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Tom Nikkola

Vice President – Nutrition & Virtual Training

I started with Life Time October 1 of 2001. With two decades of education, experience, and experimentation, I’ve come to realize that health and fitness is way easier than most people believe it to be.

I hope my articles and other education show you how simple this is, and empower you to act on what you learn.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

– Confucius

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FAVORITE TOPICS

PROTEIN | STRENGTH TRAINING | PERSONAL GROWTH | MEN’S HEALTH

CERTS & EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF ARTS, PRE-MED BIOLOGY
CERTIFIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST (CSCS)
CERTIFIED SPORTS NUTRITIONIST (CISSN)
NUMEROUS OTHER CERTS I HAVEN’T MAINTAINED

TOM’S ARTICLES & STORIES

The Health Benefits and Risks of Drinking Alcohol

The Health Benefits and Risks of Drinking Alcohol

Does alcohol harm your health? Does it offer any benefits? Could it compromise your immune system? Cause muscle loss? Contribute to the “Quarantine 15”? You do not need to drink. You can drink and still be healthy. But if you drink too much, or too often, you...

The Sauna: 7 Health Benefits and How to Use It

The Sauna: 7 Health Benefits and How to Use It

What are the health benefits of the sauna? Does it help to reduce pain? Does it boost your immune system? Are there other metabolic benefits? What's the best way to use a sauna? Read on and find out. You'll understand why the sauna not only feels good,...

Is Milk or Dairy Good or Bad For You?

Is Milk or Dairy Good or Bad For You?

"Is dairy good or bad for you?" Post that question to social media and you'll find so much debate about this food group, that you might mistake it for a political campaign. On the pro-dairy side, you'll see answers such as: "I've been drinking a gallon of...

High-Protein Diets: Health Benefits and Controversies

High-Protein Diets: Health Benefits and Controversies

What are the benefits of high-protein diets? Are there risks? Are the risks exaggerations by alarmists, or could you really eat too much protein? Fat and carbohydrates have shared the nutrition spotlight for decades, while protein is rarely discussed....

Adrenal Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Adrenal Fatigue: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Worn out. Unmotivated. Achy. So tired. Depressed. These are just some of the words people use to describe adrenal fatigue. Others are wired, anxious, and overstimulated. The most frustrating part is that those with adrenal fatigue are often ambitious,...

5 Life-Changing Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

5 Life-Changing Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

Based on its title, you might expect this article to cover questions like “What is the meaning of life?” or “What is my purpose?” It doesn’t. Those are better left for a college philosophy class or a deep discussion with friends. These five questions are...

Low Testosterone: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Low Testosterone: Causes, Symptoms, and Solutions

Worn out? Irritable? Gaining weight? Low libido? Memory problems? You and your doctor might not think about low testosterone when you think about your symptoms, but you might after reading this. Many symptoms of low testosterone are similar to those of...