My name is Natalie Graziano. I am an IFFB Fitness Pro, and my day jobs are a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and I am also a certified yoga instructor. I’ve been competitive in fitness since 2004, but took 7 years off to complete grad school. I won my pro card at the 2013 North American Championships….. and I cried like a baby. I love spreading the fitness division to others and keeping it alive! I can be reached on the following social media outlets:
IG : nataliegrazfitness
YouTube : nataliegrazfitness
Twitter : nataliegrazfit
FB : www.facebook.com/nataliegrazfitness
My name is Shawnee Napoli, Merrell for everyone who followed my very short amateur career as a 105lb fighter. I am currently retired from fighting, though toying with the idea of coming back. Maybe. I am currently a stay at home step mom and wife. I like to go hunting and fishing and cruise the country side on my motorcycle. I don’t exactly have a filter, you’ll notice that on the show. I’m also a pretty big deal. I like cream soda, Desperate Housewives (the original show in housewife craziness), and Led Zeppelin. I also aspire to have my very own pudding wrestling promotion with Jason Adams.
Strawweight boxer, avid athlete, personal trainer/strength coach, and autism mommy. Searching for a way to defend myself and my daughter, I took to Muay Thai. I have also trained in BJJ, Kendo, Aikido, and MMA. Eventually through exploration of various disciplines I found and fell in love with the sweet science of boxing, a love I share with my daughter. I am an activist for equality of women in combat sports and a trainer in a women’s-only gym to spread the confidence and empowerment I gained from athletics to others.
I grew up in Ridgefield, CT. There were many opportunities for children to be involved with any sport or activity they could dream of. I chose to participate in swim team. I swam for a few different USS Teams from age 6 though high school. After high school I went to college at Radford University in VA. I swam for their club team for a few months, but as most college kids do, I decided that the social aspect of college was more important, so I ditched my swim suit for my Sorority Letters (I am a Delta Zeta).
College was a blast but of course I gained the Freshman 15 and a little more. I started college at 115 and left at a whopping 160! UGH! After school I moved to San Diego California, where my life changed for the better in so many ways. I started working with a trainer and quickly lost the 30lbs of pizza stuck to my body. Many people at the gym said I had the right structure for a Figure show. At the time I had no idea what they were talking about. I knew what bodybuilding was, but had only followed some of the men, never the women. I pushed the thoughts of competing aside until I moved back to NYC and started working with a new trainer who happened to be a body builder. After I saw his victory at the 2007 NY Metropolitan, I knew I wanted jump in and try to compete. We started prepping for the Easter USAs in 2007 and I’ve never looked back!
I competed in figure from 2007 through the 2010 season. I always did well locally and regionally but never placed at a National show. At this time, women’s Figure was talking a turn for the softer look, and I had a harder more muscular look. I had been told many times to more over to bodybuilding. At 115-120lbs, I just didn’t see that as a possible choice for myself. At the Nationals in 2010, there was discussion of a new division to hit the scene in 2011 at all the National shows. They had decided to add the Women’s Physique division. It was a division in between Female Bodybuilding and the Figure division. I figure I could fit right into this category, and so my new journey began. As soon as I stepped on stage as a Women’s Physique competitor I knew I had found my new home. I placed very well in the first show, JR USAs, snagging the 4th place spot. I had thought about maybe doing the USAs that summer, but spoke with a few people and decided to do JR National in June. I was so happy I made the choice to jump into JR Nationals because this is where I earned my IFBB Pro Card!!
Since earning my IFBB Pro card in 2011, I have had quit a successful pro career. Earning the right to be on stage the First Olympia for the Women’s Physique division in 2013, and then again in 2014.
My Goals for 2015: I am applying to the Arnold Classic in March. It will be the first time the Women’s Physique division will be added to the line up. After the Arnold, as of now, I am doing the NY Pro in May, and possibly a few more shows.
2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown – 8th Place
2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Women’s Physique – 3rd place
2014 IFBB Sacramento Pro Women’s Physique – 2nd place
2013 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown – 6th Place
2013 IFBB Dallas Europa Women’s Physique – 2nd place
2013 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Women’s Physique – 6th place
2013 IFBB Denver Mile High Women’s Physique – 2nd place
2013 IFBB New York Pro Women’s Physique – 6th place
2013 IFBB Orlando Europa – Women’s Physique – 5th place
2012 IFBB New York Pro – Women’s Physique – 12th place
2012 IFBB Orlando Europa – Women’s Physique – 2nd place
2012 IFBB Women’s Physique Desert Muscle Classic – 3rd place
Jr. Nationals – June 2011 – Tall Class WP – Won Class – Earned IFBB Pro Card.
Jr. USAs – May 2011 – Tall Class WP – 4th Place
Nationals – October 2010 – Class D 16th Place
CT Europa Battle of Champions – July 2010- Class B 1st place and Overall Winner
Team Universe Championships – July 2010 – Class D 16th Place
New York Metropolitan – April 2010 – Class B 2nd Place
Arnold Amateur – March 2010 – Class D 8th Place
USA’s – July 2009 – Class D 16th Place
Jr Nationals – June 2009 – Class D 16th Place
Nationals – Nov 2008 – Class D 16th Place
Eastern USAs – Nov 2008 – Class B 3rd Place
Connecticut Grad Prix – June 2008 – Class B 1st Place and Overall Winner
Connecticut State Championship – June 2008 – Class B 1st place and Overall Winner
Bev Francis Atlantic States – June 2008 – Class B 2nd place
New York Metropolitan – April 2008 – Class B 1st place
Eastern USAs – Nov 2007 – Class B 3rd Place
I am Shannon Siemer, IFBB Fitness Profressional Athlete, and I am the co-host for the fitness portion of the radio show, along with fellow IFBB Fitness Pro Natalie Graziano. My passion for competitive athletics began at a very early age and continued through my teen years. However, while pursuing my Master’s Degree at Eastern Illinois University, I developed a new found love for the sport of bodybuilding and fitness. Since then, I have competed within the NPC, winning various titles in the bikini and fitness divisions; one of which, was the NPC Jr. National Championships, allowing me to earn the coveted IFBB Pro Card!
Throughout the last couple of years, I’ve discovered that knowledge is power, okay really PBS discovered this, but it’s still applicable. Among other certifications, I continued my education to earn credentials as a Certified Fitness Trainer and Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. Now, you can catch me on stage competing in the IFBB Fitness division, coaching present and future competitors for the stage, and competing with my CrossFit team around the region. Regardless of the sport, competitiveness is in my blood!