Born and raised in Boston, Nikki Pepper always felt an attraction to Miami. It wasn’t until 2016 when Reebok HQ offered her a position to manage the South Florida marketing efforts, did she make the move. Three years later, Pepper is now a Personal Trainer at Anatomy. We caught up with her for a Quick 10 interview powered by HALO Sport, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @salt.n.peppah

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Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I am originally from Boston, MA and moved here in May 2016. I relocated down here while working for Reebok HQ to cover marketing for their South Florida region, after working at HQ up in Boston. I had always wanted to move down to Miami, and it was the perfect opportunity to take a chance and give it a go.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

I grew up doing gymnastics from age five and loved being active ever since. I got my start in fitness working in Trade Marketing at Reebok HQ. I switched over to Field Marketing when I moved to South Florida and started meeting all kinds of amazing fitness professionals in the process. I loved fitness and helping others and decided to pursue training full time once I saw how rewarding it can be.

How would you describe your classes?

Tough, fun, and a fire hip-hop playlist! I’ll be smiling the whole time while crushing you simultaneously. Come by Anatomy Miami Beach and take Glute Camp and HardCORE to experience it for yourself.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

That lifting weights make women bulky.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

Hybrid Performance Method for Olympic lifting with the F. Reis Weightlifting crew! Especially on max out Friday’s.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Scuba diving! I go every couple of months around South Florida and in the Caribbean. Our ocean is amazing and it’s crucial we preserve it for generations to come.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

Hard to say for the long-term, but in the short-term working to be better than I was yesterday, every single day. It’s the small actions you take each day that accumulate to achieve great results.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

Walk 10,000 steps. Even on my rest days, I make sure to stay somewhat active.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I meditate using an app called Calm. I like the guided meditations to focus on my breathing and being present and apply meditation principles in everyday interactions with others. I also keep a gratitude journal to remind me of how lucky I am for the people and opportunities in my life.

What do you love about the South Florida fitness/health & wellness community? 

Everyone supports one another and it feels like one big extended family! I love seeing familiar faces and fitness pros and enthusiasts bonding with one another through their shared passion for health and wellness.