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NikkiFitness

Crunch Manhattan Group Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

NikkiFitness is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor, writer and publicist living in New York City. She started as a cheerleader at Syracuse University, but became certified in fitness before her beach wedding so that she could get back in shape. Laura, a graduate student, working mom, and military wife, inspired Nikki's Military Wife Workout (MWW) for all military wives. Find more articles by Nikki at her Military Fitness Center archive. Learn more at www.nikkifitness.com.

Learn more about NikkiFitness' line of fitness DVDs. including the Military Wife Workout and Booty Camp:

5 May Moves for Muscles Before Memorial Day

5 May Moves for Muscles Before Memorial Day

My 5 May Moves for getting the beach body before Memorial Day are here! Follow these steps with 5-​​10lb weights and you manage to sculpt your triceps, biceps, shoulders, chest, upper back, lower back, glutes, inner thighs, calves, quads and abs!

Warriors Healing and Wellness Event

  • April 23, 2015
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Warriors for Healing

April is National Stress Awareness Month and May is National Military Appreciation Month as well as National Meditation Month; making it the perfect time for some expert tips on ways to manage stress and the powerful benefits of meditation and yoga.

RockMyRun: Free App to Rock Your Workout World!

  • March 4, 2015
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Rock My Run app

This March, you can run to the beat of your own drummer. Literally.

RockMyRun is a fantastic new app that not only blends music to a set workout-​​paced BPM (beats per minute), it also gives you the option of sensing your own beat – how fast your feet like to run, jump or do cardio in general – and pacing the music to your very own speed! (See below for a free offer!)

NikkiFitness Two-​​Week Resolution Kick-​​start Plan!

  • January 2, 2015
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It’s here. 2015. To make sure you can accomplish your strength, cardio, toning and weight loss goals (not to mention those awesome, feel-​​good endorphins), follow my plan.

NikkiFitness Faves: Winter Workout Holiday Gift Guide 2014

  • December 8, 2014
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Nano Foot Roller

Kick off fitness resolutions with holiday gifts from head to toe and hydration!

Fitness Instructor Goes Boutique Bouncing in NYC

  • November 3, 2014
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NikkiFitness Faves: NYC Boutique Class Review –4 in one week!

I work in fitness, and I love it so much, that sampling the city’s hottest boutique classes has become a hobby. Often, instead of going to restaurants, museums and Broadway plays, I multitask workouts and hang with friends at the newest fitness club or studio. I started thinking fitness should be fun at an early age as a college cheerleader at Syracuse University. After graduation, I became a fitness instructor to build my schedule with classes that mimic “practices with my best friends” — sweat sessions that didn’t feel like work even though they completely worked your body. Even while traveling, sampling the local workout is a must.

Power Pumpkin Workout

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Here’s a fun way to save your body from looking scary this Halloween: before you decorate the jack-​​o-​​lanterns with your family and friends, grab a heavy gourd and use to tone your trouble spots! My new video, the Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout (www​.nikkifitness​.com) was the inspiration for these moves, because you typically use a medicine ball or stability ball to perform them. My 4 year old is the reason we bought the pumpkin in the first place.

NikkiFitness “Back To Shape” Fall Fitness Faves Product Review

  • August 21, 2014
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Fall is around the corner, and while kids are going back to school, our barely-​​clothed beach jogging turns to bundled up runs, indoor gym classes and DVDs indoors again. My newest NikkiFItness Faves include tech gear that bends like a yogi, fitness clothes that look as good as they work, healthy fruit to keep summer sunshine in your veins, and tools to help everything from cracked, calloused feet to sore muscles.

Women Fight Fire with Fitness

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Former Marine Instructs Program That Aims to Move Number of Women in FDNY from Worst to Best in the Nation

While most New York Sports Club (NYSC) members are training to lose weight and look better, a group of brave women are hitting the gym with a bigger goal: to save lives and hopefully join the elite Fire Department of New York City (FDNY). NYSC is partnering with the United Women Firefighters Association by offering free training classes three times a week to women who are preparing their bodies for the FDNY Academy’s grueling physical exam.

3 Moves for Endurance Training

  • June 5, 2014
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Endurance training with Nikki Fitness

Take a trip to Summer Camp with these no-​​equipment strength-​​training moves that will get you in hiking, biking and swimming shape in no time!

Creator of the Military Wife Workout Releases New Video and App!

  • May 16, 2014
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The Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout with NikkiFitness is Available Now

Big Ball, Little Belly…

If you want to really work your entire body this summer, while your mind gets a mini vacation, gazing at a Caribbean beach, this is for you.

The Slimnastics Stability Ball workout with NikkiFitness provides a way to challenge your abs while working your arms, legs, chest, glutes and back. The key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of core toning to each full-​​range-​​of-​​motion Slimnastics move. With a mat and free weights, you work biceps and abs, triceps with abs, booty with the belly, and so much more. Summer beach bodies are made in the winter, so this is the perfect way to start a resolution and get the beach body you crave, quick.

NikkiFitness Faves Spring 2014

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Workout in Warm Weather on Land or Water with These Spring Trainer Tested and Approved Products! See these NikkiFitness Faves in action on her recent Fox & Friends segment.

Family Fitness Fun with Workout Bingo

  • April 22, 2014
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Family Fitness Fun with Workout Bingo

No need for word apps! Create your own witha fun game of Bingo!

One of the most common problems that people who make the commitment to begin exercising regularly have is how monotonous and boring workouts can become, especially if you’re working out at home, or alone. When most people start out with their workout routines for the first time, they’re excited and perform the exercises with ease, but over time, workouts can get repetitive and boring. At the same time, families are engaged in their own screens — TV, iPad, iPhone, laptops, and don’t spend as much time interacting with each other, or moving and playing, as they used to. I propose to get together and get fit as a family with a good old-​​fashion twist!

Four Free, Quick, Fit Videos For Office, Average (GI) Joes, Moms-​​to-​​Be, and Yogis!

  • April 15, 2014
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I’ve been busy — putting together lots of free and quick (and fun) workout videos for you and your whole family. Click on these free, super-​​quick workout videos I did for KnowMore​.TV for the best exercises to work your triceps, biceps, shoulders, upper back, lower back, pecs, glutes, thighs, low abs, obliques, quads and calves and stretch it all out. Some you can even do at your desk with exercise bands or tubing!

Improve The Move — Treadmill Edition

  • March 10, 2014
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Sometimes winter is just too cold to workout outside, so instead of skipping it, sweat in the warmth– inside on the treadmill!

Too boring, you say? I have the antidode: “Improve the Move” with action on the machine. Print out this “running map,” and follow along. The bonus: changing it up makes the time fly and the calories fly away!

Red Carpet Workout: Oscar-​​worthy Arms Succeed with Failure on the Last Rep

  • February 24, 2014
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Oscar time means body critiques of red carpet stars. Many people now start to focus on their fitness routines geared to their own red carpet moments, a big birthday or wedding perhaps? To get inspiration from these Oscar bodies and a start on your big event, I put together some moves where you test your arm muscles to the extreme, doing three back-​​to-​​back sets for each muscle group — going from heavy, to medium, to light weights. This is one time when FAILURE is a good thing! You want to work with weights and reps that leave you thinking you just can’t do one more.

Improve the Mood: The Winter Workout for Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • February 5, 2014
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This never-​​ending winter bringing you down? The slush, snow, ice and frigid temps make it tough to continue New Year Resolutions, and might even be an energy drain. If you are feeling tired, depressed, lazy and have the Winter Blues, I have the antidote!

Improve the Move: Burpees and Push-​​ups

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If I had to pick just one cardio move as my favorite for all its benefits, it would be the burpee. If I had to pick one muscle sculpting move, it would be the push-​​up. If you love these moves, but want to give them a multitasking makeover, read on!

Improve the Move: StairMaster Workouts!

  • January 7, 2014
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Improve the Move: StairMaster Workouts

Love climbing the stairway to a heavenly butt? Want to go from the couch to Kilimanjaro?

Here’s the deal…The StairMaster is a gym gem. When the resolution gym-​​goers are clogging up the ellipticals and treadmills, don’t fret, you can get a kick booty workout with this instead!! It’s been the toughest machine in the gym for 30 years and now you can try the at-​​home smaller version– the SM3 now! It’s great for getting in a quiet cardio workout (rather than pounding on the treadmill) if you have a sleeping child or neighbors nearby.

Whether you are just trying it for the firsts time, or have used it before, here are some ways to improve the move while doing a stair climbing workout:StairMaster dos and don’ts.

Exercise Essentials for the New Year

  • January 6, 2014
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Exercise Essentials for the New Year

As far as workout advice goes,  are fads and trends, and then there are tried and true trainer tips to Maximize your workout. My Exercise Essentials for 2014 are proven techniques that are here to stay. Incorporate them into your New Year’s Resolution Workouts to hit your goals.

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