My name is Tyler Bramlett and in 2003 I was 40 lbs overweight and stuck in the typical rut of coming to the commercial gym, reading the “fitness” magazines, taking the “health” supplements and seeing little in the way of actual results. All I wanted was to Lose Fat and Muscle Up. It was at this time that my greatest struggle and most inspiring lesson was to happen. One day while riding my bicycle home from work I was suddenly struck from the side by an SUV. As I crashed to the ground my attention was quickly focused on my knee, what pain, I had never felt anything like this before. The ambulance rushed me to the hospital where I was informed I would need surgery for the dislocated kneecap, cracked femur and shredded meniscus. I thought to myself how am I going to achieve the results that I desire in a wheelchair.
After about 6 months of physical therapy and recovery I attempted to return to the gym with aspirations of resuming my routine and conquering the world of might and muscle, it never happened. As the days turned into weeks all I found was that every exercise I was being told to do was making my body hurt and feel like a set of independent parts moving grudgingly to accomplish a purpose. This made me think, is this really the right way to exercise? Are there safer more effective routines? And what about strength, is there a better way?
Sooner than I had expected my questions were answered. My good friend and Training partner at the time had stumbled across some information that would change both of our lives forever. A Simple book about bodyweight exercises led me down the path to training enlightenment. I practiced the exercises in this book, all simple things that have been practiced for centuries, and they worked. Within weeks I was feeling pain free, stronger, more flexible, more enduring and best of all the fat began to melt off. Having so much success with such a short period of time lit me like a wildfire. I wanted to know more, Who and What else was out there that I had missed?
Enter the Kettlebell!
In my search for more exercises and experts that would appease my appetite for knowledge I discovered Pavel Tsatsouline and vicariously the Kettlebell. Pavel is and ex soviet special forces trainer and expert in mobility and flexibility, bodyweight strength, power lifting and most intriguing to me the Kettlebell. The Kettlebell is an ancient exercise tool that looks like a cannonball with a handle, it is small, simple and brutally effective at producing results. Using the kettlebell, accompanied by the newfound respect for a plethora of bodyweight based exercises finally yielded the type of results that I was looking for. I had to learn more, I had to train with the master.
In 2005 I flew to Minnesota to attend the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification. Finally meeting the master and learning everything I could from him about productive training. I was amazed at the emphasis of detail that went in to the coaching and the quick effective fixes that accompanied them. Practitioners of this system looked more like greek gods and godesses than mere humans. People were becoming more flexible, healing themselves from chronic injury and developing a level of strength and endurance I had only imagined. This was truly a top notch system that I had to become a part of. In 2007 I was invited to come serve as an assistant coach at the certification, and I have gone to assist in the coaching several times since.
After Learning from Pavel and his kettlebell community I decided to move on. I had seen several guys from the kettlebell community perform “feats of strength” and I was hooked! It was at this point in my life that I developed the habit of deciding that the best way to learn is to train with the best. So I sought out the strongest man I could find and came across world famous performing strongman Dennis Rogers. I signed up for his first ever oldtime strongman university course flew to Texas and learned more about feats of strength from that one weekend then most people could learn in a lifetime. Dennis taught me the secrets to building world class grip strength and before long I was able to perform various feats of strength including bending steel, tearing cards, ripping phone books, breaking chain, bending horseshoes, hammers and more. I love the art of oldtime feats of strength and since then have taught several people the secrets to mastering this unique brand of strength.
Two years after practicing kettlebells and the oldtime feats of strength I was ready to immerse myself into something new. I felt a need to return to my roots and take up barbell training again. As before I decided that I would learn from the best so i traveled up to San Fransisco to train with the legendary olympic lifting coach Jim Schmitz. Jim’s brutally simple approach to olympic lifting was enjoyable and made me realize how each coach I had learned from was a master of their chosen craft. At that point I made it my mission to learn from the best in all the fields I was interested in and to help people find the type of exercise that made them happy. I want to be able to point you in the right direction no matter what your interest is. I guess you could say I have a goal of being a jack of all trades but I understand the trade off is I will be a master of none. The good news is if I am 1/2 as good as the guys I train with I will be one hell of a well rounded athlete.
Currently I am working with former cirque du soleil handbalancer Jean-Luc Martin on developing my handstand skills. I will keep you informed of my fitness journeys as I grow and develop as an athlete. If you need help getting started you can check out my Blog, my Products Section or you can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!
Tyler’s professional accreditations include:
- Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC)
- USAW Sports Performance Coach
- Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist (CK-FMS)
- Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Certified