About Tim Kelly

Thank you for taking the time to explore my background and philosophy on training! I have been coaching, personal training and leading group exercise classes for over twenty-five years. In the mid 1980's I was helping young men and women that I recruited into the Marine Corps prepare for bootcamp. That was my first experience helping people reach their fitness goals and it was very rewarding. I quickly learned the power of "group exercise" effect on motivation!

The experience continued during my professional life as a police officer. I helped other officers lose weight, train in defensive tactics, and work on better nutritional habits. Staying fit was an important part of staying alive in that profession. Many unique issues of that profession made fitness a priority and in some cases ... even a life saver.

As a professional leader I use twenty-five years of experience to help people reach their fitness and health goals. My wife, Stephanie, (pictured next to me above on a mud run) is also an instructor.

The concept of “fitness” is unique for everyone. Our philosophy is that exercise time and results should have more of a functional outcome than simply having bigger biceps in the mirror! WHY are you exercising? Why are you spending your time in gym?

Our philosophy of training is centered on Self- Defense applications. The exercise patterns in our programs are designed to get you very physically fit. However….the end goal of that high level of fitness is to provide you the ability to defend yourself in times of crisis.

All programing is geared around target heart rate training, compound movement patterns, and strength building with weight bearing exercises. The compound movement patterns of the exercise sessions are designed to build strength for striking, kicking and throwing an opponent to ground. Fitness is a product of self-defense training! Self- defense skill sets are the product of properly instructed fitness exercises!

The programs use your body weight, ropes and small kettle bells. It is simple in function yet powerful in results! Not only will you get “fit”…you will be strong to defend yourself if needed!


Welcome to “Live To Train”! 


  • NFPT Certified Professional Trainer
  • US Air Force Fitness Specialist Certification (Cooper Institute & ACSM based 80 hour in residence program)
  • Sports Specific Conditioning Specialist
  • Group Fitness SPIN Cycle instructor
  • US Air Force "Fitness Improvement" presenter on a national level
  • Personal Fitness Chef...Meal planning, preparation and cooking instruction in your home
  • New York State Law Enforcement Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Black Belt in Aiki - Bu - Jitsu
  • US Military Combatives Instructor
  • Advanced Close Quarters Combatives and Edged Weapon Training (military and law enforcement only)
  • Advanced Tactical Handgun Instructor


The Philosophy to describe my outlook on professional training? Motivation ... Discipline ... Vision

The Words to describe WHY it is my passion and goal to train others? ... Corinthians 6:19 & 6:20

Together, with our guidance and your understanding we can change your life! This commitment SAVED Tim's OWN life ... he suffered a stroke in 2008. It was caused by a previously unknown congenital hole in his heart. The strength of his heart MUSCLE ... as a separate system ... from all the years of living a fitness LIFESTYLE kept him alive. The heart kept beating when it should not have due to the extreme increase in pressure and rate! Living his life with Corinthians 6:19 & 6:20 as his guide has kept him alive!! He was training again only two weeks after the stroke!! (balancing on a cane to walk and stand) He then met Stephanie his wife four months later ... the picture on the previous page of them on the mud run was only six months post stroke.. AND.. and heart surgery! Our body is indeed a temple of the holy spirit to be cared for and kept strong!


We can refer you to a wonderful nutritionist if you need that type of support. An elite team of medical doctors are available for you!
These professionals are in the areas of :


  • Internal Medicine-Dr. Kenneth Holt of Metro Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology: Dr. Joseph Falsone of Wake Heart Associates
  • Osborne Chiropractic for spine and joint care as well as acupuncture treatment
  • Eating disorder and mental health specialists are available if desired through DUKE Healthcare system.
  • All Pro Nutritions INC for the highest quality supplements.
  • Life Time, a premier health club with the best programs and services for your healthy life.

    Each of these medical professionals are people who value daily exercise as a way of life themselves.

    Live to Train - Train to Live !