About Us

2018-team.jpgAt BEST we are lifelong students of movement, nutrition, and strength and conditioning. BEST began training the first BESTies in 2012, and from the beginning, one of the driving passions behind opening BEST is the LONG TERM development of athletes and the general population.

Too often, under-developed youth athletes are specializing in sports too early and exercising inappropriately or without purpose. Likewise, we see adults starting and changing diets, believing promises that cannot be kept from fitness “professionals” while new fad-diets and nutrition crazes pop up all the time.

At BEST we don’t do diets, we do not adhere to a singular nutrition program, and we don’t specialize in anything except being evidence-based.

BEST incorporates an in-depth study of human movement and function with purposeful, methodical and individualized program design so that not only the physical aspects of a body are developed, but also the mental. Experience has told us lifestyle changes are difficult to create and maintain. The X’s and O’s of making you stronger, move better, and feel better are what we do best, but to create real inward and outward 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 is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach.

Nick Morton, Head Coach – Nick holds a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Youngstown State University, he is a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant as well as a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.

Randi Banning, Accountability Coach – Randi has a bachelor’s degree 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 works with two types of clients:
(1) We want to help you if you are an adult who wants to get excess body fat off, lose 10-50 lbs in 6-18 months, and get stronger and WAY more confident along the way.

(2) We are experts in developing strength, power and speed mechanics for youth athletes (ages 10-18). So if you are a parent of an athlete or an athlete your self looking for a place to develop athletic abilities, then BEST is the place where they will be introduced to a comprehensive strength and conditioning program. This program will make him/her more bigger, fast, and stronger and more confident in competition and in general life. You will not find a better training facility.

Philosophy in a nutshell

Effort
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
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
Success is the result of putting forth continuous effort and knowing your passion. Success is only an outcome and should not be the sole focus. If we can focus on correct behaviors (Effort) and enthusiastically believing in the process (Passion) then we can have the desired outcomes (Success). Ultimately we will learn that health, fitness, and athleticism is not a short term destination, it is a long journey that we must embrace!


“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