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 spotlight

Reasons Why You Should Become a Wellness Coach

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
It is somewhat shocking to look at statistics on death and chronic illnesses in the United States only to realize that many of these diseases are entirely preventable by lifestyle choices. Metabolic disorders (i.e., dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes), ...
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Senior Fitness Core Training

Core Exercises for Seniors: Why Training The Core is Essential for Older Populations

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Core stability and strength, while an important component of any person's fitness profile, is critical for the health and well-being of older adults. Conditions such as balance and coordination deficits, back pain, poor muscle endurance overall can be ...
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Core Training

No Love for Those Love Handles: Dispelling Myths About Body Fat Reduction

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Spare tire, breadbasket, muffin top, Jello pudding pack, and love handles are all terms synonymous with abdominal (belly) fat.
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CPT

Blood Flow Restriction Training: A Fringe Training Method or Effective Practice?

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training was initially developed in Japan in the 1960s and is also referred to as Kaatsu training. At first glance, BFR may appear to be an experimental and perhaps fringe training practice, yet it has received a lot of ...
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Weight Loss Cardio

Walking for Weight Loss: Burn Calories at Your Own Pace

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Sedentary behavior as defined as sitting or laying down (either at a desk, computer, television, or video game console) has been on the rise and has continued to increase after the COVID pandemic with the increasing prevalence of virtual/remote work, ...
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Women's Fitness Workout Plans

Squats for Pregnant Women: Prenatal Fitness Tips

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Co-authored by Nicole Golden and Jennifer Rought, Pre/Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist. Exercise during pregnancy can be quite beneficial though there are many myths and concerns surrounding safe exercise practices during this time.
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Sports Performance Women's Fitness

Weight-Lifting for Women: Why Women Should Lift

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Weight-lifting was historically an exercise modality that women shied away from for fear of being "too masculine" or "getting too big." Female strength sports did not become fully recognized until the 1970s and 1980s with the recognition of female ...
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CPT Research Study

Research Review: Adequate Dietary Protein Has Associated Benefits for Postmenopausal Women (60-90 Years)

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Ideal protein (PRO) intake is a topic of much debate in the fitness community as the benefits and recommended intakes can vary greatly depending on the source. Likewise, PRO needs can be considerably different depending on an individual’s baseline ...
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Research Study Nutrition Hypertrophy

Is a Calorie Surplus Necessary to Increase Skeletal Muscle Mass in Resistance Trained Female Athletes?

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Influenced by popular media and body image expectations; female strength athletes often engage in nutrition practices that may be counterproductive to a goal of skeletal muscle growth (hypertrophy). Many female strength athletes will pursue a goal of ...
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Research Study Weight Loss

Research Review: High Genetic Risk Individuals Benefit Less from Resistance Exercise Intervention

Nicole Golden
Nicole Golden |
Genetic factors play a role in response to exercise and body composition, as in most physiologic functions in the body. High levels of physical activity have been known to provide benefits beyond just weight loss, such as decreased disease risk, improved ...
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