Tom S.

Coach Aryan
August 27, 2021
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Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself or something that would surprise us.

I am a husband to wife Kathy now for 34 years, father of two daughters - Rebecca and Lizzie. Born in South Carolina, I moved to Houston in 1989 and have no plans to ever move from here. My first career was in the maritime industry with assignments in New York, Savannah, Lake Charles and Houston. One of my first jobs in maritime had me working from the World Trade Center. That career gave me opportunities to work and travel extensively throughout the north coast of South America, the Caribbean and Mexico, yet I don’t speak Spanish. I love attending live music events, good food, a good single malt scotch and a good laugh among friends. For the past 15 years I have been active in volunteering with Houston’s homeless community in a variety of capacities and look forward to being able to return to a more direct involvement post-pandemic. I find my work with the homeless to be a perfect complement to my real estate career, as I truly believe and work to ensure everyone has a home.

How long have you been a Behemoth member and how did you hear about us?

I reached out back in January 2020 and started with the Transformation Challenge and have been hooked since.

I am physically stronger than I think I have ever been, in a most well rounded manner too. I have a greater focus on life and just feel better. 

How has being a part of Behemoth impacted your life? What are some of your proudest accomplishments since starting with us?

I am physically stronger than I think I have ever been, in a most well rounded manner too. I have a greater focus on life and just feel better.

Talk a little bit about your journey, who were you or what were you struggling with before starting with Behemoth and who are you now since being apart of this gym culture and community?

Anyone who has attended more than 1 Behemoth session with me in attendance knows I need order ( don’t take my bracket! And no it is not a square as it has an open side! ) My Behemoth experience has brought me the much needed order for my exercise. I’ve for many years dabbled in and around getting physically fit. It has worked best when I had order and was held to a degree of accountability. The Behemoth community and experience has provided both to me.

I don’t know what I would do with my time if I did not have a session to attend at 6 PM. The variety and yet consistency of the workouts plays to my personality. The support of the community keeps me accountable and ensures I make the workout, regardless of how I feel and where my day has taken me.

What is your favorite part about Behemoth and what keeps you coming back?

The community first and foremost. Without the Behemoth community it’s just another gym. The coaching is without comparison. 

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone just starting out with Behemoth or maybe hesitant in starting out?

The first step is indeed the hardest, in the mind. The support of the Behemoth community will make the decision to take that first step so much easier than you can even imagine. Just do it. 

“3, 2, 1…Go” Mad Lib section

My hidden talent is? I can wiggle my ears independently of each other and simultaneously. I’m also known for being full of absolutely useless trivia ranging among many, many topics - especially music and precisely The Beatles trivia. 

My favorite movement at BGYM is? I have always loved to deadlift, and anything other than a burpee. I hate burpees from my very core of being.

#Breakfastcrew, #Brunchcrew, or #Cocktail crew? #CocktailCrew all the way.

I have yet to, but have always wanted to? I look to travelling to Africa, go on sight-seeing safari and experience all that mysterious continent has to offer. 

When I’m not working on my fitness at BGYM, I like to? I really like to cycle as I participate in multiple MS charity rides around the state. I am an avid reader and listen to music pretty much throughout my day.

I would love to see Coach___ do ___? I would love to see Coach Aja wear a pair of dress shoes (with socks) for an entire day!

Beast mode engaged when this song comes on during my workout? It’s rock and roll all the way. Hard to pick just one. The Who - Baba O'Reilly I get goosebumps on the back of the neck with just the organ intro to that song and it charges as the song builds al the way to frenetic violin playing that closes it out. Great baseline by Entwistle in that song.

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