• Misbah Haque

Adversity, Alignment, and Accountability w/ Nuno Costa

My favorite aspect of this conversation was reflecting on the phenomenal documentary Torin Simpson produced called "The Story Of Nuno Costa". We discussed Nuno's journey from Portugal to the United States, overcoming alcohol and cocaine addiction, and coming out as a gay athlete when he wasn't sure he would always be accepted.

How do you react when the carpet is pulled out from under you over and over? What does the internal self-talk sound like? And how do you pursue change to fill the shoes you know you were meant to fill?


Nuno Costa is one of the few athletes in the world who has competed in the CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup every year since it started in 2009. In 2014, he was a part of the winning team with Team Invictus and we wish him the best as he sets out to compete again this weekend. We talk about the role that sports have played in bringing out pure joy, emotion, and providing a sense of belonging.


He has been coaching CrossFit, running, and triathlon programs full time since 2008. One of the many areas we talk about includes what it takes to make a living as a fitness professional in this industry.


Nuno has been a head coach for CFHQ since the beginning of 2012 coaching Level 1 and Level 2 seminars all over the world. Nuno also coached the CrossFit Endurance seminars for over 5 years, traveling the world to train other coaches in proper running and endurance training techniques, nutrition, injury prevention, and program design.

As always, there are many twists and turns throughout the conversation. I walked away feeling really proud of this one. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Show Notes:

  • (6:32) - Athletic career and before the coaching journey began

  • (16:30) - Becoming a part of the seminar staff

  • (21:15) - Coaching style

  • (26:55) - Making a living out of the profession and delivery of fitness

  • (33:40) - Change

  • (36:45) - Growing up

  • (41:07) - Family

  • (46:00) - Living in alignment

  • (54:50) - Adversity

  • (1:08:00) - Engine Building Endurance talk

  • (1:17:30) - Accountability

Resources we may have talked about:

  • The Story Of Nuno Costa

  • Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue

  • The Power Of Now

  • Invictus Endurance Program

How you can connect with Nuno:

  • Instagram: @ncosta78



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