Kimo grew up overweight and assumed that he was always going to look that way, but he really hated it. He was constantly haunted by resentment for his body. In his late teens he hit a wall and realized he needed to make a change. He began to bike, which led to running, which led to yoga, which led to school to learn about the human body. He wanted to know that he was taking care of himself the right way and wanted to help people discover this possibility of a healthy life.
After attending the National Personal Training Institute he began his career at a large corporate gym but found it to be money-driven with a lack empathy for the client. So many people seek personal training because they need help and do not feel comfortable exercising, and the corporate gym did not do enough to create a positive environment.
Kimo's response was to strike out on his own, and in 2008 he started True Body Fitness out of a private home. He moved TBF to Detroit in 2010 and it was the best thing he's ever done. Since TBF opened here in Detroit he has felt part of a larger community, surrounded by supporters and brilliant thinkers. It is this support and all these great ideas that have molded TBF into what it is today. The TBF approach was and will always be ¨Fitness without the Attitude.” It is not about getting ripped or looking hot, it’s about having a life where you are active and health-conscious. The TBF goal is to create a community that supports our bodies and our minds (and Kimo tries his hardest to make it fun).
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A native of Nebraska, Justin has always led an active lifestyle both at the gym and playing team sports. While pursuing a degree in Physical Education, Justin realized his true passion was helping people of all ages attain their personal health and fitness goals. In 2013 Justin moved to Michigan and attended the National Personal Training Institute.
Justin is proud to be a part of the True Body Fitness team thanks to the focus on privacy and individual attention. Working one-on-one, Justin will take your specific goals and objectives into consideration and create a customized program just for you. While training can be hard work, Justin also believes it should be fun and affirming -- showing you results that you love while inspiring you to stay with it. Whether your goal is weight loss, improving overall fitness, core strength or building muscle, Justin is ready to design a program and make it a fun, positive experience.
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For Yasu, exercise was a great tool for dealing with social anxiety and self-esteem issues, which really limited his ability to build strong relationships. He fell in love with being a part of a positive community, which focused on personal growth. After finding success with strength training to improve his own physical and mental well-being, Yasu began working towards a profession in personal training. While studying kinesiology at Michigan State University, Yasu began his career training faculty members and graduate students at MSU. This opportunity gave him valuable experience working with clients that were mostly sedentary, suffering from various aches and pains.
Through his time at MSU, Yasu learned to train with a “neck up” mentality. With clients, Yasu focuses on teaching proper form while progressively challenging the body. He believes exercise should be challenging and enjoyable and tries to keep it that way. Yasu will tailor your training program to fit your needs and help you reach your personal goals.
Contact him directly at Yasu@tbfdetroit.com
Taylor Peters is was born and raised on the west side of Detroit, MI. Taylor always stayed active playing basketball since the age of 9, and running track in high school. While attending University Preparatory High School high school, she sparked a fascination with the human body that began while taking anatomy and health courses. Learning the functions of the body and its systems lead her to the pursuit this passion after graduation.
She is very involved in her community, most notably in her founding of a block club and community garden. Currently Taylor is a Wellness coach, and has worked as a self employed Massage therapist since 2014 with licensing from Everest Institute.
Her mission is to join the team to help people understand the importance of regular health and wellness practices. Taylor is happy to be apart of the TBF team, spreading insight on natural healing options for the body