Introducing Coach Tim Dancy, CrossFit Renew’s Newest Nutrition and Mentorship Coach

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Why I became a Nutrition Coach, by Tim Dancy

I’ve been in the fitness game a long time. For the last 12 years, whether as a client or a coach, I’ve gotten to experience firsthand the importance of nutrition — both on and off the court, and in and out of the gym. 


And my role here today, now, as a nutrition and mentorship coach, isn’t just a matter of physical well-being, but a call to revolutionize an industry marked by disparities. 


My journey into the realm of nutrition coaching is a deeply personal one. I, through years of attempting to out-train a poor diet, know the profound significance that nutrition has on overall health and wellness. But also, I’m here with an unwavering commitment to foster diversity in an industry where representation matters very deeply. Representation in the fitness industry means representing real, human bodies often in desperate need of education and empowerment as it pertains to, quite literally, living longer. I want to be a light for folks who have been living in the dark. 


From an early age, I encountered the harsh reality of health and wellness disparities within the inner city. Limited access to nutritious foods, compounded by socioeconomic factors, created a cycle of poor dietary choices and health challenges for me. It became apparent that common fitness approaches, solely focused on using sports for fitness with some attention to bodybuilding protocols, while fun, were just flat out insufficient. I understood firsthand the struggle of trying to out-train a diet lacking in essential nutrients. And unfortunately, it took me many years for the epiphany to strike, but I’m here now, and it is undeniable that a comprehensive approach which encompasses both physical activity and proper nutrition is imperative for genuine health transformation. Not just sports performance. 


More personally, though, as I’ve navigated through the fitness industry, the stark lack of diversity was impossible to ignore. The mainstream narrative often perpetuates a one-size-fits-all approach, neglecting the unique dietary needs and cultural nuances of marginalized individuals. This underrepresentation not only alienates potential fitness enthusiasts but also perpetuates health disparities. It became clear that in order to effect change, I needed to be part of the solution. And so, the decision to become a nutrition coach evolved as a deliberate step towards breaking barriers, promoting inclusivity, and dismantling the narrow stereotypes that plague the industry.


The holistic approach towards health and wellness is at the core of my mission. Longevity isn’t merely about the number of years lived but the quality of life experienced. It involves addressing not only physical health but also mental and emotional well-being. Nutrition coaching becomes a conduit for imparting knowledge, fostering a positive relationship with food, and promoting a mindset shift towards wellness. The goal is to empower individuals to make informed choices that contribute to a thriving, well-balanced life.


Becoming a nutrition coach isn’t just a personal aspiration but a commitment to being a catalyst for change in an industry that desperately needs diverse voices. It is a journey that transcends individual benefits, aiming to create a ripple effect of transformation within the black community and beyond. By standing as a representation of what’s possible, I aspire to inspire others to embark on their own journeys towards holistic health, dismantling stereotypes, and embracing the interconnectedness of nutrition, fitness, and overall well-being.


So what’s the TL;DR? My journey towards becoming a nutrition coach is deeply rooted in personal experiences, a commitment to diversity, and a recognition of the limitations of relying solely on physical activity to combat the effects of poor lifestyle choices. It is a testament to the transformative power of holistic health, emphasizing the importance of addressing not only the external aspects of fitness but also the internal, nuanced components that contribute to longevity and well-being. This journey is a call to action, an endeavor to reshape the narrative, and a commitment to fostering a healthier, more inclusive future within the fitness industry.

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Tim Dancy

Tim Dancy

Tim has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and CrossFit coach since 2014. Though he’d dropped in a number of times at Renew over the years, in May of 2022, Tim formally joined Renew as both an athlete and a coach! When he’s not helping people hit their fitness goals, Tim enjoys going on adventures with his family and riding around Austin on his e-Bike. Though there are many barbell benchmarks to choose from, his favorite is Isabel.

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