Nichole Cruz

Nichole, a mother of three teenagers, resides in Denver, Colorado and is currently a Fitness Coach and Figure competitor. She conducts training in various parts of the country in addition to online fitness coaching. She began her career as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Motivator in 2005, to empower and change lives. Her approach to fitness is to push her clients beyond their self-imposed limits.

In 2008, Nichole began to add Fight/MMA training to expand her fitness base and in 2011 was Level 1 certified in Muay Thai. In 2010 she created Fyter Fitness, which fuses traditional style training with Fighter Intense training to maximize results and teach the practice of mind, body, spirit synergy.

Nichole is also a Competitive Fitness Athlete and is training for her 6th Figure Competition. Her immediate and long term goal is to optimize health and fitness among the masses with an emphasis on the minority communities. Nichole created a Facebook page Figure Competitors of Color in 2009 which has grown to over 1100 followers throughout the world. She is also the owner of CFAA – Competitive Fitness Athletes Association which strives to increase the amount of competitors of color in addition to providing resources and support to ensure their success within the sport.

-Favorite healthy food/meal: baked stuffed chicken breast with Anaheim peppers and spinach

-Favorite indulgence: Cheesecake is my kryptonite : )

-Favorite exercise or training method: Fighter Intense Training – kickboxing/muay thai with plyometric intervals

-Favorite motivational quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson


Find me on Facebook, and Twitter.

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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