New Onnit Performance T-Shirts are available now! New Onnit Performance T-Shirts are available now! Shop Now

“Not A Damn Chance” – Interview with Pro Skater Neen Williams

Written by
April 30, 2020
Category: Pros

Remember the skateboarders on your street when you were growing up? They were probably the first kind of stuntmen you ever saw outside of a TV screen, turning your block into an obstacle course and landing death-defying tricks until the sky got dark—and even then they didn’t stop. They may have also been the first people your mom told you to stay away from, as drinking, drugs, and tattoos tend to be a part of the lifestyle. But Neen Williams, a pro skater and entrepreneur, has been changing that “skater punk” stereotype ever since an ACL injury caused him to prioritize his health and career longevity.

Williams, 34, is now a bonafide fitness influencer as well as a boarder, getting as much attention online for posts on how he’s working out and what he’s eating for dinner as he is for his heel flip catches and handrail grinds. Williams visited Onnit to discuss how he changed his habits, and how he can help other aspiring skaters do the same, improve their tricks, and make a living doing what they love.

Life before skateboarding – 0:13

Advice to sk8er bois – 1:50

Breaking the skateboarder stereotype – 3:30

The skater party scene – 4:30

The pro skater lifestyle – 8:15

Tearing his ACL – 9:30

Leaving the party – 12:10

“Fitness is my new vice” – 13:55

How he started working out – 16:30

Getting known for fitness as much as skating – 20:45

Eating to help lower injury risk – 23:20

Life after skateboarding – 25:25

Why he doesn’t wear a helmet – 26: 20

What to look for in a skateboard – 29:25

Tips for safer falls – 31:00

His toughest trick – 32:30

The secret to a great heel flip catch – 35:40

Neen’s new shoe – 37:00

If he weren’t a skateboarder¦ – 39:00

The origin of “Not a damn chance” – 41:30

Follow Neen on Instagram, @neenwilliams

Sean Hyson
Sean Hyson is the Editor in Chief of Onnit. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.), he is the author of The Men's Health Encyclopedia of Muscle, and the e-book The Truth About Strength Training (
Free shipping is offered on orders with a minimum subtotal of $100 less discounts. Free shipping is only available in the contiguous U.S. and excludes Fitness and Digital items.
For media inquiries please contact us at
With a subscription, you'll get your favorite Onnit products whenever you want at 15% off MSRP unless otherwise noted. All automatic, worry free, and with our same great money back guarantee.
Cancel or adjust your order at any time, hassle free. Your payment method will only be charged right before your order ships. The discount applied every time is 15% off MSRP (unless otherwise noted) or the current sale discount, whichever is greater. For more information, see the complete Onnit Subscription Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Secure Shopping

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access any information on our website. We incorporate physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information, including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for the encryption of all financial transactions through the website. We use industry-standard, 256bit SSL encryption to protect your personal information online, and we also take several steps to protect your personal information in our facilities. For example, when you visit the website, you access servers that are kept in a secure physical environment, behind a locked cage and a hardware firewall. After a transaction, your credit card information is not stored on our servers.