We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Hopper and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicholas, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?The value the matters most is “delayed gratification.” Why- Since the advent of the internet and ubiquitous information which can be found on tablets, phones, and lap tops we arguably live in a metaphorical “microwave society” where ideas, opinions, and solutions can be summoned immediately. Said society has a tendency to influence our expectations to “want things now,” when in reality, anything worthwhile to have often requires: time, financial resources, effort, trial and error, and personal growth. My training business is centered around delayed gratification as clients must delay gratification in order to optimize overall lifestyle and achieve performance goals. From a general sense, people typically enjoy the cascade of hormones and feeling of productivity after a difficult workout, however, this cascade may often require a suspension to achieve full potential, thus the “delayed gratification.”

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started as trainer in 2003 at 24 Hour Fitness until 2014. In that time, I served six years in the United States Marine Corps reserves, acquired my degree in Integrative Physiology from University of Colorado at Boulder, earned a brown belt at Eastons Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and completed several certifications through USA weightlifting and National Academy of Sports Medicine. While at 24 Hour Fitness, I serviced 7000 sessions and had the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people which included: Military personnel, former Division 1 track athletes, clients with general fitness goals, and Division 1 cheerleaders.
After my departure from 24 Hour Fitness in 2014, I created “Universal Performance” and my client base grew to further include: youth population, clients in need of injury treatment and corrective work, and combat athletes.

One of the main challenges I encountered was “how to give my clients both what they want and need simultaneously.” Although I cannot always deliver on both “needs and wants,” through a fair amount of trial and error, I managed to arrange the format of my services where I can provide clients with both entities a significant portion of the time.

What sets me apart from others is my ability to work with anyone regardless of age or ability level, which inspired the term “Universal” in my business name. My “all in” mind set as I have no desire to pursue any other type of career, further separates me from others.
Additionally, I am quick to research and or discuss topics with others when I am presented with questions that I lack answers to.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A trip to the Pearl Street Mall and to enjoy Pasta Jay’s (their garlic bread and pizza of course) and to watch the street performers.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

Reid Delman, Owner of Gemini Adventures https://geminiadventures.com

Jason Busch, Owner of Body Balance Strength and Wellness, Boulder Colorado

Blake Vanier, Engineer, Maker, Author, Blakevanier.com

Suzanne Weir, Owner of Bunny Bars https://www.instagram.com/bethebars

Website: Hoppertraining.com

Instagram: @universal.performance

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