Skull Crushers Sound Scarey?

October 5, 2021

Halloween is almost here and bat wings scare me more than costumes! Many people avoid the arm move “skull crushers” because they sound spooky but I’m here to treat you to some tips about this triceps trick!

1. What is a skull-crusher
exactly? – You lie on your back with one heavy weight or two lighter weights in each hand. You lift arms streak the above the chest then bend the elbows, keeping them where they are and just lowering the hands and forearms. You bring the weight and your hands down tot he ground next to your ears, being careful not to “crush your skull” with the weights. 

2. What muscles do the skull-crusher work? Triceps with an assist from the delts and pectorals. 

3. What are the benefits of having stronger triceps? – Toning the backs of the arms balance out toned biceps abs keep your arms from looking flabby and jiggly. It’s also functionally good to have strong triceps because they help you when you need to use your arms to press and help you stand up from a seated or lying down position. They assist any time you have to push something away or of you, as well as to help you do things like swimming and putting luggage in an overhead compartment.  

4. What are the other benefits of skull-crushers/ lying tricep
extensions? They will make your yoga chaturangas stronger and arm balances in yoga class. You’ll be able to do triceps kickbacks, French presses and  push-ups better as well. 

5. Does the benefit of these change if you’re using a different piece of equipment? Yes see below …

6. How can you making the
movement easier? Make the movement easier by using one lighter weight so your hands are together and the triceps work together. 
How about harder? -Add a heavier weight in each hand so the arms have to work independently- if one is dominant it won’t help the weaker one-  and do one leg bridge presses to work the glutes and quads as well!

It’s a move I do in my Booty Camp fitness video now FREE in 2021 on the NikkiFitness Youtube channel! (It will also help work some of that halloween candy.)

Nikkifitness Fave: Aerotrainer

June 23, 2021

Check out my new workout buddy #sponsored –

The @aerotrainer fitness platform gives you great results in less time. It’s comfortable, light, and includes an air pump, so it inflates & deflates in 30 seconds- so you can travel with it as well.

Some of my favorite multitasking moves include booty bridges with arm weight moves like chest flies, bench presses, skull crushers, and lat pullovers.

Planks, mountain climbers, Spider-Man’s, oblique crunches, scissors, crunches, and crunch cross-overs get you off the floor to work your core!

You can even put it against the wall for incline push-ups if you are a beginner. Then stretch it all out with supported warrior II and wheel stretch.

Getting in shape from home has never been easier! I might even have to use the #aerotrainer in my next #fitnessvideo on the #nikkifitnessapp🏃🏼‍♀️🏋️‍♀️🤸‍♂️🧘🏼‍♀️

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Namaste, Nature!

April 22, 2021

Earth day 2021

by NikkiFitness

April 21, 2021

Earth day is the perfect time to reflect on the magnificence of our planet with a yoga flow outside. My Namaste Nature vinyasa practice encourages visualization of different animals, plants, and locations from grounding to the earth, to flowing like ocean waves, to elevating towards the stars, moon and the sun.

This post includes about 20 minutes of the full 45-minute practice. For the full class, visit the NikkiFitness App for iOS or Android, which includes a grounding and sunny warm-up on all fours with cat/cow then sunrise pose, sun salutations and sunflowers, then the moving meditation roots into the earth with peaceful and humble warrior, tree pose and tree plank. Next we head to the night sky with crescent lunge, star pose and balancing half moon. Goddess pose nods to the majesty of Mother Nature. Animal (hip-opening) poses like lizard, frog, flying pigeon, and butterfly connect us to the wild things, then wild thing pose and rainbow (wheel), really open our hearts to the planet.

Aside from connecting to the earth with our bodies, we go to the beach with our breaths and l propose mindful mantras for each section of the flow before we say a final Namaste to Nature in relaxation pose. One of the mantras is “Letting go” of practice in our life that don’t serve the planet.

Even our yoga clothes can honor the earth! In this flow, I’m wearing CariCapri pants and sports bra, which are made from recycled, fishing nets, yet feel silkier than any I’ve worn. They work closely with suppliers who have dedicated themselves to cleaning up the world’s oceans and turning trash into treasure – treasure that you can wear.

The future of fashion is not linear – it’s circular. It looks like taking products that always exist on the planet – ones that aren’t being used anymore – and turning them into something brand new. The ultimate goal is to reuse things that are always on planet Earth, so we don’t have to contribute to the global waste crisis. No. More. Trash.

Now that we’ve set our intention for our practice today, to celebrate and honor nature, we are ready to say “Namaste to Nature.” Lets begin…


Start with an 8 second inhale, tightening the back of the throat, creating an ocean wave “ujjayi breath” sound. Relax your shoulders with an 8 second exhale, bringing hands to heart center.

Mantra 1: Inhale the word “let,” exhale the word “go.” Letting go of any practices in our lives that don’t honor the earth.

Warm Up:

Cat pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.
Cow posePhoto Credit Nikki Fitness.

Cat/cow begins with rooting down your hands and knees, arching the back to inhale into cow and exhale to round the back into cat pose. Do this 3 times, one breath, one movement.

Circle your hips by lifting one knee in the circle of life, inhale to go clockwise and exhale to go counterclockwise. Repeat on the other side.

For sunrise pose, turn onto your right knee and right hand with the left leg long and left arm overhead. Inhale and engage your left oblique muscles to rise, bringing the arms from vertical to horizontal like the sun coming up over the horizon. Exhale to lower. Repeat 3 times and then switch sides.

Two part sunrise pose.Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Next, we move to the beach. Back on all fours, we shift the hips forward into kneeling plank, hands under the shoulders and knees behind the hips, a straight line from knees to hips to head. As you shift forward, inhale and envision a wave crashing onto the shore. Then sit back on our heels into child pose with arms long stretching in front or the mat and exhale like the wave receding. Repeat 3 times.

Three-legged dog pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Then spread your fingers like starfish in the sand and bring the hips high into down dog, again rooting down your hands and walking the dog by touching one heel closer to the earth and then the other, bending the opposite knee. When comfortable, allow your ankles to be anchors by lowering as far to the ground as possible, and really stretch the calves. Continue the deep, slow breaths and inhale to lift your right leg up into three-legged dog and exhale to bend the knee, turn the knee out to the right and allow your right foot to reach towards the left glute. You can also make circles with your hips here, like the earth revolving around the sun.

Sun Salutations:

Mantra 2: “Go with the flow,” breathing one breathe with one motion, thinking of the seasons flowing from one to the next.

Crescent lunge and the middle of sun salutation. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Step the right foot forward between the hands and inhale to raise the arms overhead to the sky into crescent lunge, envisioning the body curved like a crescent moon. Exhale and step the left foot forwards into standing forward bend.Inhale, doing a reverse swan dive to the sky with a flat back and arms reaching to the sun. On the exhale, dive forward again, inhale the right foot back this time into crescent lunge on the other side with arms to the sky, and exhale into high plank chaturanga. Keep the elbows close into the body as you lower 3 inches off the floor. Inhale to up dog by straightening the arms and arching the back, with the knees still off the ground, and exhale back to down dog, the inverted V with hips to the sky and head down between the arms.

Standing Poses:

Mantra 3: “Be present.”

Step the right foot forward into peaceful warrior, rather than powerful warrior, thinking about how we can be peaceful and kind to the planet. The right arm reaches overhead and behind slightly, the left arm grazing the back of the left leg. The right leg is bent at 90 degrees and the back left foot is turned out 45 degrees with the heel on the ground. Enjoy 3 breaths here.
Twisting Lunge pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Next, interlace the fingers behind you and bow your chest down slightly inside your right knee into humble warrior, honoring nature and stretching the shoulders and chest. Take three deep, slow breaths.

Root both hands or forearms down inside the right leg so it goes left hand, right hand, right foot, and press the right knee slightly out to the right. Breath here in lizard as your hips release. You can add a twist by lifting the hand closest to the foot up to the sun and look towards the sky in twisting lunge. Notice the birds chirping and leaves rustling. Go back to crescent lunge briefly to flow into the next pose.

Twisting Lunge pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Turn the torso to the center of the mat while standing tall and straighten your right leg, so you are know facing the long edge of the mat with legs spread like rays of a star, and the arms together overhead to symbolize the top of the star, and the top of the heavens. Pay homage to the dark nights without light pollution where you can see all the stars sparkling overhead. Hold for 3 breaths.

Turn to the other short end of the mat and perform peaceful and humble warriors and lizard on this side for three inhales and exhales each as well. It’s like to see a different perspective or view of the world by turning to the opposite end of the mat.

Tree pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Speaking of trees, we can stand anywhere on the mat, or place the feet directly on the grass/sand/dirt to really root down in tree posenext. Stand on the right leg, and bend the let knee out to the left. Place the left foot firmly on the right leg as high as you can go, but avoid the knee joint. Press the leg into the foot and the foot into the legs evenly and do the same with the hands at heart center. Hold for three 8-second breaths, then release the foot and bend the right leg so you are pretending to sit in a chair, and the left leg crosses over the right in a right angle. Bring the hands towards the ground as if you were doing a chaturanga push-up and wrap your left toes around your right triceps. Lean forward to put the weight into the arms, stretch the left hip and glute, and maybe allow your back, right leg to take flight off the ground in flying pigeon.Stay here for up to 3 breaths, unwind back to sanding, circle the shoulders to reset, and repeat on the other side.

Flying pigeon pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Floor Poses:

Mantra 4: “Be grateful.”

Time to begin to relax as we reverse swan dive to the ground and lower onto the belly in locust pose. Lift the heart off the earth; reach your palms and the soles of the feet up as if offering yourself to nature, while strengthening your lower back here. Hold for three breaths.

Rainbow pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Roll over onto your back, flip the hands by your head with the fingers pointing towards your feet, bend the knees and plant the feet close to your hips. Press the hands into the ground as you strengthen your upper back in rainbow (wheel) pose. Note what a miracle a rainbow is, and how the earth gives us that magical gift many times a year. After 3 breaths, lower down with upper, then middle then lower back slowly touching down, and hug yourself for a counter stretch, but you are really hugging the Earth.

Savasana pose. Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.

Allow your body to be supported by the earth as you release everything and melt into the mat in relaxation pose, savasana. Stay here for as long as you’d like and repeat our mantras slowly to let them really sink in.

After your practice…you may to continue the world and your wellness journey to make every day Earth Day? Try forest bathing and meditating under a tree, in a garden, or by a body of water. Maybe take your family to volunteer cleanup events, recycle, reuse, upcycle, and compost at home, and take the time to notice all the little miracles of Mother Nature.


About the Author:

Photo Credit Nikki Fitness.Nicole Glor is the creator of NikkiFitness exercise videos on the NikkiFitness App and Amazon, the author of The Slimnastics Workout, and Squirrel Yoga for Sunshine (children’s book) a health coach, celebrity trainer, group fitness instructor and a freelance fitness writer. The NikkiFitness DVDs/Videos/Apps including the Slimnastics Workout (Yoga+Plyometrics Fusion), Anti-aging Walking Workout, Stability Ball Workout, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout, Hard Core Abs, Fit Travel Workout, Booty Camp, The , Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, Hip Opening Power Yoga, Squirrel Yoga for Sunshines (kids yoga video), and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout.Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, Integrative Nutrition health coach, group fitness instructor at Equinox and Crunch in Manhattan, and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Newhouse School. For her daily moves and mantras, search for “NikkiFitness” on social media, and go to for more information.

My Interview w/ Tips for Working Out at Home

June 2, 2020

We are all (hopefully) still working out at home while quarantine leads into June. Check out these #tuesdaytips I gave in my latest interview

And you can always work out at home with me, with no equipment, by downloading the NikkiFitness App and choosing the Fit Travel Workout Video that was shot around the world so your body gets a workout while your mind gets a mini vacation!

Squirrel Yoga for Sunshine in Greenwich Neighbors Magazine!

May 29, 2020

Check out Nikk’s latest freelance article in Greenwich Neighbors Magazine – featuring moves from Nikki’s new kid’s yoga book and video, shot on location with her 4 year old daughter! Stay home and have a PE brain break with your kids with this 15 minute adventure story workout today!

Friday IG Live Mother’s Day Yoga on Prevention Magazine IG Live!

May 6, 2020

My normal #wellnesswednesday @preventionmag IG Live class IS NOW ‍♀️FRIDAY at NOON ‍♀️TO CELEBRATE #mothersday with #mommyandme yoga from my new book and video on the #nikkifitnessapp called “Squirrel Yoga For Sunshine”


Bring your babes of all ages and breathe/flow together for #quarantinecalm
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Mother’s Day Gifts /Non-Profit Announcement:

April 28, 2020

#tuesdaytip I have partnered with wine company @onehope -they have the cutest fitness water bottles & wine hydrate gift boxes (“there is a chance this is wine” written on the water bottle) and other boxes for all occasions (your mom will want the sparkle bottle of brut) for delivery AND A PORTION OF EACH BOTTLE GOES TO CHARITY‍♂️ ❤️ but for Mother’s Day orders you have to order by April 29 (winesday) to get the gifts sent to your moms, send link to your hubs to order for you, or send boxes to friends who are moms!

281CBBFE-462A-452D-86A6-05A030E73149I think this is brilliant! Perfect for quarantining and FaceTiming with your mom over a bottle. They also have birthday boxes for celebrating over zoom! Swipe to see ➡️ The back of the bottle lists the charity, tells about the cause and food pairings for the wine. For example the “Green thumb” gift box has planting seeds for herbs, sauce, an oil dropper and the charity is the environment. Others benefit animals (wine boxes with gifts for the dog/catlover) and hunger (the food pairing boxes)



I always say “green juice now, champagne later!”

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New Interview on Losing Weight with me on My Fit Station

April 28, 2020

Another new article is out with my fitness advice about losing weight!



My three best tips for losing weight are:

1. FVW- fruit veggies and water!

Smoothie in the morning, salad for lunch, apples and nuts for snacks, sensible dinner of veggies and fish – go as vegan as you can during the day and lean protein at night with veg. Fiber from this kind of eating will have you very regular (flat belly)

2. Cross-train and two-a-days:

Do cardio and weights and alternate workouts but don’t plan a skip day because they will happen out of your control anyway. My videos are a good quick multitasking HIIT combo. If taking a class/video do the treadmill or run outside first.

Do weights or cardio in the morning and power yoga at night. If you can work out twice without eating twice as much you will lose weight.

3. Portion control and timing

Use small plates, don’t eat 3 hrs before bed, small snacks all day so you are never on empty which is when you make bad food choices.


Fitness, Fit it in! Nikki


Namaste Nature: Earth Day Power Yoga Flow by NikkiFitness for Prevention Magazine

April 26, 2020

8FAB118C-2365-4152-8DD0-64720F5641D6Celebrate #EarthDay  every day with my Namaste Nature Power Earth Yoga flow I taught for @PreventionMag Keep earth energy going this weekend & take a #forestbathing moving #meditation with me in this free #yoga practice on the NikkiFitness Youtube Channel

Earth Day Namaste Nature NikkiFitness Video on Youtube



Squirrel Yoga for Sunshine: new book and video!

April 19, 2020

Want some FREE quarantine calm for for the whole fam? Check out my new 15 minute long video called SQUIRREL YOGA FOR SUNSHINE – I shot it with my four-year-old! it’s FREE this week only, and then will be on the NikkiFitness App!


Follow squirrel as she tries to find her animal friends and sunshine through yoga and meditation!

Click here for YouTube video

The book will be out by Mother’s Day! Enjoy and get more of my 12 HIIT and Yoga videos on the NikkiFitness App and