Financial Operations, former professional basketball player
I was brought to Project 13 gyms by my girlfriend who had been working out with Nate and Thomas for about a year. Having retired from professional basketball, I was looking for a gym that would not only challenge me and continue to develop my body, but that was also a place with great people and a fun community. Project 13 has been all of that and more.
Throughout the many years I’ve played basketball, I’ve had quite a few injuries and what really has drawn me to Nate and Thomas’ style of training is how they incorporate mobility training with their strength and conditioning workouts. When I came to the gym, I had a chronic history of back and shoulder problems, which had only been getting worse in the past few years. Nate and Thomas worked with me to identify specific workouts that helped strengthen and heal these areas. After having worked with them for only seven months, my back already feels confident with deadlifting and heavy squatting, and my shoulder is completely pain-free. On top of the benefits I have seen with my former injuries, Project 13’s workouts have always challenged and pushed me (both physically and mentally). My body feels so much more energized every day, and I am in better shape now than I ever was while playing basketball. I love Project 13’s philosophy of “building better humans,” and fully believe that Nate and Thomas really are doing that. I feel so much stronger in all things I do outside of the gym thanks to Project 13.
The sense of community that Nate and Thomas create at Project 13 is the most important aspect of the gym to me. I was new to San Francisco when I joined and, from day one, I immediately felt like part of the P13 family. I could see that everybody cared for each other and wanted to push each other both in and outside of the gym. It all starts with Nate and Thomas. They are just cool people who truly want to help everybody achieve their goals, no matter how small or lofty. There is no judgment or different treatment, regardless of whether it’s somebody’s first day or whether it’s somebody they’ve known for years. Nate and Thomas’ positivity and inclusivity is embraced by everybody at the gym, and this culture always makes for fun and interactive classes. This community has even brought people together outside of the gym and has created many new friendships. There are always people who want to go hiking, skiing, swimming, biking or anything else active and, at the same time, there are also P13 happy hours, going away parties and birthday parties which bring people together. “Building better humans” is much more than just getting stronger in the gym; it is about developing relationships with likeminded people and having fun and enjoying everything you do in life. As a former professional basketball player, I’ve become accustomed to conquering goals with a team behind me, and I’m happy to say I’ve found my “team” at P13. Thank you, Nate and Thomas!