I’m Nicole. I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, went to college at UNC: Chapel Hill, and now live in Boston. I’ve always loved writing, and after college, got a job working as an Editor. While stringing together sentences is great and all, I was also intensely passionate about health and fitness (and fashion), and started Pumps & Iron as a way to meld my interests together. Although it was only meant to be a hobby, this little blog started to grow in popularity, and suddenly I was faced with the real possibility of turning my love of health and fitness into an actual career.
No longer doing the ol’ nine-to-five thing, I got my Personal Trainer Certification from NASM, and am in the process of training to teach fitness classes in and around Boston, while still focusing on Pumps & Iron. I’ve never been happier!
What does your weekly workout schedule look like?
My weekly workout schedule varies all the time—I love switching it up! The length and type of workout(s) I do each day depend on my schedule, what I’m in the mood for and what projects I’m working on for Pumps & Iron. To give you an idea of what that looks like, I do a regular My Week in Workouts blog post that breaks down a random week. You can check them all out HERE.
What is your diet like?
I’m an everything-in-moderation (including moderation) girl. I don’t stick to any strict rules, but am dairy-free except for the occasional bowl of ice cream or sprinkle of cheese on my salad. You can read more about why I nixed the dairy HERE and HERE. I also try to limit the amount of meat and gluten I eat, and I start almost every day with a juice (I do weekly juicing posts on Sundays; you can find them all HERE).
That’s a general overview of how I eat, but I also do a What I Ate Wednesday food dairy post once a month that shares everything I ate in a day. You can check all those out HERE.
How do you make your workout tutorial image collages?
I do basic photo editing with iPhoto (cropping, adjusting color balance and lighting) and then I use Adobe Photoshop Elements to resize the images and arrange them all together with text in a tutorial collage.
What are some of your favorite blogs to follow?
I read so many awesome blogs that it’d take up my entire sidebar if I listed them all! And with some blogs I follow, I don’t even read them—just love the pictures. I use Bloglovin’ to keep up with them, so you can check out my profile THERE to see what my daily reads are. As you’ll see, they run the gamut—fitness blogs, food blogs, fashion blogs, personal blogs, lifestyle blogs, photography blogs—everything.
While I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and stand behind the effectiveness of all the workouts I post, when you try them at home or at the gym, you’re doing so at your own risk. Unless I’m right there with you monitoring your form and taking into account your current level of fitness and physical limitations, I can’t take responsibility for any injuries or accidents that may occur.
Sometimes kickass companies send me free clothing, workout gear, snacks and other goodies, which I then wear or feature on Pumps & Iron. This exchange, albeit a pretty sweet blogging perk, doesn’t affect my review of the product—my opinions are my own, and I promise to keep it real with you. I’ll also always let it be known that I received the item for free, either by explicitly saying so in the blog post, or by adding a “c/o” (courtesy of) in front of the product.
Affiliate links appear on Pumps & Iron from time to time as well, from which I receive some compensation (usually only upon purchase). They’ll only pop up when fitting, and I never alter the content of my blog posts around links—unless of course it’s to offer you all a great deal or discount off a product I love. I appreciate your support, as there are hungry mouths to feed around here (most notably, mine).
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