Meet Coach Nathan Hinks

November 29th, 2014 by

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What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Apparently, it’s “Things Ain’t Like They Use To Be” by the Black Keys, which makes sense, as it’s one of my favourite songs.

 

What is one of your favorite quotes?

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill.

This quote would come to mind a lot when I was prepping for a bodybuilding show. Thank you Mr. Churchill – I heeded your advice!

 

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity (aside from going to the gym)?

Roller blading. I’m lucky to live in an area that has 140 km (86 miles for all my US friends) of paved path that’s parallel to some form of water (canal, lake, river). It makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Tough choice. I’d learn either a second language (French) or how to play the guitar.

 

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

I sit or lie down and read a study or book.

 

When was the last time you had an amazing meal?

My last birthday. My entire family came over to my house and cooked dinner. The food was great (partially because I didn’t have to cook it) and it was a memorable birthday ‘cause they went out of their way to make the day special. They even cleaned up afterwards too!

 

What is your favorite exercise in the gym?

Deadlifting.

 

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

I’d be laying in a hammock on a beach somewhere (probably reading a study).

 

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

I’ve been fortunate to travel a lot throughout my career, but the one place I’ve never been that I always wanted to check out was the Canadian east coast (i.e., PEI, New Foundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia).

 

What is your favorite book?

I just started reading Game of Thrones, which is the first book of the series (A Song of Fire and Ice). And yes, I watched the series, but I need to do something to fill the void left between seasons. Seriously, 10 episodes a season and 9 months between seasons – ridiculous!

 

What does your perfect day look like?

Any day that I don’t have to work sounds perfect to me.☺ I know, you want details. So here’s a perfect day scenario that could happen more often than not: After waking up and eating, I would head to the gym. Afterwards, I would go rollerblading or sprinting (depends on my goals at that time). Once I’m done my cardio, I’d head to the beach for a few hours. Then off to the mall and pick up some new clothes. After that I’d go home, BBQ a steak for dinner and then curl up on the couch and watch a movie.

 

How would your friends describe you?

A funny, athletic guy who is easy going and likes to be challenged.

 

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

I’d probably pick some high ranking politician as long as truth serum was on the menu.

 

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I’m most grateful for my family, which I think a lot of people would say. I would not be the person I am today without their love and guidance. That being said, if there’s one more thing I should be grateful for it’s the opportunities that have presented themselves to me over my lifetime. I am proof that if you have the desire to learn and the work ethic to do whatever it takes then you’ll do all right in life.

 

What is your favorite snack?

White chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

 

What is your favorite sport to watch?

Hockey.

 

Which do you prefer, sweet or salty foods?

Definitely sweet!

 

Are you a collector of anything?

Not so much right now, but when I was a kid I collected comics, which may have had some influence on my desire to improve upon my physique.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?

Had I been asked this a few years ago I would have said going clubbing. However, now I am happy with dinner and a movie.

 

Name 1 thing not many people know about you:

I was the deciding factor for Coach Erik to leave the supplement industry and focus on Lean Bodies Consulting. You see, Erik and I not only worked closely with each other, but we also carpooled together. At the time, both of us were not happy with our positions. That being said, on one particular Friday I had to drive in by myself. During the drive I came to the conclusion that it was time to move on. (Yes, it was a rash decision and I wouldn’t recommend quitting your job without another one lined up, but fortunately for me there was another supplement company hiring at the time and I felt my chances of getting a job there were excellent – I started working there soon after.) When I got to work I found Erik and told him I was finally going to do it (quit). He was shocked to say the least. If truth be told, I’ll never forget the look of disbelief he had on his face. It was priceless. LOL. So on that Friday I quit and on the following Monday Erik called me and told me he quit

too. Now I’d like to think that I motivated Erik to take a leap of faith, but to be honest, I figure he quit ‘cause he didn’t want to drive in by himself haha!