Nicole Golden

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden has been a health/fitness professional since 2014 when she left the field of education to pursue a full-time career in fitness. Nicole holds a Master of Science degree from Concordia University Chicago in Applied Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Nutrition. She is a NASM Master Trainer, CES, FNS, BCS, CSCS (NSCA) and AFAA certified group fitness instructor. Nicole is a sports nutritionist (CISSN) certified through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She is the owner of FWF Wellness where she specializes in corrective exercise, nutrition coaching, and training special populations. She has a great deal of experience working with a wide variety of clients including female athletes, cancer survivors, older adults with medical comorbidities, and clients who have undergone bariatric surgery. She also has a special interest in coaching clients in recovery from Substance Use Disorders. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and five children when she is not training clients or teaching fitness classes.

Recent Posts

wellness Nutrition

The Connection Between Diet and Mental Health

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
As coaches and fitness enthusiasts, we often think of nutrition as a variable to manipulate to achieve weight loss, strength gain, a specific body composition, or to enhance performance in sports and recreational activities. However, the thought of ...
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stretching

The Benefits of Flexibility: Why You Should Stretch More!

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Flexibility refers to the range of motion of the muscles and connective tissues at a joint (Page, 2012). Flexibility can differ from joint to joint and often decreases with advancing age.
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Weight Loss

Normal Weight Obesity: How to Manage a 'Skinny Fat' Body Composition

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Many of us (and our clients) have a fixation on the weight scale. We judge our fitness, progress, and unfortunately, at times, self-worth, based on that number that appears on the scale when we step on it first thing in the morning.
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Weight Loss Nutrition

To Cheat Meal or Not to Cheat Meal: The Great Dieting Question

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
One of the most common questions I am asked as a nutrition specialist is my feelings on cheat meals and whether I encourage clients to take them. Cheat meals are, by definition, a meal that does not follow the prescribed nutrition plan.
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Nutrition

Refeeding 101: Should We Periodize Energy Restriction?

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Dieting, or rather, caloric restriction is a practice used by the general population to achieve weight (hopefully fat loss) and many types of athletes including but certainly not limited to professional bodybuilders (i.e., physique athletes).
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CES spotlight

Exercising With Chronic Pain: How to Alleviate Stress on the Body

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Chronic pain is defined as any pain from an injury or condition lasting more than 12 weeks. Many potential clients seeking a certified personal trainer, yoga class, or corrective exercise specialist do so in hopes of using exercise to mitigate chronic ...
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CES spotlight

10 Effective Shoulder Pain Exercises: Correct Your Shoulder Today!

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Shoulder pain, prior injury, or overall dysfunction is a very common problem in both the athletic and general populations in a personal training practice. A complaint of shoulder pain occurs in 16 to 26 percent of adults and is the third most common ...
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Weight Loss wellness

Preventing Stress-Related Weight Gain: 4 Strategies You Should Try!

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Many adults, especially those between the ages of 20 and 50, report high levels of psychological stress. Many of us are constantly over-scheduled, over committed, overworked, and fail to spend adequate time on self-care.
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CES

Overuse Injuries and How to Correct Them

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Do you or your clients complain of bothersome pain in the shoulder, knee, hip, foot? Perhaps you or your client do not remember any sudden injury leading to the pain? It may be described as a pain that moves around and waxes and wanes.
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Sports Performance

Sports Injuries: Their Prevention & Treatment

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
There is nothing quite like the disappointment of excitedly starting an exercise program, preparing for a new season of your favorite sport, or attempting a personal record (PR) only to find yourself injured and on the sidelines. It can also be very ...
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