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TRAINER:
CAROLINE NICOLIAN
 
LOCATIONS:
Pittsburgh, PA
 
CERTIFICATIONS:
P90X Live
Cycle Fusion
BodyPump
 
SPECIALTIES :
Weight Loss, Strength Training, High Intensity Interval Training, Aerobics, Building Lean Muscle, Fat Loss, Circuit Training, Endurance Training, BODYPUMP Classes, P90x Classes, Zumba Classes
 
TESTIMONIALS:

“When I first started training with Caroline, I weighed 220 pounds. At 5’7”, I was significantly
overweight. I started cycle training first because I have had many knee issues over the years,
including tendonitis. She made it so much fun with her choice of music and variety of bike
positions, but kept a stern and motivating tone to push me to my limits. After only a few weeks, I
had dropped down to 216. The next step was to develop a healthy diet plan for myself, and find
a fun and energetic way to incorporate more strength training into my fitness routine. She
opened my eyes to a plethora of information on nutrition and meal prep. She also encouraged
me to start P90X training, which I was very hesitant to do given my history of knee problems. I
ended up loving it! Caroline’s meticulous attention to form and glowing attitude helped me excel
at P90X and other forms of strength training, such as Bodypump. After a few more months of
steady diet, and a variety of different workouts a week, I have now lost 20 pounds, bringing me
down to 196. I feel healthy, strong, and confident. None of this would have been possible
without Caroline. She still pushes me everyday, and I know I’ll finally be able to reach my goal
weight, and continue my never-ending fitness journey!”

– Quinn Patrick Shannon

BIO:

I am a Pittsburgh-based actor, singer, and group fitness instructor. I have always lived an active lifestyle that eventually developed into a deep passion for fitness after I graduated from college, where I majored in musical theatre. I knew this major would be challenging, but well worth it, because I wasn’t afraid of hard work and I loved to perform.
 
In a performance arts educational environment (and in the world of the professional actor, which I am now a part of) how you look plays a big part in how much you work, and that can really affect your self esteem: especially if you’re like me and gained the dreaded “freshman fifteen”.
 
I never felt like I was good enough. Even though I worked very hard, received countless accolades from professors, and graduated top of my class, all I could focus on were the negative comments. “If only you could lose a few pounds”, “If only you could GAIN a few pounds”, “If only you were taller”…the list goes on and on. To add to that, even though I was dancing and working out almost everyday, I couldn’t lose the weight I’d gained.
 
By the time I graduated, I left with an impressive resume of lead roles, an extra fifteen pounds (and then some) that I couldn’t seem to shake, and a case of crippling self doubt. No matter how successful I had been all four years of school, I still didn’t feel like I was good enough. I relied on food as a comfort and escape.
 
After graduating, I hit rock bottom; I was the heaviest I had ever been, and felt more defeated than ever. There was no where to go but up. I slowly realized that I was paying too much attention to the opinions of others, and I knew that my confidence had to come from within. I needed to take back my power and I discovered my strength at the gym.
 
I started just as most people do: intimidated and nervous. But, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was so much stronger than I thought! I would coach myself in my head: “If I only could push myself a little more everyday!”
 
I would check all of my baggage at the door; “This is my therapy!”, I exclaimed, and I quickly found more confidence in all aspects of my life. Sure, I was thinner and stronger but, more than anything, I proved to myself that I was worth it and that I was capable of anything as long as I put my mind to it.
 
This confidence quickly followed me into other aspects of my life, such as auditions, performances, and public speaking. I started teaching group fitness for a number of reasons, but most importantly because I wanted to share this secret: fitness is for EVERYONE.
 
There IS a routine, a class, or a program for everyone, it just might take them a little time to find it. I encourage a friendly and supportive environment in order to find this. There is no room for judgement, only growth. Everyone deserves a chance to live a healthy life: both mentally and physically. Some of us just need a little boost, and a friendly reminder of something I learned on my journey: that “you are enough”.