Just four years ago Ahwatukee resident and multi-business owner Tim Berry, 47, was battling decades of alcohol dependency that had finally brought him to rock bottom, losing his job and many friends and family.
Today the co-owner of Renew Paint and Body in Chandler has also developed his own faith-based fitness program, Intentional Fitness, which meets at Mountain Park Community Church in Ahwatukee. The program brings scripture into fitness and teaches others how to have a positive mindset on life and exercise, Berry said.
It took Berry years to overcome his addictions to alcohol and other drugs and to become the healthy person he is today. But when the former hockey and football athlete made a goal to compete in a local body building competition and weight loss challenge, his progress was quickly derailed by a debilitating knee injury.
Berry’s wife referred him to Ahwatukee chiropractor Dr. Aaron Kovac, at Back in Line Spine and Wellness, hoping to find an answer that would put her husband back on track to meet his goal.
“When I came to Dr. Kovac I couldn’t even walk,” Berry said. “It was so painful. I was limping and hobbling for two to three months.”
Kovac first treated Berry with Active Release Technique (ART), a movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves, as well as a series of Sarapin injections, an herbal anti-inflammatory administered by a nurse practitioner three times per week.
Berry’s pain dramatically decreased, enabling him to exercise again, however, he found when the dosage of Sarapin also decreased he would begin to feel some pain come back.
It wasn’t until Kovac decided to administer SUPARTZ, a knee-specific injection formulated for osteoarthritis, that Berry began to feel constant relief.
SUPARTZ is a therapy solution made of highly purified sodium hyaluronate, a natural chemical found in joint tissues and sonovial fluid that fills the joints.
Berry received a series of SUPARTZ injections once a week for five weeks along with ART.
“I wouldn’t have been able to compete in the body building show if it weren’t for this treatment,” Berry said. “The pain is gone now, and I just make sure to wear good shoes and take care of myself.”
He trained for three months and lost 60 pounds to compete in his first body building show in November. He took second place in the Novice Division and fourth in the Junior Masters (age 40-49) Division. Afterwards, friends and strangers alike began to approach him in the gym about his transformation.
Berry, who believes he would not be where he is today without God, decided to create the program Intentional Fitness in order to help others understand how he accomplished overcoming his addictions and changed his life by using faith and scripture to create a positive mindset on life and exercise.
“Many people don’t even have the concept of where to even start with that idea,” Berry said.
Intentional Fitness meets at Mountain Park Church, 2408 E. Pecos Road, at 7 p.m. every Thursday with a different faith-based theme each week. Berry delivers basic fitness information for those new to working out and welcomes all levels of fitness.
• Corinne Frayer, LMT, NCBTMB, is a nationally certified massage therapist and owner of RaceReady Massage, LLC in Tempe. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication with a second concentration in nutrition from Arizona State University, and is a certified chiropractic assistant. Reach her at email@example.com.