3 tips from a top trainer for committing to a fitness routine you’ll love

Natalie Uhling

Natalie Uhling’s made a name for herself as a super popular instructor on the NYC fitness scene, teaching at boutique studios like SLT, SoulCycle, and Barry’s Bootcamp in the past—and in living rooms across the country as a butt-kicking Radius trainer.

Now, the fitness trainer and fitness model (namely for Under Armour Women) is bringing her signature workout method, NUFit, to Denver’s fitness-obsessed this August, where she’ll be teaching a a four-week, 12-session bootcamp at Pura Vida Fitness & Spa. Call it fitness summer school.

“The goal is for people to be inspired from the inside out. I want them to leave with a new outlook on life and new friends. Oh, and maybe a new six-pack, too,” she says. That’s what really draws people to create and commit to a fitness routine, says Uhling. (Though instructor charisma can totally help.) Here, the rising fitness star explains the top three things that move the fitness needle most…  —Amy Marturana

1. Get inspired. Showing up for a workout is much easier when your reason’s not “to get a bikini body.” Find something that really resonates with you and almost makes you almost forget it’s boosting your fitness level. “When you find your passion, make that your mission and watch your whole world change!” Uhling loves dance and boxing, so NuFit combines some of her favorite (and effective) training approaches.

2. Make fitness friends. “Create friendships with the people you meet at the gym,” says Uhling. Hey, it’s easier when you’re going through a grueling HIIT together. Also make a plan with a friend or colleague to work out together, and put it in your calendar for double the motivation and accountability. “The sweat thread is a powerful bond!”

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3. Be consistent—but also mix it up. “Our bodies and minds need to be challenged. If your routine is the same every day your body goes into auto pilot mode. Switching it up creates a great kind of body/mind confusion. Not only will results start to happen but you will be an overall better athlete. Uhling likes says a good baseline is 3x week workout: upper body, one day all about lower body, and one day that’s a HIIT workout.

More reading: 6 fitness instructors on the “Aha!” moments that made them healthier

NUFit, $619 for Pura Vida members and $699 for non-members, Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, 2955 East 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206, 303-321-7872, www.puravidaclub.com

(Photo: Under Armour)

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