The interview below was featured on the website Exercise Jobs. By Sarah Koszyk
As a personal trainer, fitness writer, and fitness app designer, Nate Miyaki masters the diverse field of health and fitness by successfully optimizing all his endeavors.
What attracted you to the field of fitness and exercise? The spandex, the women, the fortune, the fame etc… .
I guess it was that I have been some kind of an athlete for most of my life: football, track, martial arts, pro wrestling and stunts (what, you’ve never heard of the Kamikaze Kid?), and natural bodybuilding (I don’t know if I would call that an athletic endeavor, more like a male beauty pageant, but nonetheless…)
I have had the fortunate opportunity to work under and learn from a variety of top-notch coaches. I experienced firsthand what type of an impact a good coach can have, not only on an athlete’s training and nutrition program, but their life in general.
I felt I had the right combination of science and practical experience to successfully transition into being one of those types of coaches. It seemed like a very rewarding career.
Plus: (1) I’m good at, but get bored with, crunching numbers and tasks of such nature. (2) White Goodman (Ben Stiller) from Dodgeball is my idol.
What is your Job Title? True to the stereotypes of my heritage (Japanese and Irish) I am a workaholic and have 3 jobs in the industry:
1. I have my private training and nutrition consulting business. 2. I am a freelance fitness writer. 3. I am a consultant with a fitness start-up company — GainFitness — that has a fitness app and specializes in mobile workouts and program design (sort of like a digital personal trainer).
What company you are with now?
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you.
Depends on the day, I really have two types of days.
On my in-gym days, I usually arrive at DIAKADI Personal Training Studio (SF’s #1 training studio, gotta’ give love to the peeps who helped me along the way) at 6:30am. I train clients from 7-11am, workout myself around lunch, eat, check emails, get back going again around 3pm, and train clients until 6 or 7pm.
On days outside the studio, I usually work on content for my blog, an article for the magazine column I write for, or on whatever other project I’m pursuing (I finished my ebook, so right now I am currently working on formalizing my training and nutrition philosophies into a complete system).
Then, I might shoot into GainFitness to create content for their blog, work with their marketing team, or work on data analysis and crunching: i.e., working with their software team to transfer principles of physics, biomechanics, and exercise physiology into their computer algorithms. We’re nerds like that and geek out on that kind of stuff.
I think I have a slight case of A.D.D., and get bored easily, so this variety works well for me.
How did you get your current job in fitness and exercise? Just like many Hollywood celebrities, I had to bribe people and sleep my way to the top. I’ll write a book about that some day. Nah…
Honestly, I’ve always just shared my passion for this game with everyone and anyone who was interested. And from there, I just took advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves along the way, at least the ones that felt right to me.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way? I was raised in the small beach town of Half Moon Bay, CA. I never surfed, but I certainly adopted the laid-back, beach bum, be flexible like water, don’t take life too seriously-mentality. I think that has helped me naturally deal with people, and with the stresses of career pursuits and life in general.
Other than that, I have no special skills. I truly believe that passion for something can make up for any genetically or socially inherited advantages or skill sets.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
I think one of the keys to being happy in both your life and your career is authenticity. You have to make choices based on what you feel is right for YOU, not based on what anyone else thinks, or society deems, is the Right Way. In other words, don’t just do what you are SUPPOSED to do. Do what you WANT to do. You’ll have better stories to tell.
But in general, I don’t think people should take life advice from me. I’m one, weird, mixed-up dude.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, whatwould it be? I don’t know man? I’m a simple guy with simple pleasures. I’d certainly take a small, beachfront condo so I could live out the rest of my days with my beautiful, Hawaiian Queen.