Heather Eastman, NSCA-CPT

Background

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Heather happened upon a life-changing opportunity while earning her bachelor's degree from UCLA. Though her course work prepared her for a life in the medical field, Heather left it behind to pursue her love of exercise and fitness, earning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Council on Exercise. She finished her degree while working for the university at the renowned John Wooden Center as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor.

In her 12 years' experience training clients and teaching classes, Heather went on to work with health and fitness professionals from around the country and mastered everything from competitive bodybuilding to CrossFit to aerial silks. She enjoys art and travel, having already visited 28 countries on 5 continents, and when she's not exploring the world or attempting new challenges she loves to be home where she can cook healthy meals, spend time with her pets, and watch movies.

Heather's mission is to use her passion for fitness and her knowledge of training and nutrition to educate and motivate others to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Articles

  • Inez Carrasquillo: Breaking Barriers in Pursuit of the Title

    As a novice strongman competitor, Inez Carrasquillo broke world records in training. Now, she's a strong contender to become the next World's Strongest Woman, and the first Latina to claim the title.

  • Mental Health Takes Center Stage

    Bikini competitor and IFBB pro Emily Plajer faced tragedy early in life that gave her the perspective she needed to deal with her anxiety and share her strength with others.

  • Changing the Future of Mental Health and Athletics

    A panic attack derailed baseball player China McCarney's plans for competition. Years later, he's learned how to cope with his anxiety and is inspiring athletes around the world to do the same.

  • The Strongest Man in the World Gets Vulnerable

    Having won two world titles and spent 15 years in the Army infantry, Strongman Anthony Fuhrman can confidently say the strongest thing he's ever done is talk about his mental health.

  • The Movement: How Discovery Deadlift Gained Momentum

    What started as a solo adventure quickly became a social media phenomenon. Learn how Clay Cooper's outdoor approach is building a community and a movement.

  • How Deadlifting in the Wilderness Grounded One Man's Anxiety

    Self-taught powerlifter Clay Cooper took an unusual approach to coping with anxiety, changing the way he approached the deadlift and starting a powerful new movement in the process.

  • The Lift: Clay Cooper Found Balance on Uneven Terrain

    Packing hundreds of pounds into remote locations is no easy feat. Find out how Clay Cooper pulls off the king of lifts in some of the most beautiful and extreme locations on earth.

  • "I Was Going to End Up Dead By 30"

    Weighing nearly 500 pounds at the age of 21, Ethan Still chose life over almost certain death. A few years later, he stepped onstage 250 pounds lighter, proving change is possible.

  • Supplement Recommendations for College Students

    It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the supplements out there, especially for students with limited time and resources. Learn how to make the best choices for you and your fitness goals.

  • "It Took Me Being in a Wheelchair to Find Myself"

    Wes Hamilton proves that the moment you face your challenges head on and accept life's adversity is the moment you can completely transform your life.

  • "I Had No Idea Women Like Me Could Compete"

    Jessica Fauver (aka Warrior Jessica) started her journey at 354 pounds. Two years later, she's lost over 200 pounds and started a movement proving girls like her belong onstage.

  • "Without Bodybuilding, I Wouldn't Be Here Today"

    Years of severe anorexia nearly killed Hannah Gane, until she discovered bodybuilding and learned she could make her body, and her mind, stronger than ever before.

  • "I Went from a Little Guy to Morbidly Obese"

    David felt trapped in his body and was determined to prove he was still a hardcore athlete. He lost over 120 pounds, going from a 5XL to a small, and gained invaluable perspective along the way.

  • How BodyFit Turned One Man's Life Around

    Hayden Hendricks rediscovered his love of lifting after joining BodyFit and finding a powerful way to improve his mind and his physique.

  • "Eating Was the Only Way to Deal with My Husband's Death"

    After the sudden loss of her husband, Beny Hadid turned to eating to cope with her fear and grief. Now, nine years later, she's taken back her life and discovered that hard work and discipline are the secrets to overcoming anything.

  • "Just Because You're Obese, Life Is Not Over"

    Doctors told JC Danies he had two years to live. Eighteen months later, he's winning bodybuilding competitions and proving that it's never too late to turn your life around.

  • "I Dropped from a Heart Attack and Died"

    At 530 pounds, Blake Gauthier ignored all the warning signs that he was headed for disaster. A chance heart attack and literally being brought back to life turned his entire world around.

  • "I Think a Lot of Women Lift for the Same Reason I Do"

    After an abusive partner nearly beat her to death, Amie Mock began lifting to make sure she would never be weak again. Now, she's gained the muscle, and the emotional strength, to let others know they are not alone.

  • 20 Competition-Day Essentials

    No matter what level you're competing at, remember to pack these essentials to make sure your competition experience is fun and hassle-free!

  • Meet the Body Behind "Free Guy"

    Inspired by heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Aaron Reed has gone from competing as the world's tallest bodybuilder to WWE wrestling to being Ryan Reynolds' body in the new movie, "Free Guy."