Twenty Questions with Nikki Crerar


Welcome to Twenty Questions!

Every week I invite a twenty-something onto the blog and share their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.

Nikki Crerar, 24

What is your full name?

Nicola Louise Crerar.

How old are you?


How old do you feel?

I’ve been told I’m wise beyond my years, and yet I still skip down the aisle at the supermarket, so anywhere between 13 and 70 depending on the day.

Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Wellington and currently live in Auckland.

What do you do for work?

I am the co-owner of @fitnessalltogether, aka FAT: a training service specialising in functional movement. I love teaching people new and fun ways to move their bodies. Exercise doesn’t have to be a painful chore and it’s my mission to prove it!

What do you do for fun?

Channelling my inner Gordon Ramsay! I’m referring to the cooking part, not the terrifying man part. I love putting “my spin” on a meal; finding ways to make a typically unhealthy meal into a healthy one that doesn’t compromise on taste.

Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?

Yes, I’m currently studying psychology and still going. Slow and steady wins the race.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

UP! It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you can’t not enjoy this movie. And if it doesn’t make you teary-eyed, please check your pulse.

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?


Hardest moment of your twenties so far?

When I realised it was my time to adult.

Best moment of your twenties so far?

Throughout my late teens I battled with an eating disorder that took over my life, so my proudest moment to date was when I turned 20 and said “Bye Felicia!” to that devil of a thing.

Who do you miss?

My friends who are living overseas! But a few of them are coming home for Christmas which I’m so excited about.

What do you like the most about yourself?

I giggle a lot! I’m a cheap laugh so if I’m laughing you’re probably not actually that funny.  

What do you like the least about yourself?

My fear of failure. I’m slowly learning that failure isn’t a bad thing because it’s how we learn and grow. I’m not a wizard – I can’t be perfect at everything.

If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?

Yes, I have a few patches. Probably not the patchwork grandma thinks I’m talking about. My favourite tattoo is probably the flower on my arm because my friend, Princess Elora, drew it for me.

I have another where literally as the artist was doing it I was already asking him when I could get it removed haha – he was very confused. Anyway, the answer is four weeks post-tattoo, and the fresher it is the longer it takes…damn.

How would your friends describe you?

One word that came up a few times was “approachable”, I was stoked to hear this because I love being around people and making new friends. Someone else said I was “a fireball” and I don’t know how to interpret this.

How would your parents describe you?

A ray of sunshine (thanks mom).

When was the last time you cried? 

My boyfriend tripped over our clear coffee table the other day, I was in tears of laughter (no one was hurt in the process!).

What are you afraid of?

Being late. I think I would probably get twice as much done in a day if I didn’t spend an additional thirty minutes waiting in my car before every appointment, client, or meeting because I arrive so early.

If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t spend my course-related costs on everything but course-related costs.