Congratulations Nate Dawg!!

For those of you that don’t know, our beloved trainer Nate has been living two lives.  One as a stellar coach at Norcal Strength and Conditioning (obviously) and his secret life as a Chico State Exercise Physiology student.  While we all go home from work and hang out with friends and family or enjoy a nice relaxing meal or go for a walk with our dog, Nate goes home and buries his face in a book, studying for hours.  Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration because we all saw him out at the Christmas party and he’s attended some bachelor parties as of late and I know for a fact that he’s taken a few trips to see his family in San Jose… but nevertheless he has been workin’ his butt off for years to accomplish what he did yesterday.  Nate officially took the last test of his college undergraduate career!!  Whoop Whoop!


If you’re lucky enough to be coached by this guy, then you know that his studies already are paying off.  He is a phenomenal coach and one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met.  I don’t think I’ve ever see that guy without a huge, contagious smile on his face (or is that him “growling” in this next picture)…


When you see Nate next, give him a pat on the back, a high five or a “knucks” and tell him congrats on his achievement.  We’re all super proud of you Nate and so glad that you’re a part of our team/family.  A big Norcal CONGRATULATIONS on graduating to you buddy!


Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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  1. jaime

    So proud of you Nate!!

  2. Janelle Whitegiver

    Congrats Nate!!!!! Such a big milestone. Hard work does pay off!

  3. Congratulations, Nate! You’re one of the good guys. :)

  4. Matt

    Excellent work Nate Dogg. Now to improve your robot skills.

  5. Lindsey C

    Congrats! I agree with Nicol, you are one of the good ones!

  6. Nate

    SO much support! Thanks for the shout out Jenny. Everyone at NorCal rocks, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else

  7. Big time congrats Nate! We love having you as a coach, you rock! Try to avoid Matt’s robot teachings though…


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