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Spott3r Spotlight: Natalia Bonanno

A warm, spott3r welcome to foodie and fitness fanatic, Natalia Bonanno! From CrossFit training to half marathons, Natalia inspires us on a variety of levels.

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Natalia works as a food scientist and has always been into nutrition and fitness, but it really became a part of who she was when she started CrossFit about two years ago. Until then she always worked out to lose or maintain her weight, but never really enjoyed exercising. Once she started CrossFit she began to enjoy working out and revamped her fitness goals.

“I no longer strived to be skinny and focus on the number on the scale, but wanted to be fit and strong.”

When it comes to food, Natalia incorporates a lot of the basics of the paleo diet into her cooking and eating habits. She always looks for fresh, local and responsibly sourced foods while avoiding processed foods, cane sugar, gluten and dairy as much as she can.

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Her favorite workout? Natalia loves to run but also enjoys variety so any CrossFit workout with running really gets her energized. Her very favorite is called the “Helen” saying that it’s quick and fun!

3 rounds:

400- meter run

21 kettle ball swings (with a 35-lb kettle bell)

12 pull ups

Natalia’s biggest fitness achievement to date?

“This year I competed in my first half marathon and first triathalon, both equally important to me because they really brought me out of my comfort zone and forced me to start running a lot.”

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What motivates Natalia to get to the gym?

“The people. Since I go to the same CrossFit classes every day I always work out with the same people. The members along with my coach inspire me and motivate me to work harder and get stronger. If I wasn’t surrounded by such positive and encouraging people it would be really hard to get up at 5:30am for a 6am CrossFit class.”

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Her current fitness goal?

“My current fitness goal is to be able to do a Muscle-up! The half marathon was enough distance running for me and a good challenge, so now I set mini goals to work towards in my CrossFit training.”

When asked what her biggest excuse for not working out is – and she says she doesn’t have one.

“I work out 6-7 days a week and the only days I take off are when I’m too sore to move, so resting is probably a good thing!”

 

 

What’s on Natalia’s iPod right now:

“Bulls on Parade” – Rage Against the Machines

“30 Something” – Jay-Z

“Turn Down for What” – DJ Snake and Lil Jon 

(Because sometimes she just needs an upbeat goofy song to get her going!)

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Natalia’s last words of wisdom:

“You have to find what you love. I don’t look at CrossFit or running as a chore because I truly enjoy it. Sometimes I’ll go out for a mile run and get so into it that I keep going for another five. With CrossFit, even the workouts that I dread doing I wind up liking when they’re done because I feel proud that I challenged myself and pushed through the workout.”

To keep up with Natalia’s fitness journey, visit our Instagram where she will be posting all week! You can get a head start by following her here.

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Love the gym? Get some extra incentive by getting paid for your workouts. Find out if you are eligible for cash reimbursements here.

Learn more about a few of our other spott3r members, Britney, Lindsay, Wilhelmina, and Michelle!

 

Spott3r Spotlight: Wilhelmina Giese

We are delighted to welcome Seattleite and fitness queen, Wilhelmina Giese, to the spott3r family! This 24-year-old college grad recently recovered from surgery on her ankle, and is ready to tear it back up at the gym!

“This summer has been focused on recovery and rehabbing my ankle. I have had to re-teach my right foot how to walk and strengthen the muscles in my ankle. Besides this injury I am an avid athlete, health freak and adventurer.”

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One week before her surgery, Wilhelmina attempted to summit Mt. Rainier.

I got to 12,500 ft and had to turn around due to 40mph winds. It was the best weekend of my life to say the least. I think everyone needs to push themselves to the limit truly see what they’re capable of and in that moment of reaching 12,500 ft I knew what I am capable of doing in this life.”

Her favorite type of workout? Circuit training. Here is her recipe for success:

Start with cardio (running for 30-45 minutes)

Stretch

Choose 3-5 exercises and do 10-20 reps of each

Repeat 3-5 times

Cool down

What is her motivation for staying fit?

“One main motivator in my life is my mother, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. This past year she lost the ability to walk and drive, she has been battling this illness for nearly ten years. I feel there is no excuse for people to not exercise and practice healthy habits because so many people in the world cannot due to illness. Whenever I am tired or don’t want to go for a run I just think of my mother. I want to do the things she can no longer do.”

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Her biggest fitness accomplishment to date?

“I was a member of a Crossfit gym my senior year of college and one session I dead lifted 300 pounds, once.”

 Her current fitness goal?

“My current fitness goal is to rehab my ankle and this is a six month process until I can run and play soccer. Right now I have to focus on what my ankle can do and not think long term. I am taking life day by day.”

She knows she had a good workout when:

“When I leave the gym dripping in sweat, smiling.”

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Wilhelminia prefers to listen to house music or rap when she’s sweating it out at the gym.

“I feel that music plays a huge role in the success of a workout and how it motivates me to do one more set.”

What’s playing on her iPod right now:

“Years” – Alesso

“Onto the Next on CyHi” – Jay Z

“Bulletproof” – The Prynce feat. Yelawolf

If she could give one piece of fitness advice to a newbie, what would it be?

“Take it slow and don’t try to keep up with others who have been going to the gym for years. Newbies are welcomed with open arms at the gym, and people want to help them reach their goals and improve their techniques. Don’t be afraid to try new things or cut foods out of your diet to reach your goals – you can do it!”

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Keep up with Wilhelmina’s fitness journey on our Instagram, where she will be posting updates all week! Want to meet more members of the spott3r family? Check out our spotlights on Britney, Lindsay, and Michelle!