I am a single mom as well as the founder of Nicole Zapoli Fitness and Powered by True Grit. I design custom fitness programming and offer remote and private coaching for competitive athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all levels of fitness. I enjoy traveling and teaching my gymnastics workshops at CrossFit affiliates and gyms all over. I enjoy training and competing for fun in CrossFit, weightlifting, and powerlifting, as well as playing in the ocean, gymnastics, dancing, yoga, and anything outdoors that is challenging mentally and physically.
All of my coaching and programming is rooted in CrossFit Gymnastics, Opex Fitness, Westside Barbell, and Waxman's Gym training and coaching methods. I spent four years coaching on the CrossFit Gymnastics seminar team, two years training under Westside Barbell Coach and Westside Certified Applied Strength & Conditioning Gym Owner, Jason Gusic, two years coaching and programming alongside 4-time Olympic strength & conditioning coach, Greg Sand, and two years collectively training under Opex Fitness and Waxman's Gym coaches and training methods. I am an Opex CCP Total Coach and I hold several certifications in assessment & program design, life coaching, nutrition, CFL2, CFG, CFFB, CFK, and more! I teach gymnastics workshops to help athletes develop a stronger foundation and a better understanding of body weight movement to help increase the quality of their daily training. I offer several gymnastics programs as well as custom program design with remote and private coaching.
I was born and raised just outside of Houston, Texas and currently live just north of San Diego in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. Growing up I danced and competed in both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. By the age of fourteen I had the opportunity to train at the United States Olympic Training Center and was a 4-time Texas State Champion in rhythmic gymnastics, 4-time Junior Olympian, and a member of the US Junior Olympic Academic Team. I competed up through high school and then began competitive cheerleading. I cheered competitively for three years becoming a 3-time All American cheerleader and nominated for NCA Staff during that time. I cheered and danced professionally for the NFL Houston Texans Cheerleaders, the NBA Houston Rockets Power Dancers, and for various dance companies around Houston ranging in styles from from hip hop to modern.
By 2003, at the age of twenty years old, I had officially started my first business, a mobile gym company, offering personal training, nutrition counseling, and coaching gymnastics and cheerleading. I learned so much from my first business venture and also through becoming a mom to a beautiful, spunky, precious little lady in 2005. In 2009 I was introduced to CrossFit, did one painfully awesome workout, woke up the next morning unable to move any part of my body, and knew it was for me.
I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have been blessed with and the beautiful people who I have met along my journey who I have learned so much from and who have, without even realizing it, helped me become a better, stronger person. Everyday I strive to be better than I was yesterday and that means never stopping to learn and to keep my mind open to new ideas and possibilities. To be better than yesterday I must also practice what I learn, not simply gain more knowledge for the sake of knowing more, but also act upon it and give back. If I could tell the world one thing it would be to never let yourself be a slave to fear. I don’t care what anyone else says, everyone deals with fear whether or not they’re brave enough to admit they do. It is our choice whether or not we let that fear control us. We must learn how to live outside of our comfort zone because it is the only way we will ever truly grow and learn what we are capable of. Don’t ever sit back and play it safe. Fight back, be brave, be bold, be free, be you, and continue to move forward even in the face of your biggest fears and struggles. It is amazing where it will lead you.
Cheerfulness & Gratitude: I believe success begins with being grateful which is the root of joy.
Trust & Integrity: Being rooted in trust and integrity leads to longevity in every sense of the word.
Growth & Resilience: I believe the best results come from overcoming obstacles and adversity.
Teamwork: I believe client and coach relationship should work together as a team matching each other's efforts.
Enjoying the journey: I believe it is about finding the joy in the process and taking pride in mastering the basics.
OPEX CCP L1 TOTAL COACH
OPEX CERTIFIED NUTRITION COACH
OPEX CERTIFIED LIFE COACH
OPEX ASSESSMENT & PROGRAM DESIGN CERTIFIED
OPEX BUSINESS SYSTEMS CERTIFIED
CROSSFIT GYMNASTICS CERTIFICATION LEAD COACH
CROSSFIT LEVEL 2 CERTIFIED COACH
CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED COACH
CROSSFIT GYMNASTICS CERTIFIED COACH
CROSSFIT KIDS CERTIFIED COACH
CROSSFIT FOOTBALL CERTIFIED COACH
CROSSFIT CERTIFIED JUDGE
PHYSICAL FITNESS SPECIALIST- COOPER INSTITUTE
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER- COOPER INSTITUTE
NUTRITION- AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NUTRITION
15 YEARS COACHING AND PERSONAL TRAINING EXPERIENCE
FOUNDER OF TEXAN CHEER COMPANY
OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING TRAINING WITH SEAN WAXMAN & WAXMAN’S GYM, E2OLYFIT, DAVID MILLER AND THE VANQUISH PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT OLYMPIC WEIGHTLIFTING SEMINAR WITH HENRY ROJAS
POWERLIFTING/STRENGTH & CONDITIONING TRAINING WITH WESTSIDE BARBELL COACH, JASON GUSIC, THROUGH APPLIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING POWERED BY WESTSIDE BARBELL.
4-TIME TEXAS STATE CHAMPION- RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS
4-TIME JUNIOR OLYMPIAN- RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS
MEMBER OF THE JUNIOR OLYMPIC ACADEMIC TEAM
TRAINED AT THE US OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER IN COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
FORMER NFL HOUSTON TEXANS CHEERLEADER
FORMER NBA HOUSTON ROCKETS POWER DANCER
PROFESSIONAL DANCER FOR PLANET FUNK AND EDCO [PERFORMED LIVE WITH CHINGY, KELIS, DURAN DURAN, AND CLAY WALKER AND ON MANY MAJOR TELEVISION NETWORKS]
SELECTED FOR AND COMPETED ON AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR-5
1ST PLACE IN MISS FITNESS TEXAS (FAP) 2006
1ST PLACE IN MISS FITNESS CALIFORNIA (FAP) 2011
USPA CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
USPA CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPION 2015 IN 48KG CLASS
USPA CALIFORNIA BENCH PRESS RECORD HOLDER IN 48KG CLASS
FITNESS MODEL [FOR OLYMPIC TRACK ATHLETE AND OLYMPIAN OF THE CENTURY – CARL LEWIS, CROSSFIT APPAREL COMPANY – EAS, ASRX, COMPEX, RX SMARTGEAR, ASICS, WODSTAR, SWEAT ANGELS, TIM TADDER PHOTOGRAPHY, SAVAGE SWIM, AND CHOSEN FOR THE COVER OF THE 2009/2010 NBA HOUSTON ROCKETS POWER DANCER SWIMSUIT CALENDAR]
EAS MYOPLEX SPONSORED ATHLETE
CHEVRON HOUSTON MARATHON 2009
KATY TRIATHLON AT FIRETHORN 2007
CROSSFITTER SINCE 2009
MOM SINCE 2005