“I’m always in the gym.”
That’s what TV personality Natalie Nunn said about her healthy obsession with toning up, building muscle and maintaining her weight loss of 42 pounds. But she also goes hard wherever she can. Whether she’s doing jump squats on stairs at the beach in Jamaica, teaming up with her husband, Jacob Payne, for a couple’s workout, or using her nephew as weight during sit-ups, as Nunn put it during our chat, “It’s all about the fit life right now.”
The 31-year-old, who was an athlete for years playing soccer at the University of Southern California, packed on the pounds after going through a major loss. In November 2014, she announced that she was expecting her first child, and by February of the next year, revealed that she had miscarried.
“When I had the miscarriage, I was at a place where I was very depressed,” Nunn said. “I was very sad. I didn’t really want to do anything, I just stayed in the house. I was just eating and staying home and I just kind of got depressed and lazy. Then I noticed I was about 42 pounds over my normal weight. I was like 187 pounds. I ended up going to Miami but paparazzi got pictures of me on the beach and it went everywhere. I was just really, really heavy. ”
Those pictures of Nunn on the beach, paparazzi zooming in on her backside, were a wake-up call for her. She decided to get back into the gym. But after feeling like she didn’t know how to spend her time wisely while in her facility, she enlisted her husband, a former football player, to put together a plan for her.
“I started going in the gym and found myself just fooling around in there, Nunn said. “I was all over the place and then not focusing on certain areas. So Jacob made this calendar for me. And for a whole year I was literally doing these workouts. But after the first 90 days, I lost 42 pounds. And people were seeing me do this transformation because I was on Snapchat and Instagram, and people were like, ‘What are you doing?’ and ‘What workouts are you doing?'”
After realizing that she didn’t have the time to respond to each and every inquiry, Nunn and Payne eventually came to the conclusion that they needed to make what initially started out as a simple fitness plan for her into “something big.” That’s where the No Payne No Gain 90-Day Challenge came from.
“We made it available for everybody this year,” Nunn said. “If you give yourself the three months and do the whole 90 days, you will drop the weight like I did. We made the manual, we made the training, went into detail on exactly what I ate. What calories I stayed within every day. Exactly which workouts I did. We made it for everyone and I kid you not, half of my day every day is this, getting everybody’s posters in the mail and out to them. We’ve probably had 5,000 people do this program with us.”
It’s a 12-week meal and workout strategy available for $19.99. And based on the images of participants before and after, it works pretty well. Many of the people can be seen on Nunn’s Instagram page, proud of the hard work they’ve done and the results they’re finally seeing, results they say are changing their life for the better. Nunn can absolutely relate to the positive changes that occur internally and externally from living a healthier lifestyle.
“I have so much more energy, which has resulted in getting more work done,” Nunn said. “I make more money. All because I’m up and at it every day with full energy, a glow, no negativity. It’s crazy. Fitness and health is no joke. It affects everything you’re trying to do.”
So what are some the moves and machines Nunn swears by to get in and stay in shape? Well, aside from tricking her body by switching her workout times from the mornings to the evenings and back (“I started feeling like it was a routine”), Nunn shared these tips:
Fall In Love With The Stairmaster
“I think the Stairmaster is key for everyone’s life,” Nunn said. “I will tell people to literally get on the Stairmaster for five minutes and then do that for a week. Week two, get on a Stairmaster for 10 minutes. Play with it. One day do five minutes. Take Tuesday off, Wednesday do 10 minutes. Take Thursday off and then on Friday do 15 minutes and be done with that for the week. The Stairmaster works your legs, your butt, your waistline, and through cardio, you’re losing weight all around.”
Don’t Get Too Attached To The Treadmill And The Treadmill Only
“I’m not a fan of the treadmill,” she said. “I will do the treadmill but I feel like it’s just to shred weight and you end up losing your butt. But if you get on the Stairmaster and you’re lifting your knees and lifting your legs, that’s lifting everything up. You’re toning that area and at the same time, your arms are getting a workout.”
Mix It Up
“Squats, and then duck walks,” Nunn recommends. They’re how she keeps her backside perky (aside from the Stairmaster), but they also work her core. She finds a way to get her lower body work in no matter where she is. “Sometimes when I’m in hotels I’ll do squat jumps and then leg lifts for abs.”
Know That You Don’t Have To Feel Obligated To Work Out In The Gym
“You don’t have to go to the gym to workout,” Nunn said. “You don’t have to have a gym membership. Some people don’t want to go to the gym. You can do workouts at home. There are a lot of moms who follow me. I do a lot of workouts with my nephew, and I’ll literally do sit-ups with him as my weight on my legs. I know people don’t have a schedule that’s not flexible and don’t want to spend two hours in the gym. I know there are people who don’t want to work on this or that. My 90-day challenge goes into detail about all of that stuff. You can do these workouts anywhere.”