#drivefor5: top 5 tips for competing [win fitbook PREP signed by nicole wilkins!]

it’s not every day that you compete for your FIFTH ms. olympia title...unless of course you’re the fab four-time-champ nicole wilkins. as a dear friend of our chief fitlosopher's, it seemed only fitting that we tell you more about this buff babe with some seriously brawny biceps. not only has she redefined the sport of figure competing, but she hosts fitness camps all over the world, has a line of fitness apparel, and shares her expansive knowledge via her online member program. ya know, all while training to keep her title as the winner of most titles in history. impressed? we are.

as the competition approaches and we root her on in her #drivefor5, it got us thinking about what it really takes to compete. in fact, she was the inspiration + expertise behind fitbook PREP, our specialized fitbook designed to take you to the next level to don a bikini + take the stage while being coached by this champ every step of the way. i mean, let’s face it, if there’s anyone who could successfully convince our chief to add calories to fitbook, it’s nicole. (have you seen her biceps? you would do it too.)  our chief fitlosopher hung up her sparkly pink bikini long ago, but having competed a few times, she leapt at the opportunity to work with nicole to create this unique journal concept for those wanting to compete. 

here are our 5 top tips if
you are considering competing:

1 [you should already be in shape] don’t use competition prep to “get in shape”. the very essence of competing is pushing yourself to extremes, so a solid foundation of health and physical fitness is crucial. as nicole says, this should be the "fit" getting "fitter" - a serious goal, not to be taken lightly. 

2 [give yourself 12 weeks] studies have shown that 12 weeks is an optimum amount of time to prep for competition - short enough to stay motivated, but long enough to see significant results as long as you’re really giving it your full dedication. this is exactly why we developed fitbook PREP in a 12-week format.  in convos with nicole however, she did share the 12 weeks may not be enough - as with any goal, it depends on where you're starting and how far you have to go!

3 [daily weigh-ins] ok, so the scale is not necessarily always our friend, but when it comes to competition prep, it’s an indispensable tool for measuring progress. weighing yourself daily will help you dial in those macros and optimize your results. if the number on the scale is enough to send you into a tailspin, you might want to reconsider competing. 

4 [surround yourself with support] some friends or family might not understand your decision to compete, but all you can do is explain how much this means to you and that you’d really appreciate their support. surrounding yourself with supportive and like-minded people will not only boost your spirit, it’ll push you to be the best you can possibly be.

5 [know that every body is different] competition prep is not one-size-fits-all. everyone responds differently to training and diet. to get a good head start, visit nicolewilkins.com and join her member program for access to recipes, meal plans, workout splits, training tips and the real deal on what it takes to compete. but take note: she can't/won't tell you what workouts to do or what to eat - because what works for her may not work for everyone else! take it with a grain of salt (just not if you're two weeks out). sorry, had to.

think you’ve got what it takes? first thing’s first, get your very own fitbook PREP to start keeping track of all those workouts and macros. wanna win a copy signed by nicole wilkins herself?? comment below with your

1. WHEN your competition is
- commitment is half the battle.

2. WHY you're competing - it'll drive you on days you wanna give up.

[1 entry per person on the blog, but bonus points for liking/commenting/sharing on facebook + instagram as well! i mean, this is kinda awesome to win so it's worth it. tag @fitbook + @nicolemwilkins! winner announced on the blog on monday, 09.19.16.]

so join us in wishing nicole luck in her #drivefor5 tomorrow.
you’ve got this, girl!

 

love,
team nicole
(aka your fitlosophy girls - all 5 of us)



76 Responses

katy
katy

September 20, 2016

first of all, thank you ALL so much for entering!!! this was by FAR the toughest giveaway decision we’ve ever had to make, as you all shared such incredible stories – so tough in fact that we had to pick TWO winners!! i wish we could choose every single one of you!! the winners of the signed fitbook PREP are….michelle fannin and jennifer werley!! congratulations, ladies! we’ll send you an email with the details!

Tanya Kiker
Tanya Kiker

September 18, 2016

My husband and I started our journey in 2010 and did our first show together in 2012 we bothe placed 3rd. My next show is November 5, 2016 and I will be competing for my pro card. If that happens I will turn around and compete December 5th as a pro.

Amy Gingell
Amy Gingell

September 18, 2016

My fitness competition will start again at the Jay Cutler in Boston, dates have not been announced, but historically it’s the last weekend in April. I competed 3 times this year (2016), had to take a break to repair my hernia. I pushed off the surgery for 3 years, until it caused me great pain.
Competing for me is a passion. It is a passion I developed after an uterine cancer scare when I was 39. Hearing the physician say " you have a large tumor mass on your uterus, and it needs to be removed" was devastating. We always wanted another baby, but procrastinated, and now we knew I would never bear a child again, iand may be a complete hystorectomy at 39. Thankfully, I did keep my ovaries, but my uterus weighed 6#, when removed, and cancer free! From that point on , I said I need to be healthy and be a phenomenal role model for my son….so I hired a coach and 18 weeks later,I was on stage competing, I started the dieting portion while recovering from surgery and then lifting started 6 weeks later. So now 3 years later, I compete 3-4 times a year, my son is a high school wrestler, so I have taught him awesome nutrtion and he has learned how to “make weight” for his wrestling class, without doing any crazy things. We food prep together, go to the gym on weekends together and sometimes do the candid “who has the larger bicep pose.” Many teenagers would never do the above with their mom, but he has learned so much from me, and we have a special bond. This is a lifestlye I have embraced and enjoy. I get emails that I inspire people at the ripe age of 44. I think Nicole is a great role model, her consistency is unmatched. I will hit the Master’s National stage in July, as well, my second time up there, and I know this fitbook will enhance my training, and help me keep better track, and get better results. I will also get one for my son, it will help him too, and it’s another thing we can do together. Thank you all for the opportunity.

Sandy Laurence
Sandy Laurence

September 17, 2016

May 2017

This will be my 4th of competing I’ve lost 30kg since I started.
I love seeing the changes in my body and me.

Lauri
Lauri

September 17, 2016

Did my 3rd show in June…next one planning for April 2017!
Why? To prove to MYSELF I could change my body and in my 40’s after having kids. I’ve found a best friend along the way, and I love pushing myself at the gym. :-)

Amy Hearring
Amy Hearring

September 17, 2016

I am so inspired and would love to compete but I am not sure if I have the discipline … I don’t even really know where to begin! My husband competed in his early 20’s and is looking to try to compete again. I have always gone to the gym with him and kind of followed his workouts but as a woman I feel like he has no idea what my nutrition and workout plan should be … he’s still tweaking his own lol … but he inspires me and you also inspire me, Nicole! I would love to win this guide and to start journaling … who knows I might get myself to a point where I could compete! Best of everything to you!
Sincerely,
Amy (mother of 4)

Bette
Bette

September 17, 2016

Competition is in April 2017, I am competing to show moms that they can get it back, and of course to set an example for my kiddos.

Dolores Zaragoza
Dolores Zaragoza

September 17, 2016

I always had the love for weight training thanks to my older brother who was a trainer and competitor in Mexico. Every time he had the chance he’ll try to convince me to compete, abd every time I will tell him that I’m to old (I’m 42 and have 3 beautiful girls) last December he finally convinced me to start preparing for a competition in May 2016 my only condition was that he will compete with me. We were so excited about that and he was more than happy to help me with my diet, exercise and all my preparation. I spoke to him on January 8 2016 and he told me “I’m going to give you this weekend so you can eat anything because on Monday we will start our journey, you’ll see..he said…”you are not going to regret doing a competition now like we did 22 years ago and you will inspire a lot of women the same way you did it that time in our small town"…two days after that my brother died on a terrible accident… I’m still heartbroken, i still don’t understand, I have cried a lot, he was more than a brother to me, he was like a father, he was my mentor…I feel this strength and this desire to to this competition for him, for me, for both of us! My competition is November 12 2016

Michelle Mora
Michelle Mora

September 17, 2016

My first competition will be in April 2017 and I will compete in Figure Masters. After years of working out and being encouraged to compete, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and go for it. I’m extremely nervous, but I know I need to grow both in and outside of the gym. I have told my family and friends not only for their support, but to keep me accountable.

I have followed Nicole Wilkins for years and have incorporated some of her exercises into my workouts. I especially love her shoulder exercises. She’s a huge inspiration, not only for her #DriveFor5 goal, but her incredible fitness journey and her willingness to share her experiences with so many.

I look forward to this new chapter in my life and know that getting on stage will be a huge a accomplishment that I will celebrate no matter how I place!

Fyonna
Fyonna

September 17, 2016

I have done 3 comps and qualified. I want to go to Nationals then the big guns!!! I am 46 with 2 boys a fulltime job and wamt women over 40 to know its oossible to be strong powerful passionate and dedicated about health and to have a goal that is just for you. The result inspires others . i out too many people ahead of my goal this year and am taking time to build …work on my back pose …grow and thrive …peo card at 50!!!

Michelle Anthony
Michelle Anthony

September 17, 2016

You’re the master of competition Nicole! Looking forward to seeing tonight’s win!

Toni Miller
Toni Miller

September 17, 2016

I started competing a year ago, have started following Nicole and am a member of her site, and I cannot tell you how excited I am for next year! I am 52, and loving every minute of the training and tips she gives. It has taken me to a whole new level!!! Thanks for everything!

Sherry Bobb
Sherry Bobb

September 17, 2016

After having part of my Tibia removed, I started going to the gym again for rehab after years of home exercise. Being in the gym again reminded me how much I love working out there. Not that I wasn’t lifting heavy at home, but I just don’t have the equipment! I love pushing myself to be better than I was yesterday or last week and I have set August next year as my competition date, much longer than 12 weeks,but I have to build the quad and calf muscle of my right leg due to muscle atrophy from the surgery. I’ll be 54 next August, so it’s sort of a birthday gift to myself!

Ashley G
Ashley G

September 17, 2016

1. I have 2 shows planned, one next weekend (sept 24), and another at the end of October (oct 22). I just completed one show last weekend and won overall figure, my goal Is to take overall at another one of my shows to prove to myself I have what it takes to step on the Nationals stage at Miami in November.

2. I compete for me. I have a long history of cheerleading & gymnastics, and after graduating college and “retiring”, I was missing my passion and fire. For me, competing isn’t about stepping on stage, it’s about pushing my body to be better every day. Whether it’s “offseason” or prep, I am always striving to improve in some aspect. Competing has given me the ability to continue to motivate myself. I have found my true passion. I know I was made for this. I want to be a successful competitor and role model for others as well, as my current journey to train and coach others is also taking place! This is a lifestyle that I choose to live, and want nothing more than to continue to pursue my dreams and passion (and maybe step on stage with Nicole one day).

Brandy Morgan-Kochel
Brandy Morgan-Kochel

September 17, 2016

See comment above. Meant to say, myself. Nicole you are a true class act and athlete. Admired you so much. Cheering you on from Washington State. Fellow Michigander here!

Brandy Morgan-Kochel
Brandy Morgan-Kochel

September 17, 2016

Emerald cup 2016. Why? I want to prove to misled that I can start something and finish it.

Brenda
Brenda

September 17, 2016

I was injured in a car accident in December 2016. I had just decided to compete in my first fitness competition, so I had to stop due to the injuries. I am still unable to return to the gym, but I am hopeful with patience and perseverance that I will be able to return to the gym and compete someday. This book would really help to motivate me, as Nicole Wilkins is my fitness idol and this would give me something positive to focus on. Nicole is a champion and a fighter, and I want to use her as my motivation and fire. Thanks for this opportunity! Go Champ! You got this!

Cassandra Guglielmetti
Cassandra Guglielmetti

September 17, 2016

I am about a year out from my next competition. I have competed once and broke all of the tips you have. I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t doing it for the right reasons. I wasnt focused and thought it would be easy. I was always athletic, I was always in shape, how hard could it be? VERY!! It a hard mentally, emotionally and physically. But during this process as much as I failed, I did fall in love with it, so I guess something good came out of it. I am now more knowledgable about the sport and i am putting on more muscle this year, and taking time to learn my body better. I have been competitive all my life so the daily competition against myself helps me stay engaged. I just purchased my second fitbook(already went through one) to help keep me on track during this time. I love the this journey, and have followed Nicole Wilkins since I started over 2 years ago. Her post/comments on social media have gotten me through some tough times! I will be watching her take home #5 tonight!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

September 17, 2016

Summer of 2017. I decided to compete when I realized that I could. I was always held back back the self doubt demon. Never thought I was good enough- well, when a very bad situation in my life arose, I had two options- quit or say I’m better than this. I chose the latter and the change in myself, mentally and physically was estonishing!

Kristina
Kristina

September 17, 2016

I am planning to compete fall 2017. I’m giving myself some time to build more muscle first and to watch a couple competitions. My why? To prove to myself I can. I have lived my entire life putting off the things I want to do, putting myself last, and listening to all of the excuses. That is changing. I want to be a positive role model for my daughter, to show her that you can do anything AND should go after what you want.

Dana
Dana

September 17, 2016

I last competed 2 years ago. I love it and miss it as a driving force in setting a goal and helping me stay motivated to challenge myself and my fitness. Life happens. Ready to beat that 3rd place open figure at 46 years old! Next Spring will be my comeback show!

Sara Schultz
Sara Schultz

September 17, 2016

I’ve always been interested in fitness and have been contemplating competing for a few years. After having my second knee surgery, I’ve finally made the decision to compete! I will be doing the NPC Flint/Mid Michigan competition in April 2017. I want to compete to prove to myself that I can commit and to overcome my fears. I’ve been shy my whole life and don’t want that to stop me from achieving what I know I can do! Nicole has been such an inspiration. Best of luck to Nicole this weekend!

Megan Thibault
Megan Thibault

September 17, 2016

I don’t have a set competition date but would love to compete/will. I want to compete to make the best version of myself possible!

Nathalie
Nathalie

September 17, 2016

Awesome!

Shiloh Sumbera
Shiloh Sumbera

September 17, 2016

My show is May 2017

I am competing because I want to do this for myself.
This will be my first show, and I am committed to changing my lifestyle and stepping back from saying “some day” and starting to day “I will”.
As an Army Veteran, I am a firm believer in having discipline. I want to set the example for women everywhere that they can change their lives and live their dreams and never settle for anything less.

Thank you.

Shiloh

Dee
Dee

September 17, 2016

Kate – not sure if the site will allow us to connect or not….I am also a “junkie” at 56 – considering a swansong. Would love to share more about nutrition etc at “our age”.

Kelly Gilligan
Kelly Gilligan

September 17, 2016

I began my fitness journey 10 years ago! I was over weight and needed a change. I started working out and became very involved with the world of competing. I loved it. I am currently working on creating little children but as soon as our family is complete I plan to get back! I am competing for me because I love it!

Melissa Cocco
Melissa Cocco

September 17, 2016

My last show was almost one year ago. I am wanting to compete again in May 2017. The judges said I needed to work on my back and shoulders , so that is what I have been focusing on. I am a Fitness Instructor and I love workingout. So putting my love of fitness into a competition style makes workingout a little more motivating. The first time I ever competed was in 2004 when I was 18, I didn’t do every well but I knew then I wanted to try again. I turned 30 last year and competed in figure and placed 1st for Novice. I trained myself, no coach or anything. I was a member of Nicoles website and that was a big help too. Love Ncole, so motivating and inspirational!!

Cathy Cullen
Cathy Cullen

September 17, 2016

I began competing late in life as well. 45 :) and that was 6 years ago – not going to go into all the details lets just say I’m starting from ground zero again, I will be competing in fall 2017 or spring 2018 – lots of work to do but loved the last journey to the stage and ready to do it again! Would LOVE LOVE LOVE a copy of fitbook signed my Nicole. What an inspiration !

Beatrix Lemos
Beatrix Lemos

September 17, 2016

I have to add that what got me into bodybuilding at age 34 was Ernestine Shepherd, who at (current) age 79 is the world’s oldest bodybuilder. I thought to myself here’s this lady who looks amazing, living a full, healthy life and she’s probably having a ball of a time. I was alcoholic, fat, unhealthy and generally miserable. I realized that if I don’t start taking care of my body soon it will be too late to do anything. I was still young enough to reverse a lot of the damage I had done to my body. Without boring you with the detail, I got a trainer, stopped drinking and found a new passion and a new life. I will forever be grateful that I found bodybuilding and that I could steer my life in a different, more meaningfull, more fulfilling direction.

Beatrix Lemos
Beatrix Lemos

September 17, 2016

My very first competition would have been this weekend, 17 September 2016, being the Rossi Classic 2016. Unfortunately the organiser fell very ill two weeks prior to the show and his family made a decision to cancel the show. I have subsequently realised that I need quite a bit more muscle and conditioning before I will be ready to compete. I have ste my sights now on a competition early in May 2017.

Even with the sport and competing becoming a lot more popular, there are still only a handful of people who attempt to compete and even less who actually make it through the prep and grace the stage. Prepping for a competition takes a lot of metal toughness to push through, to keep the dedication and determination to still want to get on stage. Because not many people are able to do this, I believe it sets us apart from the general population. It makes us extra-ordinary. And that is what I want to be. Extra-ordinary. Not someone who disappears in a crowd but someone who stands out. Someone who other people can look up to. I want to use that platform to inspire others. To educate women about fitness and breakdown all the unrealistic expectations about fitness and the myths surrounding nutrition and training. I want women to know that there is a better way to get lose weight. That the motivation for training is should be becasue they value their health. And most of all, to teach women to have self-love, self-compassion and realise that their value is not determined by their looks.

Lisa
Lisa

September 17, 2016

I’m not competing. Had to start with that. I don’t know if it’s the cost I hear about or the fact that I have been compared and judged against an identical twin my entire life (who is awesome and it was not my family who did the judging), but competing doesn’t interest me. But I have fitness and physique goals and I love following Nicole! I turned 40 this week and I am in probably the best shape of my life, always wanting to take it up a notch. I get tired of hearing how everything goes downhill when women turn 40. Not me!

Holly Powell
Holly Powell

September 17, 2016

My 1st competition was in. May now trying to get bigger to compete next. April. I am approaching 40 & love lifting & working on myself. Even better is educating others about fitness & healthy lifestyle.

chenelle
chenelle

September 17, 2016

I would love to have this!!!!@nicolewilkins @fitbook
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Deanne Holland
Deanne Holland

September 17, 2016

I entered my first Master’s figure competition in Oct 2015. In order to prepare, I started a "weight loss " journey in Jan of that year. I lost 45lbs to compete in my first competition. Was I in the best shape up there, no , but, I was in the best shape I have been in for a long time. At the age of 43 I was up on stage fulfilling my long time dream of stepping on the figure stage. I placed last, but that was ok. It gave me the motivation to keep going. I competed again in April 2016 and improved my physique even more. I placed last again, but, again, that is ok. I am in this sport for me and no one else. I still felt like a winner and my trainer thought so too. She keeps reminding me of where I started from. I am about to compete again in 5 weeks, not going to lie, would like to climb up the ladder some ,so I am working hard on improving my physique even more and see where that takes me. I am a mom and a nurse so when I have time off , I go hard. And, I have watched Nicole’s solo walk over and over again to see how it should be done !!! So motivational every time I watch it. I hope she does well at the Olympia this weekend , she is awesome !!!

Adrienne Daly
Adrienne Daly

September 17, 2016

My 4th show will be in Vegas and it is Musclemania.

Im 46 (47 in january) And I decided to devoted the next 5 years(when I returned 45) to getting my body in crazy shape. I am a Lifestyle Nutrition Coach walking the walk of nutrition, fitness and personal development…and turning back the hands of time while doing it!! Been following Nicole from the time I started, and so grateful to have found her!

Sara
Sara

September 17, 2016

Great article and tips! Best of luck to Nicole from Michigan! #drivefor5

Hayley Guiseley
Hayley Guiseley

September 17, 2016

Next comp is April 2017. After competing this year in April and placing second i am 100% on track to come back next year and hopefully walk away with the title. Prep starts in January so fitbook prep would be amazing. I have been a member to Nicole Wilkins website for over a year and her help and guidance has helped motivate me and keep me on track when I was in prep… Without even meeting her :).

Good luck Nicole rooting for you all the way from Northern Ireland :)

Liza McCoy
Liza McCoy

September 17, 2016

I would love to look like you

Erica
Erica

September 17, 2016

I don’t have a date set yet, I need to do more research on how to find a local competition. It’s all new to me! After I find a date, that’ll give me more opportunity to really plan everything out. The reason why I want to compete is because I always thought body building was the coolest thing ever since I was a little kid. I started taking body building in high school and have continued lifting since. While I’m now where near where I should be for the years I’ve dedicated myself. A lot of it has to do with nutrition balance (which I really knew nothing about.) I really got serious about where I wanted to take myself in my fitness journey. I’ve always dreamt of competing, even if it was to only do it once. At least I can say that I put my all into it and had the courage to try even when friends and family have made fun of me for even considering it. I think that’s what pushes me as well, staying completely focused on this goal, like, with a relentless pursuit to break free from people putting me down, telling me that I can’t or shouldn’t do it. When at the end of the day, my opinion about who I am and what I want in life is all that matters. I want to challenge myself to step out of the old and into the new by completely transforming every aspect of myself to another level. I know I can!

Theresa
Theresa

September 17, 2016

My competition is the TriFitnessChallenge, next June in Tampa, FL I’ve been competing with this organization for over ten years. It’s not just the stage portion that keeps me coming back, i love the obstacle course and fitness skills. The swimsuit portion is the one that presents the most challenges to me, never though I would do something like this, but I’ve learned and incredible amount of confidence in myself by getting out on stage! Most of all, It’s putting what we do to stay fit to use. Like the previous post, I am also over 50 and it definitely is a commitment to keep fit at this time of my life. Having the right tools is so important. I’m also trying to be a positive role model to those around me, sharing what I’ve learned about being fit and healthy, mainly with the Soldiers I work with as my units Maater Fitness Trainer. Thank you for offering up this wonderful journal and good luck to Nicole!

Eileen Moulthrop
Eileen Moulthrop

September 17, 2016

I am in daily competition with myself. I want to be stronger, fitter, better for me, better for my family and for my personal training clients. I have toyed with the idea of competing, but I’ve had 2 kids and am in my 40s and don’t know if I’ll ever think I’m at the level to be on stage. I am not currently signed up to compete. But maybe I’ll feel like I’m ready someday. I think the Fitbook Prep would help me move closer to a dream!

Sarah Machado
Sarah Machado

September 16, 2016

I don’t plan on doing a show until next fall at the 2017 Northstar NPC competition. I began my lifestyle overhaul in January and have lost 40lbs and am down to 24.5% which is why I wouldn’t compete until next year. I used to be an athlete in high school and lost my way during culinary school. The hospitality industry is very hard on your body and the punishing ways many chefs relieve their stress are very detrimental to your health e.g. drugs, alcohols, cheap processed food, cigarettes, and loads of caffeine. I was tired of hiding from mirrors, hearing other women ridicule me for being over weight and more importantly I hated the way I felt. I was 27 and needed to take naps everyday! I missed feeling strong and testing my body. Putting my health first has been the best decision of my life and now I want to see what this body can truly accomplish. I love hitting new PRs, not feeling hungover, tired all the time, or weak. I also love how supportive the fitness community is, it’s kind of amazing! Doing a contests will truely be the cherry on top of how awesome I already feel.

Corinna Watkins
Corinna Watkins

September 16, 2016

My first competition is April 8th with the NPC in the figure division. I’m competing for not only myself but for my kiddo. We have had a lot of setbacks in recent years. I want to be able to show him that no matter what, you should always go for your goals. To never give up and to always push forward.

Jessica Wolfe
Jessica Wolfe

September 16, 2016

My goal is to compete in Figure NPC August 2017. I feel it will take some time to get where I want to be physically before I get on stage. What drives me everyday that I follow my workout plans stick to my diet I feel so much happier. My husband and kids love eating healthy and being more active just brings us closer as a family. I am always researching new workouts and recipies to try. I love and admire all that Nicole has acomplished can’t wait for her to get #5!

Brandi Vinagre
Brandi Vinagre

September 16, 2016

Because we are approaching the end of the fitness season I’m having trouble finding a competition in my area, but my goal is to do a figure competition in 2017. After having my son I decided I wanted to set amazing goals and reach them to be a good example for him. In 2015 I set a goal to run 3 half marathons and amazingly did them. 2016 my goal has been to run a marathon and I’ve been training so hard and run on October 9th. I live in the same town as Nicole and hope that one day I will get a chance to meet her other then just at Mr. Olympia. When I first saw your fitness book posted on Nicole’s page I went to target the next day and got one to help lose weight before training for my first half marathons. I really hope to win!!!

Katie
Katie

September 16, 2016

April 28, 2017
I got 5th last year in Open Figure at this show; I’m training to take 1st & Overall next year at the NPC Emerald Cup!!!

Sarah claybert
Sarah claybert

September 16, 2016

I am not competing… but I am restarting my fitness journey. In my mid 20’s I started working out and getting fit. Running and lifting. Then my life started changing piece by piece. New bf ( but we have now been together almost 8 years ) , new job, a few moves and now a 4 year old son. I am now a stay at home mom and just want to get that spark for fitness and health back that I had found before :)

Melissa Murray
Melissa Murray

September 16, 2016

Next competition, after the holidays. ? Motivation: #fitmom for my boys, inspiration for other moms and military spouses.

Vee Lucas
Vee Lucas

September 16, 2016

And to add!!!!! I am 130 now and have come aaaaa looooong way!! I been smoke free for 2 years and do not drink!! I’m completely off alllll medications! I enjoy the moments with my children and I am happy!

Vee Lucas
Vee Lucas

September 16, 2016

I start my health and fitness journey Jan 2014! I hit my heaviest at 187lbs and on medications for depression and anxiety! Smoked and drank heavily! At the time I was a mom of 3 ( now 4) so my kids were suffering as well! I started a 12 week prep and I am 2 weeks into it right now! I was planning to compete for December 3 but I’m in Washington start and the shows for NPC are for the east coast at that time so I am hoping that when the new schedule comes out I can go right into one! The reason for me competing is to prove to MYSELF that even as a mom, nothing will stop me! That I can do what I put my mind to do!! This will be my first competition so I want all the ins and outs to what it takes!

Deiala
Deiala

September 16, 2016

Hi! I’m 23 years old I live in Toronto Canada. When I was very very young I was a very skinny kid. Then came eighth grade all the way until high school where I put on 50 pounds. I was very overweight and my eating habits were nothing to be proud of. One day I woke up and I decided to buy a gym membership. I was very insecure at the gym and very unmotivated. I started very slowly with cardio but hated every second of it and my gym pass was never used again. Until I started college where I want to start my fitness journey again it started lifting weights I drop 35 pounds and gained confidence that I never knew I had. Fitness became everything to me I sent you goals for myself I knew I want to compete and figure after much research. I found Nicole Wilkins surprisingly on YouTube when I simply searched figure models. From that moment on my life changed forever. Nicole you inspire me every single day and I thank you for that. Thank you for always being so humble throughtout your journey. I remember watching a small little documentary on one of your olympis hows on YouTube and I got so emotional. I recorded myself and my thoughts after I watch that video and I still have to this day I wish I could send you to show you LOL! Everybody’s journey is different and there’s so much more to mine but I hope you enjoy this little story

Amber
Amber

September 16, 2016

I’ve been competing since 2013 and I’m planning on competing again in May 2016!
Why? Because I love to train and build my physique. I love to inspire others to change their lifestyle and to make their health and fitness a priority in their lives. I love to compete and it is my way of challenging myself to move forward and be work towards becoming my best self every year. In doing so, I hope to show other busy working moms that if I can make time for prepping for a competition, they can make time for a fitness class or a few gym sessions a week with a friend or a trainer. I hope to show other busy working moms that dinner doesn’t have to be fast food on a busy night, but that you can prep your food for yourself and your family AND it can be something healthy to boot.
Good luck Nicole!!! I’ll be watching the live feed and cheering you on from Drumheller Alberta!

Lydia Brizendine
Lydia Brizendine

September 16, 2016

I competed 9 months ago in my first figure competition in San Diego. I placed 3rd in my masters class. I was hoping to compete again this yr. and come in a bit tighter. Unfortunately I injured my back and found out I have a severe herniated disk L4/L5. I haven’t been the same since I got a cortisone injection and weekly chiro treatments still but my goal is to do another show hopefully soon!

Shannon Kelly
Shannon Kelly

September 16, 2016

My father was an avid runner and a baseball coach for years and my mother was active in aerobics. I enjoyed Little League with Dad and loved watching Mom move & groove in step class. Growing up with two older brothers has helped a sister out as well! One of my fondest memories is playing two hand touch in the street. Our family has always been in shape, so to speak, and we were well nourished by Mom’s cooking – breakfast, lunch and dinner!
I was active in cheerleading, cross country, and track & field during school. I also earned my brown belt in Taekwondo. After high school I attended a local community college continuing my passion for health and fitness, and never turned back. I became a certified group fitness instructor and went ham! I remember reading anything and everything that had to do with fitness and bodybuilding competitions back then. Following icons: Jenny Lynn, Jen Hendershott, Monica Brant, Elaine Goodlad, Adela Garcia, and the best, Nicole Wilkins. Those one pieces were everything! I don’t care if it were a pain in the ass, they looked sleek and sexy. My brother’s girlfriend at that time competed in figure competitions and to this day I continue to look up to her. So I was in love for sure – it sealed the deal – and I knew one day I would compete.
It was around 2008 where I worked for corporate wellness and at my martial arts school as an instructor and part time in local gym when I added the “gym” side to my fitness regimen. I used machines and free weights in addition to instructing classes. I began structuring my routines with a purpose and focusing on nutrition. I would pencil and paper my workouts and secretly doodle down random words of encouragement. I loved the way muscle looked and was intrigued by the feeling of power and pump through strength training and structure. It was second nature to me and my form was pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself. Soon I had friends and family asking me for advice. I went ahead to become a certified personal trainer and started putting myself out there gaining experience with clients. This furthered me to read more about proper nutrition and overall wellness. I never want to stop learning.
On April 12, 2014 I placed 1st in the Novice Figure division at the INBF Northeast America Bodybuilding & Figure Championships. I have butterflies simply writing this. To fully express my emotions leading up to this day, on this day and still to this day would take a sit down dinner. Salute! Now age 31, I will continue to pursue my passion for the stage and look forward to unfolding my future in this industry. This year my plan to return to the stage was set aside due to my boyfriends unfortunate fight through tongue cancer; there every step and emotion of the way. So come 2017, we will both be healthier and stronger than ever, and I’d love to proudly walk that stage again with him by my side, because we never give up – We fight – for who we love and what we love #fortheloveofsweat

Gilles
Gilles

September 16, 2016

What Is This Book That Looks Interesting I’D Like To Have This Book .

Amanda Paniak
Amanda Paniak

September 16, 2016

My competition is in February. Nicole Wilkins is someone I’ve looked up to for a very long time. Her strength, perseverance and beauty inside and out is remarkable.
I have struggled with an eating disorder and she has helped me over come it and be happy with my body.
Strive for five.
Nicole good luck.
Every day I go on her site for workouts, food tips and just advice.

Thank you Nicole

I am competing as I truly love fitness, working out and eating healthy, and doing this has helped me overcome an eating disorder.

Kara Filiault
Kara Filiault

September 16, 2016

1. Competing spring 2017
2. I am passionate about weight lifting and I’m studying for my Bachelors in Sports Medicine. I want to train competitive athletes and have the experience to train them.

Nicole Wilkins is my role model and I’m team #drivefor5 all the way!!! ??

Anna
Anna

September 16, 2016

When is my competition:
October 2017
Why am I competing:
I love bodybuilding. I love that it’s not easy, that it poses both mental and physical challenges. I enjoy sculpting my body, striving to resemble that of the great ladies of figure at the same time embracing my own individuality. I want to compete so I can see the fruits of my labour, be judged against others who share the same goals as I and come away with valuable feedback to help me push forward in my pursuit for a well balanced physique.

Jennifer Werley
Jennifer Werley

September 16, 2016

I am doing my FIRST show on April 22, 2017! I couldn’t be more pumped! I started on my fitness journey in January 2015. My 3rd child had just turned a year old and I was significantly over weight. I had zero energy and felt terrible. Over the course of a year I lost 48lbs!! I tracked my food, measured and weighed everything! I focused on strength training and those weights….they became my outlet. At first I was so weak, and progress was slow. But the weight started melting off and I started to see muscles! I thought I wanted to be “thin” but as I gained strength I realized that I wanted to be strong. I had achieved my weight loss goal and decided I needed a new one. So I thought “why not compete?!” I have put in all this hard work and dedication to be the fittest, best looking and best feeling version of myself. Why not take it to the next level? I want to fully see what my body and mind are capable of now that I am this new me. No excuses. I follow Nicole on Instagram and she is so beautiful and strong and inspiring!! Good luck Nicole!!! I’m sure you will knock em dead!!

Tessa Harkey
Tessa Harkey

September 16, 2016

I am competing in July/August of 2017. I know it’s still a long way away but right now I am focused on building up my muscle base and GROWING!!! I chose to compete for several reasons. I felt like i was at a place where I was just working out because i needed to, and didn’t really enjoy them anymore. I wanted to see progress and start getting really serious about lifting and eating more, etc. I’m always looking for ways to push myself and become the best version of myself. After learning about the competition lifestyle I knew it’s what I wanted to do. I like the hard work and dedication that’s needed to succeed, and at the end of the long process process you get to see all your hard work pay off. Competition prep highlights my own integrity, and commitment, and I am so excited to be on this journey.

Brandi Vinagre
Brandi Vinagre

September 16, 2016

Because we are approaching the end of the fitness season I’m having trouble finishing a competition in my area, but my goal is to do a figure competition in 2017. After having my son I decided I wanted to set amazing goals and reach them to be a good example for him. In 2015 I set a goal to run 3 half marathons and amazingly did them. 2016 my goal has been to run a marathon and I’ve been training so hard and run on October 9th. I live in the same town as Nicole and hope that one day I will get a chance to meet her other then just at Mr. Olympia. When I first saw your fitness book posted on Nicole’s page I went to target the next day and got one to help lose weight before training for my first half marathons. I really hope to win!!!

Misty Sims
Misty Sims

September 16, 2016

My competition will be in the spring. I picked a date to give myself plenty of time to get there mentally and physically. I want to compete at the ripe age of 35 to show my kids, in particular my daughter, that strong is beautiful and you can do anything you set you mind too. Battling self esteem issues, eating disorders, and body issues my entire life I picked up a fitness magazine about 6 years ago with nicole on the cover and I said whoa….I want that look, not this skinny version I have always been going for but never been happy with. So I picked up the magazine and the weights. I did well and then we got a little derailed in a fertility struggle to have our first baby. But i fought through that and made it out with 2 beautiful kids and stronger mentally than I have ever been. I actually love who I am now. I love being a mom and an athlete. It took forever to be able to hold a plank again after 2 back to back babies but I did it and overcoming something thay simple pushed me to compete. I want to sign up to train with nicole’s team because one photo made the difference for me and the fitbook would just take it over the edge :) love yall for all the great things you bring us

melinda allen
melinda allen

September 16, 2016

My competition is in the MIRROR i dont train for trophies or medals i train for LIFE! Be the best me possible. This is MY PERSONAL GOAL. I am a mother of two autistic boys 19 and 6 and i have a disabled husband who served in the us army married 20 years im 40 years old. I do watch beautiful women like Nicole and others and its truely inspirational and motivation to see strong women have the passion and go for their goals is very empowering! I like to look like i compete. ;) Lifiting weights is the best high on the world to take care of myself gives me peace of mind im a happier women and i am stronger mom and wife mentally and physcially in the LONGRUN. SO….. to you and every women stay healthy inside and out lets be positive role models for our community and friends and family to look up to. COMPLIMENT each other and dont put each other down. Lift each other up. Dont compare yourself to other woem remember we are all unique in our own right! EMBRACE IT. Hold your head up high. Only have one life to live. Im living it to the fullest.

Olivia
Olivia

September 16, 2016

I used a fit book through my first show prep and boy is it a game changer! I just wrote the bar exam in July and am ready to get back and rock the bar exam… Hopefully with a fit book in my gym bag!

Michelle Fannin
Michelle Fannin

September 16, 2016

My competition is March 18th 2017. I planned on competing Dec. 2016, it was just something on my bucket list that I wanted to mark off, but in June of 2015 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and on Sept. 10 2015 I underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Now competing for me has become personal! I have to prove to myself that I have the drive I need to get on that stage! I may not have the physique I wanted to have for my first show, but if I don’t get up there I’m afraid I never will. I will always have time to build the physique I’m wanting next season!

Vivian Salisbury
Vivian Salisbury

September 16, 2016

I’ve been experiencing the world of fitness competition for the first time. I still have 5 months to go but am already developing such a respect for the sport. Discipline, control, commitment.. What a great experience! Thank you Nicole for being such a great inspiration for many!

RHONDA FLAGSTAD
RHONDA FLAGSTAD

September 16, 2016

I have competed for 2 years, I am taking 1-1/2 years off and my plan is to compete again in 2018. I’m giving myself time to build some muscle. I started bodybuilding later in life, I have a background in gymnastics so that may have helped some. I had anxiety and depression a couple years ago, when my whole life was consumed with trying to help my son get help with heroin addiction. He finally got help after I stopped trying, I started taking care of myself again and lost 50 lbs and competed in my first figure competition at the age of 46. It was amazing. I finally feel like I’ve found something that is for me! My son is now over 2 years clean – Bodybuilding has helped me with anxiety and my whole life has changed because of it!

Vira Rodriguez
Vira Rodriguez

September 16, 2016

As a mother of 2 I have been able to do the things that make me happy. Although I love being a mother my me time is non existent. My boyfriend has supported my love for the gym but I have just made a commitment to compete next spring. This will actually be my first competition and I have so much to prove to myself. I know I am more than a mother and a provider but I am also a dreamer and I can shoe my girls that even though we have setbacks we can still make it happen.

Kristi Withers
Kristi Withers

September 16, 2016

I’m going to be stepping on the Figure stage in Aug 2017 at the Knox Classic. I’m 43 years old and getting my body to where I want it to be is getting harder. My mind plays a big role in that & im learning how to see myself already in the shape & condition that I want to be for the long haul. Having another show in front of me and promising myself something for me when I accomplish that goal gives me more incentive. I want to show others my age that we have this & age is nothing, just a number not a feeling.

Amy
Amy

September 16, 2016

My first competition will be next June. I’ve just started this journey and I’m ready to go full force with it. I decided to compete for myself. I want to show what I’m capable of and grow confidence.

Jeanine Robertson (J9)
Jeanine Robertson (J9)

September 16, 2016

I just finished my second competition. October 2015 I competed with the WBFF Transformation division and qualified for Worlds August 26/27 2016. Starting weight 280lbs. Stepped on stage 3 weeks ago at 140lbs! Lost exactly half of me!

I competed and will continue to compete to not only show others that anything is possible if you dont give up! I love challenging myself mentally and physically. Prep keeps me on point and ive learnt so much about myself since! I truly enjoy the challenge!

Christina Merry
Christina Merry

September 16, 2016

I am looking at a figure competition in Feb. 2017. The reason that I am competing is because it allows me to test my discipline, stay accountable, and reward myself with an accomplishment like no other. This competition is me vs. me and stepping on the stage with the best me that I can be.

Farah
Farah

September 16, 2016

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Jenny DeSantis
Jenny DeSantis

September 16, 2016

I am dying to compete and I am working my way there slowly but surely! I am addicted to fitness and everything Nicole Wilkins. She’s like my hero and the friend I’ve never met. Such an inspiration. She makes me want to be the best version of myself. #drivefor5

Kate McCarthy
Kate McCarthy

September 16, 2016

I began my fitness journey late in life, I was 40 yrs YOUNG when I took 4th places women’s masters and overall Bestabs. That was 16 years ago. I then had life get in the way and took a LONG hiatis. I decided to start competing again when I was in my 50’s. My 1st figure show I was 52 took 5th in women’s masters over 50 and 6th in the open, 6 months later I took 2nd in masters and 3rd in open, 6 months after that 2nd in masters and 2nd in open. My journey was cut short due to a shoulder injury that kept me from working out for 9 months. After a long rehab I began my journey again only to find out my C3-C7 was crushed and once again I was under the knife having anterior cervical discectomy surgery ending up another year of therapy and no working out so long story I have 6 screws and 2 cages in my lower back, 8 screws and a plate in my neck, 3 anchors is my left shoulder and 2 anchors in my right. I am back BIG time in the gym and training for my 1st show in 3 years in March 2017 and the age of 57. I enjoy competing for more than just a sparkly suit and glamorous makeup. I love the health benefits and knowledge I have learned along the way. I’ve earned my certifications in Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition. I enjoy helping people in their 50’s knowing that we can be in the best health as we age. Life doesn’t end as we age, it keeps us young and healthy.

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