My Transformation – By Nichole Rahim, CPT

by Frank Baptiste on September 9, 2014


Flashback to 2008, I weighed in at 225lbs. I was the fat girl. My eating was out of control, fitness would never be attainable for someone like me. At least, that’s what I thought every minute of every day. I hated my body. I felt completely helpless and was masking it even more with food. I always knew I wanted to be athletic, I joined a swim team in the 4th grade and won my first few competitions, but no one came to my meets, so I quit.

Throughout my life, my enormous heart paired with rock bottom self esteem allowed me to get used and taken for granted in intimate relationships. I didn’t think I deserved any better. Eventually I decided to make a change. I took a leap of faith and applied for a job at a gym.

When I began working at the front desk of a high-end health club I had a deep rooted fear of this particular genre of people, (the good looking, successful, and athletic) judging me. What I discovered instead was astonishing. By showing my professionalism and letting my personality shine through, I was appreciated and applauded. People genuinely started offering advice to help me begin my journey. One personal trainer in particular took me under his wing and started training me 5 days a week. A year later and 50lbs lighter, the fitness manager of this gym offered me a job… as a personal trainer.

Fast forward three years and the same fitness manager, (Frank!) asked me to join his team at FranklyFitness. Today I am a force to be reckoned with. I have discovered the balance of being the true me at heart and feeling the same way on the outside: STRONG. HAPPY. CONFIDENT. I pride myself in knowing that I’ve helped many people over the years find their own transformation, both mentally and physically, and recognize coaching as my calling in life.

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nelson September 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Thanks, Nichole, for your courage and strength to bring this presentation of your experience to light, as it is a boon and blessing to all those who seek to release a helpless perspective and accept knowledge of themselves to embody through action that which they see themselves to be!

Yetsa September 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Nichole! WOW! For sharing your journey, for sticking to it, for taking people on their own, thank you! So glad you had the courage to find, refine and then share the real you with the world… We’re blessed and better for it.

Note: I still don’t think this gives you license to persistently and aggressively undermine my 3 second seated rest breaks during Play To Win class — 3 seconds, Nichole!!! Jeez!!!! Can I live??? Just saying.

I’m so proud of you,

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