I knew Nate’s brother in high school and he was an athlete, so when I first got to emailing with Nate I was on a mission to get him in the gym because I had a feeling the athleticism ran in the blood. After a few months of back and forth, I finally got him to come by for a free workout and although he was a little out of shape, I could tell he was coordinated, competitive, and a hard worker.
The first workout didn’t go how he wanted, but I could see the fire in his eyes and knew that if I we could get some momentum that we’d have something special. Nate instantly took to CrossFit and dove right in. He came to class 4-5 days a week from day 1, he was running 3-5 miles each night in addition to his time at the box, he began eating a strict paleo diet, he was showing up early and staying late to do additional stretching to unlock even more of his potential and the weight loss, aerobic increases and strength gains speak for themselves.
Nate has had a meteoric rise at Cróga and with his focus I don’t see this slowing down any time soon. Keep up the good work my friend! You are an inspiration to myself and all the athletes here at Cróga.
Here is a Q&A with Nate about his experiences here at Cróga:
(Coach Dave): When did you join Cróga?
(D): What were you doing before for fitness?
(N): Let’s call it the Haagen-Dazs WOD. For time – One pint of chocolate peanut butter.
(D): What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
(N): I know there were box jumps and a 200m run. Pretty sure I blacked out halfway through.
(D): What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
(N): I’ve lost over 30 LBS. I’m not dreading the workouts anymore. I’m excited to come in and see how hard I can push myself. And the fat in my cheeks has subsided, enabling me to see my ears again. Which is nice.
(D): What’s your favorite WOD?
(N): I like Helen. Anything that incorporates some running (cardio) I’m a big fan. Starting to actually look forward to rowing days too.
(D): What’s your least favorite WOD?
(N): Anything where shoulder mobility comes into play. I had no idea how important that is.
(D): “The Nate Chase” WOD! What would it be?
(N): 2000m run, heavy deadlifts and end it with a hollow body tabata.
(D): What do you love about CrossFit?
(N): Something new every day. I get to push my physical and mental capacities to their limits. Although you can get to a really dark place in the workouts, you feel amazing afterward. Oh, the coaches are cool too. Except PJ.
(D): What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
(N): Coconut oil and almond butter.
(D): What’s your biggest fitness goal for the rest of 2016?
(N): Shoulder mobility is #1. Then I figure I’ve got 2 years until I’m 40, why not set my sights on the 2019 CrossFit Masters?
(D): What words of advice do you have for new members of people considering joining Cróga?
(N): You’re going to be tired and sore. Rub some dirt on it and keep pushing through.
(D): Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
(N): If it wasn’t for Dave stalking me through email, I probably would have never joined. For that, I am grateful.