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Based on 18 reviews
Great program that will improve not just your ACFT score but you're overall fitness as well.
I started with Tom's free ACFT program and transitioned to his subscription-based programming. I enjoy the variety and sense of community through his virtual format. I benefit from his military pricing, and it's a great value. Through his program, I have exceeded my fitness goals.
Over the years following Tom's strength and conditioning program, I have never been stronger and healthier than I am now. The workouts are straightforward and easy to follow. And he's always available to give advice and suggestions for form. I highly recommend Tom's program to everyone wanting to improve their strength and life overall.
Tom is a wealth of knowledge and one of a kind! I’ve been following his advice and been a part of his fitness programs for a number of years. He loves what he does and is very passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals.
Recommend without hesitation. Started training with Tom to improve my fitness for the Army Combat Fitness Test. It worked! Now I'm on a women's specific program to augment my triathlon training. The app interface is easy to use and track your progress plus meals if you are so inclined. I like the one-stop ship approach to fitness and health. What I appreciate the most is not having to think about planning my next workout.
The best training program I have ever used. Excellent instruction, a great community and an easy to follow health and fitness routine which has literally changed my body as well as adding vitality and longevity to my life.
Coach Nikkola is responsive and very involved in my training program. He has helped me work through multiple injuries while maintaining progress and physical readiness.The workouts are fantastic and the app is easy to use!
Tom’s training is amazing!! I’ve consistently used his program for 3 years now and absolutely love it.
Training with Tom has been the single best thing I have ever done for my fitness!I have thought about moving on, trying other scenarios, but I haven't because of what Tom has to offer with the training, programming, the connections I've made and have with other people who train with Tom.I am not the leanest I've ever been, but, I am most certainly the strongest I've ever been. And that's a credit to Tom's programming! Absolutely love it!
Tom's program is simple and transforming! He is responsive and always seeks your success.
Hands down the best program I have been exposed to in my life. Tom provides straight forward, highly effective approaches to your health on a personal level. Personally, I am stronger, more mobile, and feel better than I did 20 years ago. Highly recommend Tom’s services!
Great program, especially for AD Army
Love the workouts and love the app. Tom is a great dude and wouldn’t recommend anyone else!
Best program that keeps me consistent and always having a plan at the gym that I don’t have to think about.
Strength training is a non-negotiable for me. Not having to figure out my own strength training program has been huge for simplifying my life and helped me be successful in my fitness goals. Tom is an expert in his field and I have seen gains after gains by following his program for the last 2+ years. Whether you are beginner or expert you will see growth following Tom's programs. I can't recommend Vigor strength+conditioning enough!
I’m a 72 year old semi retired contractor. In my 16th week of training with Tom Nikola . It’s changed my life.I feel 20 years younger, I’m stronger more flexible no more sore joints. It’s not easy or simple but if you do the work It will work for you. Skip
I’ve been working with Tom since 2019. I started with his ACFT prep program and it got me prepared for the ACFT. Shortly after I became a full member and Tom has been my trainer ever since. He is knowledgeable and is a no BS kind of guy. He uses research and years of experience to back his training programs and diet recommendations. He is responsive and truly cares about his clients. 10/10 recommend. It doesn’t matter if your a beginner or a life long lifter, Tom is your man.
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Training Program Teams

Train on your own, but never alone. With Lumberjacked or Resilient, you’ll do the same workouts as other men and women across the country. Even though you might workout by yourself, you’re not alone. You’ll have others to rely on for encouragement, support, and guidance. And you’ll have Tom to help you along the way as well, even if it means modifying a workout to fit your needs.

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Most popular program for middle-aged men

Build muscle you can see through a flannel shirt and strength and stamina to get the job done, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes. This is not for wimps.

  • 3-5 workouts per week, 50-70 minutes per session
  • Gym membership for full home gym required
  • Focus is on building muscle and strength first, with the secondary benefit of fat loss and improved stamina
  • Programming is ongoing, based on an annual calendar so you don’t need to change programs, the program changes over time for you.


Most popular program for middle-aged women

Build conditioning and stamina that not only gets you leaner and fitter, it also helps you handle the stress and pressure of everyday life.

  • 4-5 workouts per week, 50-60 minutes per session
  • Gym membership for full home gym required
  • Focus is on building physical endurance and a lean physique first, and strength second, using mostly resistance training with some cardio
  • Programming is ongoing, based on an annual calendar so you don’t need to change programs, the program changes over time for you.

Short-term / Time-Based Program

I’ve developed the following programs for those with specific, time-based goals and needs. Most clients who complete one of the programs below move on to one of the ongoing programs above.


12-Week Program

New to resistance training? I developed Genesis as the perfect gym-based program for beginners. You’ll develop skills and strength in the movements most important for long-term success with strength training.

  • 4 workouts per week, 40-60 minutes per session
  • Gym membership or full home gym required
  • Improve mobility and movement proficiency which prepare you for Lumberjacked or Resilient


12-Week Program

Want to prepare for the Army Combat Fitness Test? This 12-week program will make sure you raise the bar on test day.

  • 4-5 workouts per week, 50-70 minutes per session
  • Gym access or full home gym required
  • Program is progressive, so it starts out with a much lower weekly intensity and training volume than it ends with
  • Active military get special pricing

Hypertrophy at Home

4-Week Program

Stuck at home for a short time, or due to a government shutdown? This 4-week program will help you build or maintain muscle with minimal equipment when used for a short period of time.

  • 4 workouts per week, 25-40 minutes per session
  • Bodyweight, bands, and playground equipment used in the program
  • Focus is on building muscle and maintaining lean mass without access to a gym

High-Intensity at Home

4-Week Program

Like Hypertrophy at Home, this program is intended for short-term use to help you maintain your conditioning and body composition when you don’t have access to a gym.

  • 5 workouts per week (3 bodyweight resistance training, 2 cardio), 25-40 minutes per session
  • All workouts use only bodyweight
  • Focus is on maintaining or improving body composition and overall conditioning
  • Programming is ongoing, based on an annual calendar so you don’t need to change programs, the program changes over time for you.

Road Warrior

4-Week Program

Traveling for work or pleasure without a gym nearby? Take a sack of resistance bands with you and follow this program.

  • 4 workouts per week, plus optional active recovery sessions
  • Resistance bands or body weight used for each exercise
  • Workouts take 25-40 minutes

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Every Client Gets…

  • Periodized training program: Annual programming with 6-12 week training blocks based on specific fitness goals (i.e. strength, conditioning, lean mass, speed, power, etc.)
  • Exercise, set, rep prescriptions: Specified training variables to make ensure you get the results expected in each training session
  • Training history record: Sets and reps are saved after recording them for reference during future training sessions to help ensure you push yourself beyond past performances 
  • Video/written exercise demonstrations and instructions
  • Food tracking
  • Group messaging, training technique critiques, support, and encouragement
  • App syncing with Apple, Garmin, MyFitnessPal, and more
  • Ongoing 2-way messaging with me to answer personal fitness questions and provide support

Custom program memberships also get…