If there’s one thing you should know it’s that workouts shouldn’t hurt.

Hi, I’m Nikki. I’m a Pilates teacher, massage therapist, and fitness educator with over a decade of experience helping people build strength, improve mobility, and overcome injury.

If there’s one thing that I wish everyone knew it’s that workouts shouldn’t hurt. 

My original approach to fitness – aka beat the crap out of yourself – left me so debilitated by pain that even though the thought of slowing down gave me hives, I knew something needed to change.

I ditched the extreme behavior and discovered that all the incredibly unsexy information in the exercise science textbooks were right. When you combine moderation with thoughtful application, you stop getting hurt and start getting results.

And if that sounds ridiculously straightforward, it’s because it is. Fitness is only complicated, because we make it that way.

Certifications + Education

B.S. Exercise Science | B.S. Journalism | Certified Pilates Teacher | Licensed Massage Practitioner (license #MA6040661)| Balanced Body Bodhi Teacher Trainer | ACE Group Fitness Instructor

After doing everything the hard way + a whole lotta education, here’s what I know for sure:


  • Slowing down isn’t about being boring. Working hard isn’t about being sadistic.

    It’s possible to have fun, challenge yourself, and incorporate enough restorative stuff to finish your workouts feeling better than when you started – not unlike how you can add bacon to Brussel sprouts for a more well-rounded meal, because while #veggies are important, bacon brings the party. 

  • There’s no one right way to do things. YOU get to define what fitness means to you.

    It’s cliche AF, but life is so much better when you have autonomy. While I’m happy to offer guidance, my secret hope is that you realize you’re capable of more than you thought and you have the power to get yourself to where you want to be.

  • You don’t need to be perfect. You just need to be practical.

    Following an insane program that leaves you crying into your weird overpriced protein shake too sore to lift your glass ain’t gonna work – at least not long term. It makes a lot more sense to commit to moderate effort and accept that life happens.

    The good news is if you’re generally consistent, then imperfect choices aren’t a big deal. This means having the freedom to enjoy an adult beverage, eat a processed food, and occasionally skip a workout.

    There’s no such thing as fitness heaven, but even if there was one, all the fun people would be in the bad place. You bring the pie. I’ll bring the bourbon.

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And when I’m not busy offending the clean eating gods, I also work as a freelance writer. I’ve been published in Greatist, Girls Gone Strong, and the Balanced Body blog.

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And if you’re dying to know more, here are three things most people don’t know about me:

  1. My current workout obsession is heavy lifting, but there was a time when I was terrified of the weight room.
  2. My audible account is a shame spiral of trashy vampire romance novels.
  3. I got my first fitness gig when I was 19 after the Pilates teacher at my gym stole a bunch of company money and ran away to Jamaica. I showed up for class and the group fitness manager asked me to teach it!

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(Who has the time to make their own yogurt?)

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