About your authors and hosts

Natalie Harris:


Natalie has been active all her life, starting from gymnastics as a child, moving on to be the volleyball star of her high school and club teams, to track days in college. She is now a volleyball coach, a personal trainer with various different certifications to assist athletes to achieve their goals. Amongst some of those are FAFS (Fellow of Applied Functional Science from the The Gray Institute ), FMR (Functional Manual Reaction ) , and ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) certified. She has done all sorts of sports in her life besides her professional school sports.  Some examples include: running 5ks, frisbee golf, biking, swimming, , water skiing, tackle football, hiking, horseback riding, skiing etc. Last year she completed her first sprint triathlon(Search under Natalie Nobbs as she was not married then) in which she placed 8th in overall women’s division, 1st in her age group and 33rd overall.


Irina Whittlesey:

IMG_2261Irina started out her fitness journey as a casual jogger and hiker in beautiful Bellingham, WA. Through the years she ran 2 half marathons and hiked hundreds of miles in the North Cascades, Mount Rainer and Mount Baker. She has summited Mount St. Helens, backpacked Mount Townsend, biked a hundred miles from US to Canada in a weekend,  hiked the Grand Canyon and ran multitude and variety of 5ks. She is an Olympic lifting athlete and coaches Crossfit at Hop Valley Crossfit in Yakima, WA. She is PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) by trade and is the Director of Rehabilitation Services in Toppenish. She is certified in Facial Movement TapingMulligan Techniques and various gait analysis as well as geriatric and orthopedic rehab.