About Nicki

Nicki Violetti has a long history of competitive athletics and is the only trainer at NorCal Strength and Conditioning who has competed at the collegiate level, not in one sport, but three: volleyball, swimming, and track & field. Nicki is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds Level III CrossFit trainer and USAW Level I Olympic Weightlifting Coach certifications. Nicki brings her understanding of teamwork, motivation and goal setting/completion to her coaching with remarkable results. She will help you delineate your goals and provide you with the support, knowledge and focus to achieve your fitness potential. In addition to Nicki’s fitness background, she has a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego and speaks Italian, Spanish and a fair amount of Russian. She is also co-publisher of The Performance Menu.


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    Now Find our Class Schedule on Facebook!

    Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in In The Gym, News | 0 comments

    Now Find our Class Schedule on Facebook!

    Just a quick FYI:  You can now find our class schedule on our NorCal Strength & Conditioning Facebook Page!  Just under our logo you’ll see a link to “class schedule”. When you click that it will take you to our Schedule page!                         Oh and any of you who haven’t yet checked out Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield you absolutely should!  It’s a beautiful cookbook with phenomenal recipes. Perfect gift idea for the...

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    Take your Furry Friend for a Walk and Help Support Butte Humane Society!

    Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    Take your Furry Friend for a Walk and Help Support Butte Humane Society!

    Got plans on Saturday October 15th?  If not, grab a few friends, lace up your sneakers, put your dog on a leash and head over to Children’s Playground Park for the Furry Scurry Fun Walk and Festival! The Furry Scurry is a fun-filled half-day event that includes a 1-Mile walk for the Animals around Bidwell Mansion, live music, fun dog contests, raffles and activity booths.  A great way to spend a Saturday morning all the while supporting a great cause! All donations raised go to benefit Butte Humane Society, which cares for nearly 6,000...

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    The Oil Guide

    Posted by on Jul 30, 2010 in Recipes | 3 comments

    The Oil Guide

    Being a paleo food blogger, I am often asked what types of healthy fats are safe to cook with, so I went on a search to find out.  What I always assumed is that olive oil is the end all and be all of healthy oils, and I have cooked with it relentlessly for years.  After reading several articles, I found that there is some research out there that claims that when olive oil is brought to its smoke point, the wonderful antioxidants that we want in the oil begin to decompose under the high heat and are turned into free radicals and...

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    Grilled Chicken with Walnut Pesto Sauce and Warm Arugula Salad

    Posted by on Jul 9, 2010 in Recipes | 1 comment

    Grilled Chicken with Walnut Pesto Sauce and Warm Arugula Salad

    For this recipe I grilled up some chicken and spooned the green goodness over it but the recipe makes enough pesto that you can use it as topping for whatever else you eat the next day!! Grilled Chicken with Walnut Pesto Sauce Chicken 3-4 Chicken Breasts Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning to taste (or just some cracked black pepper) Pesto Sauce 4 oz fresh basil (3 ½ cups) 1 cup walnut halves and pieces 6 garlic cloves 1 cup olive oil 1 tsp sea salt Juice from ½ a lemon Heat your grill over medium high heat for approximately 10...

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    Who’s Who: Brian W.

    Posted by on Jul 8, 2010 in News | 5 comments

    Who’s Who: Brian W.

    Here’s a bit more about Brian: How were you introduced to NorCal Strength and Conditioning? A friend (Brian L.) mentioned the gym to me. I drove by that day and met Shawn. Needless to say his…enthusiasm for Norcal totally turned me on and I signed up for On Ramp the next day. Favorite movement/skill you have learned at NorCal: I’m currently learning how to do a handstand but I love that I can climb a rope like nobody’s business now. I have always wanted…: I don’t know. I’m pretty content. Before...

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    Intro to weightlifting!

    Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

    Intro to weightlifting!

    Beginning today we will now be offering an “Intro to Olympic weightlifting” class that will be Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm.  This class is for current NorCal members who are wanting to gain the technical proficiency of the Oly lifts.  If you’ve had an inclination to come around the corner and start learning the snatch and clean & jerk this is the perfect class for you! It is the starting place where you will get exposure to the fundamentals of the lifts and ultimately be able to progress into...

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    Weightlifting PR’s!

    Posted by on Mar 5, 2010 in News | 3 comments

    Weightlifting PR’s!

    Thursday’s 10AM class was full of personal records in the Clean. Shawn G 86kg Sean B 80 kg Peter M 80 kg Joye G 48 kg Becky C 63 kg Check out a couple pics from yesterday morning: And here’s a fun video of the women’s 58kg class from the Athen’s Olympics. You will see the top lifters perform both the snatch and the clean & jerk.  These women weigh less than 128 lbs and are putting incredible loads overhead!  As I read on a poster somewhere:  “some little girl in China is warming up...

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    Lou Mars Drumming Marathon Aftermath

    Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in News | 2 comments

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    Power Outage

    Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

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