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Meet your Neighbors – Troy L. Ford

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Meet Troy L. Ford! Troy has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 21 years and is the owner of Troybuilt Fitness in Michigan City, IN. Troy loves to help people get fit and stay fit! He’s been dedicated to helping people of all ages, shapes and sizes get more active and lead happier healthier lifestyles.

What brought you to the dunes? My Husband introduced me to the dunes in 1993. We had just started dating in Chicago. He had a weekend cottage in Beverly Shores and of course, I immediately fell in love with the dunes. Then a little later, I fell in love with him.

How long have you lived here? We moved to Beverly Shores full-time in 2006 and it was the best move ever. Slowing life down a bit and becoming a part of the Beverly Shores community really added quality to life.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Like most that are drawn to the majestic beauty of the dunes, I love the simplicity of it all. Strolling along the lake and hiking the dunes really does it for me. I love quietly witnessing nature around me and watching it all change hourly,  daily and season to season. Stuff I never noticed much in Chicago.

Tell us a secret about the dunes Hmmm…I think If you stop and listen to what’s happening in dunes, you will hear the natural secrets.

Give us your top three “hidden treasures” (restaurant, shop, trail, beach, event…really anything!)

a) The Great Marsh in Beverly Shores, I LOVE watching the sun rise above it.

b) The Beverly Shores community. The people are amazing. I love living there and love my family of friends.

c) My favorite spot on the beach. Heaven!

What would you like to teach people about the dunes? Like everyone that comes into the area for summertime fun, I LOVE the dunes during the warmer summer months. There is so much energy and stuff to do and see. But really the dunes can be enjoyed year around. I’ve learned over time to slow down and now I really appreciate the winters and the beautiful solitude it offers.  I think my favorite season in the dunes is spring. After the cold dark winter, I am fascinated watching everything come back to life. You can see things growing right before your very eyes. It’s all truly amazing though. I love it all.

Anything else? Please come and check out my studio at 3440 W. Dunes Hwy. If you need help with your fitness goals, I can show you how to build your body better!


TroyBuilt Fitness is a unique fitness studio offering personal training, group fitness classes, health workshops, massage, and acupuncture treatments. TroyBuilt Fitness strives to provide the highest quality instruction in a fun, friendly, non-intimidating and supportive environment. 

This month TroyBuilt Fitness celebrates 21 years of business and one year in it’s new Michigan City location. Follow Troy on Facebook!

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