Nicola Wilkinson - Holistic Health & Fitness Coach

After graduating from University in 2006 I went through a difficult time - I had been so determined to get a 1st in my degree that I'd spent every day sat at my desk writing my dissertation, turning to unhealthy food as a comfort, and making no time to do any exercise.  I felt totally unattractive, depressed, had no energy and weighed more than I had ever weighed before.   

I knew that I needed to do something to take control of my health.  ​Lacking the confidence to attend a gym or an exercise class, I subsequently tried a Pilates DVD as a way to 'get in shape' and soon began to absolutely love the way it made me feel.  Unfortunately my relationship with food changed for the worse - I became obsessed with losing weight and was eventually diagnosed with anorexia...  

Drastically underweight, I was terrified, exhausted and felt very alone.  With support, and the determination to get better, I began the long journey back towards health.  I became much more mindful about eating nutritious foods to nourish and strengthen my body, and of the enormous benefits - both physically and mentally - which I gained from Pilates and other forms of exercise.   Meanwhile, I was working in demanding Executive Assistant and Managerial roles.  As I climbed the career ladder I found myself increasingly stressed.   In 2013 I made the decision to dramatically change my career path, and to train as a Pilates Teacher. That decision was driven by the knowledge that I had used Pilates to maintain the mental and physical balance required to improve my health and to excel in a demanding working environment.  I established a successful business in Manchester, teaching Pilates in private studios, Physiotherapy Practices, a men's prison, and in client's homes...

In 2015 I temporarily 'lost my way' in the name of love; I gave up my business, my home and my life, and moved to Andover.  I returned to a full time office job, had a 4 hour daily commute in to and out of London and had no time whatsoever for my Pilates.  I soon realised that I was in the wrong relationship, the wrong job, and living the wrong life!  So I made the decision to leave everything behind and follow my instincts...  

I decided to do what I had only previously dreamed of and moved to Bali to train as a Yoga Teacher!  This then paved the way for me to travel the world, teaching Yoga and Pilates in luxury hotels in Bali and Malaysia, a British Military Compound in West Africa, and in one of the The Times 20 Best Yoga Retreats in the World.

I finally felt happier, healthier and fitter than ever before.  I recognised the incredible power that healthy eating and exercise could have for me and my clients.  I subsequently decided to develop my skills further in 2016 by training as a Master Personal Training, Fitness & Nutrition Coach with the prestigious European Institute of Fitness.

​In early 2017 I also graduated as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach after my year long training with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  This course cemented my passion for good nutrition, balanced healthy cooking, and my belief in the importance of an holistic approach to health.

I now specialise in training adults privately in their homes and workplaces, in the great outdoors, and in my home-based studio which, at the start of 2017, became Lewknor, Watlington.  I also provide Skype training for my international clients.  I pride myself on being by my clients' side during their sessions - if you are squatting, then I am right by your side doing the same thing.  If you are doing 20 burpees, so am I.  If you are running 5k, so am I!  We train together.

Having established my career as an Holistic Health & Fitness Coach in Lewknor, Watlington -  it is with huge gratitude and with great excitement that I combine and share my greatest passions: fitness, healthy cooking, nutrition, Pilates, Yoga and meditation. 


My Qualifications



  • Diploma in Teaching Pilates (Level 3) CYQ YMCA Accredited; Modern Pilates
  • Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT 200hr) Yoga Alliance Accredited; School Yoga Institute
  • ​Master Personal Trainer (REPs level 3) European Institute of Fitness
  • Advanced Diploma in Personal Training (REPs level 3) Active IQ Accredited;​ European Institute of Fitness
  • Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition)
  • ​Fitness & Nutrition Coach (ACSM accredited) European Institute of Fitness
  • Award in Adapting Exercise for Ante Natal and Post Natal Clients (Level 3) CYQ YMCA Accredited; Professional Fitness & Education Ltd (PFE)
  • ​Spinal Conditions Training Course CYQ REPs Accredited; PFE
  • Progressive Pilates Training Course CYQ REPs Accredited; PFE
  • ​High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Course - YMCA Fitness Industry Training Certificate (REPs Accredited)
  • Suspension Fitness Course - YMCA Fitness Industry Training Certificate (REPs Accredited)
  • Padwork for PTs Course - YMCA Fitness Industry Training Certificate (REPs Accredited)
  • Kettlebells Pro Course - YMCA Fitness Industry Training Certificate (REPs Accredited)
  • First Aid for Sport, Exercise and Fitness (Level 3, RQF)
  • In October 2019 I began my 12 month long course with The BTN Academy to become a Level 4 (Active IQ certified) Nutrition Coach.  I am very excited about adding this qualification to my list of academic achievements when I graduate in October 2020.