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Fitness influencer and star trainer thrives on inspiring, helping others

WATERLOO — When a NCAA Division I basketball player hangs up her sneakers, the drive to train doesn’t fade.

At least, that’s how it was for Ty Smith, 30. She is one of The Courier’s 20 Under 40 recipients for 2022.

The former University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball player earned a degree in criminology. She planned to realize her dream of being a juvenile probation officer so she could help children. Even as she pursued those opportunities, her passion for fitness remained.

“After I graduated, I continued working out,” she recalled. “A friend went to the same gym as me, and she asked, ‘Will you train me?’ I said yes, and found that I liked doing it. I started to sort of veer that way – toward personal training.”

Naturally outgoing and helpful, she began sharing ideas and tips with others. She also took on more personal training clients and began posting videos on social media sites. This grew into her company, Bodied by Ty.

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“Ty is the epitome of hard work and dedication – college athlete turned successful entrepreneur,” said 20 Under 40 nominator Keyah Levy.

People took notice – a lot of people. Ty’s Instagram followers surpassed 250,000 and she now has 285,000. She added an apparel line, @Bodied.Activewear, which regularly sells out of items.

“She’s turned her personal passion not only into a successful local business but also a national means of helping people reach their fitness goals,” said Levy.

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