Our Story


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Body by T Fitness was founded in 2015, by college student, Tyler Hickey offering training in random apartment complexes to simply make rent payments. Tyler, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina came to UNCC hoping to walk onto UNCC Charlotte’s Football team.  One day, while training in a campus gym, Tyler was approached by a college classmate that wanted assistance with becoming a fitness model.  

      From there, Tyler’s college clientele steadily started to grow; and he made the choice to officially start Body by T Fitness, offering personal training services that were affordable to college students. He quickly realized that in order to gain business stability and be able to offer his clients consistent training, that he would need to purchase his own facility. 

      In June 2017, Body by T Fitness opened their first strength and conditioning facility, in a small 2000 square foot warehouse in the North Charlotte/University Area. The gym quickly became one of the fastest growing gyms in Charlotte; so much so, that space became an issue.  In November 18, 2019, BBT Fitness opened its first corporate, 5000 square foot location, BBT Northlake.  

      The foundation of BBT fitness success is centered around Tyler’s passion for training and inspiring individuals in making a lifestyle change through affordable fitness options. One of Tyler’s philosophies is the ‘BBT Triangle Offense’, where we use a 3-phase attack to help each client accomplish their goals.  

       Today the BBT Fitness strength and conditioning training sets us apart from most fitness programs.  Our success is predicated in our commitment to our clients, high community involvement, and our training philosophy; which is built on having coaches that affect clients 23 hours of the day to help make fitness a lifestyle versus trainers, who only affect a client for the 1 hour they train with them. 

       Body by T Fitness, is Charlotte’s premier training facility to achieve a Better Body, Better Confidence, and a Better You.

The BBT Results Formula: The Triangle Offense

No matter if your goal is to lose some extra belly fat, or to gain 15 lbs of muscle; we understand that our clients want results. That's why we have developed the BBT Results Formula; our trademark process for getting client's results. 

 Training Philosophy

Train Consistently 

The Base Tenant of BBT Fitness, we believe our members should train consistently for all that life has to offer. Training doesn't stop after a season, it continues for a lifetime. 

Nutrition Philosophy

Eat Consciously  

At BBT Fitness, we don't believe in restrictive meal plans and fad diets. All we ask our members to do is think before they eat. We know that with education, food can be enjoyed the way it was designed to be!

Lifestyle Training

Live a Fitness Oriented Lifestyle

Lifestyle is our major focus as a training company. Whether you're here for 5 months or 5 years; we believe that developing a healthy lifestyle is key to long term fitness success. 


BBT Core Values

BBT Core values help us as a company, determine if we are on the right path and fulfilling our goals by creating an unwavering guide. 


Empowerment Through Education

As individuals and professionals, we believe that the only way to truly empower our clients is to educate. The restless pursuit of knowledge is a cornerstone of the Body by T promise.

Commitment to Self above All Other Things

No relationship ever succeeds without commitment. We expect our clients to be committed to themselves and their fitness goals. Through good times, as well as bad, we set the expectations that there is no excuse not to achieve your goals.

Deliver ‘Results’

There’s a difference between progress and results. “Progress” simply means making improvements from where one was. However, progress does not ensure lasting change. Our goal at Body by T Fitness is to get our clients lasting “RESULTS” that stay long after their last session. We know that true transformations are lasting both inside and out, and we strive to deliver a transformation to each of our clients!

Strength in Community

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a gym community to raise an athlete. We know that by providing our clients a strong gym community we allow our clients the opportunity to grow into the person they are destined to become.

Genuine Dedication to the Success of the BBT Family

We sincerely care about every one of our clients, their aspirations, and families. We understand that fitness is only a small part in your life, and we believe in your dreams and visions just as much as you do ours.

Have A Transformative Mindset

We are all caterpillars waiting for our transformation. We teach our clients to embrace change and accept hardship because we know that diamonds are forged in fire. Transformations start in the mind and every day is a new day to go out and transform the mind.

Meet Our Team

Tyler Hickey

CEO, Director of Training

Tyler, is the CEO, and Director of Training at Body by T Fitness. Tyler’s experience as both a college athlete and working as Nutrition Consultant at GNC and Strength & Conditioning Coach at UFC Gym; helped Tyler develop his fitness philosophy into one simple phrase: 60 minutes of nonstop movement.

Jibril Shakoor

BBT North Head Coach/ Director of Programing

Coach Jibril received his Bachelor Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he studied Exercise Science and Africana Studies. He has shadowed and interned in multiple athletic programs including football at UNC Charlotte as well as baseball and soccer at Belmont Abbey College. His love for training stemmed from a childhood of athletics that lead to his participation numerous high school sports including Basketball, Football, Track & Field, Cross Country and Soccer.

Melissa English

BBT North Office Manager, Chief Client Relations Officer

Emille, known around the gym “Ms. E”, is our BBT Office and Financial Manager. She has a multitude of degrees from King’s Business College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Southern New Hampshire University. After working in corporate law for over 20 years, she joined BBT Fitness in 2018 bringing a wealth of knowledge, passion for sports and helping others that helps continue to grow the BBT brand. 


Assitant Office Manager

Our group fitness instructor Jae brings an unmatched energy to the floor and to our BBT TwerkOut classes that she teaches. She has a history in dance and fitness through many years of cheering and teaching choreography. She recently became certified to instruct group fitness through the AFAA. Jae joined the BBT family in 2018 and is a perfect asset to our team 

Jade Jordan



Jade Jordan is our Marketing Assistant here at Body by T. She attends the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a sophomore this year. She is also a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team there as well. Jade believes in the message and vision of B.B.T, bringing affordable Fitness and Nutrition to everyone’s everyday lives. With this belief, motivation, and dedication Jade will be bringing quality

and charisma to our team.


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