What's your story?

There have been quite a few people who have asked Steve and I, "What's your story? How did you get started?" after seeing us train and compete together. The full story takes place over the course of a year, but I'll try to quickly summarize how we met and our journey to improving our health and physique.

Just over year ago, I was single, living in the heart of the Napa Valley enjoying fine wine and culinary delights when I stumbled across a cute guy at a bar who was pretty jacked. We got to talking about all things fitness which happened to be a secret passion of mine. When I asked him how he maintained his physique, he replied... Beachbody. Well, that is not exactly what he said, but I found out that all he does is work out 30-60 minutes a day with program he accesses from an app and follows a customized meal plan. I learned that this guy Steve doesn't diet and exercise, he fuels and trains for his goals. That comment for some reason attracted me to this said "Beachbody" thing and I decided to give it a chance as well as the guy, but that is a story for another day.

When I started, I was running, biking, swimming and mostly taking cardio classes. I hadn't been lifting weights or following a meal plan. And after about 8 weeks of training, I was a little bit disappointed that I only dropped 5 pounds until I took my first transformation photos and the results were startling.

 My first transformation starting May 10, 2016

My first transformation starting May 10, 2016

Outside of feeling great, I was starting to take on a new sexier shape and was sold on the products and programs after that. Steve then invited me to Summit in 2016 where I watched him compete and take home a 2nd place trophy at the Beachbody Classic. I was even more inspired by what he was able to accomplish in such a short window of time that I became curious about my potential as well.

When Steve started his journey to better his health he was a pre-diabetic and 20 pounds overweight. At 38 years old, he decided to turn it all around. Day after day, month after month over the course of a year he improved his physical condition and on a whim decided to sign-up for Classic.

After I returned home, I wanted to see if I could achieve the same results in my own life so I grinded for a 1 year. It was a roller coaster ride. There were ups and there were downs much of which I shared on Instagram and Facebook as I also learned to live my life out loud. 

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My transformation was so slow that often times people (myself included) didn't see the changes occurring. I had so many doubts, but I trusted the process. Every day I just strived to be better than before. The #1 rule I made for myself was that I could not give up for one full year. Overtime, I ended up losing 25 pounds. I got stronger physically and even more so mentally. I learned so many small life lessons along the way that journey was more rewarding than the shiny medal I received after placing top 10 (while Steve placed top 3!) which was an enormous feat.

I have so much more to update you on, I know... My blog got neglected during the last few weeks leading to the competition and even post-show. I want to share all that I learned within that window of time as well as days and months prior.

With that being said, I'm eager and ready to take my knowledge and experience to help empower others reach their goals moving forward. All you need is little grit, positive attitude and being open to enduring a little hard labor consistently each and every day for the long term results you have always dreamed of! 

If you are interested in improving your health and/or getting in the best shape of your life, please reach out! Steve and I are looking for individuals to join our team including those who are trying to get healthy or take their fitness to an advanced level. Currently, I'm looking to build a focused, private team of ladies who are serious on getting fit for competitions like Classic 2018.

Contact me if you are open to learning more!

Natalie Barnard