A LITTLE ABOUT NICOLE
Nicole began her lifelong fitness journey with dance at the age of two, gymnastics at four, and was competing in artistic gymnastics by the age of six. She later switched to rhythmic gymnastics.
By the age of fourteen Nicole had received the opportunity to train at the United States Olympic Training Center and was a 4-time Texas State Champion in rhythmic gymnastics, 4-time Junior Olympian, and a member of the US Junior Olympic Academic Team.
Following rhythmic gymnastics she cheered competitively for three years becoming a three time All American cheerleader. Nicole went on to dance and cheer professionally for the NFL Houston Texans and the NBA Houston Rockets along with various other professional dance companies specializing in modern/contemporary and hip hop/street jazz.
Nicole has studied, trained, and competed in various sports such as Fitness America, CrossFit, USAW (weightlifting), USPA (powerlifting), and natural bodybuilding. She won Fitness America Texas in 2006 and Fitness America California in 2011 along with receiving the opportunity to be a contestant on American Ninja Warrior in 2013. She is the 2015 USPA California State Champion (48kg) and bench press record holder. Nicole placed in the top 10% fittest ladies in North America in the 2021 CrossFit Games Open and the top 10% fittest ladies in the world in her age group advancing her into the Quarterfinals and the worldwide age group online qualifiers. More recently, Nicole placed first in Sports Model and received Best Presentation at the 2023 INBA Southern California & Armed Forces Championships. She then went on to place first in Figure at the 2023 PNBA/INBA Zeus Classic where she also received her pro athlete qualification.
Nicole has over 20 years coaching experience and holds multiple coach, trainer, and specialty certifications under
- The Cooper Institute
- Movement RX Physical Therapy
- Yoga & Ayurveda Center
- And Many More
From a young age she knew she wanted coach and help people when she grew up. Nicole's passion and purpose in life is to empower others onto living their strongest, healthiest, happiest lives possible.
Nicole is the proud mom of two amazing kids. She enjoys training, adventuring, traveling, painting, playing in the ocean, gymnastics, dancing, yoga, and anything outdoors.
What is NZ Fitness Strength & Conditioning?
NZ Fitness training method is designed to build strength, overall work capacity, and increase lean body mass so that NZ Fitness clients have the ability to live their strongest, healthiest, happiest life possible. All program designs are derived from over 30+ years of experience in training and coaching including artistic & rhythmic gymnastics, CrossFit Gymnastics, bodybuilding, power lifting, tactical training, Olympic weightlifting, yoga & ayurveda, and US Olympic strength & conditioning training and coaching methodologies.
Nicole's mission is to support, guide, educate, inspire, both physically and mentally. Her goal is to create as strong, healthy, happy, consistent, and committed clients as possible. In addition to this initial task at hand she desires to create culture within the community that centers around life long wellness and a high quality of life. Nicole continues to passionately work on providing a sustainable system that can be implemented by anyone regardless of current fitness levels for the duration of NZ Fitness client’s lives.
Nicole's top priority is creating a training protocol that revolves around safety via optimal body mechanics, technique, and building a solid movement foundation. She wants her clients progressing across all domains as they continue building their base strength and overall conditioning.
|Coach & Trainer Certifications||Awards|
|FOUNDER, NZ FITNESS||CrossFit LEVEL 2 TRAINER||1ST PLACE IN MISS FITNESS TEXAS (FAP) 2006|
|OPEX CERTIFIED NUTRITION COACH||CrossFit LEVEL 1 TRAINER||1ST PLACE IN MISS FITNESS CALIFORNIA (FAP) 2011|
|OPEX CERTIFIED LIFE COACH||CrossFit GYMNASTICS TRAINER||USPA CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014|
|OPEX CCP L1 TOTAL COACH||CrossFit KIDS TRAINER||USPA CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPION 2015 IN 48KG CLASS|
|COOPER INSTITUTE PHYSICAL FITNESS SPECIALIST||CrossFit FOOTBALL TRAINER||USPA CALIFORNIA BENCH PRESS RECORD HOLDER IN 48KG CLASS|
|VR PERSONAL TRAINER||CrossFit CERTIFIED JUDGE||COVER MODEL FOR THE 2009/2010 NBA HOUSTON ROCKETS POWER DANCER SWIMSUIT CALENDAR|
|YOGA & AYURVEDA CENTER, RYT-200, 250 HOUR CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR||MOVEMENT RX ADVANCED ADAPTIVE STRENGTH TRAINER||1ST PLACE IN INBA SOCAL & ARMED FORCES CHAMPIONSHIPS - SPORTS MODEL 2023|
|INBA SOCAL & ARMED FORCES CHAMPIONSHIPS - BEST PRESENTATION 2023|
|1ST PLACE IN PNBA/INBA ZEUS CLASSIC - FIGURE 2023|
|PNBA/INBA ZEUS CLASSIC - PRO ATHLETE QUALIFICATION CARD 2023|
|MEMBER OF THE JUNIOR OLYMPIC ACADEMIC TEAM||SHAKLEE, RISE BAR|
|FORMER NFL HOUSTON TEXANS CHEERLEADER||NOCCO, FIT TOGETHER|
|FORMER NBA HOUSTON ROCKETS POWER DANCER||BARBELLA BOX|
|FORMER PROFESSIONAL DANCER FOR PLANET FUNK||TERRITORY FOODS|
|SELECTED FOR AND COMPETED ON AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-5||HEALTHMATE SAUNA|
|TRAINING CENTER IN COLORADO SPRINGS, CO||TOTO WRAPS|
Cheerfulness & Gratitude
Success begins with being grateful which is the root of joy.
Trust & Integrity
Being rooted in trust and integrity leads to longevity in every sense of the word.
Growth & Resilience
The best results come from overcoming obstacles and adversity.
Client and coach relationship should work together as a team matching each other's efforts.
Enjoying the Journey
It is about finding the joy in the process and taking pride in mastering the basics.
Amazing coach that is so sweet and patient and very talented and strong! I have been to several of her CrossFit classes and love every minute of it!”
I have been very lucky to be coached by Coach Z, she is a great coach and worked with me to improve my skills at a pace i could handle but also knew when to push me out of my comfort zone.
“Nicole is a stud! She came to our gym and gave an all-day seminar in gymnastics to our coaches. We left with a ton of knowledge that we are using to help our members and run a better gym.”
San Diego, CA
“Nicole is a professional in every sense of the word and a great coach. She will help you get where you need to go and keep you motivated to get there.”
Nicole is an amazing fitness coach/trainer. Her plans are intuitive and always aligned with my body’s needs. She pushed me in the way I needed to. She is professional, on time and she is also one of the nicest people I know!
Working with Nicole is the best! After almost four years of working with her I can confidently say she has helped me grow and step out of my comfort zone which has transcended into all aspects of my life. Thank you Nicole!! :)
I participated in the fully remote online personal training with Nicole and it was fantastically personalized to my needs and goals! It is amazing to workout under someone who embodies the fitness goals that I was working towards. I would recommend her to anyone who is willing to put in the hard work.
Nicole is awesome. She is always so positive she is a wealth of information when it comes to health and fitness. She goes the extra mile and above and beyond what she is paid for.
David V. Porter
Im James the owner of Arkaios Crossfit and I wanted to share my experience with Nicole and her Gymnastics seminar. First off she is absolutely AMAZING!!! and extremely professional. We coordinated the event via email. her response time to my questions were quick, detailed and didn't leave me needing to ask more. The day of the seminar she showed up early to meet with me asked me any dos or dont's of the gym and set up before the athletes arrived. she is very easy to talk to and made sure she took the time to get to know our athletes before it started. If you are looking for a gymnastics seminar you wont find better than Nicole!!
James S. Aiea
After attending on of Nicole's gymnastics clinics, I began working with her remotely on personal programming. I wanted to work on my handstands, specifically developing my handstand walking, and through her progressions and assistance I was able to learn how and can now HS walk effectively and easily on a regular basis! Thanks, Nicole!
Sara C. Dedham
Nicole (Coach Z) is an outstanding master of her craft; incredibly bright with a wealth of health and fitness knowledge. She is a warm and spontaneous personality; put simply, she is amazing! I am a 54 year old female, with an unending passion for fitness. I have worked out for the past 30 years without coaching, learning as I went, reading magazine articles and watching videos. I felt as though I had a solid foundation and an understanding of fitness knowledge--until I met Nicole. Because of Nicole, I am living a stronger, healthier and happier life!
Cindy K. Carlsbad
Nicole is more than an amazing coach, she is one of the kindness woman I have ever met and so patient and smart. If you have an opportunity to be coached by Nicole, DO IT !!!
Charlene P. Westminster
Nicole is a professional in every sense of the word and a great coach. She led my gymnastics certification and she took great pride in what she did over the course of the weekend. She is a sincere and knowledgeable coach who believes in having a positive mindset and doesn't let obstacles stop her. She will help you get where you need to go and keep you motivated to get there.
Greg D. Bryan
I met Nicole when I first started crossfit four and a half years ago as she was one of my first coaches. I was instantly drawn to her passion for fitness, health, strength, positive attitude and to help others reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives. I have watched this strong lady continue to blossom over the years and she never ceases to amaze me. It was a no-brainer when due to a certain twist of fate that I reached out to become one of her clients. Working with Nicole has been one of the most inspirational, positive and satisfying experiences I have encountered. Her strength, beauty and positivity shine daily. You will be doing yourself nothing but greatness by taking advantage of her knowledge and services.
Suzanne S. Encinitas
Nicole is amazing!!!! She's extremely kind and sweet and she knows what she is doing. I trained under her in Crossfit and I loved working with her. I was new to Crossfit and intimidated at first, but her kindness and down-to-Earth, genuine character made me feel comfortable and welcome. She is very knowledgeable in what she is teaching and can definitely "walk the talk". On top of being positive and kind, Nicole is a total bada$$! I still look up to her; she is truly inspiring. Nicole goes the extra mile and above and beyond what she is paid to do. If I still lived in California, I would definitely have her as my trainer.
Kellie G. Niceville
Nicole is hands down one of the best coaches I've ever worked with throughout my (7) years of CrossFit. She is a true expert in her field, genuinely cares about all her clients and leads by example! Highly recommend.
Taylor D. Encinitas
Nicole is a stud! She came to our gym (Performance360) and gave an all day seminar in gymnastics to our coaches. We left with a ton of knowledge that we are using to help our members and run a better gym. The investment of hiring Nicole is incredibly worth the money as you will leave more knowledgeable in a skill that a lot of athletes want to better learn. Nicole was outgoing, nice and incredibly patient and supportive during the entire day. It was an outstanding seminar, and I highly recommend Nicole's services. She rocks.
Dave T. San Diego
Nicole is one of the kindest people you will ever meet! Her smile and laugh are contagious and she is always so positive - not to mention she is a wealth of information when it comes to health and fitness. And don't let her sweet disposition fool you - she is one bad a** coach!!
University City, San Diego, CA