Adult CPR/AED Certified
WTF Taekwondo Black Belt, 1st Dan
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Nutrition Coach
NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist
NASM Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist
Trigger Point Performance Therapy™ Certified
Animal Flow™ Certified Instructor
Author of The Miracle on 98th Street.
meet your coach,
Hello there! My name is Natasha, and I specialize in coaching individuals—yes, real people!— to discover what it really feels like to enjoy a healthy mind and body.
Because get this: I was born unfit.
I'm talking zero athletic ability. Preferring pencils over pushups, this bookworm suffered from mysterious back pain as early as high school. A physical therapist informed me that my body was too weak to hold itself upright—even after years of weekly dance classes! And it didn't help being born with an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto's Disease, as well as a histamine sensitivity that confounds the Standard American guidelines for food.
If my body isn't made for classical ballet and cookie-cutter nutrition—then yours sure isn't, either.
After that physical therapy in high school, I knew I had to create a support system in my body that could literally counterbalance the time I spent being sedentary. (And not to mention, fuel it properly!)
By the time college hit, I had gone from a reluctant "sometimes" exerciser to a dedicated student of the body. The bookworm was able to leave behind dance and take up running and rugby, then finally taekwondo after graduating Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Cultural Anthropology,
I now had the tools to identify the lifestyle patterns shaping human bodies every day. However, it wasn't a straight shot from diploma to deadlift professional.
I still had to learn about nutrition, and it happened to be through the luxury food and beverage industry.
From private school cafeteria assistant, to professional tea blogger, to International Tea Masters Association Certified Tea Sommelier, all the way to hosting at one of The San Pellegrino Best Restaurants in North America—
—I never missed a workout.
No matter what I was doing in my day job, I still made time for movement. Wherever I was, it could be urban calisthenics on playground bars; powerlifting at hotel gyms; hook kicks in the taekwondo dojang; or just plain ballet and yoga flows at home.
But when I became a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and my fitness career was getting underway—that's when injury became my new best friend. Hip issues, knee problems, stress fractures, and various difficulties that didn't get better with rest.
I broke down, studied hard, and did the recuperative work myself—while at the same time earning my NASM Corrective Exercise and NASM Womens' Fitness certifications, and graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing. (Scroll down for a snip of the full, wild story in my book, The Miracle On 98th Street.)
So where does nutrition fit in? After trying every "diet" you can think of—keto, intermittent fasting, vegan, vegetarian, carnivore, high-carb, low-carb, "only-things-that-grow"-carb—one thing was certain:
Food affected both my physical and mental health, and it was a non-negotiable.
By the time I obtained my NASM Nutrition Coach certification, I had shaken off the "diets" with an approach to food that anyone could enjoy. Success! These methods helped me regenerate faster, avoid anxiety and depression, and gave me energy to spare. It was possible to reduce feeling puffy and "spaced out" through simple ingredients—who'd have thunk it? (And the aesthetic results speak for themselves.)
Now, since establishing Work Life Fitness in 2018, I get to keep communicating my knowledge and experiences with individuals all over the world thanks to ZOOM and remote training.
Looking forward to working with you!
Fun fact: I couldn't do a single pushup in high school. Fast-forward ten years to a 225-lb deadlift and a black belt in taekwondo. Anything is possible!
BOOK: THE MIRACLE ON 98TH STREET
Cover painting by Lester Rappaport. (c) 2017. "Perchance."
Looking for some fun reading, and still curious about my journeyman years of fitness and training? Check out my memoir on Amazon and Kindle, free on Kindle Unlimited. No fitness experience required to enjoy.
"This coming-of-age (again) story is not your usual life challenge = emotional growth narrative... But don't let this description fool you. "
- Melissa G., Goodreads