Full name: Marija Nikolic
Position: Founder at I Shape Middle East
Marija’s fitness story:
I graduated as a Sports Professor from the University of Sports and Physical Education. I’ve been teaching group classes since the past 12 years now. I used to be a Les Mills National Trainer and Presenter for Middle East and India. I currently own a group exercise studio named I Shape ME at Fairmont Dubai.
I won a National Award – Best Group Exercise Instructor in 2015 UAE FIT Awards.
Prior to my studies, I was a National Champion in Show Dance for five years in a row.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration are my members. Each member is a unique challenge for me and even with the least enthusiastic or athletic ones, I strive to awaken their desire to succeed and improve. I consider the greatest reward is when during the class, I spot the moment of eagerness with members who were not so positive previously. Such feedback assures me that I am doing the right thing and it gives me motivation to keep on going. Furthermore, I strongly believe that the collective spirit, despite the initial pressure with less self-esteem individuals, liberates and relaxes in time, this makes members attached to their group. In an atmosphere like that progress is inevitable.
What’s your key to your success?
Decide what you want and go after that with everything you got!
What was the best advice you were ever given?
To never give up, to stay focused on my goal and to be consistent in my effort. Success will come.
Do you have a phrase or motto you live your life by?
Today is my tomorrow. It’s up to me to shape it , to take control and seize every opportunity .
The power is in the choices I make each day. I eat well, I live well. I SHAPE ME.
Favourite inspirational quote:
To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart.
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