By Nate Wood


Fitness has been a major part of my life for the past 16 years. When I was younger I was really skinny, and shy as can be. I was, at most, 120lbs soaking wet on a good day.

I remember like it was yesterday. My mother asked if I wanted to try out a nearby gym with her, since I had finally hit the age requirement. My first instinct was to be fearful- of how I would do and what people would think of me. In hindsight, this unsubstantiated fear couldn't have been further from the truth. 

I walked in the fitness center. The front desk employees introduced themselves and then proceeded to show me around the gym. The staff and members were so welcoming- almost like a family. The employee then asked if I wanted to do a quick workout. I said "sure" and from there I fell in love with it. From that day forward the gym has been my sanctuary; my space for self-reflection and one of my favorite places. The right gym can be a safe haven for so many people.

I attribute a lot of my success from the discipline that I learned from the gym. The consistency that you need, drive and the "never give up" attitude that is necessary reach your goals can help you in any aspect of your life. I am extremely thankful and grateful for my mother for first introducing me to my sanctuary. Since that day, my life has changed for the better. That skinny, shy kid is gone.

Fast forward to 16 years later. I am a successful business owner of a personal training company. The hundreds of people that I’ve trained over the years have brought me so much joy. I couldn’t be any more happy for the life that I have. I wake up every day knowing that I work for myself and that I am positively impacting people on a daily basis. If my mother would’ve never asked me to go to the gym that day,  I don’t think that I would be where I am today. It was a turning point. And for that, I am truly grateful. Never give up and always follow your passion.


-Nate Wood N17 Fitness LLC Insta: N17_Fitness