I’m Nikki, a mother, Women’s Wellness Coach and owner of OptiMum P.T. I first started working in the fitness industry in 2000 after finishing my degree in Dance Performance. Sports and fitness have always been my passion, so after working as a dancer it felt like a natural progression to move into Personal Training. I worked with clients one to one and as a manager in several studios in London. I instructed classes from Spinning to Body Balance and couldn’t get enough! After 7 years of teaching back to back classes and clients, my body became fatigued and so I decided I needed a change. I retrained as a PE and Dance teacher with an aim to inspire children to look after their bodies and find joy in movement.
In 2010 I moved to Cambridge, worked in an amazing school and whilst teaching had two children of my own.
A tricky pregnancy and a big baby (11lbs 4oz), left me with a large dysfunctional diastasis (tummy gap) and hip problems. The lack of sleep and time zapped any motivation to do what I had loved, exercise. Post natal depression hit with the absence of sleep and I felt I had lost myself somewhere in the process of becoming a mum. I eventually found an amazing trainer who helped me reconnect with my body and get it functioning as it should. My love for movement returned and I felt like myself again.
This encounter inspired me to reach out to other women and use my experiences and qualifications to return to working as a Fitness coach. I took my Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Instructor qualification and then became a graduate of Burrell Education’s revolutionary courses in Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Prescription and Nutrition. Leading onto their 3rd age Peri- Post Menopause Wellness Coach Certification. I also became a Holistic Core Restore® Coach enabling me to run programmes to help women with their pelvic and core health. Teaching classes and seeing women become confident in their bodies brings me so much joy.
I aim to reach out and support women to enable them to become the best version of themselves. It is a privilege for me to help women find strength on their journey through motherhood and beyond.
“To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world”
– Dr Seuss
Look after yourself!