Nader is the vagabond. He moved to Austin without a job lined up, a place to sleep, or a single friend living in the city. All he knew was that he wanted to help people with their health and fitness, and so upon arrival that’s what he set out to do. He slept in his car for weeks at a time with only one thought in his head: “Hustle, Nader.”

Nader has been involved in athletics his entire life, ranging from sofa-to-sofa parkour at the age of 5, to soccer, tennis, and bodybuilding. It wasn’t until 2012 that he was finally introduced to the sport of CrossFit .

At the time, he was pursuing a career as a broadcast journalist while working alongside his father in the commercial real estate realm. Unfortunately, he wasn’t content with where he was at in life. He was also coaching two early morning CrossFit classes for fun and found more satisfaction in those two hours than he did all day. That’s when it all clicked. That’s when he realized his calling.

Since moving to Austin, Nader has taken a role at CrossFit Central coaching indoor Co-Ed classes, Relentless Bootcamps, group sessions, and general personal training clients.

Five Questions with Coach Nader Issa

Favorite workout or favorite movement?
I love the Snatch! It’s such an intricate movement that can constantly be improved upon though minor tweaks in form and traditional strength training. It showcases an athletes mobility, strength, technique, and mental fortitude all the way through the lift.

Favorite meal?
I know I shouldn’t be admitting this, but after a long WOD I love nothing more than a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It’s a conditioned response from years of eating it after basketball and tennis matches in high school. THE CRAVINGS ARE REAL.

When you’re not coaching, what are you doing? Favorite activities?
When I’m not coaching, I’m looking for adventure. Bouldering, swimming, hiking, or napping. Napping is my favorite activity.

Hype Jam?
Drake’s “Headlines” is my go-to hype jam. There was a time in my life when I fell off the wagon, gained a bit of weight, and was called out on it by my cousin (and not in a kind way.) I jumped in my car and the song came on. “I had somebody tell me I fell off, ooh I needed that” was the lyric that really resonated with me. I went straight to the gym and ish got real again.

Current goals?
My current goal is to take my name to the next level and really brand myself in the Austin fitness community. With regard to my training, I’m just looking for consistency. It’s easy for me to get sidetracked with friends and the constant craving to travel. But right now I know I have to buckle down if I really want to make it back to Regionals next year.