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Nicolette, or Nic as she likes to be called, was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. This is where she fell in love with hockey. She started by skating on the ice and taking shots on her dad in between periods of his beer league team. What start as a fun thing soon became a passion, a hobby and a way of life. Little did she know that when she was just a little girl shooting pucks on her dad that this was the beginning of something that would shape her for the rest of her life. Nic played hockey for 27 years before a life altering injury took her indefinitely out of the game. She has had the honour of representing Canada on an international level and playing in the CIS for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
You could say this is where her passion for health and fitness stemmed from. Having played hockey at a high caliber most her life she understood the dedication, commitment, and ultimately lifestyle it takes to achieve that level of performance. This is where her mantra for her business came from 212 Degrees is something that was taught to her through hockey. It was about Igniting your potential both off and on the ice, being willing to dig for that extra degree, pushing yourself physically, mentally and emotionally to be able to put her best skate forward.
Nic started personal training in 2011, at first, she was a little unsure if this is what the future had in store for her, but she soon discovered that her passion for hockey, health and fitness had led her into the perfect career. After working in a box gym for a few years, she still felt like she couldn’t help her clients achieve their full potential. This is when she started 212 Degree Personal Training, with the goal to be able to reach out, inspire and ignite as many potentials as possible.
On July 2nd 2016, I sustained a life altering concussion. Having played competitive hockey for 27 years, I was no stranger to concussions, however, this concussion was the straw that broke the camels back. Imagine a Jenga® tower being held up by 1 brick on the bottom, if no one touches the tower it is likely to stay up on its own, yet the second someone tries to take brick out, the whole tower will come crumbling down. That is what the doctors said happened to me. My brain was functioning just fine on that one brick, but the second I hit my head my Jenga® tower came crumbling down and with it my overall health, brain health, livelihood, and lifestyle. On this PCS journey I have dealt with the following symptoms: Depression, PTSD, brain fog, insomnia, extreme fatigue, vertigo, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo migraines, daily headaches, noise & light sensitivity, anxiety, extreme exercise intolerance, and recognizing and dealing with a shattered self identity.
I bounced from treatment to treatment, doctor to doctor hoping I would find something that would help alleviate the symptoms, something that would help the fog go away so I could finally beat this thing. I’ve had 2 MRI’s and 1 CT scan, and consulted five different neurologists. I have used the following modalities to help treat symptoms: massage therapy, EMDR, LENS, acupuncture, chiropractor, functional medicine doctor, vestibular therapy, NUCCA, psychology, craniosacral therapy, osteopathy, homeopathic medicine, naturopath, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, medical marijuana and prescription drugs.
I never would have thought that this concussion would be so impactful on my life, forcing me to take massive steps back in every aspect of my life in order to allow myself to heal. You know what they say, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything”, I can whole-heartedly say that I have experienced this. I did not have my physical, mental or emotional health. I struggled with feelings of defeat, hopelessness and experienced suicidal thoughts. Fast forward 3.5 years to November 2019, a shift finally took place. My brain finally released the fog and pain and it allowed me to take a massive step forward in my concussion recovery. Although I know this journey is not over for me, it feels incredible to take a step in a direction of healing and progress. Initially in my life the 212-degree motto was primarily based around sports and fitness. After sustaining my concussion, and battling PCS and all the associated symptoms, it forced me to really dig deep and discover a whole new level of 212 degrees.
My intention as a coach and a trainer is to help as many people as possible live happier, healthier lives. Through coaching, guidance, unwavering support, and the occasional bout of tough love I want to help you discover what your 212 degrees is, not just in the gym but in all aspects of life. Together, we will tackle the physical, mental and emotional pieces of your health journey, because ultimately if we don’t have all of the pillars of health then we will never be able to boil hot enough to ignite your potential.