Natalie Webb used to be the type to work out only through occasional outdoor activities like kayaking or swimming; the types of things you can do on vacation. But in January 2015 she joined Rock Creek Sports Club with the goal of losing 100 pounds by December 2016. By the end of 2015, Natalie had lost 52 pounds! Or, as she says, “5 – 10 pound bags of potatoes, 2.5 automobile tires, or more than 6 gallons of water”. Because of her incredible attitude and strong work ethic, we’ve named Natalie member of the quarter for the second quarter of 2017!
When Natalie first joined the club, she had also signed up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day, 150-mile cycling journey through the DC Capitol Region, to help motivate her and keep her on track to her goal. As a new member at RCSC, Natalie mentioned this to Hadji, our sales manager.
“He recommended Tina (Warnick) for the fitness consultation since she was a cyclist and could help with my training” Natalie says. “He was right … She started where I was (over weight and out of shape) and helped me get ready for the ride through her informative yet fun training sessions. The variety of her workouts is exactly what I need.”
Natalie also added Pilates to her routine in order to add the 6th component to being a strong cyclist (that she learned from a cycling magazine); flexibility. Natalie was hooked quickly on Pilates Reformer sessions with Claudia Corwin.
“Though both deny it,” Natalie says. “I’m convinced that Tina and Claudia are coordinating my workouts. The weekly training sessions with Tina (personal training) and Claudia (Pilates reformer sessions) complement each other.”
Like many, Natalie has had to overcome challenges, such as understanding that some weeks you won’t lose weight and finding the drive to come workout on cold, dark days. However, Natalie persevered and was able to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, as well as snowshoe and cross country ski in Vail; hike Sargent Mountain in Maine and run in Mayor Bowser’s Fit DC Annual Fresh Start 5k. Natalie believes she couldn’t have done all of this without the support she receives from the staff and members of RCSC, especially Tina and Claudia. Natalie cites the friendly neighborhood feel the club has.
“There’s an African proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’” Natalie says.
Natalie now regularly works out five days a week, engaging in a mix of exercises, from spin, Zumba, and independent cardio to Pilates and personal training sessions. Natalie says she feels better overall and that her “knees, back and hips are truly grateful for the weight loss.” She also says being active has helped her get better sleep and be more productive at work!
“Some of my best ideas and solutions to work issues have come to me when working out.”
Next time you see Natalie be sure to congratulate her on her hard work! If you would like to track her journey, she has been posting updates on Twitter and Facebook, so feel free to follow her to hear more!
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