Easy to say but not always easy to do. It’s my trainer Nikki Ellis‘s mantra and tagline on the window of her new Cinch Training studio at 1 Orr Street in Heidelberg Heights. For locals, it’s the old Shu-Way shoe store completely transformed into a one stop health, wellbeing and fitness centre right next door to Jam and Cream cafe (where you can work off any scones eaten). My photos don’t quite capture how spectacular her new space currently looks but I love the aqua feature wall and Nikki’s sense of style. And yes, while Nikki sponsors this very blog, her studio was one I already went to as a new customer a number of years ago and I have followed her ever since. When you do find the right people for you, it’s important to stick with them and Nikki’s been part of my entourage of warm, supportive and inspiring people in my life for a long time now.
I’m happy to say it’s been a pretty seamless move from Macleod to Heidelberg Heights for her and the new Cinch studio space is more than twice the size of the previous one allowing for lots of room as it used to get pretty tight in the old studio. Nikki herself looks amazing particularly on the back of a recent procedure and a business trip to San Diego. As for her mantra, I think it’s hard to separate mind from body – if you cultivate a healthy and fit body, the mental benefits are priceless and you see this in something like the recent Invictus Games for those injured or ill after serving their country – Invictus meaning ‘unconquered’ and if you can conquer both your mind and body, there is nothing you can’t achieve.
The format for Nikki’s new classes is a bit different in that you’re given your own worksheet to follow so while it’s a bit more self-directed, it allows your respective trainer more time to check and correct technique and frees them up from having to facilitate the entire class. This format is also considered optimal for results as much as it was fun having different themes every week prior to the move. There’s a lot to be said for keeping things simple and consistent. I expect to be feeling it in my arms tomorrow!
Have a great long weekend for those of you lucky enough to have both the Monday and Tuesday off work – spare a thought for those of us at Universities who don’t get Cup Day off!