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Meet The Trainer: Barry's Bootcamp's Natalie Uhling

Meet trainer Natalie Uhling! (Photo by Denise Crew)

I'm really excited to introduce to you one of my favorite new trainers in the city. I met Natalie when she came by the office to model for a fitness story—her energy was so upbeat and contagious, not to mention she had a killer body, so I had to know more about her. Turns out, this model is definitely more than just a pretty face: She's one of the most popular instructors at Barry's Bootcamp here in New York City and a Pilates teacher at the just-opened SLT Studio we told you about last week. I'm sure she's got more tricks up her sleeve and I'd love to one day see her working it out on a show like The Biggest Loser (watch out NBC!). Inspiring, fit, strong and healthy, this trainer has it all.

Read on to find out more about our November/December 2011 Express Workout trainer.

I’m writing a movie about your life, tell me the plot.

It involves a young girl chasing her dreams from Idaho to the big city of New York! She gets the chance to move as a junior in college from The University of Nebraska to the Fashion Institute of New York. This is where she realizes that fashion is amazing but fitness is really where her heart and passion belong. She graduates and works for Ralph Lauren while still making time to soak up her fitness classes. While at Ralph Lauren, she dreams of becoming a fitness professional and creating her own method. She finally makes the jump and her whole life changes. Things fall into place and all of her dreams start coming true.

And it looks like you've made it! Tell me about the NYC fitness modeling work? It really fell into my lap. A friend of mine was casting for Under Armour and told me to swing by. I went not knowing what to expect and I booked the job! From that moment I signed with Wilhelmina Models and things really started to take off. It has been such an amazing experience because I get to workout on the shoots and there is nothing better than that!

What do you consider to be the greatest accomplishment in your career so far?

Believing in myself and taking the leap of faith from my corporate job into a full time fitness professional. It was so scary but totally worth it!

How did you end up at Barry’s Bootcamp and what do you love most about your job?

A good friend of mine, Keoni, took me to meet the owner of Barry's and I feel in love with the format. After seeing the space and feeling the energy around the workout style, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I love the personal interaction I get with my clients. Since the space is small, it allows me to get to know everyone. It is like family there and plus the workout works! I love seeing the changes in people's bodies.

For Uhling's exercise of choice and her top three workout songs,

What’s your favorite workout?

Barry's, duh! Every day of the week at BB focuses on a different body part. Butt and Legs day is my favorite. I think women really know that area so I am best known for that day.

What’s your workout hell?

Probably a long Bikram yoga class. It is so hot and without music it is hard for me to focus. Great workout, but just not for me.

 If someone could only afford one workout tool, what should that be and why?

Jump rope—it is your best friend! It really is a full body workout, plus it can go anywhere with you. Pack it in your purse and go.

What’s the one body part every woman should definitely work out? And what’s the most forgotten muscle/body part?

For women, definitely the core! Your core controls everything. And the forgotten body part is the calf muscle. I feel like women don't think about that part of their body. Great legs are everything though, including your calves!

Favorite move?

Bicycle crunch. Abs are my thing! I could do abs all day long. It makes you strong everywhere else.

Top three songs on your playlist?

  1. "Cracks," The Freestylers, featuring Belle Humble
  2. "Break the Chain," Lupe Fiasco, featuring Eric Turner and Sway
  3. "Got to Be Real," Cheryl Lynn

What would your clients say is their favorite thing about working out with you?

My energy for sure! I give 100 percent every single time. I have people tell me that they have to stand by me in class because my energy is crazy.

That's how I feel about you too—must be true! So what brand can you not live without?

Under Armour! I wear it everyday—even when I'm not training—and I think the fit is amazing. I feel so great when I wear a fun brand like Under Armour.

What sneakers do you wear?

Under Armour Women's UA Micro G.

What would your dream modeling job be? And your dream fitness job?

It would be my dream to shoot with professional women athletes. The time and dedication they give to their sport is amazing. I have such respect for them and would love to interact with professional athletes in some way. My dream fitness job would be to work with children who don't have fitness in their life and show them how fun it is. I think when children realize how much fun fit activities are, they will stick with them.

Where do you see yourself (or hope to be) in 10 years?

I have some big dreams for myself! I want to be an established fitness professional who has created her own brand and has inspired as many people as possible. I would love to do Exercise TV and really create a method of my own. I think the world is ready for it!