“A woman who is strong and physically fit is a woman empowered. Whatever her challenges, obstacles or setbacks, she can and will thrive because she’s overcome physical limits. We want to give every motivated woman a chance to experience that success – no matter her age, her background or her income.”

Natasha Weddle – New Beginnings President and CEO

Under the direction of CEO Natasha Weddle, women gain new skills and confidence as they gain new strength. Her leadership brings more than 15 years experience in providing training and education to improve fitness, nutrition and health. Weddle is a Master Strength Coach, one of only eight women in the country to hold this coveted certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. She has personally coached more than 520 clients across a range of sports, ages and abilities to achieve new levels of fitness. She is a dedicated advocate for women and their abilities to push beyond stereotypes, self-doubts and self-imposed limits – and knows that health and fitness can be foundations to new beginnings and life transformations.

“Early in my profession, I realized that without self-confidence, no amount of talent or training could bring personal success or satisfaction. I set out to find a way to teach self-reliance, courage and resilience not just as they apply to sports, but to life. I expanded my strength and fitness coaching beyond physical training. Utilizing concepts of self-actualization, my clients have reached a deeper level, changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that lead to poor self-image. The results have been amazing.”

“My hope is that through the creation of New Beginnings, we can provide the underserved populations of our commmunity with the education, resources and social support that will be the beginning of a new and better life for them. I plan to demonstrate the necessity of first addressing cognitive processes in the pursuit of creating a healthy body as well as the cost-effectiveness of taking a targeted, proactive approach toward healing the obesity epidemic in this country.”

Throughout her career, Weddle has worked at the collegiate level, training athletes in their pursuit of success in their chosen sport – achieving recognition as a “Master Strength and Conditioning Coach” from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association. This title acknowledges the best coaches in the field of strength and conditioning. She has contributed to three Division I National Championships, numerous conference championships, and NCAA appearances.

Certifications

  • Master Strength Coach (1 of 8 women nationally to hold this certification), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association
  • Certified Strength and Coaching Specialist (CSCS), National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association

Experience

  • 15 years of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching experience with more than 500 athletes
  • Teams trained: women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, track, lacrosse, field hockey, swimming, diving, golf, tennis, gymnastics and bowling
    • 1996–1998 University of Tennessee
    • 1998–2000 Kent State University
    • 2000–2005 Purdue University
    • 2005–present Vanderbilt University