By Angela Higginbotham

Born in Miami, Fla., Tad Holtsinger moved around quite a bit with his family while growing up. He earned his degree in sales and sales management from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 2004, weary of the cold weather, he and his wife of 29 years, Debbie, moved to St. Augustine in an effort to escape the Connecticut winter.

Always an athlete, Holtsinger is passionate about fitness and inspiring others to lead an active lifestyle. He converted his three car garage into a full gym and recruited the guy across the street to come work out. Now the workout group has grown to five guys that come over a few times a week, ranging in age from 43 to 73 years.

Starlight Gymnastics! Our #1 priority is your children!

“I have a H2 Hummer and sometimes we pull it down the street with a rope. We also flip a huge tractor tire and we often carry or throw heavy objects outside. We get a lot of crazy looks from passersby,” Holtsinger said.

Holtsinger has worked in wine sales for the past 36 years. It’s a business that he loves. He has a full wine room at home, but he always goes back to a simple Pinot Grigio as his favorite.

The Holsingers have four grown children and one grandchild. They enjoy living in Julington Creek Plantation’s Magnolia Preserve.

  1. What do you enjoy most about living in St. Johns County?

The weather. You wake up and it’s usually sunny and warm. It just puts me in a good mood immediately. Even when it is cold here, it still makes me thankful that I’m not farther North.

2) What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Raising my four kids. No one has been to jail.

3) What inspired your passion for fitness and working out?

I’ve always been an athlete in organized sports — basketball, flag football, and running. I once took a year off from sales and worked as a personal trainer. It’s important too as I’m traveling every week that I stay in shape and keep burning calories. I started working out with more cardio and weights when I turned 40 years old.

4) What else do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Work travel takes a lot of my time, but I do enjoy the traveling. Cooking. I enjoy writing. I’ve written three books so far and I hope to write more. I also enjoy learning about military history.

5) If you could spend the day with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

I’ve already done it. I do the cooking in my family and meeting Julia Child was on my bucket list. A mutual friend helped me make contact. I spent time at her home in Cambridge where she shot her tv show. We cooked and I did the dishes. She said that I was welcome anytime, as I was a really good dishwasher.


Photo courtesy Tad Holtsinger

Tad Holtsinger in his garage gym.


  • Smiles by Glenos & Hadfic Orthodontists
  • I.T. Promise Inc. Computer Services Professional Computer Services business and residential
  • Pavers concrete and more Free estimates
  • Snip's Tree and stump service over 25 years experience
  • The right cleaners, LLC House cleaning services
  • Premier Homes Realty Inc. Michael Taylor and Tari Taylor
  • Quality Eye care 25+ years of experience
  • Vote Rod Hardwick for st johns county sheriff Working together for the strength of our community during challenging times
  • Preddy law firm estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, guardianship
  • Starling Nocatee, 360 degree virtual tour
  • Advertise in our May Issue The Creek Line
  • Staverman Hearing Centers Hear loud and clear
  • Support Community Journalism The Creek Line
  • Tutoring club of st johns. Text tutoring to 484848 for a chance to win one month of free tutoring
  • Being Well Florida News line is excited to introduce Being Well magazine
  • Westminster Woods on Julington creek. Live well. Be Happy
  • Have questions about your medicare benefits? Call a SHINE volunteer.
  • Ellegant earth solutions complete lawn maintenance with 28 years experience, complete lawn maintenance
  • Prudential Financial Planning Services with Andrew Laino
  • Vote for Dr. Erick Aguilar Republican candidate U.S. House Fl 4th district
  • Academy of Dance Open House & Registration August 19th and 20th 3pm to 6pm Classes start August 24th! Ballet, Pointem Jazz, Hip Hop Contemporary, Modern, Lyrical, Music Theatre, Vocal
  • Affordable Water
  • All About Ballroom
  • Do you only want cremation?
  • Craig Funeral services, Funeral, Crematory, Memorial Park
  • Cronin Ace Hardware
  • Vote for Christian Whitehurst! for St. Johns county commissioner, District 1
  • Doug Nunnery, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,
  • Finding the right doctor just got easier, Dr. Levine Baptist primary care
  • DIscount up to 30% Jim Register state farm agent
  • Nemetz Dental Associates! Your new smile awaits!
  • Deerwood Academy register now for 2020-2021 VPK
  • Eye center of st augustine, The eye surgery Center of St Augustine
  • Famous Automotive and tire center
  • Fruit Cove Baptist Church
  • The Goddard School summer camp
  • Havana Printing and office supply Call us today for all your cutome printing needs
  • Ian MacDonald Mortgage loan originator with Regions Mortgage
  • Julington Creek Chiropractic & Wellness Center P.A. serving st. johns county for nearly 21 years
  • Wild Birds Unlimited Nature shop. Have you watered your birds lately?
  • Creeks Air Conditioning & Heating. We service all makes and models for residential and commerical!
  • Crosswinds Veterinary Hospital. Preventative Medicine and wellness, Surgery, Dentistry, Labs and Imaging, Farm Animal Medicine, In-Patient and Emergency Care
  • Florida Waterways Inc. Your trusted Waterway Advisers
  • Julington Creek Family Dentistry. Implant Cosmetic and Restoration Dentistry. We are following Advanced Safety protocols set forth by CDC, OSHA and ADA guidelines for dental practices
  • Alicia Washington for Circuit Judge
  • Re-elect Mike Orfinger for circuit judge
  • Concrete Works! Free Estimates, driveways, Patios, Walkways, Concrete removal, Driveway extension, Pavers
  • Family Remodeling Contractors! Bath, Kitchen &ADA Remodeling
  • River Garden Senior Services, However and whenever you need us we're here
  • Starlight Gymnastics! Our #1 priority is your children!
  • Chris Strickland for ST Johns county sheriff!
  • Sugar Bear Antique Mall Summer spectacular sale July 10th-12th
  • Baptist Health, Great tools for motherhood
  • A Green Cleaner, Free pickup and delivery to your home!
  • HarborChase independent & assisted living Memory Care Mandarin. Your safety and peace of mind is always our Top Priority
  • Havana Printing 904-447-5021