Hi, My Name Is Nicole

I am a strength coach for women runners who want to become faster and avoid injuries without getting bulky.

Why am I passionate about strength training for women runners?
 I fell in love with running in 2006. For many years this has been my favorite and only form of exercise.
 
However, once I progressed in my training, I became more interested in other aspects of training than simply pounding the pavement.

I It was no longer only about going for a morning run but also about following a training plan, improving my PR’s, and reducing injuries.

A popular running magazine recommended strength training, and so I tried to do push-ups in the evenings.

Admittedly I was hesitant.

“I will do only a few because I don’t want to look like a man.”

This very thought ran through my head one night.

I was a female runner, afraid of strength training.

I was a female runner believing all-too-common myths about lifting weights.

Fast forward to today, and I am as passionate about lifting heavy as I am about running far. The benefits are too numerous to ignore.

My mission is to support women runners in reaping those benefits themselves while discovering that the fear of “bulking up” or becoming “too muscular” is unwarranted.

Science and self-experimentation guide my approach

I am a huge science geek and love self-experimentation.

Not only when trying to optimize my training, but also when figuring out the best nutrition strategy. I devoured every nutrition book I could find, determined to figure out the right fuel for me. Some of my experiments include years of vegan eating, a few months of paleo, years of low and zero carb.

Suffice it to say I now feel pretty much immune against diet dogma.

Through my experiments and obsession with science papers, I am familiar with various, sometimes conflicting, training, and nutrition philosophies.

My goal is to guide you through the jungle of information and help you to become a more robust runner and an all-around strong woman.

And just in case you wonder: yes I am a certified coach in both fitness and nutrition (through the Academy of Sports). I am also Precision Nutrition certified (Level I).

Additionally I am a certified online online trainer through the Online Trainer Academy.

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