Monthly Archives: August 2011

Nate in Men’s Health

Hope everyone is having a great summer.

I had the privilege of being featured in this month’s issue of Men’s Health magazine.  The article was written by the great Lou Schuler, a former Men’s Health editor, regular freelance contributor, and author of several best-selling fitness books (including the Testosterone Advantage Plan).

The article was about the secrets of athletes who push themselves to the max.  It featured three different types of athletes:  a powerlifter, a triathlete, and me (the bodybuilder/fitness guy).  I can’t believe I was chosen as the third guy.  It was a great honor.

As cheesy as it sounds, I have to honestly admit that being featured in a major fitness magazine has always been one of my major goals.  I guess it is because I grew up reading them, and thought if one day I was one of the athletes people were reading about, that somehow meant “I made it”, whatever that means.

I can now say I’ve been in the same magazine as Sam Worthington, the dude from Avatar and Terminator 4.  I told my mama I would be famous some day :).  Ok, I know not really, but let me feel good about myself for a day.

Kalai has posted up some snippets from the article here: Men’s Health article link

So I knocked off one of my major goals thanks to Lou Schuler.  We’d like to help you reach some of yours.  I think a good article we wrote related to this piece is this one: The Power of Goals

And go out and get the Sept issue of Men’s Health.

The Low-Down on Slowing Down for Better Results

I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while. I was going through some transitions – all good ones – and as I worked steadily to get my shiznits back together, just didn’t feel like I had many helpful things to say. I’m happy to say that I’ve worked out the kinks, and I’m back!

It’s been just over 6 months since I competed in my first bikini contest. After returning to “real life”, and real eating (which somehow isn’t what most people consider “real,” even though we rarely eat processed food…but I digress), I’ve been working with Nate on finding a way to maintain a lean body going forward. It’s an ongoing process, but I’ve learned a lot and feel confident about the path I am on.

While the importance of diet has been emphasized over and over on this site, that doesn’t mean that you can “phone it in” with your workouts. If only 20% of your results will come from the time you spend in the gym, you better make that time worth something! One thing that I’ve learned over the past 6 months as I have been working to increase my lean muscle mass (something I’ve not really done in the past) is the importance of taking your time and being patient.  This has been discussed ad nauseum in terms of your diet plan (you need to lose weight slowly, no extreme/crash diets, nothing happens overnight, etc), but is equally significant when working out.

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