Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Nicole Wilkins

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How Did You Get Started?

I was a competitive gymnast for 12 years and after I graduated high school, and had two knee surgeries; I decided to move on to a new chapter in my life. I have always been involved and interested in the whole aspect of health and wellness and loved watching fitness competitions on TV. After attending the Arnold Classic in 2002, I was instantly hooked. I learned more and more about the sport and incorporated my many years of gymnastics into my first competition last November.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

The workout plan that worked best for me was training single body parts six days a week. I also include plyometrics and gymnastics two days a week. Cardio also plays an important role in staying lean and changing up my program keeps my body challenged. Here is an example of a weekly routine.

  • Monday: Upper body plyometrics with chest and triceps and cardio later in the afternoon
  • Tuesday: Gymnastics and Cardio
  • Wednesday: Lower body plyometrics with quads, hamstrings, and calves and cardio later in the afternoon
  • Thursday: Back and Biceps and cardio
  • Friday: Shoulders and abs with cardio
  • Saturday: Rest day or cardio
  • Sunday: Gymnastics and abs

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat five to six times a day with about 300 calories and 30 grams of protein in each meal. Carbohydrates are included in the first 3 meals and are substituted with a vegetable in the last few meals. Some sources of protein include chicken, turkey, tuna, fish, and egg whites. Carbs include brown rice, yams, oatmeal, and an occasional plain rice cake. I also drink a gallon of water a day. During the off-season I still eat good but I never pass up a piece of cheesecake!!!

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Whey Protein has given me the best gains and I also take a Multi-Vitamin each day.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love the challenge that the sport of fitness brings. I am and always will be a competitor and I love being on stage. This sport takes a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline in order to be successful. Fitness has given me confidence and helped me become more health conscious. I learn something new about myself everyday and I hope to be a role model and motivator to those who want fitness to become a part of their life also.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am planning on competing in three fitness shows this year, but my main goal is to qualify for Nationals this May. I also want to earn my pro card in the next few years and someday be on the cover of Oxygen Magazine!!!

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Keep working hard and don't give up!!! Do your homework and don't be afraid to ask questions. Give yourself enough time to be prepared for your show and take each performance as a learning experience to better improve yourself for the future.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

I have too many favorites to pick just one. I look up to anyone who has the dedication to be successful in the sport of fitness, figure and bodybuilding. I do admire Monica Brant's physique, Suzie Curry's stage presence and Kelly Ryan's incredible routines. I also look up to and appreciate all the support my training partner Alan Lee has given me! He motivates me everyday to do my best~ I can't thank you enough!