I’ve worked with Nicole for 9 months, twice a week. I knew of her from just being a member at Life Time Fitness, where she was a trainer and taught some classes I took. For several years, I admired her posts on social media, in which she emphasized the importance of proper nutrition as a form of preventative medicine, as well as the power it can have in healing chronic disease and illness. The results of some of her clients were really impressive. I saw that she worked with clients on healing their bodies from the inside out, training smarter and not harder. These ladies looked amazing and more importantly, they said how great they felt.
I have been a frequent gym-goer for 13 years, working out 5 days a week very consistently. Although my diet was much more healthy than the average person's, I definitely wasn’t eating clean consistently and drank wine with friends during our weekly gatherings. After I had my first child, I got back to the gym and my pre-pregnancy body pretty quickly, but I decided it was finally time to take it to the next level with my fitness and lifestyle. Nicole was just coming back from her maternity leave, so we were both new moms. I have to admit, I had thought of hiring her in the past but was a little intimidated by her since she was an IFBB pro bikini athlete. I wasn’t sure I’d be as strict with the nutrition as she would suggest. After finally signing up for sessions and meeting with her, I quickly realized that my assumptions of her were completely wrong! She explained that everyone comes to her at a different level, and she was the furthest thing from being intimidating. She’s easy to talk to, very open and honest, and will be your biggest cheerleader!
Nicole helped me tremendously with cleaning up my diet. Within the first three weeks, I got amazing results following her plan. The fat literally melted off, and I lost 2 pant sizes within a month!! And the best part was that I was doing a lot less cardio – only 30 minutes twice a week! I used to avoid lifting weights, except in group fitness classes. She helped give me confidence in the weight room, and now I lift weights 5 days a week. I love the variety of her workouts and have never repeated the same workout twice. A few events (vacations, weekend getaways) made me fall off track here and there, but with Nicole’s guidance, I’m always able to get back into my size 2 pants without the extra bulge. She has also taught me not to beat myself up and that it’s okay to let life happen and get off track sometimes. I tend to be very hard on myself, and she has worked with me on that in our sessions.
On another note, when I first started working with Nicole, my daughter had been getting sick with colds on and off. She referred me to someone she had worked with in the past who helped me with detoxing my daughter and getting her on some good quality supplements. So, not only was I getting healthier with Nicole’s nutrition plan, but so was my daughter. My husband has also slowly been influenced by my healthy lifestyle. He often lacked energy and felt bloated and sluggish during the day. He signed up to work with Nicole on nutrition, and she first got him off of gluten and dairy. He noticed immediate improvement.
During our sessions, we talked about many things, not just nutrition and exercise. She’s really knowledgeable on a lot of subjects, especially when it comes to emotions, communication, and relationships. This is important because people often don’t think of their emotional well-being as having a connection with being physically and nutritionally fit. However, many times people have underlying issues that hold them back when it comes to starting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle - both inside and outside of the gym. Nicole has been such a positive influence in my life, and she’s so much more than a trainer to me. She’s been a mentor, given me great advice and referrals, and lifted me up when I was feeling discouraged. She’s a great example of practicing what she preaches and respects that everyone is on a different journey. Hiring Nicole was one of the best things I could have done for myself and my family!
Before I started working with Nicole, I also took the adrenal test that they offer at Life Time. After reading some of her posts on adrenal fatigue, I was pretty sure that I had symptoms of that. I felt like I needed 10+ hours of sleep a night and was often still tired during the day. The test was very helpful in that it showed my cortisol levels at different times throughout the day. Based on this, there were recommendations on supplements to take at different times throughout the day to help support my adrenal glands. I wasn’t able to follow the plan right away, as I soon discovered I was pregnant. But after I started with Nicole, I began taking the supplements daily, and they definitely make a difference in how I feel.
In addition, I recently retook the active metabolic test with Carlos Lopez (I had previously taken it about 3 years prior) because I was curious as to whether I improved from my last time taking it. I was really encouraged by the results, which were above the “optimal” range! The test showed that my body is very efficient at burning fat, and he commented on how my diet must be really clean! I got these great results by eating right and following my workout plan. The test proved that what I was doing was working!
My daughter is now almost 2-years-old, and even though I'm getting a lot less sleep than I used to, I have more energy these days. I love that Life Time advocates a whole body perspective when it comes to fitness. Per Nicole’s suggestion, I also occasionally incorporated Pilates workouts when I was tight or sore. I learned how to foam roll different areas (not just the lower body), which worked wonders for times when I was tight in my shoulder complex. It’s not about beating your body up all of the time! We all need balance and a multifaceted approach to help us reach and maintain our long-term health related goals.