Nate Achelpohl is the Head Coach at Orangetheory Fitness in Fresno, CA. He has been group and personal training for over 5 years and received his degree in Fitness Management from Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. He’s currently working toward a Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology and preparing to open Orangetheory Fitness Clovis.
Tell us about yourself.
I have been told that I go through life with an easy-going and positive attitude. I like to keep it light and fun. However, every day I strive to improve myself from yesterday. I carry a mindset of dedication and productivity with a small OCD tendency that forces me to never leave anything unfinished.
I started working out when I was in high school at Liberty High in Madera and personal training, helping and guiding others in fitness when I was in college. I have been the Head Coach of Orangetheory Fitness in Fresno for almost 2 years. Our studio has been open for just over a year and we are excited to be opening our Clovis location soon.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
This may sound silly, but the first thing I do when I wake up is put my feet on the floor. Not only is this literally one of the first things I do, I use this as a mentality as well. I constantly tell my members that early morning workouts start when you get out of bed put your feet on the floor. This helps me get my mindset ready for the day.
What is your go-to workout and why?
I have many “go-to” workouts throughout the years of fitness. One of my favorite workouts to do are full body, functional strength workouts. In these workouts, you will see rep ranges from 5-10 reps, slow and controlled reps, asymmetrical focus working a lot of single arm exercises. Finishing up a workout like this is when I feel the strongest.
What is your healthy living philosophy?
My healthy living philosophy is simple, “make it happen”. No matter who you are, what you deal with, what your circumstances are, etc. In order to get what you want, you need to make it happen. You need to take action. With fitness, nutrition and overall health you must be stronger than your own excuses and simply make it happen.
Where are you from and how did you get to the Central Valley?
I am from Madera Ranchos, born and raised. After going to college out of the state I found myself back in the Fresno area because this is where most of my family lives.
What’s in your gym bag?
In my gym bag you will find supplements, usually a pre-workout of some sort and some BCAA’s. I typically have straps for my heavy lifting days, a towel, jump rope and of course my headphones.
What or who inspires you?
I have had a lot of mentors and people that have inspired me over the years. Some are people that I know personally, and others are people that inspire many people in the world with their work.
What inspires me the most are the people I have the chance to impact on a daily basis. My members show up every day and work so hard to improve their lives. They are committed and dedicated to making a change, knowing that I can help and guide them to a healthier life is what drives me every day.
What do you do when you’re not sweating?
When I’m not sweating from working out of course, I am doing other activities outside. I golf on a weekly basis and I like to have fun with other hobbies such as fishing and hunting. I am a huge sports fan as well and you will always find me relaxing and enjoying a game. I have a big family and I love to spend time with them any chance that I get.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from sweating?
A lesson that I have learned from sweating is that it’s not supposed to be easy. The goals you set for yourself are going to take effort and hard work. Sweating is a validation that the work you are putting in is a step forward.
What are you most afraid of?
I do my best to live with a mindset of no fear. If it doesn’t scare you it isn’t worth the risk. This mindset helps me challenge myself and pushes me to get out of my comfort zone. However, I am not a fan of snakes. I have always had a fear of snakes, you will never see me holding one.
What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Most of my days start at 4 am. As you may know, sometimes it is hard to get up and get moving that early. So, the night before I make it easier for myself to get ready the next morning. The last thing I do before I sleep is organize and set up for the next day. Typically, I know what I’m going to wear the next day, I review the workout that I will be coaching and I look at my schedule for the next day as well. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
What’s next for you?
Next for me is Orangetheory Clovis. We will be opening up our second location here in the valley at the end of 2018. I will be the Head Coach for both Fresno and Clovis studios, developing coaches and coaching classes at both studios. I am very excited to get Orangetheory to Clovis, many of our members are excited and we know many locals in Clovis are ready as well.