Tim Bourke wears a lot of hats at TRX. After a successful career working with huge corporations like Coca-Cola and IBM, he switched tracks to the TRX startup life in 2007. Today, Bourke travels the country as TRX's Director of Team Sports, working with strength and conditioning coaches from professional, college, and elite high school sports programs. In a company that believes people are Made2Move, Bourke is a prime example of how an active lifestyle can pay off.
Bourke grew up in Chicago, playing basketball, football, baseball, and hockey. He continued with football in both high school and at the University of Illinois, before making the jump to the business world after graduation. For years, team practices and training sessions were simply a part of everyday life. But in a post-team sports world, consistently making healthy decisions proved harder.
“A number of years ago I was feeling lethargic, and I had a few medical things going on,” he explains. “I said, ‘Well, what can I do in this process of getting healthier and feeling better, and having more energy? What can I do, what can I own?’ And one of them was reduce the amount of weight I'm carrying around. So that was something that I did through nutrition and adjoined to various forms of activity and training.”
When he’s at home in San Francisco, Bourke usually trains five times a week, including Suspension Training sessions at the TRX Training Center with his co-workers. He balances strength training with yoga and SoulCycle. Outside the gym, he rides his bike. “I just want to move better, so that I can prepare myself for the future when I'm older, he says. “As I continue to age, I want to be able to enjoy life, move, travel, and be active.”
Today, at 53, Bourke says he feels better because of the lifestyle changes he made. “I'm probably 25 pounds lighter than I was 10 years ago. I can go up and down stairs so much better than I used to be able to. I can get up and down in an airplane seat in a different way: I'm not grabbing onto the seat in front of me, pulling myself up. I'm using my own strength in my legs. That's something very basic, but I think it’s important.”
Anybody, at any age, can make the same changes Bourke made, starting with a commitment to proper hydration, nutrition, and sleep. The next step is picking an activity you enjoy that will help you meet your goals, whether you’re training for a race or monitoring movement frequency with an activity tracker like a FitBit or Apple Watch. “If you own it, and you want to do it, you can do it,” he adds.
For Bourke, the biggest motivation in an active lifestyle is being able to move better, longer. After watching people close to him grow sedentary as they aged, he started thinking about the preventative measures he should be taking to extend his life and enjoy life more.
“I don't know what that's going to look like for me at 75, 80 or 85, but I'm taking steps that are going to put me in a better position, when I'm a senior, to enjoy life better. I'd like to think that I'll be doing some travel, or I'll be in places where I can jump in the water and swim, or get on a bicycle, or whatever would be available. I want to make sure that I'm giving myself the opportunity to move later in life.”