About

My journey into the world of health and fitness began at a young age. One of my earliest memories involves putting on a leotard and leg warmers and doing Jane Fonda workout tapes with my sister. I participated in competitive gymnastics as an early teen and throughout high school, and began teaching group fitness classes as a way to make money and stay fit in college. I eventually obtained my Personal Trainer certification and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Health, Sport, and Exercise Science.  I graduated with my Master’s degree in Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Health and Exercise Psychology, as well.

Exercise is an important component of health and I hope to demonstrate that working out can be a blast! Currently, I keep my routine interesting with circuit training, running, spinning, plyometrics, interval training, yoga, kickboxing….and anything else that sounds fun! I love running and have run over 25 races, including: one marathon, two 200-mile relay races, one 100-mile relay, thirteen half-marathons, and a dozen 10K and 5K races.

Since nutrition plays a vital role in achieving health and fitness goals, I will regularly post tips, recipes, and information on balanced eating. I believe in eating quality food that fuels and nourishes the body. I make healthful eating a priority in my life, because it makes me feel well physically and emotionally.

For the past twelve years I have been training clients and have witnessed people transform their lives, through hard work and dedication. I decided to create this blog in hopes that I can help others seeking motivation to achieve their heath and fitness goals, big or small. Please contact me with any questions or feedback, I would love to hear from you!

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Allie Finch November 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

This is so interesting — I would LOVE a degree in Health, Sports & Exercise Science & to become a trainer. We’ll see where life leads.
I’m so excited & motivated by your daily tips & your posts. Keep it up — I just love your blog.

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Natalie November 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Thanks, Allie! I’m so glad I found your blog too:)

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Really glad I stumbled across your beautiful blog!! Creative blog name, too 🙂

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Natalie January 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Welcome and thanks, Hillary!

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Nicky February 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

I think I’m in! I’m excited to follow your fit steps because I know your tips will help me stay fit. That is a great picture of you and Zoey. I love what you both have done with your hair! Looking forward to starting my day with you fun words & great pictures.

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Rach February 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

Found you via ThePickyEatingRD’s blog and thought I’d say “hi”! I love that you are passionate about what you do in the health and fitness industry! One of my girlfriends is working on becoming a personal trainer and I’m so excited to learn things from her along the way. 🙂

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Krista (kristastes) February 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Hey! I love your blog — found it through Allie’s. I’m excited to try some of your workouts 🙂

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Fit Chick Britt April 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I just came across your blog and I absolutely love it! We have a lot in common with all the fitness interests. I’m currently working on getting my personal training certification and I can’t wait until I have it.

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fit and 40 April 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

Found you via your Mom… she was snacking on peppers and hummus, apples and peanut butter during a day long training.
Love your site.. I check it a few times a week. Great info… keep it up.
I’m in my 40’s and try to find time to run and workout, while working full time, two active boys in sports and a farm to keep up, but, with your website, I have found some help in motivation. Thanks…

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Stephanie April 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

We seem to have very similar goals for our blogs. I am a college student, where I’m studying health promotion and fitness. I competed in gymnastics throughout middle school and high school, and now I love to do all types of work-outs. This is my first year in college, and I plan on teaching intramural group fitness classes next year along with getting certified for personal training. I also love to cook and try out new recipes that are nutritious of course. I’m glad I found your blog!

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Tiffany June 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Hey! I couldn’t find your email address but I wanted to put FitFluential.com on your radar because I think you would be a good fit. Check out http://fitfluential.com for more info on who we are or feel free to email me if you have any questions!

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Stacie June 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hi! Just came across your blog today and I’m hooked! I’ll be moving permanently to Lawrence in July after my wedding (FH works at KU), and I’m excited to have found a “local” blog to follow. :0)

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Natalie June 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Welcome, Stacie! Let me know when you get into town and we can do a meet up 🙂

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Stacie June 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

That would be awesome! I’ll be in touch!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 30, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I’m glad I found your blog – so inspirational!

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Todd July 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

awesome blog! keep up the great posts & keep exercising 🙂

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Katie August 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

Hi Natalie! You and I have a lot in common. I too am going to school for sport management/fitness leadership and plan on attending graduate school for sports medicine. I love your blog and everything you post from workouts to tips! It’s great to find another person who shares the same passions for helping other people 🙂 Keep in touch!!

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Megan October 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

Hi Natalie!

I love reading your blog!! I am curious about your thoughts about becoming a personal trainer. I have a strong interest in exercise, as well as nutrition. I currently work as an RN, but am looking for a bit of a change. I have looked into National Personal Training Institute (NPTI), as I would really like some hands on application. Wondering if you have heard of this program or have any other suggestions. Thanks again for the great blog!

Megan

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Natalie October 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Thanks, Megan!!

I think a training position could really compliment your role as an RN. I have not heard much about NPTI, but have known a few people who have done 4-6 month vocational schools and had good experiences. I would definitely shop around, see which certification the school preps you to sit for, and maybe contact some local gyms to see if you could go shadow or just talk with the lead trainer.

If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me, I’d love to help out!!

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Megan S. April 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Hi Natalie!

I realize this is ridiculous, but I just remembered I had asked you this question on here :). Thank you so much for your response! I’m almost to a point (life/job/etc. wise) where I feel like I can really get serious about becoming a personal trainer, and your suggestions are very helpful. Hope school is going well!

Megan

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I’m a Kansas girl too!! 🙂 …. I like how you say it makes you ‘feel well emotionally and physically!’ Perfect point of view!

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Marci (Attig) Flory May 31, 2012 at 6:51 am

Hi Natalie!
Love reading your blog!! Natalie W. told me about it and now I am hooked, thanks!!! Love all your workout posts. My goal is to try a new one everyday. Today it’s core class #1 and full-body tabata. Thanks again for the great ideas!! So glad to see you are doing well! 🙂

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