Katt & Nate are the founders and owners of Viking Strength Sports. With over 20 years of experience between the two of them you are sure to make the gains you desire. Nate is an Army Infantry Veteran, certified personal trainer, USAPL coach and referee. Katt is an elite level powerlifter with USPA, strength coach and certified personal trainer. Both Nate and Katt continually work to learn more and gain certifications to better help their community.
One thing is for sure, this is a couple with the credentials to make your fitness goals happen. Not only are they knowledgeable but joining Viking would be like finding a second home. They know when to kick your butt and also when what you need encouragement to believe in yourself. I feel that this is the piece that is missing from the Planet Fitnesses of the world. The personal touch and caring that surrounds you in an environment that exists for you to grow, not only physically, but mentally. Don’t be fooled into thinking that if you aren’t a power lifter then this is not the place for you. That is only one portion of the magic that happens at Viking Strength Sports. Call to book a session and see how they can EMPOWER you and welcome you into the Viking family.
What does a typical morning look like for you?
A typical morning for us could look like many different things. Every morning begins with COFFEE! Haha, it is truly a lifesaver. Our days typically begin with Personal Training sessions or working with our team athletes and continues that way throughout the day. Other days may begin by getting work done at our office downtown.
What do you love about Savannah?
The thing I love most, its like a beautiful playground. By that I mean that one can use the historic components of the city for exercise. Doing exercises off of park benches, running stairs in the parking garages, or taking a peaceful run by the river. We also love the trees and general beauty of the city.
What would you expect someone to gain from VSS who is not necessarily interested in the competitive USA powerlifting?
We have many members who are not competitive powerlifters. What each and every member can expect to gain is a sense of community and belonging. We help our members learn exercises and equipment even if they aren’t competitors or clients. Everyone who joins the family can expect to grow from the supportive, respectful environment.
The thing that makes you feel most accomplished?
Checking items off a to-do list, of course! We also gain a great sense of accomplishment after a day full of training awesome clients who are growing as a result of our coaching.
What do you say to someone who is having a hard time finding the motivation to enter a fitness regime?
This is one of the biggest issues we deal with in this profession. My advice is to start slow and set small goals that will eventually get you to your long term goals. It becomes less about motivation over time and more about showing up for YOURSELF. Exercise is good for the body AND the mind. This is no secret, but it does take some people a bit of adjusting to have this perspective. Before long it becomes something you can’t live without.
I know you have helped many people with their mental and physical journey. Do you have a motivational story that would encourage others?
One of our favorite stories is about a dear friend and member of the Powerlifting Team, Kassandra. At her last competition, Kassandra got in her head. She was so anxious about her lift attempts that she forgot how to push through heavy weight. She failed her last deadlift attempt, pulling it halfway up her legs and then dropping it. It wasn’t a matter of strength or ability. It was a choice to fail. We were real with her and told her that she is far more capable than she believes and had that lift in the bag. I said, “I don’t ever want to see you CHOOSE to fail again. Period.”
To drive this point home for Kassandra, we had her meet us at Memorial Stadium for some mental fortitude work.
We had Kassandra perform bear crawls to the 50 yard line. It was difficult and she wanted to quit so badly. We gave her an appropriate rest period, then we blindfolded her and did another set. We pushed her well beyond what she thought she was capable of. For the set of bear crawls that Kassandra was blindfolded, she made it the full length of the football field instead of the halfway point. She almost cried at the end when she took off the blindfold and looked back.
The lesson was to NEVER underestimate yourself. To this day we tell her this. When it’s a tough day in the gym we will say, “Remember the bear crawls?” And suddenly she remembers how capable she is and destroys her workouts!
If you had one night to spend in Savannah…what would Nate & Katt do?
If we had one night in Savannah, we would likely have a luxurious meal at one of the best restaurants here, Chive. Then we would go to Alley Cat Lounge and enjoy a drink or two, finishing the night off at Artillery. Artillery is one of the nicest, most beautifully designed bars in Savannah. Can you tell we appreciate fine food and booze?