Matt talks to Nate Garrison about strength training with
Nate is a videographer and video editor for Barbell Logic that
Matt met through Tactical Response
discusses his journey with autoimmune disease and how barbell
training helped his physical and mental health throughout the
Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease
Nate's story begin with his older sister, who struggled with
and ultimately died from Crohn's disease. He had seen his sister
When going through Navy EOD School, he realized that he was
seeing symptoms that his older sister has had. Instead of quitting
or going to the military medical personnel, he toughed it out and
got private medical care as long as he could.
He was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Later, the
doctors diagnosed him with Crohn's disease.
He has undergone multiple surgeries, and struggled with
excruciating stomach pain, chronic diarrhea, and resultant mental
He had to constantly be aware of where the closest toilet was and
bring extra clothes, just in case.
He faced obstacles and pain, and could have easily used his disease
as an excuse to not further himself and continue to pursue health
and excellence. That's not what he
Weight Lifting with Autoimmune Disease
Nate was used to difficult military training, but had never
lifted weights. Strength training provided an opportunity to build
and better himself in an area he had no experience.
He started squatting with 85 pounds, and began his linear
progression from there. Strength training with autoimmune disease
helped him, but came with voluntary and involuntary
He did his bet to eat food to support his training, and sometimes
had to go to the bathrooms multiple times just during the squats.
But he completed his workouts and kept training.
He worked with Matt as his coach to adjust the stress appropriately
and dealing with the Valsalva Maneuver and wearing a belt after a
surgery that require cutting through his abdomen.
After every surgery he has completed, he has had to reset with a
low weight, but he knows it's good for him. In fact, the surgeon
asked what he had been doing, as his abdominal wall had grown
noticeably thicker after he began squatting and deadlifting