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 and Honours in Sport Science at the University of Pretoria, obtaining the Biokinetics Association of South Africa award for best student. I have a passion for working with a wide variety of individuals and conditions, including orthopeadic injuries, chronic diseases, and neurological conditions. I am always enthusiastic to demonstrate my knowledge and skills to all our clients, to show that our field of work can improve client’s physical well-being and quality of life through movement. In my spare time I enjoy keeping active by doing road and trail running and watching all sports.
Chanté van der Walt
I am a dance and musical theatre graduate from Oakfields College and I am currently working as a model, free-lance makeup artist and spray tan technician at Body Innovation. I am extremely passionate about fitness and recently started studying my personal trainers. I am also a Biogen Face of Fitness 2020 finalist. Being a performer and model, I am always in need of a tan and I know how important it is to have a flawless tan that does not have an orange undertone and that looks very natural. This is why I use and trust all Norvell products that we use for our spray tanning at Body Innovation.