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Meet Hunter Seide of The Nomad Gym in Toluca Lake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hunter Seide.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
From the very beginning, fitness has been a tool for me to support the personal development of the people I love. When I was 13, my older sister struggled with an eating disorder. Her doctor recommended she begin working out and eating right to attain a sustainable body weight. We knew the process would not be easy alone; so my parents, my sister and I joined the local gym together. Every day after school, the four of us would make the trek across town to invest in our health as a team. Those daily deposits added up, and in the span of a few years, I watched my sister completely transform into a healthy, confident woman with a powerful sense of ownership in her success. I nerded out on all the fitness literature I could find and I quickly became well-versed in the conventions of resistance training. Before long, I had a group of curious fellow nerds from school following me around the gym for group training. Encouraging their success, in and out of the gym, became a thrill for me. Since then, sharing my self-improvement skills with others has been the defining purpose of my life, and now, it is the mission of my business.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The cultures surrounding health care and fitness pull at us from two opposite directions and distract us from the real purpose: taking charge of our own lives in an enjoyable and sustainable way. The typical health care model encourages the use of products and treatment procedures to keep ourselves “healthy”. In fitness, however, the ultra-ripped stage competitor is the muse, and we are made to feel like we must obsess over extreme training and diet practices to get the look. My biggest challenge has always been promoting the middle ground. Most people who seek out a service like mine are ready to take responsibility for their health and happiness but they are intimidated by the process of fitness. It’s tough to make people realize that they can achieve their best health through an approachable training and diet plan with an added splash of community love. Now matter how much scientific literature I paraphrase, I can only convince people to believe by showing them examples. I have been lucky to gather so many people from different walks of life who have learned to use fitness to enable positivity in their lives. As the Nomad family grows, so does our evidence to show others that yes, you DO have the power to create health and happiness.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the The Nomad Gym story. Tell us more about the business.
Nomad is a fitness facility, a community center and a philosophy. We specialize in unorthodox, task-based workouts with their foundations in yoga, powerlifting and martial arts. At the surface, Nomad is all about developing a deep understanding of working out, so that wherever you are, at a moments notice, with any set of resources, you know exactly how to keep yourself fit. At our truest level of Nomad, however, you learn what drives you, what you stand for, who you really want to be, so you can bring THAT with you wherever you go, and you can shine the type of light you want to shine at all times. In all places. And in any circumstance.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Every significant step upward in my career began with an event that was completely out of my control. Most of these events were initially negative; obstacles or hardships. Mostly because I had no option to retreat, I learned to approach these random roadblocks as opportunities to find better, different routes forward. Chance is always a factor. The cards are dealt to us randomly every day. The best poker players know the odds of each card turning up. They don’t take it personally when they receive a bad hand, because they know it’s merely statistics. We are all bound to happen upon “bad luck” by statistics alone. The only thing we can control and what we can practice, is how we react and how we choose to play on.

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