Tim Henriques has been working full time in the Health and Fitness industry for 20 years. He started out managing gyms and community recreation centers but discovered he was missing that vital one on one connection that comes with personal training. He switched over to personal training and has never looked back. In 2001 he helped establish the National Personal Training Institute’s flagship school in Vienna, VA. Since that time he has personally taken over 1000 students through NPTI’s comprehensive 600 hour personal training program.

Initially a poor athlete, Tim discovered fitness early in high school and then his athletic career bloomed. He went on to become the Health and PE student of the Year in his high school and in college he competed for the National Championship in powerlifting, making it as far as the Final Four. He continued competing after college, pushing himself against the best in armwrestling, strongman, and powerlifting competitions. He is proud to say that during his twenty years of athletic competitions he never once used any performance enhancing substances.

Aside from fitness and family, one of Tim’s passions is writing. He has written 3 highly acclaimed books as well as numerous articles for such sites as psychologytoday.com, strengthandconditioningresearch.com, t-nation.comArnold.com, thePTDC.com, allaboutpowerlifting.com, and many more.

Tim currently trains out of the amazing gym, Tyson’s Playground, located conveniently in Tyson’s Corner, VA. He is the coach of  Tyson’s Powerlifting Club. Tim lives in Oakton with his wife, their 3 boys, and their dog Pongo.


  • BS in Kinesiology James Madison University
  • Concentration in Human Movement Studies
  • Minors in Psychology and Coaching


  • Strength Training
  • Training Beginners
  • Older Adults
  • Powerlifting

Athletic Accomplishments

  • Health and PE student of Year – Fairfax High School
  • Collegiate All-American Powerlifter – USAPL (Top 3 in Nation)
  • Set the Open VA State Record for the Deadlift – 700 lbs @ 198
  • Set the Open National Record for the Strict Curl – 171 lbs @ 198
  • Over 30 1st place finishes in strength sports competitions


  • NPTI’s Fundamentals of Fitness and Personal Training – Human Kinetics
  • All About Powerlifting – Mythos Publishing
  • All About Program Design – Mythos Publishing


  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Nutritional Consultant
  • CPR & AED Certification
  • ACEP Coaching Certification
  • Kettlebell Certification
  • TRX Certification
  • USAPL and 100% RAW Powerlifting Referee

The Gym

Tim is blessed to be able to train out of the amazing facility, Tyson’s Playground, in Tyson’s Corner VA. So named because it truly is a playground for any serious fitness enthusiast, and because fitness should be fun, Tyson’s Playground has almost any piece of equipment one could wish for. Listed below is just a sampling of what they have:

  • Expansive Turf Space
  • Conditioning Tools: Prowler, Battle Rope, Tires
  • 10 Squat Racks
  • 10 Olympic Lifting Platforms
  • Original line of Hammer Strength Equipment
  • Strongman Implements: Stones, Logs, Yolks
  • Bands and Chains
  • Climbing Ropes
  • Boxing Equipment
  • And much more

To really get a feel for this awesome location, watch the video: