Meet LA-based actor and model, Natasha. She is the epitome of what Pointe Studio means when we say "sanity not vanity" when it comes to working out. And because we find her to be so inspirational, we've also been lucky enough to have her model in some campaigns. Curious to know more about this strong, stunning lady? Read on and learn why Natasha embodies our core philosophy in her day-to-day life.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I live in sunny southern California by way of Portland and the San Francisco Bay. I think that life should be an adventure every day, so I love to explore: new coffee shops, new cities, a new route to walk through the neighborhood. I'm a professional model and actress who has an obsession with fitness, food, and my dog, Riley.
How does fitness play a role in your day to day life?
Fitness is like brushing your teeth: You'd never go a day without it (I hope). It's not something I have to do but something I get to do and want to do. I do it more for my mind than anything else; It keeps me grounded and reminds me not only to push past barriers in life but also to know when to release and pull back.
What is your favorite workout?
Because I'm in a constant state of wanderlust, I rarely do the same thing everyday. My philosophy is to constantly change it up and keep it interesting, so it really depends on whatever mood I'm in that day. But if I had to choose, I'd say the 45 minute 'Leaner' class at Prevail Boxing in Hollywood. It's the perfect combination of full body HIIT and boxing; And always pushes me to my limits but leaves me feeling like a total superhero.
What does a normal day look like for you, from start to finish?
I rarely know what any given day can look like from one week to the next, but generally my morning routine is one I have cultivated over the years to set me up for success mentally and spiritually — so I complete it religiously without fail. My alarm goes off just before sunrise, labeled with affirming words and a song that inspires me. Coffee, candles, journal, prayer, the morning bird songs, and sunrise. It's making time for that sacred self care that makes or breaks my day. If I miss it, i'm literally not the same person. After that it's off to the races! I feed and walk the dog and make my way to set where I'll grab breakfast (if I'm shooting that day). Because most of my work is active, I generally don't workout on days that I'm shooting. After work I'll rush home, walk the pup for an hour with no phone or music, just taking in the day, letting my mind rest. I'll head home to make dinner while listening to a podcast or YouTube sermon, read a bit, then lights out around 10pm. On days I'm not shooting I often have two or three castings, so I'll prioritize my workout in the morning because that's when I'm my most energized and inspired to workout. It also saves me from that nagging 'you have to workout later' guilt trip that we let play in our heads. Once I work out, I head home for my everyday breakfast of two poached eggs or egg whites, a cup of wilted spinach, and 1/2 mashed sweet potato with vegan butter. From there it's castings and errands until I get back to the casa to walk with Riley and do the dinner podcast thing again
Which sock from the photoshoot was your favorite?
The black ankle socks - black is my Happy Color
Do you have any advice for readers who are struggling to stay motivated while working out?
Find something you love, but always — before you workout do the 'mood work' — check in with yourself. Ask yourself how you're feeling and what you need emotionally. I find that my physical workout needs change depending on my emotional workout needs. For example, If I'm feeling kinda sad and need to clear my head, I'll usually opt for a long run or yoga. That way, the process of working out is actually therapeutic. So it's not something I'm suffering through, it's something I'm embracing because it's soothing and makes me feel better. Likewise, if I'm feeling angry or frustrated, I'll opt for boxing or lifting weights because I need to let out some aggression. I've found that when I couple my workout with what I want or need emotionally, rather than just doing something because I have to check it off the list, I give 100% effort and get 100% back.