I EAT, SLEEP & BREATHE FITNESS
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.
Health and fitness has always a huge part of my life, I’ve played hockey for 26 years and have 50+ seasons under my belt. I’ve had the pleasure of representing Canada all through North America, as well as on an international level over seas. I’ve played against and with some of the most respected female hockey players in the world. Hockey was not only my passion growing up but it also helped shape me into the person I am today. It taught me about goals and goal setting, it taught me about perseverance, what hard work really looks like, and being dedicated to accomplishing a goal. It helped me create a mantra in which I now model my business after. It encouraged to me always put my best foot forward and to never give up, even when the task seems impossible…
On July 2nd 2016, my close friends, family and I were out celebrating my 29th birthday by playing a friendly game of paintball. Since it was my birthday my friends thought it would be a good idea if it was everyone vs me. Of course, I thought this was a fantastic idea and a good chance for me to out run, duck, and dive paintballs. I was climbing into a tower as quick as I could to avoid being shot in the back, without really paying attention to where I was going. I stood up at the top of ladder and smacked my head on the safety bar at the top of the tower used to prevent people from falling out. I’ve hit my head a 1000 times harder then that this, so I didn’t think anything of it and continued to play. The next day my friend and I went to the gym to hit a heavy back day, we lifted for 2 hours and then proceed to head out to the mountains to do some longboarding. On July 4th, I woke up and the world was completely sideways, I couldn’t stand up straight, I had severe nausea and couldn’t not keep anything down. We rushed me to the hospital where I was diagnosed with a concussion.
Now, having played competitive hockey for 26 years I’ve had my fair few amount of concussions, but nothing like this. It was the absolute worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. The doctors kept saying you have to avoid stimulating your brain, which if you think about it is pretty much impossible. Everything we do as human beings stems from our brains. It’s like a hard drive for our body. You can’t simply just “shut off” your hard drive and expect the rest of it to work. My brain was completely out of sorts. I could be sitting on the couch and suddenly my heart rate would spike to 120 – yes, while sitting. Which in turn would be followed with a nasty bout of nausea, and mind splitting headache and some vertigo just to make things interesting.
For over a year now I’ve been struggling with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) caused by a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It has affected every aspect of my life. From exercising and my ability to work, to spending time with loved ones and participating in everyday activities. I’ve struggled with depression, insomnia, vertigo, chronic headaches, extreme fatigue, noise & light sensitivity, anxiety, atrophy and overall the loss of my life. I can honestly say that this has been the most adversity in my life I’ve ever had to overcome. Even though I have not fully recovered and have been told it could be years before I get back to where I was prior to the incident, I can truthfully say that if it wasn’t for my background in hockey, the values it established in my life and the things I do on a daily basis to continue to grow, I don’t think I would be where I am today. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and if it wasn’t for the adversity I’ve faced with my concussion, I wouldn’t be able live my life to the fullest, with passion, empathy, love and joy. I have a long road of recovery ahead of me but through this process I’m more motivated, driven and passionate to live my life at the 212th degree, and to inspire and encourage others to live their lives to the 212th degree as well.