Nathan Curran, Shaker of the Month, July ’16

Do you train as often as you would like? If you do, that’s great. If you don’t, why not?

Busy with work? Too tired? Not enough time? All of us can find ‘legitimate’ excuses for missing a training session here or there. As humans, we are great at finding excuses not to exercise. I think it’s an evolutionary thing where we are conditioned to conserve energy at all costs…just in case we need to run away from a Sabre Toothed Tiger. It’s outdated survival of the fittest – there are no more Sabre Toothed Tigers, just Pokemon to chase…

What we love to see, is people getting to the point where their health and well-being has taken such a priority in their lives, that instead of looking for an excuse not to train, they are finding ways to make sure they get that session in – no matter what!

This is where we want every single one of The Shake UP Community to be. To have that drive and passion to continue to make positive change.

The Robina Shaker of the Month, Nathan Curran is well and truly there.

I can’t think of anyone with more determination to get to a training session than Nath.

Nathan works as a Project manager on the Sunshine Coast, overseeing one of the biggest jobs in Queensland. He is up at 3:30am to get to work, spends the day dealing with all the stresses that come with running such a big project, and drives the 2-3 hours back to the Gold Coast to get to a Shake UP session – he probably wants to see his lovely wife and daughter as well, buuut, still…

What a massive effort!

And still after such a big day, there’s never a complaint, and  Nath always puts everything into every session. As a trainer, it’s awesome to watch. I can’t ask for any more than that.

Nath doesn’t stop over the weekend either. If he’s not doing one of his ‘Man-jobs’ he’s spending time with his wife and daughter, or 4 wheel driving or dirt-bike riding…the list goes on.

It all comes down to attitude. All of us can find excuses, but if you want it bad enough, no matter how busy your life is, you will make that positive change happen.

Nath wants it bad enough. Nath doesn’t want to be the dad that can’t keep up with his little ones. With the amount he works and travels, if he doesn’t stay fit, he will miss out on time and memories with his daughter. That’s Nathan’s WHY?

What’s yours?

Well done Nath, you are a pleasure to train and we are so stoked to have you in The Shake UP Community. We are so excited to watch you continue to kick your goals out of the park.

We caught up with Nath recently. Here is what he had to say…

Tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m 33 years old. I’m a Project manager on the Sunshine Coast, but live on the Gold Coast. It’s a bit of a trek. I have a partner of 12 years, Kerry and a 10 year old daughter, Bella. Work is pretty flat out – long days, early mornings.

What about hobbies Nath? I like to go 4 wheel driving. Anything outdoors, motorbikes, enduro riding. I like working around the house – doing ‘man jobs.’ I like getting on the ride on lawn mower, using the  chain saw…

How long have you been with The Shake UP? I did a 12 week challenge with Pete in the gym, and now I’m 8 weeks into The Shake UP 10 Week Challenge and it’s going really well, I’m pretty happy with it. I don’t know how I didn’t do this before.

Can you tell us something that you have achieved that you’re proud of? I’ve made a lot of good gains. I’ve been able to push myself through, to keep motivating myself and keep pushing. I feel a lot better than I did 8 weeks ago. I’ve got lots more energy, I feel more positive – even though it’s long days, I’m a lot happier.

What is it that gets you through a workout Nath? I’m not getting any younger. The little one is growing up and I love playing with her on the weekend. She plays tennis, so I want to be able to play tennis with her. I was getting a bit buggered before and now I’ve got to keep driving myself to keep up. She’s getting quicker and I was getting slower. I definitely want to improve myself as well and try to be a better person

Is there anything you have noticed becoming easier already with Bella?  

Yeah, definitely. I’ve been able to play with her a  bit more and a bit longer on the weekends. I’ve started playing touch footy with her. I’m taking an interest in what she’s doing and she’s taking an interest in what I’m doing. It’s been really good.

So what is it that you like about The Shake UP? What keeps you coming back? The intensity. The people seem friendly, everyone’s positive, upbeat and morale is good. It feels like a really positive community. A lot of people I only see occasionally make comments on how much I’ve changed – I can’t see it myself. I look in the mirror, and see the same bloke as in February. But it must be working – even random people in the gym have made comments – it makes you feel good.

Which exercise is your least favourite? There are a few. Definitely burpees. Although I’m getting better at them. Burpees and mountain climbers always give me grief.

An amazing bloke and the kind of character that makes the Shake UP a great place to become your best! For all of his hard work, Nath has scored himself a

 

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