Fitness Enthusiast: Nate Charpentier

City/Town of Residence: Smithfield, RI

Age: 31

Occupation: Health Professional/CrossFit and Olympic Lifting Coach/Nutrition Enthusiast -Pharmacist by trade. Owner at Farmacy Health and Fitness.

Your sport or fitness activity: Olympic Lifting, secondly CrossFit/Strength and Conditioning

Recent events you’ve participated in: Bay State Games 2015 Weightlifting Competition

Events planned for the future: New England Championships Weightlifting Competition

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment? I really can’t pick just one fitness accomplishment.  My proudest moments along my fitness journey thus far have been (in no specific order):  Finishing two Spartan Beast races and a Spartan Trifecta, Finishing an Olympic Distance Triathlon and a Half Marathon, two century rides, squatting 402 lbs., deadlifting 465 lbs., snatching 235 lbs., and clean and jerking 286 lbs. Olympic lifting continues to bring me the most joy of any sport endeavor I have undertaken.

What motivates you? That’s a tough one.  My family, friends, the CrossFit community (especially the No Risk CrossFit community), my team-mates on NorthShore Weightlifting and coaches, all the sports greats I have met.  My fiance and soon to be wife Snow Powers, who is incredibly talented in weightlifting and CrossFit.  The fascinating science of exercise.  I find myself constantly reading, whether it be physiology, to psychology, nutritional sciences, kinesiology, exercise science, pharmacology, medical science, Olympic lifting to improve my practice as a health professional, coach and athlete.   It also continues to drive my curiosity, passion and commitment.

Tell us something about yourself that many people may not know: I play a few musical instruments and have been playing guitar since I was a toddler.  I was born with six fingers and my extra fingers were removed.

Best thing about living in RI: Rhode Island has taught me it’s a small world. Even though this state is the tiniest in America, it holds magnificent mystery, timeless history, incredible scenery, talented and generous people with good intentions, all four seasons and plenty of venues and fishing.  Not to mention some excellent cuisines from all over the world!  What is better than that!  Never judge a state by its surface area!

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: Keep the CrossFit Fitness in 100 words close to your heart.  Especially the beginning: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: deadlifts, cleans, squats, presses, clean & jerks, and snatches… (Continued)”-Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO.

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