About OptiMum

My Story

I’m Nikki, a mother, Women’s Wellness Coach and owner of OptiMum P.T. in Cambridge.  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 am a Holistic Core Restore® Coach enabling me to run programmes to help women at ALL phases of their life, with their pelvic and core health. I am also a fully qualified sports massage therapist and can work with abdominal scars.  Teaching and treating women and then seeing them 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.

My Qualifications

  • Mother of two
  • YMCA Personal Trainer Award
  • YMCA Fitness Trainer Award
  • YMCA Exercise to Music Award
  • Level 3 Active IQ Award Designing for Pre and Postnatal exercise programmes
  • Burrell Education Optimal Nutrition and Lifestyle for Postnatal Healing and Recovery
  • Pulse Spin Instructor
  • AFAA Practical Pilates ™
  • Burrell Education Modern Pregnancy Exercise
  • Burrell Education Modern Postnatal Assessment and Exercise Prescription
  • Burrell Education Advanced CPD in Modern Postnatal Assessment, Core Restore and Functional Exercise Programming
  • Barre Concept Instructor
  • Menostrength® Coach
  • Burrell Education Pelvic Floor and Core Foundations.
  • Burrell Education Working with pre and postnatal clients outdoors
  • BA Hons Dance Performance
  • QTS PE and Dance Teacher
  • Holistic Core Restore® Coach
  • Burrell Education’s 3rd Age Woman – Peri to post menopause Wellbeing Coach
  • T3 Education Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist
  • Burrell Education: C- Section, hysterectomy and abdominal scar massage therapist.
  • Burrell Education: Breath Better for soft tissue therapists
  • APPI Comprehensive Pilates Mat work instructor
“To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world”

– Dr Seuss

Look after yourself!