Gari and Nicole Scott of Charlotte, NC, are going through the journey of life as a fit couple. Gari, a former collegiate and NFL drafted athlete, and wife Nicole, are both personal trainers at the couples’ in-home training studio they call the “body shop,” Get to know more about the couple and how love, family and fitness shape their lives!
How did you meet and end up becoming Mr. & Mrs. Scott?
My wife [Nicole] and I were introduced through mutual friends. She was living in North Carolina and I was living in Virginia. Prior to physically meeting we took part in a 40-day devotional called Purpose Driven Life. We read a chapter a day and agreed to meet in person on the 40th day. On day 40, I flew to Charlotte, NC where I met my now wife, her entire family and friends. We knew instantly that we were meant to be together and married just a few short weeks later!
Tell us about your personal training and what services you provide.
I have been a fitness trainer for nearly 10 years. In addition to providing physical education and support to my clients, I also provide mentorship to a number of young children and adults. I would describe my style as a healthy balance of creative, fun and challenging. I like to focus on a holistic style of training where my clients develop not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.
What are your training methods?
For starters, I like to build a solid foundation when it comes to correct form and technique. I like to educate my clients in helping them to understand why they do certain exercises/movements and how it can benefit them and the goals they are trying to achieve.
As a former college and professional football player, how have those experiences shaped the way you train?
As a former three-sport athlete (basketball, football and track), I am able to pull from all of my own training experiences in addition to my certifications and continuing education, to provide a number of training options that will suite each individual client’s specific needs. As a former Division-1 and NFL drafted player, my experience has equipped me with the understanding of what it takes not only physically to reach a goal, but the mental and emotional demands as well. I have learned that if you want something bad enough, you have to have the discipline to do something daily to work towards that goal. This applies to any goal in life!
You share tons of videos on social media training your clients as well as training yourselves. What are some of the advantages/disadvantages of a training in a home gym? Do you train anywhere else?
I love sharing what I do with my clients on social media. For my clients, it has become a daily journal for them to not only track their progress but it is also rewarding to see themselves progress over time, seeing themselves do things they didn’t believe they were ever capable of. I have also found that by sharing videos of myself and clients via social media, it helps to encourage and inspire others to become active and physically fit themselves.
I love training from home. Outside of the convenience of my work space being in my home, I am my own boss, I have no overhead, I set my rates and benefit 100% from each paid session. Although I started in a traditional gym setting, for which I am grateful for that experience, I love being in control of my own work space and income. One of the biggest benefits for me being my own boss is that I make my own schedule which allows me to be available for my family when needed.
The only slight disadvantage is that unlike a traditional gym where clients are already coming to the gym, you have to hustle to get your own clients. You have to be your own billboard. I am very conscientious of conducting myself in an extremely professional manner because each session is a reflection of me and my work. The overall success of my business is based on client referrals. I believe referrals are the greatest compliment!
What are each of your favorite healthy meals and indulgences you can’t live without?
Overall we eat healthy meals as a family. We like to teach our children the importance of being balanced, so we try not to be too fanatical. My wife was a Vegan for almost three years and easts mostly that way now occasionally having meat every now and then. I like to eat clean, with lots of lean protein, vegetables and complex carbs. My favorite healthy indulgence in my wife’s chocolate smoothie! She blends frozen bananas, peanut butter, hemp seeds and chocolate almond milk. It almost tastes too good to be healthy!
What are some of your favorite things to do and/or places to go on date nights?
My wife and I have a lot of common interests and as long as were together we always have fun! We enjoy going to the movies, traveling, being outside with the kids and also playing cards. We have even been known to spend our date nights in the gym!
How have your health journeys strengthened your bond?
When my wife and I met, she was into running but not weight lifting. I introduced her to resistance training and the rest is history lol! She has now become my favorite workout partner. Encouraging and supporting each other helps to develop a special bond, trust and intimacy that is healthy for any marriage. We have definitely found a common passion in fitness.
As active parents, what impact has your dedication to fitness had on your children?
Aside from the aesthetics of being physically fit, we both agree that our overall goal for being active is to be healthy examples to our children, to live long healthy lives and to avoid many complications that come from a sedentary lifestyle as one ages.
Our children see us being physically active as individuals, as a couple and as a family. Setting this example for them has encouraged them to see fitness and exercise as something that’s fun and a part of living a healthy balanced life instead of a chore.
Where can people find out more about you?
My Instagram is GSCOTT8685 and my wife’s is FITWITHNIK.