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Nika 🦄 I'm 6 ft  Vegan 🌱 BSc• ACE CPT/FNS/SCS CrushFit Athlete YouTube & snapchat:Fitnika Personal training & nutrition coaching 📧

I wanna make a supersonic man out of you 💥

The row machine did NOT prepare me for actual rowing, thankfully @mbalaguer has a little experience as a D1 rower 😏

I've been doing a push/pull/legs split for my workouts and each workout has been brutal but also amazing. I included my push day workout if you swipe left. Give it a shot and let me know how you feel 😂😂 I also went to @ewcboulder today and it was HANDS DOWN the best waxing experience of my life. I've been going to European Wax Center for the last few months (only waxing place I trust after years of HORRID waxing experience). If you're in Colorado, you should absolutely check out the Boulder location. If you mention me (nika, fitnika, tall giant with blue hair, whatever you feel like 😂) you'll get $5 off hollaaaa
Top is @musclebabesapparel
Leggings are @nike

I haven’t talked about my own training/nutrition/health protocol in a while so here it goes!

1.I don’t track macros. I’ve been intuitively eating for about a year and a half and I absolutely love it. 
2.Speaking of diet, I’ve been a vegan for over 4 years. It’s a lifestyle that works for me. It’s helped out my IBS more than anything else I’ve tried (i’ve been diagnosed with it for 8 years) so my gut stays nice and healthy. I recover from workouts quickly, I always have energy and I feel strong as fuck while eating plants. I found my “niche” in terms of diet and it’s served me well.
3.I’m in the gym an average of 3 days per week. I spend about an hour to an hour and a half at the gym and I do my best to make sure the muscle group I trained is shaking at the end of the workout. 
4.I usually take 2 full rest days a week. I’m not going to pretend I’m ~fit & active~ on those days because I’m the exact opposite. I engage FULL sloth mode and potato hard on the couch (on the good days I am also eating potatoes on the couch). 5.The other 2 days I go out and I hike/explore.
6.I sleep 9 hours a night. Yes, 9 hours (sometimes a little more hehe). I go to bed at 9 every night and I wake up at 6/6:30 with a ton of energy. Sleep is SO important in keeping stress levels down, cognitive function, recovery and about 10,000 other things. 
8.I prioritize my mental health over anything and everything. I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and if it’s an anxiety ridden day, I will focus all of my attention on taking care of myself and making sure that the following day is significantly better. If my brain is sick and not functioning, the rest of my life is not functioning and the only way I can make life run smoothly is if I focus on my mental health.

The smolder is so extra 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ Also shoutout to @brave.face for editing out my nips because I was too lazy to put a bra on (my life story)

Yesterday I DESTROYED my legs by doing 11 sets of leg press (don't ask, my masochistic trait took over) and now I'm wobbling to the bathroom and ordered Postmates because I'm scared to walk up and down 3 flights of stairs. HAPPY SATURDAY 😂

“Immigrants make America great”
I know this is a ~controversial~ topic, but I wanted to share my story as a refugee who came to the states 20 something years ago.
In 1994, my family and I came to the United States as refugees from former Yugoslavia. There was a horrible war and genocide that tore the country apart. My parents were both taken to concentration camps in different towns when their town was seized. My mom was 6 months pregnant with me.
Thankfully, the red cross came and took my mother so she could deliver a healthy baby (hey y’all) and they lived apart for months until my dad literally broke out of the concentration camp and came over to Croatia to meet my mom and me. Shortly after, we were granted refugee status to the United States.

For the first 4 years we spent in America, my mom, dad, brother and I all slept on one mattress donated from the Salvation Army in a 1 bedroom apartment because it’s all we could afford. My parents each worked two jobs for YEARS so that we could afford to move into a larger apartment and then shortly after, a house. They worked their asses off so my brother and I could have a better life and they succeeded. They truly fulfilled the “American Dream”. I’m sharing my story to give you one perspective you may not see everyday. America was founded on the land of opportunity and that’s exactly what it did for myself and my family. I’m 10000000% certain I wouldn’t be where I am, who I am, what I am if it wasn’t for this country. America is my home and I love it dearly, but there are others seeking not only opportunity here, but a place where they can be safe from daily bombings.
This country is made almost entirely of immigrants, and that’s what makes it great. Different peoples of different cultures coming together to live in a giant melting pot of ideas, dreams and hope, working together towards a brighter future. Please be kind to those who came here as immigrants seeking that and think twice before you judge someone for being one.

Real talk: @alexisclairefit is the sweetest person I've ever met in my life and her sunshine personality makes me the happiest ever

(before the sappy caption hits, how tf did I not know I had scoliosis when looking at this picture? GLAD MY SPINE IS STRAIGHT AGAIN)

I was browsing through my mega old pictures the other day (circa 2013) and stumbled across this first photo. It was taken about two months after I first started lifting, however I was incredibly sick with an eating disorder. I remember my thoughts being at war with each other about whether I wanted to build muscle and wanting to be as small as possible.
4 years and 40 pounds later, I know I made the right choice. Over the last few years I’ve learned how to move my body in a way I enjoy, nourish it properly, treat it with kindness and care, and love it deeply.
Lifting weights has changed my life for the better. Seeing my muscles get bigger and stronger has filled me with so much pride, joy and empowerment.
If you’re struggling, I encourage you to pick the route of health, happiness and love. I encourage you to seek professional help and treat your body with care 💕

Do you ever get overwhelmed with happiness and beauty that you cry? That's been my life for the last month and I can't put into words how happy I am to be alive and that I get to explore magical little places on this wonderful planet.

I've been taking ~le fitness~ outside of the gym more (and going to the gym a bit less) and I'm LOVING it. I find cardio super boring when doing it in a gym, so when I can take it outside, it makes it a million times more enjoyable! I've been going on more and more hikes that high key kill me but leave me feeling incredibly good and exceptionally happy (the mountains are my happy place ya feel?) which makes me love my body more and more everyday.
I know I've said this before, but find YOUR happy place in fitness. Do whatever gets to active and going. There is no "right" way to do this, so whether you enjoy lifting, running, yoga, climbing, hiking, power walks, circuits or whatever it may be - DO IT and don't feel bad for not fitting into an arbitrary fitness "mold". Our bodies are meant to move, so move them in whichever way you enjoy!!! P.S. ONLY A FEW MORE HOURS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AMAZING @crushfit SALE!!!!

"On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it" and let me tell you, the sand dunes are a big slice of heaven.

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