Chicago’s Tommie Westbrook of ‘Westbrook Werk’ is using his knowledge, success and challenges in fitness to motivate others in the windy city to recognize their God-given potential.
Westbrook started off as a child with a love for sweets and snacks, but when his weight skyrocketed and shattered his confidence once in high school, he knew he needed to develop better habits and discipline that would not only improve his physique, but his character. He started the journey of exercise and eventually became a member of his football team.
During this time, Westbrook was able to realize not only the great physical feats he was capable of, but the internal ones as well. He performed so well as an athlete, he earned a scholarship to Illinois State University. “I was constantly being called to perform, which was good for my fitness level,” recalls Westbrook. But after graduating and not having to endure the rigor and demand he once endured, After graduation from college and not having the rigorous schedule, Westbrook started to go back into old habits. In 2014, he made the decision to get back into shape.
He told his close friend, LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays officer Kevin Atwater on NBC’s ‘Chicago P.D.’ about his new goals. After seeing the improvement, Hawkins decided to let Westbrook become his personal trainer. A few intense sessions later, he was a true believer in his training, and said “This workout, this is your work – Westbrook’s work.” From there, ‘Westbrook Werk’ was born.
Training sessions at ‘Westbrook Werk’ are a combination of agility ladders, compound exercises and multi-functional movements, which helps clients build their body overall and operate better in everyday activities.
What makes ‘Westbrook Werk’ different from other training programs is found in its motto, “conditioning the mindset.” The greatest challenge is not in the healthy eating or staying consistent in the workouts, but in getting in the right frame of mind to make goals happen. Westbrook helps all his clients develop strong mental habits, as well as persistence in reaching their personal goals.
“When you work out with me, you can expect a two to three-year commitment,” says Westbrook. “You can reach a small goal in some months, but the ultimate goal is lifestyle change.”
One thing that has helped him through the journey of staying committed and maintaining his business is faith. “We are called to lead not for our own benefit, but for God’s sake,” Westbrook affirms. “The greatness in us comes from above.”
Westbrook takes the time to understand each client’s motivations and challenges in creating new lifestyle habits. He wants his clients to achieve permanent change, not a temporary one.
“I do not have a vanity approach to my training,” assures Westbrook. “This is bigger than looking good; it’s about being healthy and magnifying God in our actions. Our actions should reflect goodness, and the body is a temple, so it’s the first place you start.”
With all the momentum of Westbrook Werk, Westbrook still remains humble and recognizes the purpose behind his success.
“Every rep, every drop of sweat is a sacrifice to our Lord and Savior,” says Westbook. “With all my success, I give God all the glory.”
Find more about ‘Westbrook Werk’ on Instagram, @Westbrookwerk.