Virginia Beach, Virginia Stats: 28 • 126 lb • 5’3” Gig: Women’s health and fitness specialist
For Natalie Kimball, a predilection for weight training bloomed when she was 15 — she weighed 103 and was benching 95 pounds. In 2015, armed with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, a diagnostic health and fitness specialization, and certifications through ACE and NASM, she relocated cross-country to Virginia Beach to launch her own personal training business. “I knew one person in Virginia Beach when I moved and created a business from the ground up,” Kimball says. Three years later, she was leasing a commercial space and offering small-group strength-training classes on top of individual sessions.
Have Bands Will Travel.
Kimball follows an upper-/lower-body split with extra focus on posterior-chain exercises, and she switches between heavy movements and higher-rep functional exercises. “I use my off days for rest, foam rolling and mobility work,” she says. “I carry some bands with me, so when I’m on the road, I can work out on the beach, at apartment gyms or at the park.”
Food Times Two.
Kimball likes to prep her meals both midweek and again over the weekend. “Normally, I like making large dishes in the Crock-Pot or doing healthy twists on traditional meals such as stuffed peppers, white chicken chili and stir-fry,” she says. She’s also an avocado fanatic. “I could eat them with just about anything,” she says.