Kimo Frederiksen

Kimo grew up overweight and assumed that he was always going to look that way, but he really hated it. He was constantly haunted by resentment for his body. In his late teens he hit a wall and realized he needed to make a change. He began to bike, which led to running, which led to yoga, which led to school to learn about the human body. He wanted to know that he was taking care of himself the right way and wanted to help people discover this possibility of a healthy life.

After attending the National Personal Training Institute he began his career at a large corporate gym but found it to be money-driven with a lack empathy for the client. So many people seek personal training because they need help and do not feel comfortable exercising, and the corporate gym did not do enough to create a positive environment.

Kimo’s response was to strike out on his own, and in 2008 he started True Body Fitness out of a private home. He moved TBF to Detroit in 2010 and it was the best thing he’s ever done. Since TBF opened here in Detroit he has felt part of a larger community, surrounded by supporters and brilliant thinkers. It is this support and all these great ideas that have molded TBF into what it is today. The TBF approach was and will always be ¨Fitness without the Attitude.” It is not about getting ripped or looking hot, it’s about having a life where you are active and health-conscious. The TBF goal is to create a community that supports our bodies and our minds (and Kimo tries his hardest to make it fun).