I know firsthand how intimidating it can be to start a workout program. I remember staring at the weight machines in a gym thinking, "Now what?" I didn't understand why it was beneficial to incorporate strength training, and I definitively didn't know where to start. I also had fallen prey to the myth that in order to get fit, I had to spend hours riding a bike, running on a treadmill or sweating on the elliptical machine.

Having worked with clients for several years now, I can attest both personally and professionally to the benefits of a well rounded workout approach - cardio and weight training. Many of my clients start out at the beginning - learning how to lift weights and incorporating cardio exercise into their workouts. Weight training for beginners, with a focus on strength training for women, has become the focal point of my business. By combining strength training and cardio intervals, I've been helping beginners and seasoned exercisers increase strength and stamina.

My Story

I have always been active and enjoyed fitness. After having my son, I quit my full-time job to stay at home with him. Once I adjusted to being a mom, I picked up a project I had started before my pregnancy - getting my personal trainer certification. Since I received my certification, I've been busy training clients of all ages at various fitness levels.

I've run marathons, competed in triathlons, swam in open water races and tried every exercise class I could find. Throughout these adventures, I have been injured. I know what it's like to have your fitness routine derailed by an injury, and I know how frustrating it is starting from the beginning once you have healed.  As a trainer, I'm learning that you can stay active while injured - just not in the same way you did prior to your injury! I've also learned to train both myself and my clients,  so we are stronger, fitter and less likely to be injured.

Feel free to drop me a line if you are interested in starting a training program or want some ideas to change up your workout routine - knicholastraining@gmail.com.

My son and I posing in our Lawrence, Kansas Dog Days T-shirts. We earned the shirts after completing 25 workouts this summer!