Nicole Dinn, MSc, BKin, RKin, CSCS, Pn1
Nicole is the Director of Coaching and Head Coach with Barbell 101. She got started in lifting as a teenager. Being the only female lifting at her college gym didn’t stop her from wanting to get advice. One day, Nicole walked up to the biggest guy in the gym and asked him how she could “get big muscles” like him. The guy looked at her and shrugged, and said “Eat lots of meat and potatoes. And squat heavy.” Thus, a monster was born!
That was nearly 17 years ago. Nicole currently spends most of her time coaching Olympic weightlifting and nutrition, and her team is based out of Fortis Fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology, a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, has several years of graduate school in biomechanics and neuroscience, and a few other nifty pieces of paper to her name. Nicole is a Registered Kinesiologist, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), and an Exercise Nutrition Specialist (Precision Nutrition). She’s also an intern with Precision Nutrition’s Online Coaching program, and has spent a lot of time working with diverse populations in healthcare, rehabilitation, college athletics, and with the public. Nicole’s goal is to bring weightlifting, fitness, and good nutrition to everyone.
Master of Science, Kinesiology, Memorial University, 2006
Bachelor of Kinesiology, Memorial University, 2004
Level 1 NKT Practitioner (In Progress), 2016
Level 2 Nutrition Coach (In Progress), Precision Nutrition, 2015
Level 2 Weightlifting Coach (In Progress), NCCP, 2015
Level 1 Weightlifting Coach, NCCP, 2014
Registered Kinesiologist, College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, 2014
Level 1 Nutrition Coach, Precision Nutrition, 2014
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA, 2004
Sebastian is the Assistant Weightlifting Coach at Barbell 101, as well as a member of the competition team. A hockey player growing up, Sebastian played Junior B hockey while simultaneously attending Queen’s University. It was there that he discovered the weight room, and where, like any good college bro, he started curling and benching to impress girls. After experiencing only mediocre success in that endeavor, it took him until 2013 to discover Fortis Fitness and 2014 to discover Olympic weightlifting with Coach Nicole Dinn. Despite being only slightly more coordinated than a newborn infant, Sebastian immediately fell in love with the sport. He had found a new competitive outlet that was both mentally and physically stimulating, not just a way to make the gym fun again but a brand new sport to learn and attack. Today Sebastian is obsessed (in a good way we think) with the sport, consuming any bit of knowledge he can in an effort to get better while also following the international scene closely. As Nicole’s first athlete, he has come a long way since not being able to maintain an overhead squat position, and already has two bronze medals to his name in his first year as a weightlifting competitor.
Despite his unsuccessful attempts to present himself as a jock (high school girls are to blame), Sebastian has a degree in economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. When he’s not whining to Nicole about how snatching is way more fun than cleaning, he’s either spending time with his lovely girlfriend or working at McCain Foods on King West and getting fat on French fries.