Tyler Murphy, BEd, CPT
Lead Sports Trainer
Education & Certifications:
- BEd in Education
- Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA
- Lacrosse at The University of Toledo from 2008-2010
- Lacrosse at Walsh University from 2012-2013
- Coaching Walsh Lacrosse from2013-2015
- Coached Jackson High School Lacrosse 2015-present
- Played Semi pro for Cleveland Demons box Lacrosse Team from 2014-present
My story could be like a lot of other fitness professionals who’s athletic career and all the sports they played led them to this profession, but I don’t think that’s the real story behind how I got to where I am today. In reality, everything in my life has happened because of two little boys.
When I was eight years old, our family grew a little bigger. My parents had struggled to have any more children after me and a big family was something they had always wanted. My mom works with special needs children as a pediatric occupational therapist and it was because of her career that our family grew. We adopted two special needs children from the Akron area and it was a change in my life for sure.
Those two boys, Christopher and Jesse, brought so many things to our house from the moment that they arrived, chaos being the predominating one. It was a zoo, just like most houses that have three boys living together. Roughhousing and fights were regular and oftentimes led to some sort of blood or injury, very much the norm amongst brothers. But on top of that it was everything else that made life just a little more difficult. It was the tantrums and outbursts, the uncontrollable screaming and yelling, and the constant stress that comes with the special needs these kids had. Amongst the craziness that had become our new norm, I decided one way or another that helping other people had to be part of my life.
We all struggled at first getting into a groove with each other. That was until, during one of my youth soccer games, we realized just how athletic Christopher was. Sports became an automatic connection between us. We would go out and play basketball, baseball, football, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, and just about anything and everything else in the backyard. Within a few years, I realized that Chris was a better athlete than I was and even though I was six years older and almost always six inches taller, he was beating me. THAT was the turning point in my life. Him beating me made me work at my game whenever I got the chance. I spent as much time in the weight room as I could, I went to the field or the rink almost every day, and watched more video clips of my favorite athletes than they did. All of the hard work that I put in made me realize that fitness was a passion of mine.
My passion to help others plus my passion for health and fitness naturally led me to this point, and it all started because a little kid could beat me at hoops.