This week we chat to the brilliant Nicki Philips, founder of Niix and mum to two girls (Myla aged 10 and Darcey aged 7). Having taught Pilates & fitness for over 10 years, Nicki decided to launch Niix - a Pilates & fitness app for women to use at home. Good technique is at the heart of her philosophy and the app helps the user to perfect correct technique which means you gain better results in less time. Nicki is proud to have helped hundreds of women aged from 25 to 75 gain confidence both mentally & physically and we can’t wait to find out more…
What time did you wake up this morning?
What was your very first thought of the day?
After drinking a glass of water which I find helps kick start me (sounds all very healthy but definitely works!)....Which child has what after school club and is the relevant kit requirement actually packed and ready. Not very world changing but true!
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at ‘em?
1. Ensure relevant child's kit is packed the night before!
2.Get up at least 10 mins before the kids so I am ready before they get up
3. Check my diary to make sure i’m fully up to speed with what I have on that day/week.....can’t say I have perfected any of the above but every week I aim to do so!
Describe a typical working morning
Post school drop off, I tend to go straight into teaching classes in my studio. I usually teach 3-5 classes a day. Depending on what time I finish I will have a late breakfast or lunch and then work on niix which can consist on anything from marketing, customer contact, finance, events, social media, merchandising etc
Why did you decide to set up Niix?
Having taught Pilates & fitness for over 10 years, I felt lucky to have seen my client’s success in becoming fitter, stronger and more body confident. I have clients coming to me for all different reasons, someone might be postnatal, others suffering from an injury, out of practise or just wanting to stay fit BUT the one thing most of my clients have in common, is lack of time and the feeling that perhaps they are/were working out but ineffectively.
Coming from a Pilates background, I am very mindful of how good technique when exercising can make the difference with seeing great results and feeling fitter and stronger. Having helped many women realise this through training at my studio I wanted to create something that could also be used at home. Knowing first-hand the positive effects exercise has physically and mentally, I wanted to try to help as many women as possible feel body confident, strong, toned, vibrant and full of energy.
I also wanted to help women realise that busy schedules are no barrier to staying fit and healthy and at any age if you have the right mind-set and guidance. Creating a fitness habit does not mean training for hours on end and I wanted to show that by developing workouts which illustrates good form, creating better results in less time.
What's the best part of your job?
Creating something new and making that leap of faith was really quite daunting, so I love receiving positive feedback from my niix users. It’s great to hear that I have helped women with their fitness, see results and enjoying the app.
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
Write everything down! Diarise and have a note pad with you at all times where possible....when we have so much going on, memorising everything is not my forte! Being a mum means life is chaotic....but having lists really helps me methodically get things done.
The happiest moment in your day?
Talking with my children about their day on the way home from school. I find this time invaluable and get a real insight into what they have done and how they are feeling. Being in an enclosed space (!) means they can’t run off, so they will often divulge more than they usually would.
The hardest moment in your day?
The transition from teacher, to mother and then to wife at the end of the day. Often there’s not much left in the tank so my husband gets the cheap seat!
Most overused word of the day?
Come on girls!
Once the kids are in bed...
I try to take 10 mins for myself, whether it’s flopping on the sofa to watch a box set, having a bath, adding a few items to ‘cart’ or sending out a few last emails....I need some me time to adjust.
Top 3 local gems?
The Wealden Smokery in Flimwell – has just opened a new larger café. Not only can you pick up some tasty delights in the shop but you can also sit in and dine.
Eggs to Apples in Hurst Green: Lovely farm shop stocking locally produced produce with a small cafe.
Duck & Dog in Cranbrook: A luxury homeware shop with lovely furniture, books, crockery and gifts.
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Everyone parents differently so try not to compare yourself or your children to others. We are all trying our hardest to get it right and all come from a place of love, wanting the best for our children.
Try to remember you are doing your best and there is no formula or user manual. We are all doing a brilliant job in our own, sometimes chaotic way!