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ReelChatter of the Month

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Hi! My name is Nicole Grant. I was born in Newfoundland but moved at a young age to Ottawa with my family. I attended Ryerson University in Toronto where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance/ Pedagogy.

I am a retired professional dancer; I started dancing at the age of two and it quickly became a passion. When I chose to retire from dance, I took my passion for movement and health and trained to become a Fitness Coach; an undertaking that led me to start my own business. Since 2021, I have been the proud owner of Barre Fit Warriors and Coach Livestreams and On-Demand classes. I believe that fitness should be inclusive and accessible to everyone, which is why I want BFW to be the epitome of online fitness that connects people through a shared passion for movement and well-being. At BFW, we have a community to uplift one another.

Also, I’m proud to say I have three beautiful dogs—Phoebe, Bailey, and Blu. I love to take them for walks, cuddle and play in the yard when I’m not working.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I’m passionate about everything I do. For the longest time, dancing was my main interest as well as traveling the world. I’ve been around the world over seven times, it sounds crazy, but dance allowed me to do that.

I developed a passion for scuba diving, so much so that I became a Divemaster. I love the ocean and being able to breathe underwater is an incredible feeling.

Nowadays my interests span from spending time with my loved ones, to gardening, and reading. Last summer I started kayaking with my bestie and this winter I want to
get into cross-country skiing. There’s always lots to try and do!

Why is mental health and wellness important to you?
To be our best self and take care of others we must also look after ourselves. Every day I take actions that contribute to my wellbeing. I breath and I meditate; for the longest time I’ve been starting my day by setting an intention for myself. I also allow myself 30 minutes a day to worry, where I don’t do anything else but then it’s out of my mind for the rest of the day. I also take the time to be present and play with my dogs at different moments in the day, it makes me happy; I think anything that makes us happy is good for our mental health.
Mental health is constant work, it’s not one of those things we can work towards once and forget about.

Tell us about your experience with exercise with fitness!
Having been in an environment where everything was about how it looked, I knew that when I retired from dancing, I wanted everything to be about how it felt. I went searching for balance and ended up creating my own by starting a fitness business where inclusion, accessibility, and wellness get to be at the centre of all my decisions. More importantly, I want to help others find their balance, and what better way than through movement.

I started my fitness career as a professional dancer and had a successful career for over 25 years. I then moved on to get certified as a Yoga Instructor in Hatha, Yin, Restorative & Gravity Yoga. I am also a Certified American Barre Technique Master Instructor/Barre Coach, and a Piloxing SSP/Piloxing Barre Instructor. I strive to keep growing my repertoire of fitness knowledge to offer more diverse classes that target the needs of everyone and are focused on holistic wellness.

Healthy is more than a workout, it’s a process and one I look forward to guiding my Warriors through.

Tell us about Barre Fit Warriors and how this came to be!
Classes are for everyone! I work to understand my client's goals, their time commitment, and account for different body types and capabilities. Barre Fit Warriors is about changing the perceptions of fitness by focusing on inclusion, accessibility, and wellness. All classes can be done without equipment and from any location. It’s convenient and safe!

Barre Fit Warriors is a safe place for personal growth where anyone can achieve their fitness goals with a guided approach. I call my clients Warriors because that’s what they are, it takes a lot of courage to want to work on ourselves and to place ourselves in a vulnerable place. Imagine being in an exercise and shaking but still pushing and pulling through thanks to the encouragement, support, and uplifting environment.

Who is your inspiration?
My inspiration is the people around me. People I see fighting the fight every day. That’s inspiration!

Favorite quote or mantra you live by?
“Success comes not when you fail but when you fail and rise again to work harder.”

Where can people find out more about your biz?

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