“Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind but now I see.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.” ~John Newton

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years” ~Abraham Lincoln

Natashia Cushman is obviously strong, but her greatest strength is her deep and unconditional love of people.

Natashia has been working in the health and fitness industry for 23 years, she’s also a mother of three, Rotarian, and loves Jesus and attends St. John Lutheran Church. She’s also an advocate, a cheerleader, and a joy-filled champion of health and strength in our community.

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Natashia’s mission is to inspire everyone to integrate exercise & nutrition as a vital part of their healthy lifestyle. She aspires to help each individual believe they are worth caring for with physical activity and purposeful meals. She is passionate about giving them the opportunity to experience and enjoy the process. This mission encapsulates what she does for her life’s work, but the real treasure is understanding the why.

“My sister realized the sweetness of knowing her worth too late,” reflects Natashia. “After her passing, I made it my life’s work to be an instrument of the peace that comes when a person knows, deep in their bones, they are loved exactly as they are. We take good care of things we value.”

Natashia is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at Aspire Health Fitness in North Dickinson. Each day, she empowers others to know their inner and outer strength through personal training and nutrition coaching. Her clients are welcomed and invited, for just a small part of their day, to tune into their bodies, focus on movement, and connect with their inner selves.

Too common in our fast-paced world, we feel guilty for taking time for ourselves, selfish for prioritizing our health, overwhelmed at the endless to-do list, and yet, sustain injuries from inactivity.

Natashia works with each client to create individualized workout plans to build upon as one gets stronger, but also to have fun while connecting with their body.

Each encounter with her is infused with joy, positivity, hope, and being mirrored back to her client their own worth and value.

As time goes on, the nerves send messages to the brain resulting in muscle memory, which makes the body adapt and ready for a greater challenge.

The mind, heart, and emotional health of the client improves, too, as they see themselves, an embodied human soul, as worthy of being taken care of, worthy of a healthy lifestyle, worthy of time and effort.

“The physical transformation are indicators of the inner work,” says Natashia. “When people truly understand that they are worth a strong heart, clear head, and long future, they choose to be disciplined and purposely move and fuel their bodies. They find that they can accept themselves as they are and even love themselves in a positive, healthy way.”

Aspire Health is soon expanding its location, and Natashia welcomes people of all ages and abilities to have a personalized exercise & nutrition program designed specifically for them. She uses cardiorespiratory, strength, stability, mobility, and flexibility training to help people attain the healthiest & best version of themselves.

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