I know what you’re thinking: Who are you, and why in the world should I listen to you?
Fair question indeed. To answer it, I must first ask you a question: Do you know how many minutes of vigorous exercise you would have to perform to burn off the calories from three cookies?
Who cares, because that is a stupid question.
Health and fitness — how you eat and move your body — is about empowerment; becoming the best version of yourself. Health and fitness should reduce your stress, build you up, and make your life better. It should show you the incredible things your body can do, and then leave you wanting to discover what else it is capable of.
As you’ll see, we use strength training as the main tool.
Health and fitness is about eating well, simply. Not dieting. Not avoiding foods (because that leads to obsessive, disordered, and binge eating habits). Not feeling guilty when you indulge in your favorite dessert (or pizza, or whatever the hell you love).
Health and fitness is not about “earning your food” or punishing yourself for eating. It’s about moving your body in ways you enjoy. Getting stronger, and becoming more awesome.
And if you want to:
- Get maximum results with minimum strength training workouts
- Ditch diets and break free from obsessive eating habits, for good
- Regain your sanity from all of the conflicting information
- Love your body not just for how it looks, but for what it CAN DO
- Look absolutely awesome and do it without revolving your life around food and working out
- And become the most awesome and stronger version of yourself
Or if you just want to learn more about strength training and nutrition to build a better body in a no nonsense, BS-free way, you’re in the right place.
This Website Will Help You Build a Better Body & Become the Most Awesome Version of Yourself
As explained above, health and fitness should be part of your life, but it shouldn’t dominate it.
It should build you up, make you proud of what your body can do, and allow you to achieve your goals in the simplest way possible, and ensure you can maintain those results long-term.
The Beautiful Badass Mini Course is a great place to begin your journey.
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Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what people are saying:
“I absolutely love your no nonsense simple approach to fitness and nutrition and I’m not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life. I have been doing your training programs for the last 1.5 + years and have seen more progress in that time than any other. And please keep up the great work and great training programs!! Also, thank you for making them so affordable, it almost feels like I’m ripping you off!”— Kerry
“Nia, I wanted to tell you that you probably saved my life! Well, not literally, but really… Since I started your Simple Strength Program (in Beautiful Badass), changed my approach to lifting and eating, and focused more and more on my health and performance, I feel sanity and happiness coming back to my personal life and my life in the gym. Thank you for the great work you are doing! Keep it up.”— Carolin
“Out of every fitness contributor I’ve come across, you are the only person who truly helps me focus on what is important. I believe in getting stronger, and if other parts of me change physically to keep up with that — that’s awesome! Your approach helps me develop a more well-rounded sense of self, rather than focusing only on my superficial image. Mirrors no longer own me — I only care about how I feel in my own skin!— Katie
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Once you’ve done that, we can get to the, Who is Nia Shanks? part.
About Nia Shanks
Nia Shanks is a writer and coach. She helps women discover and reach their potential through an empowering approach to health, fitness, and life. Strength training is her tool of choice.
Nia’s philosophy revolves around performing strength training workouts that leave you feeling empowered and flexible nutrition principles that are obsession-free. Her main goal is to help YOU achieve your health, fitness, and physique goals the sane and simple way so you can maintain those results long-term.
Above all else Nia believes every woman should strive to be the best, most awesome version of herself — authentically and unapologetically.
And so you can see Nia is a real person, here’s a random picture of her drinking a martini and deadlifting 330 pounds.
- 15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web on Greatist.com (2012 and 2013)
- The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness in 2012, 2013, and 2014 on Greatist.com
- Top 30 Motivator for 2013 on Shape.com
- 50 Bloggers Making a Difference in Fitness, Health, and Happiness on Greatist.com
- 60 Must-Read Health, Fitness, and Happiness Blogs for 2015 on Greatist
- 45 of The Smartest Trainers You Might Not Know, LiveStrong.com 2016
- Mogul Influencer
- The 19 Best Women’s Health Blogs of 2016, Health Line
- Nia acquired her Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville in 2009, and did so with high honors.
Nia has written for and been featured in Greatist, Burn the Fat Blog, Tribe Sports, Breaking Muscle, Experience Life Magazine, EliteFTS, Muscle and Strength, Contributor to TNation, Spoon University, BodyBuilding.com, Thought Catalog, Women You Should Know, Mogul, and more.
And finally, Nia is devoted to all things health and fitness, loves traveling, spending time with her family and crazy dogs, eating tasty food, and is a chronic moonwalker.
I hope you enjoy the journey to becoming the strongest, most awesome version of yourself.
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