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Strong. Loving. Supermom.

Q&A With Nicole Redenius

Q. What does a routine day at the Recreation and Wellness Center consist of for you?

A. Usually I study while I walk on the treadmill for an hour.  I watch lecture videos or do practice questions for upcoming exams. (sometimes that’s a little awkward due to the content of our lectures, so you might want to close your eyes if you walk up behind me! Haha)   Then, I lift weights for a little while if I have time.  J 

Q. What three words would your friends use to describe you?

A. Strong, loving, “Super Mom” 

Q. How are you using osteopathy to approach your workout routine?

A. Balance.  We are taught at VCOM to use a holistic approach to patients.  To keep in mind their lifestyle, personal goals and limitations, etc… I used to run marathons and teach fitness classes, but that doesn’t fit into my current lifestyle.  The way I approach my workout routine is very different at this point in my life. Working out for me is now about being healthy, not trying to PR in a race. I’m a single mom, a second year medical student, I volunteer in the community, and try to be involved in several student organizations at VCOM. Time is my most valuable resource, so I am very intentional about balancing my desire to stay healthy with the limitations and goals of my current season of life.

Q. If you could be any piece of workout equipment, what would it be and why?

A. Probably the squat rack… it’s always busy and gets so much love!

Q. Finish this sentence: "What was I thinking when...?"

A. I tried to teach my 5-year-old to ride her bike without training wheels around the VCOM pond. Oops!

Q. Give us your Top 3 workout songs?

A. I so wish I could answer this, but I don’t listen to music when I work out. I kind of just like the quiet for a change. Sorry! 

Q. Are there any Rec Center hacks that you can share with us?

A. This is so embarrassing and nerdy, but I know all the places you can use and keep your laptop charging while you work out.

Q. What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

A. Running the Turkey Trot with friends and/or family. It’s my favorite race of the year!  There’s so much excitement in the air, it’s always nice and chilly, and everyone seems so happy the whole time… maybe it’s the promise of turkey and pie later in the day. 

Q. What do you enjoy most about living in Auburn?

A. Tailgating during football season, taking my daughters to gymnastics meets, going to basketball games with my dad, running stairs in the coliseum, and NOT having to shovel snow in the winter!

Q. What is your most embarrassing moment?

A. Most recently, I accidentally dumped a whole bucket of Betadine on myself while delivering a baby at the hospital. It stained my entire head orange and I lost huge amounts of "style" points!