Pip Nicol

Meet Pip, Mark & Molly oh & the Fur Babies – Frankie, Flow & The Boss (the cat)

Pip, Mark & Molly have been members of Bodyfix for 5 years now. Pip currently trains with Nik once a week. Combining her weekly session with a bit of group training and a spin classes. Pip, Mark & Molly are well part of the Bodyfix Family!

My Story – Pip Nicoll

In July of 2013 I was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer (cancer of the Uterus) and overnight life took on a very different path.

Major abdominal surgery happened soon after, some recovery time before I started my cocktail of Radiotherapy every day and Chemotherapy once a week for 5 weeks. Christmas and New Year was celebrated with friends and family and then in January I started the last leg of my treatment, 12 weeks of some pretty gnarly nasty Chemo but “team” Pip got me across the line.

The months that followed were some of the hardest and darkest…… EVER! I was so disciplined and motivated during treatment exercising as much as I could, eating really well and taking lots of supplements to nurture my body. I was the model patient.

Then it was a roller coaster of emotion of the reality of what the family and I had endured and coming to terms with how radiotherapy and chemo had ravaged my body. I was fine on the outside but screaming from within.

54 years old, hearing loss due to chemo, constant ringing in my ears, dizziness and balance issues, bloated body from steroids, no fitness, poor nutrition,tired, near miss incontinence from radiotherapy, painful stiff hips blah blah blah. I wallowed in my self pity and was so sad on the inside.

My amazing husband supported and tried so hard to motivate me and eventually his words sunk in.

I brought a 30 days for $30 package from Bodyfix to get started and haven’t looked back. The first time I went to the gym I didn’t make it inside. I sat in the car emotional and fearful. I never realised how low my self esteem had got or how much confidence I had lost in me and my body. It was a defining moment or a much needed kick up the arse!

Next visit was my first session with my PT Jess. From the go get she just “got” it, that the gym for me was as much about healing as the physical exercise.

It was great to start with having my owner Personal Trainer as the experience and knowledge really helped me differentiate between muscles working hard vs potential pain. I was pushed along, each session with encouragement that made me want to go that bit further, to challenge myself, get comfortable with my body and it boosted my confidence no end.

Jess got me going but it was whole team approach at Bodyfix that also made the difference, from the warm welcome I got when I came through that door to the vested interest and individual support I got from everyone was amazing.

Fast forward a few months and there was no looking back. I was spinning, pumping, mooving and working out up to 5 times a week and enjoying it. The changes in my body were massive but the biggest shift was in my head. I was really beginning to feel strong and healthy again.

You can’t go past the old cliche of ‘MOVE IT OR LOSE IT’ as it rings so true.

This journey of exercise means I am more flexible and able to do everyday things like tie my shoe laces standing up, a stronger core and pelvic floor muscles means no near misses if you know what I mean, my balance has improved and the list goes on. I have to watch the dizziness (from hearing loss) as quick changes in movement or direction see me just about keel over lol but I can manage it better now.

5 YEARS ON……………

I’ve shared my story in the hope that it may give others the courage or motivation to get back into exercise after a significant health event as it is “healing” on so many levels!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your free pass!

Article by Moo – The Owner of Bodyfix

Hi, I am Moo, gym owner, mother, business owner and jack of all trades here at Bodyfix. I have a huge huge passion for helping anyone & everyone out there to have a better and healthier lifestyle while at the same time achieving your health and fitness goals.

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