Written by Sarah Bourne Perillo
Have you ever met someone for the first time and instantly been drawn to their energy and charisma? That is how I felt the first time I met our Mom of the Month, Nicole! Nicole has a welcoming and upbeat personality. Whether you are grabbing a bite to eat or struggling to finish a set of burpees, she is there to support you and make you smile.
As the manager of m.e.l.t. fitness (m.e.l.t. is an acronym for more energy, less time) her job is to encourage, support and essentially give you the butt kicking you need to make yourself better, healthier and stronger. The m.e.l.t. Workout is a 30 minute group personal training experience for busy people of all fitness levels who want to drop body fat fast and tone up now. In just 30 quick, but painful minutes, you will experience the “m.e.l.t.ing effect”— the immediate surge in energy and increase in your metabolic rate that will allow you to burn calories throughout the day. The greatest thing about m.e.l.t. is how accessible it is for busy parents. As a working mom, with a busy schedule, the 30 minute workout, combined with multiple class offerings, makes m.e.l.t my favorite fitness destination.
Let’s meet and learn more about this fabulous working mom/health coach/role model.
Nicole’s Runitlikeamom Run-down:
* I have a two-year old son named Brandon.
* I have been a personal trainer for five years. I work for m.e.l.t. Workout as a coach and manager of the Simsbury location. I am also a part-time Licensed Massage Therapist and have been practicing massage for 10 years.
* Staying active is super important for me mentally. Although my little guy is super busy, I need to get in a workout at least 3 to 5 times a week. I don’t do well with sitting still for long periods of time. After my son was born I had some post-pardon depression and had a very hard time taking the baby weight off. One thing that got me out of it was working out with my m.e.l.t. Family. I was able to refocus after my 30 minutes at m.e.l.t., and it was nice to get that small amount of time to myself and hang out with other adults! Now it is a part of my weekly routine and I feel like a great workout sets me up the rest of my day!
* In terms of fitness goals…I have always had a love-hate relationship with running. Even playing sports most of my life, I was better at playing defensive positions that involved less running! Just this year I ran my first official 5K race that didn’t involve food coloring or mud, and since then I have completed four of them. My goal for this year is to add some mileage by spring and increase to a 10k or possible half marathon. For me, running is totally mental, but when I run with other people I don’t hate it as much! A long-term fitness goal of mine is to do a triathlon, not a full crazy Iron Man, but a sprint triathlon of some sort. I just have to get past the dark water thing and perhaps learn a stroke other than the doggie paddle!
* The funniest things my son has said…Brandon just started talking a lot, right before he turned two. His big thing is repeating everything you say, so a lot of what comes out of his mouth is very funny. Lately he likes to walk around the house announcing when he “toots” and says “p.u”….I am guessing this is a good look into my future with a boy!
* If stranded on an island with my family I would bring… 1) A photo album of my entire family- I think talking about your family history and sharing stories with your kids is really important. It gives them a sense of who you are and how they got here. I loved hearing my mom talk about her crazy childhood with three brothers and a sister and how different life was for them; 2) Lots of books- especially our Harry Potter collection (nerd alert). We have been reading to Brandon since he was in my belly. It is a very special part of the day, our down time as a family, and 3) A lot of sun tan lotion- all three of us are very pale 🙂
* My favorite indulgence is Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Buttercup ice cream…hands down! I gave it up for a year to get to my weight loss goal after Brandon was born. It is definitely my favorite cheat 🙂
How did you start working at m.e.l.t Workout?
I was doing massage therapy full-time and was feeling burnt out and a bit unfulfilled. I have always been on the go, and I think my adult A.D.D. was really kicking in, so I decided to pursue Personal Training. Joe Carabase, owner of m.e.l.t. Workout (before it was created), was one of my instructors. He took me under his wing and offered me an internship which involved driving around to different in-home and corporate bootcamp sessions, with a bunch of equipment in our cars. In August of 2010, m.e.l.t. Fitness Studio was created, and we had our first location in South Windsor where we focused on Large Group Personal Training for all fitness levels. It has since evolved to two additional locations, Glastonbury and Simsbury, and the name m.e.l.t. Workout. I really found my passion for helping people with fitness and nutrition. Although I love massage therapy, helping people discover their inner warrior and having them reach goals way out of their comfort zone is what I love the most! I have recently become the General Manager of our Simsbury studio, which is very exciting because it is the town I live in!
You mentioned you played sports most of your life, do you have a favorite?
I grew up playing a lot of sports but my focus was on dance. I competed throughout my adolescence and taught for over 12 years. I have since hung up my dance shoes as an instructor and don’t get to take classes very often. However, you can never take the dance out of the dancer. For fun, B Man (my son) and I have random dance parties in the house. When I can, I also love to take dance therapy classes, improvisational movement classes are so good for my soul! I took an amazing one at Kirpalu, and highly recommend it!
When I walk into the m.e.l.t. studio I always read the slogan painted on one of their walls, “Progress not Perfection.” This is a wonderful concept we can use, not only in our fitness routines, but in our family life and parenting roles as well! It is this kind of mentality that makes m.e.l.t. such a great sponsor, and we are proud to be affiliated with both the company and the amazing people who make up the m.e.l.t. family.
Thank you, Nicole, for filling us in on what it means to be a kick-ass m.e.l.t. Workout instructor AND a great mom. To learn more about m.e.l.t. check out their website, or go visit them in person at their Glastonbury, Simsbury, and South Windsor locations!
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