ABOUT

Folk Fitness works with hardworking Folks like you who want to feel fit.

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The problem is, you are overworked and exhausted, so exercise feels like just another chore.

Folk Fitness is your answer to effective workouts and supportive accountability so you can take on every day with greater confidence.

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You can increase your energy and actually look forward to working out!

I enjoy Fitcamp for many reasons: the workouts are tough but definitely doable, and they are FUN. The people are supportive and create a welcoming environment.
— Ashley Kirstein
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We meet you where you are in three ways:


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About Niki

Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Women's Fitness Specialist (WFS)

Certified Primary Group Fitness Instructor, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA)

Certified Nutrition Coach, Precision Nutrition, Level 2

My Story…

I have been a “mover” my whole life: an idea-a-minute, can’t sit still, got to be in the middle of things-type of gal. While I’ve dabbled in many sports, races, and events, my favorite exercise is any I am sharing with others. I’ve always cared more about the way moving makes me feel than I have about being the very best.

After college, I worked in many different offices for about 12 years, and in that time, I learned a lot about the challenges of working behind a computer for most of the day (including that 2 out of 5 office workers report gaining weight at their current job). In these jobs, I was often organizing lunch hour group runs or motivating co-workers to continue pursuing past fitness goals.

I had my first child in 2010 and began the ride of a lifetime, leaning into the joy, chaos, sleepless nights, endless days, and bedtime rejoicing that comes with parenthood. Just six months later, my husband and I moved across the country to begin a new season of life, and it was an amazing opportunity to really evaluate what I wanted. At that point I realized how so many of my passions pointed me toward partnering with others in fitness: my love of community, helping others meet their goals, promoting exercise for the confidence and strength that it gives...all of these things were a perfect match for being a personal trainer!

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I feel deeply connected with hardworking parents as well as Folks who must work in sedentary environments. In some ways, these groups have similar exercise challenges: both can be mentally exhausting and leave you drained by the end of the day regardless of how much you actually have moved around! Both may make you feel ‘stuck’ with little free time for yourself.

For the past 7 years, I have built my business on the idea that fitness is for everyone - not just the elite athlete or the person who has 15 hours a week to dedicate to intense training. When I exercise, my whole outlook changes: what once felt impossible is given new perspective, and I am reminded I am strong and capable. Pursuing good health shows me I am worth the journey, that my body has and will do amazing things for me, and that I deserve the value that self-care offers. For me, fitness is also entwined with other Folks; it is a reminder that accountability is essential and the journey is always easier and more fun when others are along for the ride.

Today, I get to work with hard working Folks who want to pursue fitness for all the benefits it gives. I pride myself on making exercise fun and attainable, no matter who you are or where you are starting from.

Are you ready to start your own fitness journey?

Sign up here for a free, 15-minute consultation with Niki to talk about how to find the energy, strength, and fun you’re looking for.

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Testimonials

I keep training with Folk Fitness because it is the MOST fun I have while exercising! I don’t particularly like to exercise because I do find it to be boring at times, but Folk Fitness manages to make exercising exciting and keeps it fresh! For example, one day we’ll be outside doing a scavenger hunt and the next day we’ll be inside playing tag and competing in teams.
— Kayde Miller Forde
Before Folk Fitness, I loathed working out. I felt awkward and uncomfortable in group classes where everyone seemed to know each other, and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pick up the flow of the class. I have never had this experience with Niki! She is very welcoming and makes sure everyone has proper form for the exercises and suggests modifications as needed. The fitcamps are awesome!
— Jennifer Sharpe-Smith
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Since I have started training with Folk Fitness, my entire exercise regime has become more intense and fulfilling, and I have seen serious results. I keep training for many reasons: I can see a change. I can feel a change. I am constantly being challenged, and I am constantly surprising myself with my results. I love the diversity of the exercises, but most of all, I love the support from Niki and others, and the friendships.
— Joan Auld Ballance