ABOUT NATALIE WAPLES

IFBB Professional Athlete and Fitness Model

Natalie Waples grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada, where she remained until graduating from high school. At age 18, she moved to Canada's Capital, Ottawa, to pursue her post-secondary education. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, and today works as a Human Resources Professional.

Natalie has always been active in sports, and got involved in pageant-type modeling when she was in her early teens. After attending the Gauvreau School of Performing Arts modeling program she entered her first pageant. From then on, she competed in pageants at the regional, provincial, national and international level. These various competitions allowed her to develop her skills in both stage presentation and public speaking, and also introduced her to the world of modeling.

In 2005 Natalie entered her first fitness modeling competition and placed 3rd out of a competitive field of 46 entrants. From there she decided to enter the world of Figure and won regional, provincial and national titles in Canada, which translated into numerous modeling and travelling opportunities, and eventually an IFBB Pro Card win at the 2008 IFBB North American Figure Championships in Cleveland, OH. This was a huge accomplishment for Natalie as this particular competition boasted over 120 competitors from Canada, the Unites States, and Mexico, across a total of 6 height classes. Natalie won both her height class and then took home one of two pro cards which were awarded that evening.

As a proponent for natural, healthy athleticism, winning an IFBB Pro Card has allowed Natalie the opportunity to compete amongst the best in Figure, showcasing a fit, balanced physique. Since 2009 she has been ranked as one of Canada's top IFBB Figure Pros and also represented Canada at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Figure Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she competed against the best IFBB Figure Professionals in the world -- making her the first ever Canadian to qualify for three back to back Figure Olympias. Natalie was also invited to compete on the Arnold Classic stage in 2013 and 2014. She promotes a balanced training regime, focused on hitting all the major muscle groups on a weekly basis, and changing things up regularly to shock the body and produce results.

Natalie is partnered with several of Canada's premiere fitness industry companies as a sponsored athlete. She has been featured on magazine covers, ad campaigns and training features worldwide, in well-known fitness magazines such as Training and Fitness, Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Inside Fitness, FLEX and Muscle Insider.