TNT was co-founded by brothers Derek and Ryan Toshner in late 2008. While working in different fields — sales and information technology, respectively — each had attended their first kettlebell certification (Ryan in April, Derek in September). Upon returning from their certifications, they started sharing their passion for the cannonball-shaped training tools with others. As word spread of the strength and weight-loss results (and fun) that those first few students experienced, the brothers knew they had to make it “official”. So they rented their first locations in Fond du Lac (Derek) and Brookfield (Ryan), and TNT was born.
The idea for the name TNT came from Derek’s wife, Shannon. Initially the acronym stood for Toshner ‘n Toshner, but somewhere along the line Ryan realized that the letters also meant something else…
Today the name is an acronym for our tagline, which is also more than just a cute marketing slogan. It’s what we believe, what we teach, and what we hope our members truly take to heart: Thinking, Nutrition, & Training for better living.
Thinking comes before training in our philosophy because even the best-laid plans — fitness or otherwise — fail if we don’t have a strong enough reason or the discipline to consistently follow them. In other words, we’re likely to unintentionally and often unknowingly sabotage our efforts to achieve what we’ve decided is important to us if we’re not observant of the subtle errors in our own thought processes.
We’ve studied the reasons that people (our members, peers, mentors, and ourselves) have or haven’t reached stated goals and can guide you through the steps to increase the likelihood of achieving yours.
Fad diets, like all other fads, come and go. Unfortunately, fads in the nutrition world tend to not only be extreme but also paradoxically unhealthy, ineffective, and difficult to consistently follow.
That’s why we’ve created, recommend, and use ourselves a simple and straight-forward list of guidelines to cut through the complexity. Implementing the habits recommended in the TNT 10 Commandments to Better Health & Wellness can help you reach your goals, whether that involves losing, gaining, or maintaining weight or elevating your athletic performance.
And as Precision Nutrition certified coaches, we can also help you with the psychological side of adjusting your nutrition habits. (There’s that thinking thing again!)
Variety is the spice of life. But when it comes to fitness, variety simply for the sake of variety is more useful for its entertainment value than its effectiveness. No matter what the fitness magazines want us to believe, “muscle confusion” is scientific hogwash.
The fastest way to achieve our fitness goals — or any other goals for that matter — is to follow a progressive plan created using proven guidelines. “Progressive”, in this instance, means the plan starts somewhat easy and ends somewhat… less easy.
All of our private and group training programs are designed with this concept in mind. To keep the experience fun, we definitely laugh and joke around. But to see progress, we plan the work and work the plan.