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  • Book Review: From Bad To Badass Leader - 12 Leadership Lessons by Michelle D. Reines

    By Nikki Jarrett First of all, WHOA! I HIGHLY recommend this book to literally anyone who is in a management position, part of a team of professionals, a boss, CEO, or you work with other people in general. You don’t even have to be in a management position to read this book! Why?? Because this book also helped me to see I was in a toxic work environment with a boss and not a leader. There is a HUGE difference between a boss and a leader. And this book highlights those differences. Also, a big part of why I love this book so much is Michelle’s direct approach. She does not sugar coat anything. Which resonates with me because I have the same attitude - tell it to me straight and I tell it like it is. #noBS Now, the lessons are not exactly black and white, do this, do that, don't do this or don't do that. She gives you a story of the lesson taken from her own experience and you have to do the critical thinking, which helps you actually learn the lesson and apply it. The fun part about the book is there are actual worksheets with deep thought provoking questions. No one likes to dig deep and get to the dirty part of their flaws. But with these questions, you dig deep, but only if you really want to get the most out of the lessons and grow yourself as a leader! (HINT HINT: highly suggest you do!!) I cannot say enough about this book! I will be rereading this book every year too! But I’ll let you get super curious about it so you can read it! I found Michelle Reines through the Podcast Master of Fitness Business, if you want to check out their conversation click the link below: https://trainerjim.net/106-michelle-reines/ You can follow Jim Adams in instagram too! IG: @mifb_podcast But you can check her out (which you should because she awesome and I wish we could be friends in real life): IG: @badassleader12 https://badassleader.com This book will get 5/5 Stars from me:

  • Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

    By Nikki Jarret If you haven't heard of this book by now, I would be surprised. I am not the type of person who likes to follow trends or jump on the hype of things. This is a good example of just that. I was seeing and hearing of this “amazing book” and would get “you just have to read it” from everyone who has read it, with those crazy eyes! So, I gave in a month ago, bought the book, and now feel somewhat disappointed. Now, by no means does this disappointment come because it was a ‘bad’ book. It just wasn’t for me. I do think it’s ok to read a book and go ‘meh’ when everyone else is going ‘this is the greatest.’ As a trainer I deal with habits daily. Either my own or my clients. None of the information in Atomic Habits was groundbreaking or changed my life. There are some points I did enjoy his take on, e.i. building systems to meet our habits. For myself, I have subconsciously done this and see things in the light or if,then statements. If I want X goal, then I will have to do Y. In my experience, working with countless different people I can assure you, this is not always the case, and most people don’t actually have “systems'' built for their goals. That's where I come in as their trainer and help them either build the system one step at a time or help change the goal to be successful! I do recommend this book to those people who need help building good habits to meet their goals and to break the habits that are holding them back from those goals. And I can tell you, it’s hard to break habits. It is a very conscious effort to start, and can feel impossible to change. But, I do know that it is possible when you have someone guiding you and helping you build the system that works for you. If you feel so inclined to read the book you can find it on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Atomic-Habits-Proven-Build-Break/dp/0735211299/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=atomic&qid=1615834824&sr=8-1 I give this book a 4 star rating. Even though I personally didn't like it as much as I thought and was disappointed, I can see who this book really is for and how it can have a great impact on them. Let me know your thoughts on the book!

  • Book Review: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

    By Nikki Jarrett Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky About the Author: “Robert M. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at STanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museum of Kenya. He is the author of A Primate’s Memoir and The Trouble with Testosterone, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, he lives in San Francisco.” Why I Recommend this Book: If you are struggling to sleep, lose weight, or going on a supplement gold digging quest to find a solution to your health issue, then read this book. I talk about stress management ALL. THE. TIME. with clients and how important it is to manage their stress levels to reach performance goals and/or their weight loss goals. It’s easy to say but difficult to actually do and maintain because, as we all know, stress is constant. This gives you a deep dive as to what ‘stress’ is in this day in age, bc it’s no longer the fight-or-flight for survival. Stress can be caused by a simple thought in our mind, *cough cough ‘overthinkers’ couch cough,** and can literally cause a chain reaction in our body. He also dives into how the fight-or-flight response mode is different in women! Game changer for sure! Even though it starts out “sciency,” Sapolsky makes it easy to follow and understand the complexity of your system. I enjoyed learning the history on how we got here with science and how a rivalry between 2 scientists led to a great discovery about our hormones and the connection to the brain. This will be a book I’ll reread too, because of how much information is in it, you certainly can’t absorb it all in one read. Take your time reading it, and see how you can apply this knowledge to how you coach your clients. You certainly can recommend it to your clients to read it also. It might be beneficial for them to do the research for themselves! Why I Don’t Recommend this Book: This book took me some time to finish because it was quite a lot to read and absorb too. With a book that is based in science, I tend to take my time to really understand it. I look up things that are related because it brings up more questions! There are about 100 pages in the book that is just a “Note” section, which caused a deep dive into google! LOL I enjoy learning history about science but you can get sucked into a wormhole (fair warning, if you’re anything like me). Some may find this a bit much to read, but if you give yourself time and patience you can do it. Read 10 pages at a time and before you know you’ll have it read. As Always: I always want to be honest in these book reviews, but understand this is only my opinion and can differ from yours. I would love to hear your feedback on this book. Comment on it and we can chat! Star Rating: 3.5 Good info Lead to more learning A lot to absorb and understand Great guidance and simplification of the science. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to stay up to date with my reviews! Follow me on Instagram, Twitter @nik_a_lina and Facebook @NJTrainingsystems

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  • NJ Hike Club | Nikki Jarrett | Personal Training

    Join us on our next hike! Who: You and a friend! What: It's a hiking adventure! When: May 8th! Where: TBD ​ How to Join: Fill the 'Connect with Me' form below and message me "Hike Club" This Hike is a very special event for NJ Training. I encourage you to join us as we are hiking to help support a great cause that is dear to my heart and to many others in the Akron Community. ​ We will be hiking for Stewart's Caring Place on May 8th at 11am. Stewart's Caring Place is a local organization, that provides free services to those that have been touched by cancer. This is a great cause to help raise funds to give back to those who need help. ​ You can register to walk with NJ Training Hike Club for $20 and receive a Tie-Dying T - shirt Kit! Our goal is to reach $500 in donations! ​ OR ​ If you can't walk with us you can still give a donation to Stewart's Caring Place for any amount of your choosing! ​ ​ Join the Team! Donate!

  • Charity BootCamps | Nikki Jarrett | Personal Training

    We will be sweating for Stewart's Caring Place on May 1st at 11am. Stewart's Caring Place is a local organization, that provides free services to those that have been touched by cancer. This is a great cause to help raise funds to give back to those who need help. ​ You can register to join our team - NJ Training Hike Club for $20 and receive a Tie-Dying T - shirt Kit! Our goal is to reach $500 in donations! ​ OR ​ If you can't join us you can still give a donation to Stewart's Caring Place for any amount of your choosing! Join the Team! Donate! Ways to get on the list to 2 receive all the details: ​ Text 'BOOTCAMP' to 330-618-0505 1) Fill out 'connect with me' form below and 2) message me 'bootcamp'

  • Nikki Jarrett | Fitness Blog | Online Training | Personal Training | Home

    REAL FITNESS FOR REAL PEOPLE I know not everyone who seeks a coach enjoys fitness or even the thought of healthy eating. If this is you, then you have come to the right place. I keep it real, no gimmicks, BS, or shaming you to change your ways or give up your favorite food. ​ This is about YOU. I share my journey, knowledge, and ideas to help you understand what you need to build confidence , and strength - physically, mentally and emotionally, through training to become the person you want to be. ​ And if you need a little more of a tough love approach, well, I'm here for that too! WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR... Personal Training I don't know what I want, I just know I need help Online Coaching - What I think makes Nikki a great coach is her ability to be patient with clients and at the same time making sure her clients are getting a quality workout. If she hasn't figured it out by now, Nikki will be my coach for my lifetime!" Waylon, age 43 Nikki is the epitome of professionalism. Her training techniques are second to none. Under her coaching I lost 30lbs of fat and gained close to 10lbs of muscle in 4 months. She's passionate about fitness and I couldn't be more thankful to be working with her." - Brandon, 42 SIGNING UP IS AS SIMPLE AS 1-2-3 STEP 1: CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW STEP 2: FILL OUT THE FORM STEP 3: RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM ME AND SCHEDULE YOUR FREE 30 MINTUE CONSULTATION Online Coaching *Great for those who are busy with conflicting schedules, not local, or already have access to a gym or home gym. Learn more. Personal Training *Great for those who want a 1-on-1 experience, and are local to the gym. Learn more. Feel Empowered to Join? Stay informed with updates, real talk, and more! I promise not to spam you with BS. Just realness. Subscribe Thanks for subscribing! Please leave this field empty. TRAIN OF THOUGHT 5 days ago 2 min Book Review: From Bad To Badass Leader - 12 Leadership Lessons by Michelle D. Reines By Nikki Jarrett First of all, WHOA! I HIGHLY recommend this book to literally anyone who is in a management position, part of a team of... Mar 15 2 min Book Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear So, I gave in a month ago, bought the book, and now feel somewhat disappointed. Feb 4 3 min Book Review: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky If you are struggling to sleep, lose weight, or going on a supplement gold digging quest to find a solution to your health issue... Oct 7, 2020 4 min Injured? Hurt? Call NJ...(I hope you got the joke?) Injuries happen but what happens after an injury is not always what we expect to happen. Most people expect a smooth flow... Aug 25, 2020 4 min [REAL TALK] Installment #4 : I'm Driving the Struggle Bus! I wanted share with you that trainers - me - struggle too. I wanted you to know that you're not alone in this struggle of life. I posted on Jul 28, 2020 2 min Hey! That's N.E.A.T. I Lost Weight Doing Nothing! NEAT! Lose weight without cutting out food groups, and increasing your time at the gym! Jul 15, 2020 3 min Book Review: Conscious Coaching - The Art & Science of Building Buy-In - By Brett Bartholomew Another WOW!Brett showcases the principles and strategies needed to become a ‘Conscious Coach,’ starting with explaining the buy-in needed, More Posts BE EMPOWERED Stay informed with updates, real talk, and more! I promise not to spam you with BS. Just realness. Subscribe Thanks for subscribing! Please leave this field empty. ABOUT ME Nikki Jarrett BS, CSCS Graduate of University of Akron with a degree in Sport Studies with a concentration in Athletic Coaching in Strength and Conditioning and a Minor in Dance - Ballet! Intern Alum of Cressey Sports Performance with Eric Cressey, Tony Genticore, and Greg Robins in Fall 2013. Since then I have continued my learning, and growth in this industry as a Personal Trainer, now business Co- Owner/Strength Coach for Delta Performance and a competitive Powerlifter. Read More > FOLLOW ME IG @nik_a_lina MY PICK OF THE MONTH Strength to me is ever growing and ever learning. Reading is a great way to continue your education and feed your passion! I will always continue to learn and pass on my knowledge because I want to inspire others to be badass and kickass in and out of the gym. This is why it's important to read daily and share what I am reading to you. Join in on this month's reading and share your ideas and thoughts with me! More Books >

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