The surprise secret to success? Building up and supporting those around you. Member of the Month, Tony Clyburn’s Story

The surprise secret to success?  Building up and supporting those around you.  Member of the Month, Tony Clyburn’s Story

The surprise secret to success?  Building up and supporting those around you.  Member of the Month, Tony Clyburn’s Story

Tony supporting one of his gym buddies in her first Murph!

What the staff has to say about Tony:

    Jared: Tony elevates everyone around him. We don’t just look for hard work, consistency, or things like that. Yes, Tony has those qualities, but what he does best is making those around him better. He has helped develop community within our classes and motivates others to be better, which in the process makes him better.

    Tony is super consistent not only with attendance, but attitude, work ethic, etc. So the past few months haven’t been all that different than the few before that, and the few before those. I really enjoy watching new members join, and then get brought into this group with Tony and others, and then start exhibiting the same consistency and hard work.

    I have only been teaching class with Tony for about a month now, and in that time we have been working on a bit of shoulder pain. His lack of quit comes out most when we are working with or around that pain.

Elise:  I’ve known Tony for about 13 years now, we met when I was training at another gym and the trainer he had been working with moved away.  At the time, Tony was stuck in a difficult life-situation and kettlebell training was a great outlet for the stress he was dealing with.  

Now, Tony’s life has improved 10-fold and his focus on health is through much more of a long-distance lens.  What I believe is Tony’s true gift, is his ability to support those around him and build relationships based on providing the accountability and support needed to drag yourself out of bed at 5:00AM.  When you’ve checked in with your gym buddies and told them that you’ll be there in the morning, that simple fact of knowing they are expecting you to be there to support them is a huge driving force to “get you out of a warm bed and into a cold gym”  (Tony’s favorite saying).    

The other thing that stands out for me about Tony is that he’s accepted the fact that what he WANTS to work on, (Strength and cardio) has taken second chair to what he NEEDS to work-on (Mobility) in order to achieve long-term success in the health-fitness category.  This is something that a lot of people who come to KORE struggle with, no one likes being told that they are going to need to work things that they think are trivial, in order to achieve their goals.  Tony listened to our suggestions and I commend him for embracing a  focus on QUALITY of life (one of our KORE Values)!

Member of the Month Questions


  • How did you originally hear about us?


A friend of a friend told me about KORE years ago- somethings about plyometrics that top athletes did. So that was the spark.

  • What prompted you to seek us out once hearing about us?

    Look, there are a few things that I don’t like doing alone: math, long distance travel and working out. I wanted a supportive environment that did not have the trappings of a “gym” but challenged me physically and intellectually.

  • What was your initial goal when you signed up with us?

    It was simple - keep moving.  I think that my grandfathers died too young. They did physical things but ultimately I think they were felled by stress. So, respectfully, I am fighting back with strength and movement.

  • What was holding you back from achieving this goal (before you joined)?

    Well, I am my biggest enemy when it comes to getting up and out early.  It’s about a 20 minute drive, so I made a bargain with myself that I’d enjoy the drive - seeing the town when few people are stirring and enjoying the shower after the workout as a reward.

  • Has this goal changed since you joined KORE Wellness?  If yes, what is your new goal?

    Yes. I want to be a conditioned athlete; that is; stamina over lifting/pulling capacity, which is opposite of when I started.

  • Now that you’re working on/have achieved this goal, has your view of yourself changed?

    Yes. Well, I am kinda thinking it is a lifelong or long-term goal to improve my flexibility.  I hate pain. You know back in the day, high school gym teachers would say, “No pain, no gain.” They were wrong.

  • How do you feel about your future health?

    Very optimistic. I know exercise and diet are key for me to live the life I want and enjoy the success financially and spiritually that I aspire to.

  • What have you liked best about working with us?

    Easy one. The family. There is a hopeful encouraging attitude that is the basis for KORE. It really is a blessing to my wife, Lisa, and me.

  • What would you say to someone who is struggling with the same goal(s)?

    I’d tell them to do a planned/assisted “something” every day, and let the universe take care of the rest; others have succeeded, so will you.

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