Nicole Hawker is a highly accomplished fitness professional, recognized for her experience in counseling, social work, and the fitness industry. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Nicole is the Founder of Heart and Soul Fitness, a non-profit studio that she established in 2022. She holds a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Johnson University in Knoxville and has over 15 years of experience specializing in supporting families and children within the foster care system. Nicole's commitment to wellness and community service led her to open Heart and Soul Fitness with the mission of making physical fitness and wellness resources accessible to the broader Charlottesville community.
Nicole is a dedicated and highly qualified fitness professional, holding multiple certifications including ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Certified Yoga Teacher. Her passion for fitness and wellness is evident in her commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and empowering individuals to achieve their fitness goals. Nicole's expertise in fitness and wellness extends beyond the studio, as she is a sought-after international public speaker. She has shared her passion for wholeness with women's groups in Liberia, Kenya, and Uganda, as well as church and civic groups across the United States. In addition to her work in the fitness industry, Nicole is an active member of the Charlottesville community. She is a graduate of the Leadership Charlottesville Class of 2019 and the CNE Board Academy Class of 2023. Currently, Nicole serves as a Board Member for the Black Professional Network and the City of Charlottesville Minority Business Commission. She is also an active member of Faith Christian Center International, where she participates in the missions and praise teams.
Nicole is a dedicated mother of three adult children and has been happily married to her best friend, Jon, for over 30 years. Her commitment to her family, her community, and her profession reflects her passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others. Nicole's diverse background and dedication to wellness make her a valuable asset to the Charlottesville community, and she continues to inspire and empower individuals to live healthier, happier lives.
Nicole Hawker, Founder of Heart and Soul Fitness with Nicole, received the BWRT Excellence Award at the March 2023 luncheon. The award recognizes an extraordinary woman who has manifested a legacy that continues to inspire others. “Throughout her career Nicole has looked for ways to improve the lives of those around her.” Anyone that knows Nicole knows that there are very seldom short conversations with Nicole. Her authenticity and compassion won’t let you stop at 'Hello.'”