“I’m Nate, and I’m passionate about fitness.”
Coach Nate (“Renegade Nate”) is a former small, weak, skinny, unathletic kid that became fat due to a lack of exercise and eating the wrong type of foods in an attempt to “gain weight” and stop being picked on during his middle school years.
During an eighth-grade health fair, he had his weight and cholesterol checked. The results were not indicative of a 14-year old that should be healthy and fit. He quickly realized that he had done his health and body a disservice and quickly sought to remedy the situation with proper nutrition and training.
He’s a self-proclaimed “work in progress” who has made every mistake in the book when it comes to health and fitness in his own life.
Upon graduating from the University of Florida as a public relations major (with a minor in exercise sports sciences), Nate worked in the public relations and advertising arena for the next 10 years while continuing to pursue his passion for health and fitness through education, seminars, certifications, and real-world experience training in various disciplines. He even competed in Olympic Weightlifting in 1997-1998/2000 and has used kettlebells since June of 2001!
In 2004, Nate cancelled his gym membership, built his own home gym, and began training friends and family out of his own home for the next five years.
His passion for health and fitness grew over a 20-year period (1989-2009) before God intervened in his life by giving him a sign that he had been praying for—he was laid off from his job and knew it was time to move forward with his passion to start his own fitness business in late 2009 (Underground Fitness Revolution).
Nate discovered that his calling was to empower others to forever change their bodies and lives for the better. He has a unique ability to translate his own personal failures into remarkable successes for the people he works with.
In July 2020, Nate was forced to close Underground Fitness Revolution due to a loss of clients during the Coronavirus PLANdemic. For nearly two years, he continued coaching clients on the side while working full-time as the Communications Director for a local online firearms business.
During this time, he went through what many others with desk jobs experience: weight gain, stress, chronic pain (shoulders and knees), and a decline in his overall health.
It was this experience that made Nate realize that his one true passion is fitness and coaching others.
With a new perspective on how a desk job and sedentary lifestyle afflicts the majority of people, Nate revamped everything he was doing to specifically help adults 40-plus that have experienced the same issues.
In May 2022, he re-opened his fitness business and rebranded it as Metabolic Express Training – METBurn. Nate coaches clients with small group training, one-on-one personal training, and online coaching.
With nearly two decades of training others, Nate has the experience, education, and knowledge others look for in a Coach to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.
He is a Christian and local personal training fitness and nutrition expert. He owns and operates Metabolic Express Training (METBurn)—formerly Underground Fitness Revolution—in Alachua, Florida.
Nate is also a coach for North Star Fitness in Gainesville where he trains clients on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (the Daily Grind, and CrossFit).
Through METBurn, Nate provides time-efficient and effective small group and personal training sessions for adults 40-plus looking to optimize their fitness, body composition, and overall health as they age like a fine wine. In addition, he offers one-on-one personal training and online coaching opportunities.
During his time coaching, Nate competed at a high level in dozens of obstacle course races (2011-2019), The Murph Challenge (2016-present), and the Tactical Strength Challenge (2016-2019).
Nate lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their three dogs in Alachua, Florida. In addition to staying physically active, he enjoys target shooting, movies, reading, and traveling.
Education & Certifications:
Bachelor of Science, Public Relations (University of Florida, 1999)
ISSA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Metabolic Training Expert
Underground Strength Coach (USC1 & USC2)
Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge (HKC) Kettlebell Instructor
Former Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC1) Certified Kettlebell Instructor (2015-2022)
Former StrongFirst Girya (SFG1) Certified Kettlebell Instructor (2015-2021)
International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) Youth Fitness Specialist & Youth Nutrition Specialist
Online Health & Fitness Articles:
Why Model Martha Hunt’s Gymnastics Tool is Amazing for Your Whole Body!
My mud run training article on Men’s Health online!
Notable Seminars Attended:
Charles Staley Training Systems Annual Training Summit (2005)
DC Test Fest/T-Nation.com (2006)
Perform Better 3-Day Functional Training Summit (2008)
TRX Suspension Training Course (2010)
Boot Camp Boot Camp 2.0 (2010 & 2011)
Bootcamp Automator LIVE with BJ Gaddour (2011 & 2012)
Dragondoor (HKC) Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge (2012)
Gym Jones Fundamentals Seminar (2013)
StrongFirst, PlanStrong with Pavel Tsatsouline (2014)
The Art of Coaching with Dan John (2015)
Killing It With Kettlebells with Pat Flynn (2015)
StrongFirst All-Terrain Conditioning Seminar & SFG Re-certification (2019)