What's a Hero?
hero | 1. one who lives according to their values. A person with an athletic, powerful body, and a strong open mind
Heroes are engaged. They know what's important to them, and they try like hell to live a fun, fulfilled, meaningful life.
Who Are You?
I'm a 26-year old fitness and lifestyle author, and a fellow hero-in-training.
Along with actually practicing what I preach (i.e. I actually work out, travel, volunteer, and try to live the "life of my dreams" every day), other people think I know what I'm talking about, too.
Penguin gave me a book deal (crazy, I know), and I've been featured in the LA Times, Men's Health, and Men's Fitness.
Plus my mom thinks I’m cool. That's gotta count for something.
Who Is This Blog For?
It's for people who want something more out of life than just going through the motions.
Whether that's "big-picture stuff" like building an athletic, good-looking body and getting away from an unfulfilling job, or smaller day-to-day strategies and tips to help you live a more exciting and fulfilling life.
It's not for negative people, slackers, assholes, or anyone who'd rather sit idly by and make excuses while other people have fun.
There are enough of them already, and I'm sure there are other blogs that cater to their needs.
What's "The Nate Green Experience"?
Seven years ago I was looking for a name for my personal training business and blog. My friend and web-designer suggested I call it The Nate Green Experience as a joke.
(I apparently did not realize he was joking.)
First, thanks for being here. I feel honored that people want to hear what I have to say and I promise to always bring my "A-Game" to this blog and my other projects.
In terms of the "now what", I invite you to sign up for my newsletter list. I send a lot of cool tips, strategies, and stories through my newsletter that never go up on my blog. You can do that by putting your name and email address in the boxes on the right side of this page.
Also, I'd really appreciate if you commented and shared your thoughts with the rest of us here. Lucky for all of us, my site has attracted a lot of smart people who leave insightful comments after my blogs and generally try to help each other out. I'd love if you joined in.
An Abridged Timeline of Nate's Life
1985 – According to my mom I was born with a "squished cone-shaped head." Aw shucks.
1990 – At the age of five, I got a base hit in my first T-ball game. Instead of running to first base, I started crying because people were clapping. My shyness was legendary. Later that year, I signed up for karate lessons with my parents. Apparently I preferred kicking things.
1994 – Received my black belt in Tae Kwon Do after practicing 5+ days per week. (I also got really good at kicking things.)
1995 – 2002 – Played sports, dated girls, experimented with alcohol and soft drugs, covered sports for the local newspaper, and was essentially the "poor kid" in a ski resort town. (I still don't ski.)
2003 – Barely graduated high school with a stellar GPA of 1.4. (I was one of those "doesn't apply himself" kind of students.) Completed exactly one semester of community college before dropping out. Started working out in a local gym.
2004 – 2006 - Disappeared into the gym and gained 40 pounds of muscle. Passed my personal training certification and promptly forgot everything I learned so I could train people my way (i.e. get actual results). While my friends in college wrote fake business plans, I wrote a real one, opened a personal training studio, and started to think about "how to get into magazines."
Late 2006 – Took out a $1,200 loan to fly across the country to attend a seminar and meet people that would soon become my business (and life) mentors.
2007 – 2008 - Wrote dozens of articles for Men's Health, STACK, Men's Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and Testosterone magazine. Started blogging regularly at this here site.
2008 – My first book, Built for Show, was sold to and published by Penguin and I became an assistant editor at one of the largest fitness websites on the Internet. (Over 1 million unique visitors per month.)
2008 – 2010 – Wrote over a hundred articles and blog posts and traveled a couple months out of the year. Helped Tim Ferriss with interviews and research for his bestselling book, The Four Hour Body.
Currently – I live the life of my dreams and consider myself a "hero in training."
I'm the Program Director of Scrawny to Brawny and generally do what I want to do when I want to do it.