Nora Porter has strong drive for helping others achieve better health and well-being, which is why being a kettlecoach at Seattle Kettlebell Club is such a fantastic fit. Plus, starting next month, Porter will continue her quest in being someone who assists people by starting school at Seattle Central University where she plans on getting her nursing degree.
“I wrote down everything I wanted out of a job and what I wanted to give to the world, and nursing lines up” Porter said. “I really feel strongly about caring for people.”
Previously training at Columbia City fitness where she met SKC’s owner Nikolai Puchlov who was just getting into hardstyle kettlebell training at the time. The two would often try out kettlebell moves together. When Puchlov got involved with kettlebell sport, Porter followed in suit.
Porter admits that she does not come from an athletic background, but at this point in her life she sees herself as a “pretty good athlete."
“I was working in the service industry, and not feeling super great about my health or looks," Porter said. “I decided to make some pretty big changes in my life about five years ago.”
Within the first six months of kettlebell training, on top of losing ten pounds, Porter felt more coordinated and had more energy and confidence. She also found herself dabbling in running and other fitness interest.
Kettlebell training has led to many lifestyles changes for Porter as well. She doesn’t drink despite being a part-time bartender at Lottie’s Lounge, and she’s become a way healthier person and claims her only vice is coffee.
“If I want to have a good workout and have good competitions, then I’m going to have to hydrate and eat and sleep well,” Porter said.
Although being a bartender and fitness instructor seem like polar-opposite jobs, they both allow Porter to bring out her social side, for she loves meeting and talking to people and working in the fast-paced environment.
Outside the kettlebell world, Porter enjoys going to Metal shows and hiking, and since she was young, she’s always liked the aesthetic of tattoos. In fact, she has 16.
“I like being able to curate how I present my body to the world,” Porter said.
Being someone who loves boosting others, Porter enjoys seeing members of SKC gain the confidence and physical strength that they didn’t know they had.
“My heart and desire go towards people who are coming from ground zero because I totally know what that feels like,” Porter said.
Porter says the sport competitions can be super nerve-racking and scary, but being up in front of a bunch of people motivates her to swing her best kettlebell forward.
“I’m a Leo, so I like people paying attention to me,” Porter joked.
Seeing two of her oldest friends succeed in their dream business is another reason Porter loves being involved with the club.
“Everybody who comes here is a very special and amazing person. The clients are incredible; the other trainers are incredible,” Porter said. “The community that has been built is such an honor to be a part of.”
Porter has been a trainer at SKC for about a year, and she teaches both GAP and Sport classes. To find out when Porter instructs, visit seattlekettlebellclub.com/calendar