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Trainers Profiles

NICOLE MERRILL

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I am a married mom of four with a BS in Paralegal Studies and now a Certified PT and Certified Sports Nutritionists. I enjoy being outdoors camping, fishing, going for walks, bike rides, and enjoying the beauty of the midwest.

Age:
40

City, State/Province:
Nebraska

Country:
United States

Occupation
Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Sports Nutritionist

Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I think that weight loss is more of a health issue, but the two really go hand in hand. Weight loss is the top reason my clients come to me. I find along the way, they really fall in love with the fitness lifestyle and the whole process altogether.

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?

  • Fitness level: 50
  • Health level: 50

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
While I personally prefer weightlifting, I do incorporate other areas of fitness into my own training as well as my clients. What works for one may not work for another.  I also find that my clients put in more effort if they enjoy their workouts (as do I!).  So, adding in other training techniques, as long as it aligns with fitness goals, can be beneficial.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I work with my clients not only on their physical training, but also nutrition, how they view food, and how they view themselves. I educate on the importance of sleep, recovery, rest, nutrition, physical training, injury prevention/healing, and stress management.

Trainer Philosophy:
My philosophy is to nurture body, mind, and heart during the training process. Many of my clients have deep-rooted negative associations with food, their bodies, their weight, and so on.  My goal when training a client is to help them to heal and overcome all of those areas so that their success is long term and sustainable.

Training Plan:
Training includes an initial assessment and consultation. I then create a program based on my clients’ health needs, medical issues, and overall goals.  I meet with my clients often to assess and modify their programs as needed.

Nutritional Plan:
Nutrition is the biggest factor when it comes to fitness, in my opinion. Without proper nutrition, most workout plans will not be successful.  You need one for the other.  Depending on my clients’ goals is how we approach a nutrition plan.  I educate on macro and micronutrients, fueling our bodies properly, healthy views of food, etc.  I create meal plans for those with allergies or special dietary needs as well.

Supplement Plan:
There is a time and a place for supplements. Some clients are able to meet their nutritional goals without them.  I tend to lean more towards natural health and wellness, but there are a lot of great products on the market today that is cleaner and recommend those when needed.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
All-natural. Many supplements on the market today are leaning in that direction anyway, which makes it very helpful if supplements are needed.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines
Status provides a variety of fitness information and articles along with bios on personal trainers and even photographers. I love the vast amount of information that Status provides to its readers.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
The mentorship and invaluable education has been the biggest impact. I have learned so much and wouldn’t be where I am today without their help. I continue to learn and grow, passing what I have learned on to my clients.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
Why did you start this magazine and what is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
What an AMAZING opportunity!  Excited doesn’t even explain how that feels!

Future fitness goals and plans?
My future goals are to continue to grow my business and clientele, educating women on their bodies and helping them achieve their fitness goals. I plan to continue my education and training so that I can be as knowledgeable as possible.  My personal goal is to compete on stage.

Life goal?
My life goal is to be a positive example to my children. I want them to see my hard work, learn from my mistakes, and be healthy inside and out.

5 things people don’t know about you?

  • I love shoes and have A LOT of them.
  • I hate to cook.  I only cook because I have to eat.
  • Growing up, I always wanted to be a professional ice skater.
  • I find house cleaning relaxing.
  • I’ve never played sports before, only watched.

5 lessons you have learned?

  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • Nothing ever goes as planned. Learn to roll with things.
  • Only buy what you can afford.  Debt can be debilitating.
  • Not everyone is trustworthy and has your best intentions in mind.  Keep your circle small
  • The little moments make up so much of life’s happiness.  Stop and enjoy.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?

  • Being genuine
  • Kindness
  • Honesty
  • Hard-working
  • Considerate of others

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
As mentioned above, it would be my kids (which is actually 4 people). I want them to be inspired to make good choices and live their best lives.

Who inspires you? And why?
Oh boy, this is a hard question. I am so inspired by so many. I have friends who are trainers and coaches and I am in awe of them daily.  On a personal level, my husband and my parents are some of the kindest and hardworking individuals I know.  They show a lot of grace and inspire me to be and do the same.

Your transformation story
I’ve been in and out of fitness programs throughout my teens and much of my adult life. After struggling through seven years of infertility and multiple miscarriages, and then receiving a diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease, I threw myself into the fitness world out of desperation to better my health. This led me to my certifications and the deep desire to help others live a quality life. I am currently continuing my education and looking forward to specializing in women’s health throughout every stage of their lives.

Favourite quotes
Train with Intention

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Photo By: Georgia 

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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