By: Joey Tosee
Nathan Fraley has come a long way in his pursuit to live a healthier and more productive life. Fraley spent the majority of his high school years overweight and unhappy with his situation. At the age of 14 he weighed in at 295 pounds. Fraley decided to take a stand against obesity and has since dramatically changed his life. He is lovely referred to as “Superman” around campus because of his calm demeanor and striking resemblance to “Clark Kent.”
Fraley is offering free training for whoever wants to get healthier or shape up for summer. You can find him in the Jim Thorp fitness center or contact him on Facebook to make an appointment. Indian Leader Reporter Joey Tosee recently sat down with Fraley to discuss his journey.
Indian Leader: Why did you start training in the gym?
Fraley: At the age of 14 I was overweight and had a very unhealthy life style. Now I am 24 and living a healthier life style. At the age of 14 he weighed 295lbs “I was the poster child for the obesity, with my gut hanging over my pants”. Now at the age of 24 I weigh 250lbs and I am still working to a goal.
Indian Leader: Where did you learn about fitness?
Fraley: I learned with trial and era, and doing research and my trainers over the years. I have spent many hours reading and searching workouts and trying them to see what works. If someone really wants there goal they will put in the work and make it come out. It is like in school, hard work will pay off.
Indian Leader: How do you prepare for the gym, mentally and physically?
Fraley: I start by turning on his music and YouTube videos. While in my room I start my routine by putting my work out clothing on and gets in the right mind set of going to the gym. Once in the gym I like to keep my music going and try to stay in the flow of the workout. There are those times where I don’t feel like working out, I overcome this by just doing it.
Indian Leader: How would someone start working out if they never did it before? How does someone overcome the uncomfortable feeling in the gym?
Fraley: Just go to the gym and start working out and if you need help ask someone to help you. Also if you don’t want to ask someone take the time to look it up online beforehand. To overcome the uncomfortable feeling, find a gym buddy and friend in the gym.
Indian Leader: How long would it take someone to see a change in their self?
Fraley: It takes time. It is not an overnight change it may take weeks and months, depending on your goal and body type. For me it took years to change my body but it was worth it.
Indian Leader: What would someone expect if you were to train them?
Fraley: We will talk about your goals and we will set a work out to meet your goals. It is not an overnight change. It takes hard work. The main aspect is to be healthy and a good foundation for a healthy life style.