The Power of Why

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As a personal trainer, life coach, fitness model and professional bodybuilder, Nick Olsen is the embodiment of healthy living. Many people would be surprised to learn that just over ten years ago, he looked remarkably different.
“I’ve had a long journey in life,” says 33-year-old Olsen, one of the new contributors to Community Orange magazine.
Born and raised in Denmark, he grew up playing soccer and was athletic. Then he fell upon tough times during his adolescence.
“I was really overweight and depressed,” Olsen says, explaining that he used drugs and alcohol. He even contemplated suicide.
In his early 20s he came to a crossroads: “It was a matter of either living or dying,” he says.
He chose to take his life in a new direction, embracing fitness and empowering himself. He was just 21 years old and started working in a call center. He began competing in half marathons, marathons, triathlons and more.
Before he found the healing power of fitness, he says, he never followed through on his goals. Working out in the gym and tackling these competitive events taught him that if he cheated, he wouldn’t see results.
“Whatever I put in, I got back,” he says.
He worked on kicking his partying ways for good and met his future wife, an American, while traveling. They settled down in the U.S., offering Olsen a fresh start.
“I had the chance to reinvent myself,” he says, and as fitness had changed his life, he had an idea of how to do that. “I felt obligated to share what I know.”
He secured a position as a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness and he learned early on that life coaching was an essential part of being a trainer.
“It’s all about relationships with people,” Olsen says, emphasizing that clients need both motivation and support. “If you don’t have those two things, 99% of people will fail.”
He says when people want to lose weight and develop healthy habits, the transformation doesn’t stop at the physical.
“I’ve had people lose 100 to 150 lbs and then go right back, and those are all the people who didn’t invest the time in bettering themselves emotionally, “he says. “Everyone who has success has invested in the personal development aspect [of the transformation process].”
Olsen himself devotes at least 20 minutes of time to personal development each day. He says activities like hiking or meditating are essential to overall well-being.
“Create your time,” Olsen says. “How can you ever expect to take care of anybody else if you’re not committed 100%?”
After years of working and living by this philosophy, he fulfilled a dream when he opened his own gym, X365 Fitness, this past January, and he is publishing a book later this year: The Power of Why: A Self Help Guide On How to Heal Through Fitness. The book will focus on how people can create long-term success, and offers lessons he has learned along the way.
“It all starts with love for yourself, which takes work,” he says.
Olsen says he has come a long way from where he started and what keeps him on track is remembering how he felt before he decided to change his life.
“I never want to go back to the way I felt before,” Olsen says.
He never envisioned that he would open a gym that would allow him to help others transform their lives, or that he would become a professional bodybuilder. He says he simply followed his passions.
“I’ve never wanted to give up,” he says, adding that he always focused on why he was doing what he was doing, rather than how he was going to do it. He also reframed failures as learning experiences, which helped him grow and find direction.
To date he has helped thousands of people through their fitness journeys, and he plans to help even more.
“I really have a lot of passion and I want to share that with people,” says Olsen, now a father of two who will be celebrating his seventh year in the U.S.
“It’s funny because people are like, ‘You’ve made it!’” he says, laughing. “Well, I’m just getting started!”

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