How to train like an athlete: Nikki Todd, Squash Player
In our exclusive Pan American athlete series, squash pro Nikki Todd talks to ELLE Canada about the best training advice she’s ever received, her post-workout beauty tips and getting motivated.
1. What’s your fitness motto?
It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.
2. When I am feeling sluggish:
My biggest motivation is looking at how far I have come, and how far I still want to go. I look at the opportunities I have been given and know they are from hard work, and if I want more opportunities to play for Canada and be a part of a group like CIBC Team Next I better keep working.
3. Workout song that revs me up:
I am going to sound crazy, but I listen to country haha.
4. Song that helps me chill:
Yellow – Coldplay
5. How I relax:
Hot yoga. If I don’t have access to a hot yoga class then curling up on a couch watching a comedy always works to!
6. Best training advice:
Recovery is just as important as the actual training.
7. First thing I eat in the morning:
Green tea with either eggs or a smoothie.
8. Pre-workout fuel:
It varies depending on the time of day, and what the workout is. But most often I will have some sort of meat or fish, with some squash, spinach, or avocado on the side.
9. Post workout snack:
I always make sure to have protein immediately after and then later on brown rice with some veggies or meat and veggies. I drink anywhere between three and four litres of water a day.
10. After a workout:
I use Olay body wash and Pure and Simple Face wash.
11. During workouts:
My hair is always pulled back into a pony tail with pro wrap as a headband.
12. When I need some downtime:
My favourite thing to do in downtime is be outside or watching movies.
13. My biggest food indulgence:
Yogurt covered gluten free pretzels! So good!!
Nikki Todd is part of the CIBC Team Next, a program created by CIBC, lead partner at the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.