ABOUT US. ABOUT YOU.
HERE’S WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT, AND HOW IT BENEFITS YOU
“There are a lot of Tulsa gyms in town, but only one has consistently swept all categories in Health, Fitness, Weight Loss, and Best Personal Trainer six years in a row! That honor goes to Tulsa Fitness Systems!”
– Tulsa People’s A-List Awards for Best In Tulsa
WHAT MAKES TULSA FITNESS SYSTEMS SO DIFFERENT?
At Tulsa Fitness Systems our entire approach to training and business is very different from most other gyms in Tulsa. You’ll find that our coaches pay closer attention to detail, and work hard at building relationships with our clients so that we are able to bridge gaps between your goals, and your knowledge about how to get there.
Our team here at Tulsa Fitness Systems focused on helping you build your ladder to success for the long haul. This means that we’re not going to push some fad diet on you to lose weight fast! We’re not going to make you starve yourself so you meet your weight goal at a specific date and time. We are going to teach you the skills and give you the tools to create lasting habits to increase your health long term.
WE DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY — BECAUSE WE BELIEVE DIFFERENT THINGS
Many Tulsa gyms believe that fitness is a sport in and of itself, thus they train you as if you were on a sports team. This can result in YOU experiencing both minor and major injuries with everything from bloody hands to chronically aching joints being the norm. Many of these injuries will actually cause you to experience orthopedic injuries requiring surgical repair (with the mantra, “I’ll be back!”).
We believe the polar opposite. At Tulsa Fitness Systems we are a Tulsa gym that believes that fitness is not a sport; fitness prepares you for a sport — if you choose. People eventually retire from sports and intense physical labor. But no one has to retire from a well-designed fitness program. The longer you stay in a sport, the more likely you’ll suffer an injury. The longer you stay in a well-designed fitness program, the less likely you’ll ever suffer an injury. In fact, with a well thought out, specifically designed to your needs – fitness program, it can actually help alleviate some chronic pain you’ve been experiencing. It can help relieve back pain, muscle soreness, poor posture etc.
We don’t believe the body is a machine to be abused. It’s a living, breathing, dynamic organism designed to reward you with a lifetime of vibrant health and function for as long as you keep it active and injury free. That is why it’s important to think of your health and fitness journey more like a marathon rather than a sprint. When you keep in mind you are exercising to increase your health, and the functionality of your body, living a healthier lifestyle will because easier. You can learn to strengthen your body without overdoing it and hurting yourself
AT TULSA FITNESS SYSTEMS WE DON’T HOST WORKOUTS — WE COACH WORKOUTS
If you’ve ever personally been in group exercise class where an instructor barks out orders while exercising themselves and doesn’t constantly correct form, then you know what a hosted workout is all about. We believe you deserve better, which is why we actually coach our Tulsa Fitness Systems workouts. YOU deserve to have the trained eye of a qualified personal trainer watching over your form, making minute adjustments, and keeping you safe through every single exercise.
We believe it’s not enough to use motivational platitudes to hype up a class. It’s not enough to crank up the music, so people feel the beat. And it’s not enough to ‘high-five’ people who are investing their time and money in their health. At best, those tactics are complementary to a well-designed fitness program. At worse, they are lazy tricks cloaked as personal training.
Our coaching staff are highly trained, educated, and coach our private one on one training. Our personal trainers will take you step by step through the exercises and systems. This way not only will you understand how the exercise works, but how they help and aid your body and health. By training you with proper form, our team can help you avoid painful injuries, and help prevent them from happening from poor form in the future!
We believe people who invest in a Tulsa gym should have more than a hosted workout class. We believe you deserve to be coached every step of the way. Which is why you’ll find our interactive group personal training sessions and private fitness sessions to be more proactive, and helpful than your regular run of the mill, fitness bootcamp or gym class.
EXERCISE AT THE INTENSITY OF YOUR CHOICE — NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S
Remarkably, not every gym believes you should use reasonable intensity in your workouts. In some gyms, the phrase, “You can cry, you can crawl, you can ball … but you can’t quit!” is their mantra. We believe just the opposite. We train you differently because we believe in very different things at Tulsa Fitness Systems.
At Tulsa Fitness Systems, we believe your body has its own ‘kinesthetic intelligence.’ It knows when to push harder, and when to back off. We respect your body’s intelligence. Your body, individual to you alone, has its own optimal movement patterns. It has its own optimal strength level. And its own optimal fitness level. This ‘embodied intelligence’ is yours alone, and differs from mine and everyone else’s.
Attempting to force your body to exceed its limits by blindly following a given workout, or cultural standard is a recipe for injury. That’s why it’s vital you exercise at the intensity of your choice, well within your limits. You alone know when to turn up the heat, and when to back off. We use, throughout our workouts, myzone heart rate monitoring to help you track your heart rate and intensity.
USE MOVEMENTS YOUR BODY LOVES — AND AVOID DYSFUNCTIONAL EQUIPMENT
The human body hates movement patterns that are abnormal to proper physiology. Forcing the body to move in ways it’s not designed to move leads to dysfunction and eventually injury no matter what Tulsa gym you are working out at. Unfortunately, most exercise machines do just that … they train you in ‘non-physiological’ movement patterns. When you continually repeat the same harsh, mundane tasks over and over again, instead of bringing your great results like you were hoping for, you’ll experience muscle and joint pain. As well as deterioration of your joints and cartilage. It is important to strengthen not only your body, but to train your body in the most effective way. In a way that will mend muscles, build bone density, and improve overall cardiac health.
That’s why at Tulsa Fitness Systems we’ve chosen to invest in PurMotion equipment. The genius of PurMotion is that it works in harmony with your body’s built-in, innate ‘movement intelligence.’ It’s designed to move around your body as you exercise, and not the other way around. It’s designed to move the way your body loves to move. As one of the only Tulsa gyms to invest heavily in this type of equipment we believe (based upon client feedback) that we are the gym that offers the best Tulsa fitness experience for people like YOU.
Most commercial gym equipment, however, tricks your body in forgetting its natural movement patterns. Traditional gym equipment either, (a) forces your body to move around it as you exercise, or (b) trains your muscles to adopt a dysfunctional movement pattern.
That’s because, with traditional Tulsa gym equipment, your body is forced to move in ‘machined patterns,’ and the result is tendonitis, joint pain, and muscular dysfunction. And what makes it even worse is that because the human body gets stronger as you work out … with consistent use of poorly designed (yet very expensive) equipment, you literally train your body to become dysfunctionally stronger.
PurMotion solves those problems because the equipment is designed to keep the human body moving in its natural, primal, and fundamental movement patterns. The result is a TULSA FITNESS BREAKTHROUGH.
THE ABILITY TO TEST YOUR LIMITS — WITHOUT FEAR OF INJURY
When your body feels safe during exercise…when it doesn’t sense danger…when you’re not hurting during your workout…and when your joints don’t ache after your workout…that’s when you know you can pick up the intensity and test your limits without fear of injury. This ability to work harder over time results in transformations that can be quite dramatic, which is why we believe that after only a 21 day trial you will fall in love with the Tulsa Fitness Systems experience. We will teach you how to safely take care of your body, while still pushing your limits, and pushing your muscles to grow stronger, and stronger. You’ll soon fall in love with our gym because we keep it real. We understand how difficult this process can be when you first start out, especially if you don’t have an experienced fitness background. Tulsa Fitness Systems makes it easy to feel comfortable and welcomed in our gym no matter your fitness level of experience.
THE MEDICAL EXPERTS YOU TRUST, TRUST TULSA FITNESS SYSTEMS
Envision cancer patients, victims of diabetes, men and woman with triglycerides off the charts, and people carrying 100 extra pounds of body weight. Then, visualize the doctors who treat them, the pharmacists who provide for them, and the physical therapists who rehab them. And finally, imagine the one fitness community where they all work out together, side-by-side. Tulsa Fitness Systems is that place.
Tulsa Fitness Systems is the place where the community experts you trust (like pharmacists physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, dentists, and optometrists — as well as lawyers, judges, bankers and business owners), trust Tulsa Fitness Systems to help them. Think of the members of your community, your friends, family members, and those you turn to whenever you need help. If the ones you trust to assist you, trust Tulsa’s greatest gym, you can too!
QUITE POSSIBLY — THE MOST OVERQUALIFIED TRAINING TEAM IN THE COUNTRY
Tulsa Fitness Systems is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Clint and Kara Howard.
If you are looking for someone who has actually been in the situation as you, and worked hard towards their physical success, you will love the power couple who owns and runs Tulsa Fitness Systems. With many years of education, and experience, they are the professionals to help you to your health success! Though they make no claims of it themselves … some of their professional health and fitness peers believe they are the most overqualified training team in the country.
INTRODUCING: CLINT HOWARD, MS, CPT
Clint is one of the most highly sought after fitness trainers in the country. He’s been interviewed over 80 times on various TV shows and podcasts and for magazine and newspaper publications.
A Highly Educated Tulsa Fitness Expert:
Bachelor’s degree in Health & Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma
Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
Respected teacher and coach:
University of Oklahoma Exercise Science instructor
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Multi-certified trainer and coach:
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM)
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
Level I, II, III Golf Fitness Trainer, Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
Serves on advisory boards:
Tulsa Community Care College
Founding member of the Association of Professional Personal Trainers (APPT)
National bestselling author:
The Fit Formula, 2011
Featured writer and TV guest:
Fitness Expert Network
Local and National Publications
Featured health and fitness expert on Tulsa’s FOX23 News
Business owner and fat loss expert:
Tulsa Fitness Systems, Founder/Owner, Director of Fitness
Trained thousands of people to lose all the weight they need and want
INTRODUCING: KARA HOWARD, PharmD, CPT
Kara is one of the most highly educated Tulsa fitness trainers around. Her leadership skills, along with her in-depth knowledge of clinical nutrition and disease prevention, uniquely position her to help clients get the results they could not hope to get anywhere else.
Bachelor’s degree in Health & Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma
Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Certified Nutritional Coach (Precision Nutrition)
Junior League of Tulsa
Tulsa Executives Association
Business owner, clinical nutritionist, and fat loss expert:
Tulsa Fitness Systems, Co-Owner, Director of Health & Wellness
Consults with hundreds on weight loss, nutrition, supplements and medications
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Meet Our Team of Qualified Fitness Coaches
Travis Horan was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida and then moved to Tulsa in the 7th grade. He went to school at Metro Christian Academy from the 7th grade until graduating in 2012. At Metro, he was on the football, track & field and cross-country teams. He won state in track & field and cross-country. Being competitive in these sports sparked his lifelong passion for health and fitness. After graduating from high school, he went on to Oklahoma State University. He was active in the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji). In May 2016, He graduated with a B.S. in Health & Human Performance (Exercise Science). He interned at TFS and he has been a trainer here ever since. Travis truly cares about his clients and wants to help them live a healthy and fit lifestyle for the rest of their lives! Travis’ goal is to make the fitness lifestyle as much fun for everyone else, as it is for him. Like Clint says, “Fitness is a journey, not a destination.”If fitness is a journey, why not make that journey as fun and enjoyable as possible?
Jacob was born and raised in Tulsa and graduated from Union High School in 2010. In 2015, he earned his B.S. in Health and Human Performance (Exercise Sports Science), and a minor in Psychology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah,OK. Jacob interned at TFS in 2015 and was then hired on as a fitness coach/trainer.
In 2017, he received his fitness certification in CFSC (Certified Functional Strength Coach). He chose the fitness field because he loved playing sports growing up and developed a love of fitness. His favorite sports are football, basketball, and baseball and UFC. He still loves to play sports when he can, watch them and talk about them.
Jacob also loves traveling the US and abroad. He is always planning and looking forward to his next trip. He really enjoys talking and getting to know our TFS clients and he wants to help get the most out of their workouts here at TFS and attain their fitness goals.
Sarah was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated in 2003 from Sapulpa High School. She is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as National Personal Trainers Institute. She is certified as a Weight Loss Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM. Sarah is also certified in Kettlebell Training and Sling Training through NPTI. And she is also a Nutritional Health Coach through the International Institute of Nutrition.
Sarah is the youngest of 4 siblings, one sister and 2 brothers. She finds enjoyment in helping others, so in 2017, she decided to pursue a career in a field that could combine her love for creating, for health and wellness, and physical fitness. Nutrition and fitness has always been important to her. Her hobbies include drawing, writing, cooking, spending time in nature, and creating memories with my husband and two children.