Nicole Arseneau is a Fitness expert par excellence. She is a multi-faceted individual as a mom of three boys, published fitness model, writer, author, nutrition and body transformation coach, entrepreneur, and secondary math teacher. Her own health and fitness journey has been filled with ups and downs, just like many others. After trying various diets without lasting success, she turned to a coach (Coach Jaclyn, Team Strong Girls) for help. With her guidance and her exposure to the natural wellness industry, she discovered a sustainable weight loss method and achieved her own body transformation. This experience, along with her education from Coach JVB’s (Owner of Strong Fitness Magazine) Strong Formula Program and further courses on nutrition, fitness, weight loss, women’s health, gut health, hormones and body sculpting, led me to develop her Empower, Balance, Thrive methodology for complete body transformation.
As a highly qualified professional, she holds a Hons. BSc. in Biochemistry with a minor in math, Bachelor of Education, PN-1 Nutrition Certification, NCI Nutrition Certificate, BCI Certificate, Strong Formula Certificate (Strong Fitness Magazine certified coach), and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer. She is also the co-founder of the Centre for Advanced Medicine Inc., a published Fitness Model, Writer, and Author.
As a busy mom, she has learned five important life lessons that she wish to share. Growing up in an environment of poverty and addiction, she learned to be resourceful and value education as her key to a better life. She worked hard through high school and university to pursue her passion for math and science, and eventually found a career as a teacher, which she fell in love with. Her experiences has taught her the power of independence and self-confidence, which she try to impart on to the younger women as a mentor.
She has learned the importance of prioritizing her own well-being, which has allowed her to be a better mom and wife. Fueling her body with whole foods and staying active has been a priority for her family, and she encourages women of all ages to take control of their health, as well.
Her experiences have taught her the power of education, independence, and self-care, and the importance of empowering and supporting other women along the way.
She is a teacher, co-founder of a non-profit organization focused on providing a safe space to mentor young women, and alongside her husband, she has designed, built and currently co-owns three state-of-the-art medical clinics; www.advancedmedicine.ca. Advanced Medicine and Innerstrong Fitness bringing together a functional medical approach to optimal health. She believes optimal health can only be achieved through working on the integral function of each of the body systems coupled with mindset, weight bearing, endurance training. Her clients are taught sustainable lifestyle methodologies interwoven with state-of-the-art functional medical modalities that are proven to enhance performance, recovery and the body’s ability to break down fat.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Nicole Arseneau an exceptionally talented Fitness expert, writer, author, nutrition and body transformation coach, entrepreneur, and Fitness model here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, her beauty secrets, and her success story.
Where were you born and had your early education? Later you became a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer. This propelled your career to the height where you have been a leading fitness expert. Tell us more about your professional journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance.
I was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and grew up in various small towns in northern Ontario. Later, I attended the University of Manitoba, Laurentian University, and Nipissing University. Life has presented both challenges and wonderful experiences. As a child, I faced my fair share of struggles, but they fueled my inner drive and determination to pursue education as a means of changing my life. I’ve always had a strong desire to empower women in my social network and those I teach to do the same. I’m incredibly grateful for the amazing people in my life who shared their knowledge and skills, believed in me, and encouraged me to follow my passion and use my abilities to help other women become confident, strong and fit, and to reach their full potential.
You hold Hons. BSc. in Biochemistry with a minor in math, Bachelor of Education, PN-1 Nutrition Certification, NCI Nutrition Certificate, BCI Certificate, Strong Formula Certificate (Strong Fitness Magazine certified coach), and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer. How this educational background has been the catalyst in becoming a leading Fitness Expert and a Fitness Trainer. Tell us more about your professional life and achievements.
My educational background has been an integral part of my journey as a leading fitness expert and trainer. My degree in biochemistry with a minor in math has given me a deep understanding of the science behind nutrition and fitness, allowing me to design personalized programs that are both effective and safe for my clients.
My Bachelor of Education has also been invaluable in my career. As a secondary teacher, I was able to develop strong communication and leadership skills that I have applied to my work as a fitness trainer. I am able to connect with my clients and motivate them to achieve their goals, whether that is losing weight, gaining strength, or improving their overall health.
In addition to my academic qualifications, I hold several certifications, including the PN-1 Nutrition Certification, NCI Nutrition Certification, training at the business coaching institute, Strong Formula Certification, GGS – Certified Women’s Coaching Specialist (in progress) and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer (in process). These certifications have allowed me to expand my knowledge and expertise in the field of fitness and nutrition, and to offer my clients the latest and most effective training methods.
As a co-founder of a non-profit organization for young women, I have also been able to use my knowledge and experience to guide and mentor struggling young women, emphasizing the importance of education and knowledge in creating a better life. Through my work as a fitness expert and trainer, I have been able to empower women of all ages to be strong and confident, both physically and mentally, and to achieve their full potential.
You are the leading fitness expert, published fitness model, writer, author, nutrition and body transformation coach, entrepreneur, secondary math teacher, and a mother of three boys. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
My achievements as a fitness expert and trainer include are being featured in several fitness publications, including Inside Fitness Magazine, and being recognized as one of the top trainers in the industry.
I am a leading fitness expert, published fitness model, writer, author, nutrition and body transformation coach, entrepreneur, secondary math teacher and a mother of three boys. I manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle by using these strategies.
- Time management – prioritizing tasks, delegating responsibilities, and setting realistic goals and deadlines to effectively manage time.
- Self-discipline – maintaining a consistent schedule and sticking to commitments, even when facing challenges or obstacles.
- Multitasking – being able to handle multiple tasks at once and efficiently switch between them.
- Delegation – utilizing resources available, such as hiring employees, delegating tasks to family members or outsourcing, to help balance responsibilities.
- Self-care – prioritizing one’s own mental and physical health, taking time for self-care practices like exercise, meditation, and relaxation.
- Continuous learning and growth – consistently seeking out opportunities for personal and professional development, staying up to date with industry trends and evolving fields.
- Networking and building relationships – forging mutually beneficial partnerships and connections in business and personal life to support one another and create opportunities for growth.
But it is important to note that not all individuals are made the same and some are able to handle more than others. That does not mean that one is better than the other. We are all unique. What works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to find what strategies and techniques work best for you, and to constantly reassess and adjust as needed. Balancing multiple responsibilities and interests can be challenging, but with the right mindset and approach, it’s possible to thrive in all areas of life. I set goals and go after each of them with intention, show up consistently and little by little achieve all my goals.
What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
I started my fitness journey working out at home. I have since moved to a gym setting. I have a well-rounded resistance training program that includes a variety of exercises to target different muscle groups.
Hip thrusts, deadlifts, barbell squats, lunges, and Bulgarian split squats are all compound exercise that engages multiple muscle groups at once, making them effective for building overall strength and muscle mass. These are the exercises I use to put a focus on the lower body, which can be especially important in building a toned and muscular lower half.
I also incorporate dumbbell 45-hypers to target the glutes, which is an important muscle group for overall lower body strength and aesthetics. The seated hip abductions and kickbacks are also great exercises for targeting the glutes and building a strong, toned posterior.
In terms of cardio, I incorporate the Stairmaster or fast-paced walks on the treadmill or outdoors into my routine. These forms of cardio can help improve cardiovascular health, burn calories, and even aide in recovery by increasing blood flow to the muscles.
Finally, I incorporate upper body exercises like dumbbell side lateral raises, chin-ups, push-ups, lat pull-down, standing military presses, and incline barbell presses into my routine. These exercises can help build upper body strength and muscle mass, creating a balanced physique.
Overall, my routine seems to incorporate a good mix of compound exercises, glute-specific exercises, cardio, and upper body exercises. It’s important to continue to challenge yourself with progressive overload, gradually increasing the weight or reps over time to continue to see progress.
Five Day Home Routine For you to Try:
Day One – Arms and Shoulders
Arm Circles (1 set – one minute)
Jumping Jacks (1 set – one minute)
Seated shoulder press (three sets of 12)
Front Raises (pronated – 3 sets of 12)
Front Raises (supinated – 3 sets of 12)
Lateral Raises (3 sets of 12)
Bicep Curls (4 sets of 15)
Alternating curls (4 sets of 15)
Triceps Pushdowns (4 sets of 15)
Tricep Dips (4 sets of 15)
Foam rolling to cool down
Day two – Glutes and Abs
Jumping Jacks (1 set – 1 min)
Squats (1 set 30 s)
Single Leg Glute Bridge (4 sets – 12)
Jump Squats (4 sets – 12)
Romanian Deadlifts with Resistance Bands (4 sets – 12)
Kick Backs (4 sets of 12)
Leg lifts (4 sets of 12)
Cross Body Crunch (4 sets of 12)
Toe Touches (4 sets of 12)
Foam rolling cool down
Day three – Fat burner
Warm up – High knees (3 sets of 30s each), Butt kicks (3 sets of 30s each)
Walking Lunges (3 sets of 30s
Dumbbell punch outs (3 sets of 30s)
Squats (4 sets of 30)
Scissors (3 sets of 30s)
Oblique Crunches (3 sets of 30s)
Day Four – Chest and Back
Warm up – Arm circles (1 set for 1 min), Jumping Jacks (1 set for 1 min)
Push-ups on knees (4 sets of 12)
Standing Low chest flys (4 set of 12)
Standing high Chest flys (4 sets of 12)
Bent over Row (4 sets of 12)
Lying Pullover (4 set of 12)
Kneeling Single Arm Pull down (4 sets of 12)
Foam rolling cool down
Day Five – Legs
Warm-up – Jumping Jacks (1 set – 1 min), Butt kicks (1 set – 1 min)
Squats (4 sets of 15)
Reverse Lunge (4 sets of 20)
Forward Lunge (4 sets of 20)
Glute Bridge (4 sets of 20)
Dumbbell Calve Raises (4 sets of 20)
Foam Rolling cool down
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