As I waited to interview Nora Tobin
on Coast Village Road, I was practicing sitting up straight and holding in my stomach.
After researching Nora online, I learned that in addition to her many accomplishments in the health fitness world, she is drop dead gorgeous with a beautiful friendly smile.
is many things I will never be â€" 5 feet, 9 inches tall, blonde, with sculpted abs I only dream about.
After waiting what I felt was an acceptable time past our meet time.
I called her
While I was sitting inside she
was waiting for me on the outside patio.
We started off our interview with a big laugh and warm hug.
Wearing jeans and a sweater and looking very casual, showing no six pack she
easily melded into the crowd of morning regulars.
After discovering we both had strong ties to Chicago (always a good icebreaker) Nora
told me about herself and her
Growing up in Lake Tahoe she
was an avid skier, snowboarder, rock climber, dancer and mountain biker for starters.
At 15, her family moved to Del Mar, where she spent six years as an ocean lifeguard, receiving advanced certifications in SCUBA, cliff, helicopter, zodiac and swift water rescue.
Oh yeah, and in her
spare time, she
played a lot of beach volleyball.
traveled the world for one year, took part in rescue lifeguard training and began studying with various yoga masters.
Fast forward to today.
, 24, lives in Santa Barbara
has a personal training business working with clients from ages 5-75.
works off site and designs unique weight training, yoga, dance, sand workouts, track workouts, standup paddle, hikes, sports-specific training and nutritional life coaching depending on the fitness level and interest of each client.
also continues to train at a high level to be ready for high-level beach volleyball.
When does she
In addition to her personal training business, in 2011 she became the brand ambassador for GNC, serving as an educator to their customers on the topics of fitness, nutrition and lifestyle advice.
is featured in the GNC
marketing campaign and can be seen gracing the billboards for GNC in New York, Los Angelesâ€™ star studded Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Miami and Pittsburgh.
In addition, she
is featured on the cover of the GNC Diet Almanac and gives health tips throughout the book.
is also working to produce 25 workout and nutrition videos that will be distributed through GNC social media, YouTube, noratobin.com and GNC.com
national exposure prior to GNC
was an ad for FRS which received six million hits.
is a volunteer for The Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center
and spokesperson for Backyard Bowls
Additional ways that Nora
is expanding â€œher brandâ€ is to author a series of three â€œhow-to booksâ€ soon to be released.
The first book is focused on fitness, explaining the benefits of staying healthy in a chaotic world and some easy to follow workout routines that can be done almost anywhere, whether you are home or traveling or on a break at work.
The second book is focused on nutrition, explaining the effects our food choices have on ourselves and the environment.
The book provides a list of healthy menus that are easy to prepare, satisfying and help maintain a knockout body.
The third book is about mindset where Nora
will be suggesting ways to stay positive and motivated and how to tackle everyday challenges with a great attitude.
Each book incorporates information from the other books to bring the message and the programs altogether.
As I concluded my interview and I relaxed my stomach muscles a bit, I asked what the future looks like if Nora
had a crystal ball.
said, â€œI love living in Santa Barbara