Founder of Body Innovation and owner of Nicola Macleod Biokinetics.
I have been privileged to have a dynamic, high profile career of more than 18 years in the sport, health, fitness and wellness industry, an industry that has driven and inspired me from a very young age. Being active and motivating others to do the same, feels to be part of my DNA. Recently I have developed a keen interest in longevity, discovering ways to improve health-span and lifespan, that we may all live our best lives.
I completed a Sports and Deep Tissue Massage course in 2002 whilst studying Human Movement Science at the University of Pretoria, in 2005 I graduated as practical student of the year with an Honours degree in Biokinetics, here my journey into elite sport began as I worked for the Institute for Sports Research and High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria as the strength coach and biokineticist for the SA Rowing Academy, this evolved into the South African National Rowing Team which during my almost 10 year career produced numerous World Cup, World Championship and Olympic medals, including the 2012 London Olympic Gold medal of the lightweight mens four.
During this time I started and operated Nicola Macleod Biokinetics, offering specialised training and rehabilitation and Body Innovation offering unique group fitness training, private sessions and massage, to various athletes, weekend warriors and desk players alike, while keeping my love of dance and the body alive by training the Oakfields College Musical Theatre and Dance students in body conditioning and anatomy.
Late in 2015 I was offered an opportunity to work with the Chinese National Rowing team in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics which resulted in a Bronze and Silver medal. The next 4 years I opted to work at a provincial level in China developing young athletes to prepare them for a career in rowing and training the senior teams of rowing and sailing as the prepared for the provincial competitions.
Now I am back home in South Africa, fulfilling my joy of motivating others to get active in ways that are different, focused and unique to your individual lifestyle.
I completed my Honours in Biokinetics at the University of Pretoria. I have always had a passion and interest in sports and working with people from a young age. I am interested in all areas of biokinetics from orthopedic injuries to chronic diseases. I feel my purpose is to help and teach people what I know and how to improve their daily living through exercise. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors and being active.
My love for the human body and movement started with my background in dance, and only grew when I studied Biokinetics. I graduated with my honour’s degree in Biokinetics from North West University in 2022, with a sport science elective. Since then, I have grown interest in body conditioning, orthopaedic rehabilitation and the community surrounding health and fitness. I have always had the desire to help people in my career, since I was a young girl. I love empowering others through exercise, to achieve more than what they think they are capable of, whether it be in orthopaedic rehabilitation, sport conditioning, chronic disease management, group classes, or general health and fitness