Name: Taylor Somerville
Hometown: Memphis, TN (originally from Montgomery, AL)
Business/Gym Name: Symmetry
Website: My blog is www.thelonggame.co
Social Media Handles: @tsomerv
XPT: Introduction – Tell us about yourself:
Taylor Somerville: I previously worked in the investment business industry for over 15 years. Last year I decided to transition my career to focus full time on health and fitness to help others become the best version of themselves. I believe that fitness is a lifestyle and should play a role in developing the whole person. I enjoy competing in endurance events and completed the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race around Lake Las Vegas in November 2017. I enjoy learning all I can regarding mental, physical, and spiritual well-being and write about this in my blog and weekly newsletter, The Long Game.
XPT: What’s your favorite XPT related tip, discipline, or activity to teach your clients?
TS: I love using breath work and contrast therapy with clients. The breath is low hanging fruit for improving performance in fitness and in life. I really enjoy watching their reactions after our first exploratory breath session when they realize how powerful the breath can be. When you add in the ice baths, the breath has the ability to show people that they are in control of their response to stress. Clients learn that they have the choice of responding or reacting to any stressful situation in life. Teaching people that they are in charge of their life and can control their responses to everything that life throws at them is one of my favorite parts of XPT.
XPT: How has XPT impacted you and/or your clients?
TS: XPT completely changed my life. I attended my first experience in Malibu in 2017, which helped me get to a point in my life when I was able to take a leap of faith and quit my career. The XPT community is like no other. Everyone is trying to better themselves but they leave their egos at the door. Laird and Gabby are incredible coaches and know how to get the best out of everyone. You don’t have to be an elite athlete but you must be willing to step out of your comfort zone. I’ll never forget my first pool workout, breath session or ice bath. I dabbled with it on my own for a few years but there was nothing comparable to doing it in a group setting with such a positive vibe. Through XPT, you learn that you are capable of much more than you ever thought and I enjoy passing that message and feeling along to my clients.
XPT: What were the ways you were immediately able to implement XPT learnings into your training following your XPT Certification course?
TS: As mentioned earlier, the breath work and heat/ice sessions were the two ways I was immediately able to implement the XPT methods and began offering them back in Memphis to several friends and clients.
XPT: Anything else you want to tell us? A quote you remember from Certifications? A cool client story? A personal story as it pertains to XPT in your life?
TS: At my first experience, Laird said, “We create our own limitations. No one can do you, better than you!” This statement really stuck with me. As humans, we should be able to move through life and not be afraid to try new things, live life to our fullest, and not worry about what other people think. This statement, along with XPT’s breathe, move, recover ethos nudged me to start living my life to the fullest and in the way that I want to live.