Momentum was founded in 2012 when Nicole Hengels Gainacopulos realized the need for a top notch running coach in Milwaukee. Always being an avid runner, Nicole ran and completed her first marathon with a time of 5:15:30. When returning home she wrote “The 10 reasons why I will never run another marathon.” A short time later Nicole realized that 9 of the rules were easy and simple fixes. (#10 was “26.2 is way too long.” That one unfortunately can’t be fixed…)
Taking the knowledge while studying Exercise Physiology at Marquette University, Nicole crafted her very first running program. Applying knowledge of proper nutrition for before, during, and after marathons along with experiences from running camps Nicole develop a program that added the benefit of strength and conditioning. Soon before she knew it Nicole was crossing another finish line with a time of 3:56. Each Marathon Nicole has run since, she has successfully improved her time, experience, and attitude. As she still consistently trains for marathons, Nicole is learning more and more each race and wants to coach you and fulfill your marathon and personal training dreams. While you work towards your goal, Nicole works towards her goal which is to qualify for the Boston Marathon at a finish time of 3:30.
In the winter of 2014, Dietitian Gina Villani joined Nicole to begin building the Momentum Team. Gina adds the missing component for many runners: Nutrition.
Momentum’s goal and philosophy is simple. It includes: Running, Nutrition, and YOU. You are the biggest factor to your training. How much time to you realistically have, where are you starting at, how can you reach your goals, what ARE realistic goals? Your coaches take a scientific yet realistic style to adapt your training to your goals and lifestyle.
We will combine realistic running training, proper strength and conditioning, speed development, nutritional programming, weight management and injury prevention all in one program to help you get the results you want. It’s not necessarily about how long it takes to finish a race or the distance you complete, it’s about meeting you at the finish line.