About Rikki

Above everything else, daily life for me is centered around parenting my three kids (the oldest two are now officially adults) and raising them to be responsible, thoughtful, honest, healthy people. To those of you who are parents: our kids learn from our actions even when we aren't meaning to coach them. When we eat good, homemade food with them at the dinner table, or make it a priority to get enough sleep every night, or show up to appointments on time, or take care of our own bodies, we lead by example.


Things that are important to me: eating well as often as possible, exercising hard, getting enough good quality sleep, educating myself, and being present with my family (in no particular order).


My credentials include:

* Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine

* Certified Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

* A curiosity toward food and nutrition that has led me to personally experiment with food plans such as:

  • veganism
  • LCHF (low carb, high fat)
  • paleo
  • gluten-free
  • juice fasting/detoxing
  • intermittent fasting

As a personal trainer, one of my mottos is "You can't exercise your way out of a bad diet." Meaning: if you eat poorly, or eat too much on a daily basis, or regularly eat foods that are lacking in vital nutrients, then no amount of exercise will get you to be strong, healthy and full of energy.

It saddens me to hear people speak of exercise as their punishment for eating sub optimal foods ("I ate pizza, soda and ice cream last night so I need to spend some extra time on the elliptical machine today"). Eat crappy foods if you like, but get to a point where you love exercise for the sake of being strong and building healthy bones and joints and muscles, not as a means to burn off those extra calories that you probably should not have eaten.

Want to talk more about nutrition, exercise, and your overall well-being? You can reach out to me at: rikkistride@hotmail.com