Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicky Perry.
Nicky became a certified personal trainer through NASM in 2008 and started her personal training and bootcamp businesses in Honolulu, Hawaii where she lived for 3 years before moving back to California. She was lucky in that word about her spread quickly and she was featured in two magazines, the local newspaper and on a morning news show within her first year of business.
She became a personal trainer because despite playing several sports, she struggled with her weight throughout her teens and twenties. She finally learned the proper science behind fitness and nutrition and went on to achieve and maintain her personal goals through proven and maintainable lifestyle changes. She applied all she had learned when she decided to start competing in figure and bikini competitions. Despite placing first in several shows, the true reward was knowing how far she had come in her understanding of weight management.
Based on these experiences, her personal mission is to help other people who have felt intimidated by public gyms the way she did in the past and to help them associate fitness with feeling empowered and successful. She believes there is no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness and nutrition, and what might work well for one person may not for another. Regardless of the client however, all her programs are created from the standpoint of correcting or maintaining proper postural alignment so that everybody may move efficiently without pain or injury. While her specialty is men and women with fat loss and/or lean muscle gain goals, she also loves working with older populations, kids and teens, clients coming back to exercise after injury and fitness competitors preparing for a show.
Today she travels to clients’ homes, workplaces or takes them to one of the several private gyms out of which she trains. She has also developed a proprietary mobility workout that she is presenting to Corporate clients looking for a wellness program to reduce their medical costs and to help their employees reduce the stress levels and correct the postural issues that result from prolonged sitting.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I am lucky in that word about my business spread quickly in the close-knit community in Honolulu. Upon moving back to San Diego, I struggled with networking and rebuilding my client base in a much more competitive landscape. I even decided to abandon my love for fitness and helping others with their fitness goals to try my hand at real estate. But I quickly realized that I had abandoned my true calling in life and came back to personal training. Before I went back to working as a full-time trainer, I made a 3 month commitment to take a step back and go back to being a student of fitness interning with Todd Durkin and the fitness quest team. That experience reignited my passion for fitness and gave me the confidence of knowing I could stand confidently next to some of the best trainers in the industry. Now after over a year of being back working in fitness full time and giving my all to my clients, word is spreading and I am busy again. I have truly lived the motto that if you do what you love, everything else will follow.
Nicky Perry Fitness – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I offer personal training, semi-private training (groups of 2-3) and group training such as bootcamp classes and a proprietary mobility workout that I have created. My personal passion is people with fat loss and/or lean muscle gain goals, as I struggled with my own weight for two decades but then went on to become a fitness competitor and to learn how to maintain a physique I was proud of year-round by making some minor but foundational lifestyle changes. Lately however I have seen first-hand how the lack of proper posture can lead to the injury cycle and prevent people from living pain free much less ever being able to achieve their fitness goals. Therefore, my current focus is help people in the work force to reduce their stress levels and pain by addressing and correcting some of the postural dysfunctions that arise from prolonged sitting in a corporate environment. What I am most proud of is my early success as an independent entrepreneur and the word of mouth referrals I get from my happy clients. I think my clients appreciate the fact that I have faced many of the struggles they face and that I am a living testament to the fact that you can change your body and maintain that physique by implementing a few, basic lifestyle changes.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being featured in 2 magazines, a local newspaper, on a morning news show and on countless websites as a trainer and fitness competitor. Also, my clients succeeding and seeing the improvements in their confidence, outlook and physiques is the most fulfilling feeling I have ever experienced.
- Website: www.nickyperryfitness.com
- Phone: 619-724-3777
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instragram.com/Nickybikini
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NickyPerryFitness
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/Nickypbikini
- Yelp: www.yelp.com/biz/nicky-perry-fitness-personal-training-san-diego
- Other: www.linkedin.com/in/NickyAghaipour
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