At BEST we are lifelong students of movement, nutrition, and strength and conditioning. Our first BESTies date back to 2012 and from the beginning, one of our driving passions is the maintenance and development of the athleticism that all people possess regardless of age.
Too often, under-developed youth athletes are specializing in sports too early and doing strength programs that came right out of the body building magazines of the 1980s. Likewise, we see adults jumping on board with the fad exercise programs, starting and changing diets frequently and believing promises from fitness professionals that cannot be kept.
We don’t do fad diets or attempt to remove toxins from your body; we don’t adhere to a singular nutrition program; we don’t isolate muscle groups or specific areas of fat.
BEST incorporates an in-depth study of human movement and function with purposeful, methodical and individualized program design so not only the physical aspects of a body are developed but also mental. Experience tells us lifestyle changes are difficult to create and maintain. We may be able to make you stronger, move better and feel better but to create outward and inward change, a person needs time to figure out their why.
Meet Our Coaches
Zack Byler, Owner/Director of Programs – Zack holds a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Shawnee State University, a Masters in Kinesiology from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. He holds over 20 various fitness certifications and is in constant mentorship with some of the top strength coaches and physical therapists in the industry.
Gage McCracken, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Randi Banning, Accountability Coach – Randi has a Bachelor’s in Communication and like all of us she is in on the endless health and fitness journey. She has recently made major strides forward toward living healthy lifestyle and won’t be going back. With four kids, a sweet tooth, and a love for the couch, Randi has personally faced every excuse you can come up with, and she is on YOUR team to help you through the tough times.
Ollie Byler, Director of Barketing – Ollie is a Brittany Spaniel, who will comfort you with snuggles and puppy love when you are at your most tired place in the gym. Beyond that, he can sit, roll over, shake, heel, stay and play fetch!
Who Trains at BEST?
BEST trains two types of athletes:
- General Public – Above anything else, we love helping you find your why. Whether you’re maintenance training or recovering from surgery or injury, we want to come alongside what your goals to help hold you accountable through education and community.
- Athletes – We are experts in developing strength, power and speed mechanics for youth athletes (ages 10-18). If you are a parent of an athlete or an athlete yourself looking for a place to develop athletic abilities, BEST will introduce a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. This program will make him/her bigger, faster, stronger and more confident in competition and life in general.
Effort is the underlying factor for all things we aspire to do. Most often, passion and success is preceded by consistent choices to put forth both physical and mental effort even when things seem bleak or boring. We refer to this as the grind. During the grind your mind will say this is boring or this is not working, but continuous effort creates results.
Passion can become the driving force on the road to attaining goals and ultimately success. It is too difficult to find success when there is not strong enthusiasm for the efforts being made. You must know “why” you want something before you can attain it and you have to remind yourself of it every day.
Success is the result of putting forth continuous effort and knowing your passion. Success is only an outcome. If we can focus on correct behaviors (Effort) and enthusiastically believe in the process (Passion) then we can have the desired outcomes (Success).
“There is no talent here. This is hard work, this is an obsession. Talent doesn’t exist. We are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone. If you put in the time, you will reach the top and that’s that. So, I am not talented, I am obsessed”
– Conor McGregor