Nick V - Muscle Gain, Fat Loss, Performance - August 2018 GTS Athlete of the Month

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August 2018
GTS Athlete of the Month

Nick Venditti

Nick has had a transformative year in both strength and body composition. After attending a GTS Barbell Workshop in Dec 2017, he committed himself to the GTS Remote Coaching Program performing most, if not all of his training out of his garage gym.

Throughout the year Nick has made significant improvements in his strength and technique but really hit his stride over the last 12 weeks during the Reverse Diet Challenge. He meticulously tracked his calories and macros while balancing summer time social events. Over the 12 weeks, Nick’s calories slowly went from 2400 to 3000+ per day.

The result?
~ 20 lbs of FAT LOST | Muscle Gain
440 lb squat | 300lb bench | 495 x 3 reps deadlift
People Magazine's Sexiest Beard Award

Nick now plans to share his passion with others, develop his coaching skills, and recently began shadowing during the morning coaching hours!

 
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Read more about Nick’s experience below…


Q&A with GTS Athlete Nick Venditti

What was your background or story prior to GTS?

MUCH OF MY EARLY ADULT LIFE WAS SEDENTARY. PARTYING AND PLAYING MUSIC WITH EXERCISE LIMITED TO WALKING MY DOG A FEW TIMES A DAY. BEFORE GTS, I HAD BEEN LIFTING FOR ABOUT 4 1/2 YEARS. I STARTED WITH THE STANDARD BRO WORKOUTS FOR THE FIRST YEAR OR SO, NOT KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT LIFTING. THEN I MOVED ON TO 5/3/1 WHICH WAS A GREAT PROGRAM THAT I WAS ABLE TO DO ON MY OWN AND MAKE DECENT PROGRESS. I HAD A COUPLE SUB PAR TRAINERS THAT WERE NOT WORTH THE MONEY OR TIME I PUT INTO THEM, SO I DECIDED TO FIGURE IT OUT ON MY OWN. EVENTUALLY I HIT A CEILING AND NEEDED A PRO AND DECIDED TO CALL JASON.

How long have you been training with GTS?

10 MONTHS

 
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What was your initial motivation to find a coach?

I KEPT HITTING PLATEAUS AND PROGRESS WAS VERY SLOW - I WANTED TO GET STRONGER AND BETTER AT LIFTING WHILE IMPROVING BODY COMPOSITION. I WANTED TO ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE I LIFTED!

What attracted you to the GTS Coaching system and why did you stick around?

I WAS REFERRED BY LOCAL LEGEND GORDON SANTEE. HE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED JASON, WHICH WAS ENOUGH FOR ME. IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO GORDON IS - CHECK HIM OUT. HE'S A BIG INSPIRATION AND I USED TO GO TALK TO HIM ALL THE TIME WHEN I HAD QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFTING/SUPPLEMENTS AND NUTRITION… I HAVE STUCK AROUND BECAUSE IT'S A GREAT SYSTEM AND I'VE HAD A SIGNIFICANT PROGRESSION IN BOTH STRENGTH AND BODY COMPOSITION THAT HAS KEPT ME MOTIVATED.

 
Coaching the deadlift

Coaching the deadlift

 

What were the most helpful habits or rituals you started implementing in your day to day life to move you closer to achieving your goals?

ACCURATELY COUNTING MY MACROS AND TRACKING MY CALORIES HAS BEEN A GAME CHANGER. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SO TEDIOUS AND TO BE HONEST - RIDICULOUS. SOMEHOW TAKING AWAY THE FUN FROM EATING AND LIVING… AFTER DOING IT FOR A WHILE IT'S BECOME SECOND NATURE AND I GRAB THE SCALE WITHOUT EVEN THINKING. AT FIRST IT BECAME AN OBSESSION AND EVERY TIME I WOULD STRAY FROM THE DIET IT WOULD GIVE ME ANXIETY AND I WOULD BEAT MYSELF UP OVER IT... I'VE SINCE LEARNED TO LIGHTEN UP. IF I SPLURGE I DON'T OBSESS ABOUT IT AND INSTEAD JUST JUMP BACK IN AFTER ENJOYING MYSELF - WE ALL HAVE TO BE HUMAN SOMETIME...

SOMETHING ELSE THAT HAS BEEN REINFORCED IS SELF MOTIVATION/DISCIPLINE- LOOKING WITHIN TO FIND WHAT MAKES ME WANT TO GET UNDER THE BAR DAY AFTER DAY, CONSISTENTLY AND WITH DETERMINATION TO BE BETTER EVERY TIME.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at GTS?

LEARNING TO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA NOISE - STOP COMPARING MYSELF TO EVERYBODY ELSE AND EMBRACE MY OWN JOURNEY. ABOVE ALL ELSE - CONSISTENCY IN BOTH TRAINING IN NUTRITION IS PARAMOUNT.

What has been your biggest accomplishment during your time at GTS?

AS CLICHE AS IT MAY SOUND - I AM IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE. AT ALMOST 40 YEARS OLD I LOOK BETTER AND FEEL BETTER THAN I DID WHEN I WAS 18. I ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE I LIFT! I’M STRONGER, LEANER AND AM GETTING BETTER EVERYDAY. I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR JASON AND GTS AND I’M ALSO VERY PROUD OF MYSELF FOR FINDING THE DISCIPLINE THAT HAS MADE ME A BETTER, MORE CONFIDENT PERSON, FATHER AND HUSBAND THROUGH STRENGTH.

What advice would you like to pass on to your teammates or new athletes on the path to improving their overall health, nutrition, and performance?

CREATE GOOD SUSTAINABLE HABITS - THESE WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH THOSE TIMES WHEN YOU FEEL TOO TIRED OR UNMOTIVATED. LOOK WITHIN TO FIND YOUR FIRE AND TRY TO HARNESS IT.

IT'S BEEN SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN BUT IT'S TRUE: YOU GET OUT OF IT WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. DO THE WORK AND STAY CONSISTENT.


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