Photo of Nika Eshetu, Pilates Trainer, Sports Fitness Specialist and Patient Empowerment Advocate.Facets of Patient Empowerment Advocate in Podcast Series: Nika Eshetu’s Life Story, Work in Pilates & Sports Fitness Showcased with Edited Radio Show Podcasts 

Below is a short article about a rather interesting person in the realm of a fitness trainer who is also well versed in the benefits and pitfalls of modern medicine. At a young age, because of genetically driven kidney problems, Nika was ushered into the world of doctors, hospitals and surgeons. It is a world of massive info, powerful medications, uncertainty, pressure driven doctors, big pharmaceutical companies, holistic options, government and medical bureaucrats, ground breaking research, stunning surgical techniques, medical mistakes, insurance companies and more. Nika Eshetu has dealt with too much of all this in her young and amazing life on the road to becoming “part of the solution and not part of the problem” for those she trains and counsels. At bottom are a series of editing radio show podcasts with Nika appearing on the syndicated James Lowe Radio Show.  

Nika Eshetu demonstrating Pilates exercises moves. She didn’t find The Work, The Work found her; She didn’t find a Life’s Mission, The Mission found her. Through the welter of pain, uncertainty and struggle, Nika EshetuPilates TrainerSports Fitness Specialist and Patient Empowerment Advocate, discovered a highly noble purpose in life, one that taxes her young, strong and yet frail body. Born with a genetic chip in her DNA strand, resulting in kidney and upper limb mobility issues, she ended up having a kidney transplant at age 21, a gift from her Mother, and then discovering Pilates as a means to build renewed energy, vitality and mobility into her body. This life-changing exercise regimen, a gift from Joseph Pilates to the world, allowed Nika to shed the use of many toxic prescription meds while she tuned up her diet and found a lifestyle pace which kept sickness at bay. 

And from that process grew a Mission to teach Pilates, fitness and natural solutions to others suffering from chronic pain or severe illnesses. Nika Eshetu’s experiences with doctors, pharmaceuticals and medical bureaucrats, combined with knowledge found in and out of that process, has made her a valuable asset for clients finding their own way through the weeds of traditional and natural treatment options. What is the old saying, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King,” well, in the land of modern medicine one needs six faces, three hearts and twelve eyes to navigate safely through the numbing maze of info and pressure. Modern medicine is indeed truly amazing, however, as was said in Hamlet, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy (science).”

Nika’s empathy comes from knowing how it feels to be “in the process” and to be ignored and not listened to, feeling like a number, a chart or a test result; a past master in the lost Art of Listening, because survival in that world requires ears open to glean vital info, not much escapes her perceptive mind and sensitive soul when dealing with others. Nika’s Mission comes from riding thru the Dark Tunnel and finding her own way into the Light.

Below is a series of edited radio show podcasts that display the many facets of Nika Eshetu’s life and work. For more info go twww.FtheNorm.com. 


Founder/Owner of Atomic Pilates and Fitness in North Hollywood, California, Nika has established a state-of-the-art fitness studio which provides traditional Pilates classes along with Bodhi Suspension Training, and a specialized Golf Fitness Program using TPI’s assessment screen and K-Vest’s 3D biofeedback and analysis. Students flock to Atomic Pilates & Fitness for the Pilates Mat, Reformer, and unique Bodhi Suspension System classes to strengthen and tone under the watchful eye of Nika and her team of caring trainers.

The Golf Fitness Program is for players of all levels who want to be more competitive, improve their body’s movement patterns (which helps their swing), and prevent injury so they can play longer. Another specialization at the studio is a fitness program for the active aging who need support to regain optimal balance and strength through barefoot training and Pilates. Nika spreads her fitness expertise beyond SoCal and has become a sought-after fitness trainer and frequent guest instructor on Crystal Cruises