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Otho Nash, Jr.
Master of Art in Kinesiology, Southern Louisiana University
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
American Safety Training Institute, AED/CPR Certified

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin in February 2021 seeking an opportunity to work at a training facility in the area.  

What is your background? How did you get into personal training?  
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitative Services (Social Work) from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology/Sports Management from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA.

I have been involved within the fitness and sports industry for 10 years, working with people of all ages, athletes and elite athletes alike. I became involved in personal training during my time in graduate school at Southeastern LA, but I really got started into exercise years before that working out with my friend Dre, who I now look at as a big brother. I wanted to pay it forward to give other people the resources that I didn’t have at first when I was growing up, and I loved the benefits (physical and psychological) that I got from exercising. If I had had more knowledge of weight training back then, I think I would have run track longer. My ultimate goal is to work for a collegiate or professional sports team because I ran track in high school and one year in college, plus I love the sports atmosphere.  

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training. 
My current fitness goal is to gain around 20 lbs of muscle mass and possibly participate in a powerlifting competition. I would like to increase my squat load to 250 lbs at the moment, while building my bench press load back to at least 225 lbs. I would also like to gain more experience in performing Olympic lifts.  

What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
I have heard a lot of fitness myths during my time as a personal trainer, but I would say the most common one is the diet myth. There’s so many of them out there that they do not work for everyone. I don’t believe in them.  

What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
The thing that I would like for my clients to take away from each training session is that they are getting better and stronger everyday, no matter what the numbers on the scale may say. I want them to know that they have my full support after each session that I have with them.  

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals? 
I think the main thing that sets me apart from other fitness professionals is my versatility. I have worked with youth, middle aged people, all the way up to seniors/retirees. I have also done internships with various collegiate and professional teams during my years within the fitness/sports industry.

Out of all of my experiences working with people, my favorite group of people that I have enjoyed the most have been the ladies from my Silver Sneakers class. They were fun to work with and I always left that class with a smile on my face; I still talk to those ladies to this day. Seeing those ladies (and a few guys) move around better and helping them to lessen or even get off their medication was always a beautiful thing to me.

Favorite quote and who said it? 
“Begin each day as if it were on purpose…” Will Smith, from the movie Hitch.

Who is your favorite superhero and why?
My favorite superhero is Wolverine from X-Men. He has a super healing power from an adamantium metal and draws claws from his knuckles, which is cool. Every time I injure myself in any way, shape or form, I always picture myself looking to heal fast like Wolverine. He is also short, independent, fast, and never lets anything stop him or get in his way. I tend to act in the same manner.