Nicole Pike is serious about her time in the gym. She works this hard every single day – sometimes three times a day. She says it’s a big change from just a few years ago. “We realized we were overweight, we were chain smokers, and we were just really unhappy.”
Nicole and her husband decided to change their lives after their daughter was born. They had a new baby and they took baby steps. Nicole laughs thinking back on that period in time. “We thought changing our diet was like eating fish sticks because it was better than eating fast food!”
The Pikes started exercising at home. Then they joined Farrell’s, and eventually started doing triathlons. “Once you get started – or at least once we got started, we couldn’t stop,” Nicole explains, “you want more, to see more results, to test yourself and see how far you can get with it.”
They were lean, mean, competitive machines. But Nicole wanted to try something new, figure training. “It’s like facing your fears…you want to face it,” she says.
We’re trying one of the workouts – and it’s a brutal back and biceps day. Once we finish bent over rows – it’s on to pull ups. The work is hard – but worth it. “It’s so mental,” Nicole explains, “eventually your body just goes with it. It hurts, but you have to push your head past the ‘I can’t’.”
We keep that in mind as we gut it out through cable pullovers and Nicole explains why she started blogging about her fitness journey. “A lot of people would say – there’s no way I could do what you’re doing, or I don’t know how you do what you do. I wanted to share it with people so they got a realistic point of view and so they knew they could do it.”
You might think she’s making it sound easy. But as we blast our way through biceps curls Nicole explains just how hard it’s been at times. “I was having hard time with the dieting part of it and I found myself in a library parking lot on the east side of Des Moines with a tray of Long John Silver’s in my lap! I’m like looking over my shoulder – is my trainer going to pop out of that bush over there?!?”
She’s human – just like all of us. That means there are parts of her workout she really hates. It is hard work, but Nicole has some serious motivation. “It’s about the example we’re setting for our daughter – it’s a legacy we get to leave and hopefully she’ll carry it on to her kids.”
You’ll find Nicole’s blog here. It’s informative, insightful and funny!