Nicole’s fitness journey began at a young age when she started playing competitive soccer. When she first started she wasn’t the greatest or the fittest player on her team, but that only motivated her to improve. She would train and practice for hours to become faster, stronger, and to develop sport specific skills, such as passing, dribbling, and shooting. Overtime, she built up her capacity as a player and became the captain of her team. Now, Nicole has graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Kinesiology and is currently working towards her Masters in Professional Kinesiology. Not only is she a fitness coach, but also a Nike Trainer and a full-time life athlete. Nicole’s hobbies include bike riding, cooking new recipes, and reading anything in the field of exercise science.
Favourite Way to Sweat
Nicole’s favourite way to get her sweat on is to begin each workout by challenging herself with a heavy lift. She will follow that with circuits or supersets to complement the lift and then end off with some intense and hear-pumping conditions. Here is an example of a typical lower body training day for Nicole:
- Heavy sumo deadlifts – 4x5
- SS1: Barbell single leg deadlift & hip thrusts – 3x10
- SS2: Stability ball hamstring curls & kettlebell swings – 3x10
- SS3: Cable pull through & deadbugs – 3x15
- Conditioning: 15 minute AMRAP (10 med ball slams, sled pulls, 10 air squats)
Favourite Way to Recover Post-Workout
Nicole’s recovery routine involves diaphragmatic breathing, foam rolling, stretching, and reading articles/books in the exercise science field.
Nicole considers her greatest accomplishment to be graduating with High Honours in Kinesiology from the University of Toronto and getting out of her comfort zone by competing in her first powerlifting competition in June 2018.
Living Your Best Life
To Nicole, living your best life means helping others become better versions of themselves and finding the perfect balance between work, education, self care and time spent with loved ones.