416Life Team: Meet Robyn Shaw
Robyn is the Nutrition Coach at 416Life and the girl behind the program. She is currently studying for her Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. She has experience and a passion for opening peoples eyes to the world of flexible dieting so they can reap the same benefits she had through her time working with a coach.
Who are you and where are you from?
Hey! I’m Robyn Shaw, originally from Manotick. It’s a cute little town about a half hour south of Ottawa. I loved everything about growing up there and still miss it. I moved to Toronto for school about 6 years ago and have finally adapted to big city living!
What are your favourite types of activity? Least favourite?
I competitive swam for a few years and still really enjoy swimming although I don’t do it nearly as much as I should. Most of my time is dedicated to CrossFit training now. I try and get out of the gym, ride my bike and take long walks with my dog whenever I can. It’s easy to get stuck inside the gym so I try and put in an effort to be active outside as much as possible. If I lived by a good surf spot, that’s something I would do almost every day.
What do you do when you’re not working or working out?
I’m currently studying for a couple different certifications, which I guess you could consider work as well but I really enjoy learning. I also spend some time painting or drawing to keep that creative side of me alive and chatting with my family as much as I can. I don’t have any of my immediate family in the city so I like to keep them all in my lives as much as I can.
Did you always know you wanted to be a CrossFit and Nutrition Coach? What was the plan before this?
Haha. This is funny. My Dad used to try and pay me to work out when I was much younger. I grew up with an incredibly active older brother and my Dad is also very active. So I was always around it but it took me some time to get into the fitness world and it’s a much more recent transition than you might think. I moved to Toronto to attend the Ontario College of Art and Design University and definitely fell into the artist lifestyle. Eating whatever I could, never really working out until about half way through my undergrad. I gradually got into CrossFit and it slowly became a bigger part of my life. I picked up coaching at CrossFit 416 shortly after graduation in 2015 and since then it’s turned into my passion. For a long time I wanted to be a full time artist and eventually open up my own studio/gallery space. It’s still a plan B!
Where do you find healthy recipes?
Pinterest! Love that place. I also have a few good websites I visit frequently like FitBeauties and KatiesFitScript. Honestly, I just look for recipes anywhere online and then make adjustments that will fit my macros a little better.
What’s the main positive thing you notice about living a flexible lifestyle?
It’s sustainable and it works.
How can you help a new client feel comfortable starting 416Life?
I want every member that signs up for the program to remember that I’m human as well and that I’ve gone through similar or same experiences with food that they have or they will. Food is incredibly emotional, and psychological and as a coach I completely understand that. I used to be (and sometimes still am) the queen of emotional eating and have slowly started to find a way to manage it into a way where I can still enjoy food that I love and be able to work towards my goals at the same time.
Any words of wisdom?
Every few months, check in with yourself and ask yourself what your goals are and what you’re trying to achieve through flexible dieting. Our goals are constantly changing so our diets should change too! We don’t have to be on a strict diet if our goals don’t require it. It’s best to find a balance where you can be happy with any diet plan you decide to be on.