Rebecca Burtney

Rebecca is a Nerd Fitness Academy Rebel and a Padawan of Senior Coach Staci Ardison in the Nerd Fitness coaching program. She went from a physical activity averse nerd who made a reputation for herself eating everything in sight, to Super Coach who is all about uncovering what YOU really want out of your health and fitness.

A vagabond for hire, Rebecca worked for Mickey Mouse, sold tea towels at Westminster Abbey during the Royal Wedding, and ate her bodyweight in mangoes while counting seagrass in the Philippines. As much as Rebecca loved adventures, she increasingly found she didn’t have the stamina to keep up. Every year she was getting slower, heavier and more tired. 

She went on her first ‘diet’ in Grade 3, but joined a popular thou-shall-not-be-named weight loss program in her teens. She learned a lot about nutrition in an attempt to game the system, but it was just one of her many respawns. 

Rebecca also thought she may be allergic to exercise. Often she either ended up injured or was too red-faced and embarrassed to try again. A yoga teacher even pulled her aside after class to give remedial exercises so she could do a basic sun salutation.

Her next job made her feel like a bear getting ready to hibernate. Working as a weather observer in the High Arctic in the 24-hour darkness (only Santa Claus had an address farther North), she came out over 30lbs heavier in two months. When she took a job in Antarctica, she vowed things would turn out differently. Thankfully, she found Nerd Fitness and joined the rebellion!

Not well versed in moderation, Rebecca operated between saying no to all the cookies and then eating the entire tray. Emotions were best dealt with by inhaling a bag of chips. She was either ALL IN or ALL OUT. Working with Staci she found as much as it was about the food — it wasn’t really about the food. It was life-changing, to say the least. She set out to learn how to empower others to make sustainable changes in their own lives.

Pre NF-Rebecca thought getting fit meant punishing yourself, eating bland food, always ‘trying harder’, and having to rely on an iron will to white-knuckle through. It wasn’t until she started doing less, more consistently, that the results came. As a self-identified foodie, it’s only after joining NF that she now enjoys her food MORE.

By eating foods you love that nourish you and making movement fun instead of miserable, Rebecca is less about what the scale says and more about how you feel. There is no ‘right’ way, only the way that works for you. 

With Rebecca, you’ll have your own Obi-Wan Kenobi to guide you in the ways of The Force making health and fitness practices work for your life, based on your identity and values. She knows what it is like to be a new Rebel who feels there is no hope. She’s taken the journey you’re about to embark on, and has the unique superpower of understanding that mindset better than anyone on our team.

Rebecca collaborates with clients to institute small practices that lead to big changes over time, shaping the life you want to lead. Rebecca takes the guesswork out of the process so that you can become your fittest, nerdiest self.

Education and Certifications:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition, Levels 1 and 2
  • PHCI Primal Health Coach Certificate

Star Wars or Lord of the Rings?

Star Wars. Upon leaving the theatre my world — my galaxy — instantly expanded.

Favorite video game of all time?

My parents thought video games would rot my brain, but I could somehow watch all the TV I wanted. That being said, I did manage to get a copy of Harry Potter for PC and played it all in one day. 

What are you passionately nerdy about?

Stories with great characters…whether books, TV, movies. I don’t just ‘like’ something, I become totally immersed in it. When I decide whether or not I should watch something, I also consider the roughly gazillion other hours I will devote to going down the fandom rabbit hole. 

You will also see my nerd flag fly for Geocaching (using billion-dollar satellite technology to find Tupperware in the woods), Killer Sudokus (same as Sudoku — but with math!), listening to instrumental movie soundtracks and exploring my surroundings (I may or may not be looking for the entrance to Narnia).