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Bodybuilding.com Team Member Spotlight: Nate Hampel

When Nate joined our ranks he was an athlete, but now he is pursuing a full-blown fitness career. See how he became a man of muscle.

Name: Nate Hampel
Email: nate.hampel@bodybuilding.com
Job Title: eCommerce Catalog Editor
Date of Hire: August 2010
Age: 25
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170 lbs
BodySpace Account: Knockout Nate
Athletic Background: Ever since I was a kid, I've always played sports. I love something competitive that gets your heart racing in the process.
Super Powers: I'm a unicorn whisperer
Random Fact: Back in college, I won a charity man-pageant doing a Richard Simmons "Sweatin' to the Oldies" workout routine.

At Bodybuilding.com, we don't just hire fit people. But our team members definitely tend to get fitter once they get here. It's not forced by any means; we just normally realize that what the website preaches rings true. Health is the ultimate job perk.

Nate Hampel gets it. He always played sports and had made community-level competitions and charity races part of his life, but bodybuilding contests are a different animal.

See what our eCommerce Catalog Editor has done to take his competitive drives to the stage!

Fitness Declaration:
"I have consistent enthusiasm for self-improvement."

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Tell us a little about yourself.

After graduating from college in 2010, I was lucky enough to be hired on at Bodybuilding.com, where I've worked for about two and a half years. I initially started in Customer Service and shortly thereafter started my current role as one of the eCommerce Catalog Editors more than a year ago.

What was your fitness level before working at Bodybuilding.com?

Before I started at Bodybuilding.com, I thought I was in good shape for my age. I was pretty active with lacrosse, weight training, basketball, and football through and after college. I didn't have the best diet, though. I basically did whatever I wanted, and ate whatever I felt like eating.

What sort of competitions do you enter to prove your athleticism?

I've participated in a few races and city leagues while working at Bodybuilding.com. I'm sure to be a part of any type of league we get going around the office. Like I mentioned, I just love sports. There's no way around it.

City league basketball, flag football, and indoor soccer are a few of the leagues I was able to be a part of recently. And even more recently, I've been training to compete in the first of many bodybuilding competitions.

Do you feel your recent competition has made you stronger as an athlete and person?

I feel everything I compete in helps build character, regardless of the outcome. Across any of the sports I've played, there's always room for improvement. I feel the same holds true for the competitions I will enter in the next few weeks as well. Everything I've done leading up to this point has helped me grow stronger and learn my capabilities.

What is it like working at Bodybuilding.com? Does it create a helpful fitness environment?

Simply put: It's amazing. Every day I come to work and get down to business. While I'm working, it doesn't necessarily feel like I'm working, because I'm surrounded by great people at all times. I always have a good time. And since you only get this day once, you might as well make it awesome for you and the people around you.

With that said, too, the atmosphere at Bodybuilding.com is addictive. Since I've worked here, I've gained more knowledge of the fitness industry as a whole than I know what to do with. There is always someone to talk to about anything fitness-related or non-fitness-related.

As the company changed over the years, do you find that you had to change with it? How so?

Over the last couple of years, Bodybuilding.com has changed immensely—and so have I. It's been awesome to see the transition and growth we've had in every department. Since I work predominantly with new products and product updates, you can't help but notice the changes.

We've brought on hundreds of new products over that time and it's only getting better. The opportunities for new and existing vendors to establish themselves in the fitness community with us are greater than ever, and I love being a part of that.

How does the Bodybuilding.com environment influence your health, fitness and appearance goals?

I frequented the site before I worked here, and it had a huge impact on me then. Over the last few years, I've been immersed in the information we provide to our customers on a daily basis and I couldn't be happier.

Not only have the store, Supersite, BodySpace, and the Forums helped me reach my health, fitness, and appearance goals, but the people I'm able to work with daily inspire me just as much.

Even before I started working here I knew it was an awesome place. The atmosphere is second to none and I've only gotten bigger, faster, and stronger since I started. I don't plan to stop any time soon.

How do you balance your private goals with those of the company?

The goals I set, though personal, alighn with those of the company. As we grow and change, I hope to keep reaching my goals and developing as a person inside and outside the company.

Are there any negatives to the company? If so, how would you change them?

Umm, yeah. Ryan [DeLuca, CEO] won't let me ride that sick Bodybuilding.com chopper in the main entrance.

What are your co-workers like?

In a word: awesome. I love everyone I get to work with. I've made some great friends during my time in Customer Service and have since done the same on my team now.

Everyone has their own goals, and it's amazing to chat with them at any point in time about how they're doing and if they're reaching the goals they've set.

Did someone from Bodybuilding.com inspire you to reach your goals?

Yes. Initially, I just wanted to be in shape and continue to look and feel good—or so I thought. I figured I was doing well after I completed the Kris Gethin 12-Week Trainer and Jim Stoppani's Shortcut to Size a little while back. After that, I just carried on with my workouts, simply going through the motions.

Then, one day I was approached by co-worker Katie Neely, who had decided to compete in a bodybuilding competition. She asked what I thought about trying one too. I thought to myself, "Yeah, maybe … I don't know." A few weeks after mulling it over, I decided to take the plunge and get set up with a trainer to help me reach the new goals I set for myself.

Have you inspired others with your new look and attitude?

I certainly think so. I usually chat about dieting and workouts on a daily basis with someone, and I hope to make a positive difference in their lives each time.

What types of activities do you enjoy outside of work and the weight room?

When I find time away from the gym, I kick back and watch some Netflix. I'm on a huge X-Files kick right now. I also enjoy reading, either for our employee book reports, or just some fiction to let my mind run wild. Aside from that, when I'm not seriously training for a competition, I like to travel.

Most recently I visited Israel for 10 days; what an amazing experience. I also keep myself active with charity fun runs and city sports leagues.

What is your favorite feature on the Bodybuilding.com website?

The Misc., brah! And of course the SuperSite and motivation articles. I can't live without motivational pictures, videos, and articles. And I can always find something to get me pumped for a trip up the Stairmaster or another grueling battle with the weights.

How does Bodybuilding.com help to motivate/support you, in fitness and life?

We talk it, we live it. It's as simple as that. I'm so blessed to be part of a community, both as a customer and employee, that promotes and helps others live a healthy lifestyle day-in and day-out.

Have you participated in Bodybuilding.com's annual Team Member Transformation Challenge? How did that experience affect your life?

I have and am doing it again right now. This time around, I'm much more serious about my diet, workouts, cardio, and lifestyle than in past transformations. Not only that, but I have a much bigger goal to attain than just transform my body. With a few competitions right around the corner, I've had to work harder in the gym than ever before.

In previous years, I just kind of went through the motions, up until the end of last year, when I got serious about my health. As I mentioned, I always thought I was in good shape, and boy was I mistaken! It's eye-opening to know that you can achieve some amazing things when you bust your ass and put your heart into everything you do.

How does practicing the bodybuilding lifestyle improve the productivity of Bodybuilding.com?

The Bodybuilding and fitness lifestyle I've happily adopted over the course of my life has helped me attain greater focus in and outside of the workplace. I typically work out early in the morning prior to the office, and in doing so, I'm able to get every day started on the right foot. It helps me establish structure to the rest of my day and the rest of my week.

What are your future goals?

I'd love to make a habit of competing in bodybuilding shows more often. Aside from that of course, I always want to be more knowledgeable and efficient with my day-to-day activities in and out of the office.

Some goals and aspirations are to materialize, but in the meantime, I'm going to continue to have a great time and stay healthy while doing it.

Nate's Exercise Regimen ///
Day 1: Chest/Triceps/Abs(AM)/ Cardio(PM)
Day 2: Back/Biceps(AM)/ Cardio(PM)
Day 3: Shoulders/Calves(AM)/ Cardio(PM)
Day 4: Legs/Abs(AM)/ Cardio(PM)
Day 5: Shoulders(AM)/ Cardio(PM)
Day 6: Cardio (AM or PM)
Day 7: Active Rest

Nutrition ///

At least 1 gallon of water throughout the day.

Meal 1: Post-workout Shake
Meal 2
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5

Supplements ///
Post-workout

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Crunch Masta Chris

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Keep up the great work, Nate! Hope you crush your first show.

Mar 28, 2013 6:06pm | report
Knockout Nate

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Knockout Nate

The big day is tomorrow, I'm ready to rock and roll. Thanks for all the support man!

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**** an 8 pack

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Jziggy44

why 2 creatines, 2 citrullines, and a few things with glutamine?

you must spend hundreds a month on products

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Nice to see someone around my same age, height, and weight on here... Keep it up, and good luck!

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Great job man! Your going to crush this show!

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Nate!!! So proud. Can't wait to Cheer you on!

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Traps and abs are impeccable man! miring you and your work brother!

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nice job on the abs

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KoncreteKyle

Atta boy Nate! These pics dont do ya justice man ... You're absolutely peeled and jacked when I see ya at the gym!

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