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I'm Nick Hagood (and this is Wilson).
LOYALTY. COMMITMENT. DISCIPLINE.
These are the three founding principles of Spartan Training & Coaching.
All you need is loyalty to your future self, commitment to your goals, and the discipline to see it through.
When you combine these principles with consistent training and the proper diet, you get actual results.
Every time in my life when things weren't going well, I was neglecting one of these principles in some way.
I either betrayed my future self for short-term pleasure, or lacked the commitment and discipline to reach my goals.
It doesn't matter if you can see it in your mind, you must commit to action if you want to make it a reality.
And that's what changed things for me.
I grew up playing sports and was always athletic as a child, but during college I was more sedentary and drank way too much alcohol. By the time I graduated, I was soft and weak.
When I saw my pudgy face in one of my graduation photos, I knew I needed to make a change.
I didn't like the person I saw.
Over the coming months I tried dieting and training on my own, but I didn't really find much success.
A few pounds came off, but I still binged on the weekends and ran on a treadmill until I wanted to die during the rest of the week.
I started researching weight training on YouTube and discovered people like Chris Jones of Pump Chasers, Elliot Hulse of Strength Camp, and Marc Lobliner of Tiger Fitness. A little bit of knowledge gave me the confidence to start lifting weights on my own.
Lifting changed my life.
Until this point, I was never fully committed...
Once I started lifting, I wanted more. I wanted to look better. I wanted the fat to come off. But my problem was accountability.
So instead of joining a commercial gym (which all sucked in my area), I hired a coach at a local CrossFit.
This forced me to stay accountable.
The single greatest benefit for me at the time was accountability. I was paying money, so I had better show up.
By hiring a coach and training with intensity, I transformed from a fat slob sitting around playing video games all day into what Chris Jones would call a "Physique of Greatness."
You see, when you have a plan and you act on it, you get results.
I figured out a plan, and I figured out my flaws.
And then I took the proper course of action to make it all work.
I didn't know what to do, so I started seeking an answer.
I found that answer in the gym and physical training.
All my life I had trained the mental side, and simply let my gifted athletics and fast metabolism carry me through the physical side. But youth doesn't last forever and slowly life choices will start to catch up to you.
That's what drove me into the gym.
I used an analytical brain to figure out what to do. I searched online for experts in training and learned by doing. I became obsessed with learning all I could about lifting, training, and bodybuilding.
With time, I left my life of sitting in an office and now I structure my lifestyle how I want it. I set out on a path of creating the lifestyle I wanted to live...
No traffic. Less stress. More time. And the ability to focus on the things that matter to me.
That's writing, training, lifting, learning, and fighting.
I do a combination of these pretty much every single day.
And whether it's training myself or training a client, I love what I do.
I love "chasing the pump" and being shredded when I'm training. It's a fantastic feeling to achieve your goals and to know you look good.
It's also a fantastic feeling to be doing something you love, and helping others change their lives for the better.
Only the dedicated will reach their goals, and those are the people I work with.
If you want me to help you, I need YOU to want to help yourself as well.
I can't do the work for you, but I can show you the way and push you through the pain, the burn, and the failure.
You've gotta have the drive. You've gotta have the fire.
Let's do this!
My obsessions are simple... writing, training, learning, hiking, and eating.
I usually joke that I train as much as I do to offset how much I eat. When you turn your metabolism into a raging furnace, you can get away with a lot.
I've been writing creatively since I was a child and the way I operate day-to-day provides me with plenty of experiences to draw upon and plenty of time to write.
The way I structure my lifestyle is meant to promote that goal, and support my obsessions.
Intense weight training is a life-changing experience. Literally. Not only will it make you stronger and bigger, but it will teach you how to push your limits OUTSIDE of the gym. And it will make you smarter.
I love the process of bodybuilding, and I love having a pump.
I started boxing at the Northwest Fighting Academy in May of 2018, and quickly found myself obsessed with martial arts and combat sports. I've never sweat so much in my life!
If you're up for a challenge, we can bring a little boxing into our training sessions, either for an extreme cardio session or to learn some self-defense. I've had several people try it so far, and they absolutely love it.
I highly recommend the team at NWFA. If you want to be trained by true professionals, drop in for a free lesson. Artem and Loui are incredible at what they do.
By now you should be able to see that I spend much of my time learning or improving in some way. Whether it's training martial arts and bodybuilding, or diving into topics that interest me, like space and the Universe, I'm always learning more and learning from my mistakes.
And finally, we have hiking.
The Pacific Northwest is absolutely stunning, and I love making trips out into the wilderness to experience the wonders of this planet.
I never knew I would enjoy long-distance cardio so much. ;)
But when the reward is a view that you'll remember for a lifetime, the pull towards accomplishment is pretty damn high.
And that's pretty much what my life revolves around. Writing, training, learning, hiking, and eating.
What do you think of when you picture a Spartan?
I picture an image of strength, power, and aesthetics.
I picture efficiency and simplicity.
I picture the three principles behind Spartan Training & Coaching.
LOYALTY. COMMITMENT. DISCIPLINE.
That's what it takes if you want to look like a Greek god.