Tim Breckenridge | Martial Arts Instructor

Tim Breckenridge in Charleston - Charleston FIT & MMA

Tim Breckenridge

Thank you for visiting our page. My name is Tim Breckenridge. I was born into a military family in Quantico, VA and within a year relocated here to Charleston, SC. I grew up in the Goose Creek/ Ladson area and went to Elementary/Middle school at College Park and High School at Stratford High. I spent 15 years in the fire service and 5 years in the Navy. I have three wonderful children that I cherish and are 100% 1st priority in my life. I know no matter what happens in my life, they will always love me and be there to make me smile.

Personally, I am an easy going guy, love to laugh and have fun with my family. Most people know me from the various bars and restaurants I have owned over the years. I currently am only involved in one bar & grill, Neighborhood Tap House (not on an operational stand point though).

Being out of hospitality full time has allowed me to pursue my passion of helping people get healthy and fit, which for me wasn’t an easy start. I share this story because I am not ashamed to say I was fat and am extremely proud to say I lost 100 pounds. I hope that my story will inspire other that struggle with weight, health issues or lack of self confidence to make a change.

My battle with weight began at puberty with my weight peaking at 17 were I weighed 255 lbs with a 46″ waist. When I turned 18 I decided I wanted a change and started my weight-loss journey (1993). Since I started, I knew fitness would be a challenge for me but I always felt so rewarded after a workout. Growing up being so over weight, and don’t get me started on the acne, was extremely tough. I didn’t have much of a support network, which made dealing with the constant teasing, harassment and ridicule difficult in my adolescent years. Running became an outlet for me. With that and an acne medication that finally worked (Acutane) I was starting to find my self esteem. It has been a struggle over the years and can be self destructive at times but knowing where I came from and where I am keeps me going and motivates me to be better every day.

I lost 50 lbs to get in the Navy (1995) and another 15 lbs during my first few years active duty. Four years in, I injured my back while on deployment in the middle east (1997). After back surgery, I ballooned back up to 225 lbs (1999). A year later, my back finally healed enough to get back into fitness and was able to lose 25 lbs before I was medically released from the Navy in 2000. After the Navy, I entered the Hospitality/Bar industry (2003) after plans for a fitness center fell through. Hospitality not being the healthiest lifestyle, I ballooned back up to 230 lbs.

In 2007 I decided to make an effort to live healthier and get fit again. Although this was the first time I saw Tony Horton (in the old Power90 videos), I didn’t start his program… but wish I had. I was able to get back down in the 190 lbs range through traditional workouts and a personal trainer but still was not satisfied with my body. I am 6’1″ with a slender frame but tend to carry fat in the love handle and thigh areas. In 2009 I discovered MMA and how to train effectively. I started training Krav Maga and MMA and boy did I fall in love with it. I already loved watching the MMA Fights and had always wanted to get in that kind of shape. Through MMA I was able to get down to 155 lbs, but that was too thin for me so I decided to level off around 165-170.

I always saw the P90X commercials and even downloaded copies off the internet (ssshhh, don’t tell Tony) but I never did anytihng with them because of the length and time commitment. When I saw the P90X3 commercial, I told myself here is something I can realistically do. So I did actually purchase P90X3 but it was off craigslist, lol. I wanted to compare what I had learned throughout my years in fitness and training MMA to these main stream HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. It took a few weeks before I started it but after completed the 90 days. I have also completed the T25 workout, I really just wanted to compare the two most popular programs. Understanding this type of training and incorporating them with MMA has really made a difference in my life and solidified what I need to being doing.

I am now able to focus on helping others get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. I love to know I made a difference in someone’s life. I now have my own gym (Charleston FIT & MMA) and work with some terrific people that share the same enthusiasm for health and wellness as I do. The focus of Charleston FIT & MMA is to not only teach martial arts but to incorporate the training, diet and healthy lifestyle fighters live every day. We offer various classes for fitness and martial arts. Please check out the site and I hope my story and enthusiasm for fitness can motivate you to live better and create a healthier lifestyle through fitness, nutrition and a positive attitude.


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