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We’re on a mission to recognize the fitness instructors who don’t just look great on Instagram—but actually inspire us to be better. So together with Reebok, we asked you to nominate trainers for the first-ever America’s Most Inspiring Trainer title. After nearly 5,000 entries, we’ve narrowed down the pool to 12 amazing finalists—and now it’s time for you to choose a winner! Learn more about Nicole Sciacca below, and cast your vote by December 23. 

Nicole Sciacca, Los Angeles, California

Yoga teacher, personal trainer, and Chief Yoga Officer at PLAYLIST Yoga

Her Mantra

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon

Her Power Jams

“The Weeknd’s new album, anything by Led Zeppelin, ‘Shine’ by LOLO, and ‘Girls Who Get Ready’ by Cosima.”

Her Story

When Sciacca ruptured three discs in her back  while dancing in 2006, she was determined to heal. She found her strength through yoga and fitness, and opened her own studio. But balancing a new baby and business, she soon found herself on the verge of burnout.

“I was continually exhausted and operating on adrenaline and passion. I was so excited about the opportunity to build this community and a new family at the same time that I was becoming a shell of myself,” she remembers.

Three years later, she was divorced, closing her studio, and working as a single mom. But she emerged with a powerful new mindset that she channels into her teaching practice: to listen, follow her intuition, and, most importantly, practice gratitude.

“I’ve learned that what you give will certainly be returned to you,” Sciacca says. “I’ve had more blessings come my way in terms of personal relationships and acts of kindness than I can count.”

Her Inspiring Mission

To build and nuture physical and soul maintenence. “The inner body needs just as much love and attention as the physical body,” she says. “We are living in a day and age where these two bodies are moving further and further apart unless we are consciously doing the work. Starting with the individual and loving where you are in the journey is non-negotiable if change is your real aim.”

The winner of America’s Most Inspiring Trainer will score an exclusive one-year contract with Reebok and major coverage on Well+Good. Cast your vote now!

Photo: Caddie Hastings