Nikki Warner's Thoughts On The 2004 Arnold Weekend!

Well, I just journeyed back from the Arnold after a really long but fun weekend! It was my 8th year going to the A.C. and absolutely the best one yet! The crowd on Saturday was unbelievable and definitely the largest crowd I have ever seen while there.
Well, I just journeyed back from the Arnold after a really long but FUN weekend! It was my 8th year going to the A.C. and absolutely the best one yet! The crowd on Saturday was unbelievable and definitely the largest crowd I have ever seen while being there through out the years.

I started things off on Fri. morning, bright and early, with a duo shoot (Tara Scotti and I) with J.P. Erickson (athleticwomenmagazine.com). J.P. is a super friendly guy and def. does some great work! We had loads of fun shooting some sexy muscle shots outdoors esp. it was really warm that day.


With The Twinlab Girls.

Tara is getting ready for Jr. USA's and looks fabulous! You will have to check out this woman's shoulders and abs when she steps on stage in April. I'll be guest posing in April for Ball State University and also have Jr. Nationals in June.

At around 10:30am I hurried over to the expo to help Twinlab set up. It was soo nice to meet everyone for the first time and all of the Twinlab athletes and staff are amazingly friendly with wonderful personalities! My day consisted of taking slews of pictures with fans/friends and of course selling my pictures to make some moolah. We had to slow down on handing out some many free supplements mid-day because they were a 1/3 of the way gone and Friday was not even over yet!

Jodi Miller (Top Five Natl. Figure Competitor) stopped by the booth to say Hi. This woman is amazing, so sweet and a great BOD! I hope she does some serious damage at the Jr. USA's. She is right good things do come in small packages! It was also nice to talk to Derik Farnsworth for a few minutes. I've always been a big fan of him and his beautiful wife, Gina.

"If you are social phobic or get clausterphobic this is
definitely not the place to be."

I was venturing over to the bathroom, which seem like it took 20min. to get there from where our booth was located. That gives you an indication of all the people that were there. In a way, I sure was glad I was standing at a booth rather than trying to squirm through all the people. If you are social phobic or get clausterphobic this is definitely not the place to be... HA!

I got done working at around 6:30 pm. and really wanted to get a workout in even though I was dog-ass tired. LOL! Those knee high boots we had to wear with our Twinlab outfits were killer to wear all day! My boyfriend and I got to World Gym at around 7ish. When we walked in I was amazed to see Ronnie Coleman, Dave Palumbo, Mike Morris, etc. This guys are feakin' HUGE! It was a darn good view and I had an awesome arm workout.

We talked with Ronnie for a few minutes, complimenting him on his training videos, which by the way we have all of them. HA! A few photographers were there snapping pictures of the Pros and took a few of us doing some bicep poses! I was thrilled and felt honored to have my picture taken! Sometimes, I think some of you members don't believe we Figure girls lift heavy... HA! I got a darn good pump and was lifting heavy to failure, which is how I like to lift.

We headed back to the hotel at around 8:30, cleaned up, had our protein shakes and hit the road to get some freakin' food... I was starving! We ended up eating at Applebee's, which was about 10 min. away from the Expo. I even resisted those delicious buffalo wings since I just started my diet for Jr. Nationals. So, I had a tasty low-fat chicken salad, which was very tasty by the way. Who said you can't eat healthy and get tasty food too!

I woke up on Sat. at around 6am something since I had to be at the expo by 8ish to set up. While at the expo. I met some great well-known photographers, got offered a few modeling gigs/etc. and even did an interview and pose down for ABC news. I was later told that I was practically all over the news since I was featured 3 times on the broadcast.

I was shocked when I heard this since I am not a Pro or anything. I was asked a lot of questions about Arnold and the impact it had on the expo since he is now Governor, the size of the expo this year compared to other years, etc. It was a lot of fun and was thrilled to be apart of it. I sold some more pictures so the extra $ was great! Some of the ladies were tired of taking pictures with all the horny men that came along, not me, I love having my picture taken... it's a lot of FUN!

I took about an hour lunch break and finally got to do little shopping. You can get some awesome deals at the Arnold, especially if you wait until Sunday evening. It never fails every time I see the Jagware booth that sells the competition suits, I always end up spending hundreds of $ on new suits.

I spent about $600 there and didn't even need new suits, good thing Twinlab took well care of me for working! Thank you Twinalab! I also bought some new workout clothes and hit up all the booths with the free sample protein bars/shakes, which was practically my lunch since I ate so many of them. Talk about major bloating/gas... UGGHH, HA. No wonder the Expo smells so bad at times due to all the people munching on those protein bars.

At this one booth they had these awesome tasting sugar-free candies. I'm sure they were loaded with fat to make up for the lack of sugars but oh well I was starving. I think I hit up that booth about 10 times total throughout the weekend for free samples. HA! They had everything from jellybeans, gummies, oreo-type cookies, and these awesome peanut butter cups that tasted just like Reese's... YUM YUM! I would never buy any though.

I feel like if I am going to eat that stuff in the off-season I am going to go for the real stuff, much cheaper too! They also have some awesome tasting low-carb protein bars out on the market now a days. They almost seem too good to be true! I often wonder if they have in them what they say they do.

I did get to see/talk with Monica Brant briefly while I was on my break. I had to squeeze in to see her though, since as usual she had a line of fans waiting to chat with her and get autographs. I'm a member of her VIP fan club, which is awesome I might add.

I also have her two videos, which are very entertaining and motivating. Her face is so warm and has a glowing effect to it! My eyes got swept away in her body, absolutely phenomenal! She really is quite muscular compared to a lot of the other Figure girls, which is what I love, not to mention her awesome curves.

I did get to see Rocky by accident as I was strolling over to the bathrooms. I got held up by a million security officials and was wondering what the hell was going on. I figured it was Arnold coming through or something. I told the security man that I just had to go pee... HA... he thought that was rather funny. I didn't since I was about to bust.

I did get to see Sly though so that was COOL! He looked amazing and hasn't aged too much considering he's in his what 50's? Totally has that Hollywood look! I also seen Skip LaCour, one of my favorites. I waved at him but didn't get to go talk to him because I needed to get back to the booth. I had been gone for more than an hour, visiting friends, shopping, and getting to the ladies room. He always looks amazing and looked really BIG in that t-shirt he was wearing. It's always nice the chat with him when I do get a chance to, though, since he is so knowledgeable, intelligent, and so friendly!

After the expo was over at around 6 I headed back to the hotel put on some of my new workout gear and walked a few blocks to World Gym again for a Shoulder/Chest workout. My feet hurt, back ached like hell, eyes were a little blood shot, hungry too but I was bound and determined to workout. It actually helps me relieve stress and I did feel better when I finished.

Art Atwood, Ronnie Coleman, Alti Bautista, Collette Nelson were also there. It was great to see them in action and I got to talk to some of them for a few minutes! I really admire Ronnie, he is so dedicated yet at the same time he is so personal and friendly! He looks unreal almost like a cartoon character. His back is so freakin' wide and his arms... Wow! I had another awesome workout!

How could I not after working out around the pros! I've been using a lot of Twinlab products that have really been helping (HMB, carnitine, pyruvate, creatine, zma, and methoxy.

I stack these together and have been doing so for about a month. I have gotten a lot leaner and much stronger! I noticed this while working out at the gym both days. They did have good lights there, though. HA! I was much more vascular and my upper body was a lot leaner. Yippee!

We headed out at 8pm, cleaned up, and had our protein shakes and we went to Texas Roadhouse! At this point my mouth was salivating just smelling the food. I had some peanuts, a nice big juicy steak, salad, and some steamed veggies, it tasted damn good! I tried not to eat too many of those peanuts!

I woke up Sun. morning, swollen eyes and blood shot on top of that. For some reason I tossed and turned all night long. LOL! I was extremely tired and my feet hurt like hell from those boots we had to wear, they sure did look good though! I drank a cup of java, had a low-carb myoplex, took my supplements and headed to the expo at 9:30.

This day flew by and was even more fun than Sat. since it wasn't so busy. I seen a lot of people I knew and even got a few gifts from fans, which really made my day. I really pushed selling the rest of my pictures and the remaining Twinlab products since we got commission off of them. Let's just say the extra $ was awesome and I was really thankful for Twinlab treating us so good! I really need the $ after buying suits, workout clothes, etc. I didn't want the weekend to end!

At midday I ventured back over to the bathroom and ran into Pro fitness Angela S. This is the first time I had every met her. I was truly impressed with how she looked. She is just down right beautiful in person and Oh so SWEET! I could definitely see that she had improved a lot over the past few years. She is much thicker and bigger along with having those killer looks. I was sure glad I ran into her and got to meet her.

Lee Priest had a ton of fans there.
And Cathy Priest was right by his side.

The Twinlab team had to go onstage to present the Live like a Pro Champion his $50,000 check and other prizes. That was quite an experience and fun. Let me tell you it was amazing working with Lee Priest! I could not believe how tiny his waist is not to mention how awesome everything else is. Just the site of him is out of this world! I tried to tempt him with my Reese Cups that a fan had brought me but learned that he didn't peanut butter.

Wow did not know one could not like peanut butter since it seems like so many people love it. Lee is really laid back and is always friendly to his fans, including myself. He definitely enjoys his fans and appreciates them greatly. Cathy Priest was also working by his side. She also looked great and is really friendly too. It will be interesting to see what she looks like when and if she makes the switch over to Figure.

In my free time I had a few photographers do some video clips of me. That's always fun and it definitely got the fans attention. After all, they are there to see plenty of beef, right? HA! I had another photo shoot scheduled with J.T. (www.truebodies.com). I had originally invited Pro Figure Kim Becker but she was unable to attend so Shelia Rawlins, who is a National Figure competitor, wanted to come along in the absence of Kim. Shelia and her husband are awesome people. I met them at my booth on Sat. and just had to invite Shelia to the photo shoot since she has an awesome body and has a fun personality.


With Tony Stajrer.
View the video of me posing. WMV (5.90 MB) or MOV (7.91 MB)

We met for the shoot at 4:30 at Adam's Mark hotel. J.T. had a studio set up in his room, which was really nice! He is also a VERY friendly person and makes you feel extremely comfortable. Shelia and I had a lot of fun, acting silly, sexy, and all-pouty lipped even though we almost fell through his hotel window, long story... don't ask. Shelia doesn't like her smile so 90% of our shots are all-pouty lipped. I sure didn't complain after smiling all freakin' weekend... HA! Hopefully, Shelia or her husband will post some pictures on the board for everyone to see. They should be some good ones! Look for Shelia to turn Pro this year in Figure. She definitely has the total package and is right there!

The shoot lasted until about 7 and we decided to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road back to Indiana. We went back to Applebee's since it was so darn good on Friday night. All I can say is the walnut blondie topped with vanilla ice cream dessert is the BOMB! I couldn't resist it this time!

At around 11 p.m. we stopped at a gas station, just had to grab some coffee and Krispy Kreme donuts... YUM YUM! I thought what the hell I already had some dessert why not have more. HA! Yep, you could say that was my cheat day. I was craving it badly, though, since I couldn't eat much all weekend. We got back home at around midnight and let me tell you I sleep like a baby!!

It was a long weekend but it was an awesome time!

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