ways of training, even if these aren’t the most efficient [30:37]
- How one pioneering fitness guru changed his tune regarding training, volume, and getting results [32:24]
- What does Tim think about free weights and training at home? [37:20]
- Tim talks about alternative equipment and exercises for those who train at home (and why you should be wary of doing squats) [47:28]
- Lawrence adds a few suggestions home trainers may want to consider [52:00]
- Tim talks about deadlifts and training hamstrings and neck muscles at home [53:25]
- What are Tim’s thoughts on training to failure, and how does he recommend people approach it? [57:24]
- How frequently should you train and what should your weekly workout look like? [1:03:00]
- Tim talks about the fitness mindset and why it matters [1:07:25]
- Does Tim have any views that the HIT community might find controversial? [1:09:25]
- Tim’s thoughts on people who don’t train to failure and instead focus on volume [1:16:24]
- On the two kinds of training to failure and the thorough inroad technique [1:19:42]
- Is training to failure required to get strength gains? [1:22:00]
- How should you train if you want to make really big gains? [1:24:35]
- Tim on common misconceptions about diet, nutrition, and exercise [1:31:28]
- Tim’s approach to diet and nutrition [1:34:20]
- How should you eat if you want to maximize your gains? [1:38:13]
- How much protein do you need? [1:30:46]
- Tim’s thoughts on protein quality and sources [1:44:38]
- Tim on balancing training clients and managing the business [1:47:33]
- Tim talks about modifying, calibrating, and the possibly creating his own equipment [1:49:58]
- The exercise books that Tim gifts the most [1:55:10]
- Has Tim ever changed his mind about anything when it comes to training? [1:56:45]
- Tim talks about his mentors and the people who influenced him the most [1:58:04]
Selected links from Episode
- The Nautilus Handbook for Young Athletes by Dr. Ellington Darden (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Nautilus Advanced Bodybuilding Book by Dr. Ellington Darden (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Nautilus Diet: Ten Weeks to a Brand New Body by Dr. Ellington Darden (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by Doug McGuff and John Little (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Full Strength by Werner Kieser (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Super Slow: The Ultimate Exercise Protocol by Ken Hutchins (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- MuscleMeds Carnivor Beef Protein Isolate Powder (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- Hill Fit by Chris Highcock
- The Nautilus Bulletins
- Nautilus Home Fitness Equipment | Nautilus Strength
- Medx Holdings Inc.
- Arthur Allen Jones, inventor, exercise philosopher, and founder of high-intensity training
- Dr. Doug McGuff (Check out my interviews with Dr Doug McGuff: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3)
- Dr. Ellington Darden
- Ken Hutchins
- Jim Flanagan
- Dr. Wayne Westcott
- Dr. Kenneth Cooper
- Werner Kieser
- Robert Francis
How do you optimise muscle gain? Let me know in the comments below.