Farmington Hills Special Services hires new fitness coordinator

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published March 26, 2021

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FARMINGTON HILLS — While members of the community anxiously await the opening of The Hawk, the Farmington Hills Special Services Department is working on putting together a staff, including the newly hired Tim Suchan, who will serve as the city’s fitness coordinator.

He will be in charge of running the fitness center at The Hawk. Over the last 13 years, Suchan has worked for the YMCA of Greater Des Moines as a trainer, a coordinator and a director.

According to Bryan Farmer, the deputy director of special services, it’s a new position specifically for The Hawk, and they needed it for the new facility. He said the salary is around $50,000.

Suchan is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Suchan attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a four-time NCAA Division I national qualifier and a seven-time All-Conference performer as a student-athlete. He was also a U.S. Olympic Trials finalist, placing seventh in the high jump.

“He stood out to us in that, not only on paper, but certainly as we got to talk to him, he had such a great ... approach to fitness and wellness,” Farmington Hills Special Services Director Ellen Schnackel said. “Not just as it comes to exercise equipment, but the way, way bigger picture. It’s more of a holistic approach, I would say, so it’s mind, body and spirit, all of that.”

According to a press release, Suchan focused on athlete development, including sprinting and jumping mechanics, strength and power training, balance and flexibility, and plyometric instruction.

For him, being able to design programs that help a wide range of people is key. No matter where somebody is on the health and wellness spectrum, Suchan is planning to have something for them.

With a new facility, Suchan believes there will be a lot of creative ways in which he can create and implement plans for the community.

“If there’s a first-time health seeker or there’s an elite athlete, we want to be able to accommodate for all of those groups,” Suchan said. “It’s nice to be able to accommodate people where they’re at on their fitness journey.”

As he’s gotten settled in his new position and continues in the help to open the new facility, Suchan has found it nice to be able to work as part of a team.

As the community awaits the opening of The Hawk, some programs that will be offered are group fitness classes and what the department is calling healthy living coaching, among other things.

“The collaborative effort that we have had so far has been very helpful,” Suchan said. “The support that the entire team gives each other has been, to me, the best part, the most refreshing part.”

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