I have been under Nathan's professional guidance for 8 years now. His extraordinary knowledge of all elements of training and diet to manipulate body composition is exceptional! At the age of 43, I can confidently say my physique has continued to improve each year under Nathan's coaching. His dietary advice has always been individually tailored. I continue to achieve PBs on a weekly basis with my strength gains, and I constantly amaze myself with the incredible weights I can now confidently Deadlift and Squat through Nathan's expert technique and correctional training. (And I was quite a challenge looking much like a Gazelle!) Nathan's guidance through my first INBA Physique competition made it an enjoyable and positive experience, and my level of self confidence in all areas of my life is greatly attributed to my journey with Nathan over the last 8 years. Thank you Nathan, you changed my life!
INBA 2nd Place Teenagers- State & Nationals
"After competing in my first bodybuilding competition I was disappointed in the way i looked, after all the effort i had put in. Yet i still had a desire to compete again, I decided to seek some expert advice, I contacted Nathan. Nathan's approach to training, dieting and bodybuilding/ powerlifting was much more logical than the approach I had in place before, under Nathan's guidance I have added 80kg to my deadlift, 70kg to my squat and 35 kg to my bench press. After a successful 'offseason' Nathan also prepared me for the INBA QLD titles and INBA National titles, the whole dieting process was a lot easier than last time, no endless amount of cardio or water depletion. Come competition time I was a lot leaner than i had ever been before and roughly 7kg heavier than last year. Choosing Nathan as my coach was the best investment into my training and i cannot recommend his services enough.
Teenage INBA Mr Australia
Junior INBA Mr Australia
Junior INBA Mr Olympia
When I first competed I managed to come second, however I was hungry for more. I was told Nathan was the man to see if you wanted to make the most of your 'offseason' and that he believed in practical and 'easy' dieting protocols (flexible dieting). Once I started with Nathan he showed me all the little tricks and techniques with not only squat, bench and deadlift but with everything; how to manage gym, how to prepare food and that to maintain a balanced life is important. Throughout the season of 2013 I reached levels I did not think were possible and I managed to win both INBA Qld and INBA National Teenage titles under his guidance. Picking Nathan and Team Hold Your Own was the best decision I could have made with regard to bodybuilding. I can also say Nath wasn't just a coach, he was mate and a mentor from the very start.”
1st Place Bikini & Twin Mum
"This was my first win at a competition and I was so happy. I really felt like all my hard work had paid off. I rang Nathan and Sophie and had a great chat with them, and to be honest? That was my favourite part of the night. I really wanted to do them proud and I had tried all I could with everything I have had to deal with over the last few months, and I honestly don’t think I could have done more.
I truly love the sport, the experiences I have had, the friends I have met and the opportunities that have come my way. Without a doubt, my highlight has been training with Nathan and having the support from Sophie. It has been incredibly professional, phone calls when I have needed, and the online system, whilst something I would never have done before, turned out to be my best part. Team Hold Your Own has been amazing, and if anyone wanted to know who your best opportunity at a successful, supportive, knowledgeable and butt kicking team would be to train with to get on stage, I would without doubt say speak to Nathan and Sophie. After all, their competition history speaks volumes for me and many others, and I ended up winning first place because of them.
So thankyou Nathan and Sophie for my day of successful competing and look forward to jumping on stage again when I’m ready hopefully as part of your team again!"