Name: Nicky Trbovich
Hometown: Round Hill, VA
When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved here in 2011 because I had a friend moving here whom needed a roommate.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I was an athletic kid growing up, but was never a traditional athlete. I had an affinity for extreme sports, mainly skateboarding. I skated everyday throughout my grade school years. However, I went to college in a small, rural southern Virginia town where skateboarding was pretty much illegal. I fell out of it and into some bad eating habits and noticed I wasn’t as fit as I used to be.
This went on longer than I would like to admit, but one day I had enough and decided to do something about it. I changed my diet, got a gym membership, and even hired my own personal trainer. Through dedication and sticking to my new habits, I was able to get back to a healthy state and get back on my board again. Along the way, I loved sharing what I was learning about fitness with friends, coworkers and anyone who would listen. It became clear that personal training was the natural path I should go down.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training.
Recently I discovered how much I enjoy powerlifting. It has been the most fun I have had in the gym since I started lifting weights. It is one of the best feelings breaking a PR and knowing you can still go further.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
That some new fad diet is the key to weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts. A proper diet and being active is the key to keeping healthy.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want my clients to leave each session feeling accomplished and that there is nothing that can stop them. I want them to exceed their own expectations and be the best version of themselves that they can be.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
I would have to say my background sets me apart from other trainers. I didn’t grow up going to the gym or pay particularly close attention to fitness. When I did start paying attention though, it seemed overwhelming and intimidating. I know what it’s like to take that first step of a fitness journey. That’s why I want to be there for anyone who wants to make a change in their life, but may need some help in the process. I remember how good it felt to achieve goals that I thought were impossible and I want others to be able to experience that feeling as well.
Favorite quote and who said it?
Do everything you need to do to keep the passion alive and never forget that it is a privilege to do what you love. -Martin Brodeur
If you had a super power what would it be?
I would have to go with the ability to stop time. I feel like the older I get there are less minutes in the day.