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Nate Brugnara

Nate Brugnara


Certified Personal Trainer

Nate Brugnara’s fitness journey started when he found himself waist deep in a marsh, suffering from hypothermia in a hail storm at a ranch in Sacramento. He wasn’t lost, this was a thirteen-mile obstacle race he has signed up for as a tribute to his mom’s victory over breast cancer. Though always involved in sports, and very active throughout his entire life, this race challenged him in new ways he had never experienced before. Something in him was activated that day. He realized he needed to be pursuing something that gave his life some true meaning and that was important to him. His journey led him to over 220 miles of competitive racing the following year. He went on to later leave his research job to pursue a career in fitness and inspire others to live a healthier and happier lifestyle. Nate became an Insanity group instructor and then went on to certify as a NASM personal trainer.  Drawing from his competitive racing background, Nate takes a more functional, balanced approach to his training.

Nate is a fifth-generation San Franciscan, Sacred Heart & CU Buffalo alumnus, writer, obstacle racer, half-ironman triathlete, fitness entrepreneur, and life enthusiast.  A self-proclaimed personal development junkie, Nate believes you need to feel strong and have a mental edge that allows you to take on life challenges.  Nate believes you must embrace the struggle of life in order to figure out who you are and unlock your potential.

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • AED/CPR/First Aid Certified
  • TRX STC & Team Camp, P90X Live, Insanity Live, LES MILLS: GRIT Strength
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.A. English – Creative Writing
  • Brendon Burchard’s High-Performance Academy
  • 2013, 2014, 2018 Spartan Race Trifecta Finisher
  • Ironman 70.3 Boulder (6/15/14)

Favorite Quote:

“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’; it’s about consistency.  Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”  – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.