Nate and I go way back. “Way back” like playing each other in middle school basketball, friends and teammates in high school, and eventually roommates in Venice. Nate and I went our separate ways for college, but he’s one of those friends who when you run into each other again we pick up right where we left off. When I moved to the LA area back in 2008, he was the only person I knew, and he helped me get settled and even was generous enough to rent an apartment with me. Busy schedules, pursuing our passions (Check out his side project iPhoneArt.com), and meeting the loves of our lives made it tough to find time to stay connected even though we’re really not too far of a drive from each other. That’s why I was stoked when Nate came to try a workout one Saturday back in November of 2011, one of the last Saturday workouts at our old location. Nate got his first taste of the “Kool-Aid” but it wasn’t until this past September when he committed himself and has been a 7:30am regular ever since.
In the short time Nate has been with us, he’s seen what I would consider tremendous progress. Coming off of a serious knee procedure his leg strength was limited, but his dedication and patience has paid off. He’s pushing his worksets up each week in his deadlifts, squats, clean, snatches, and jerks and he feels strong enough now that he rarely puts on his knee brace (except for those blasted burpees). Sure it helps that he’s a natural with the olympic lifts, but I see him improving on a daily basis. One of Nate’s Goats is Toes-to-Bar. Being about 6’4″ and the nickname Dirk makes Toes-to-bar a little tougher, as I’m sure you can imagine. He worked on them diligently until one morning in the warm-up Avelyne asked everyone to knock out Toes-to-Bar to prep for the upcoming workout. Seemingly out of the blue Nate, unsure of himself at first, jumped onto the bar and knocked out his first legitimate, complete, unbroken set of toes-to-bar ever only a few weeks after starting. It was a very cool moment indeed. Needless to say I’m proud of Nate, his progress, and the person that he is. I’m looking forward to another amazing year from Nate. Also, he recently (like over the Christmas and New Year’s break) tied the knot, and he and Daria are as happy as ever.
Congratulations again and Happy Birthday buddy!
2 Rounds of 1 Minute Stations:
Rest 30 Seconds between each movement.