Welcome to my new fortnightly feature where you will see me chatting to some of my fit, fun and fearless friends about their fitness adventures, nutrition ideas, their goals and recent challenges.
Today I’m featuring Nikita Coleman (aka Nikki), an Environmental Science student, gym ninja, pancake advocate, casual food & exercise blogger.
Nikki caught my attention earlier this year as she prepared for her first body building competition as a figure competitor in June this year.
Name: Nikita Coleman
Occupation: Part-time student
Four words to describe yourself?
What’s your story? How did your first start living an active life?
I started my fitness journey after doing some rehabilitation strength training from some injuries I sustained in a car crash. I was hooked. Although I knew very little about supporting your training with diet and I only knew the few move I was shown for my physio.
That was about 5-6 years ago and to be honest I still feel like I have just started my fitness journey. I have never stopped learning, but in more recent years my approach to training and diet (healthy cooking obviously being a big part of that) has really developed.
For now my life consists of juggling my degree, training to gain for next years comp season, keeping my diet fun… and trying to have a life!
How do you stay motivated?
Training is my release, when I get to switch off from learning and studying, most times I literally can’t wait to train. Cardio however….haha
Tell us a little about your first body building competition?
Editors note: Nikki competed for the first time this year and placed 3rd in NABBA and 4th in ANB Body Building federations in the figure competitor category.
When I decided to compete last year, it seemed like the natural step as I really admired the physiques of the competitors I was watching prep, but I also noticed they all had similar diets or plans.
I love food and I wanted to be able to it without a diet, so competing for me was partially about wanting to prove you can eat amazing meals and still get on stage.
I also had do it all by myself, being a student I couldn’t afford a coach or personal trainer if I wanted to eat properly and from research I have done I probably wouldn’t hire a coach .
Being a scholar allowed me to conduct a lot of research by myself and differentiate between quality information and the next “get abs in 4 hrs diet”…
“And that’s the best thing I have ever done and I encourage others to do…Do your own research (Google scholar is your friend)…”
I started my prep at 17 weeks out because I wanted lose the body fat slowly and I wanted to have time to make tweaks and get to know how my body responded (you can see my full write up on my journey to stage on my blog).
Competing during semester was dumb and hard, and I had to prep the text book way I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I didn’t have palette for fish and beans everyday and the time for 2 hours steady state cardio.
But reflecting on that time…Even though I didn’t place high, I still came close, I did it on my own and got through my semester with good grades…I’m pretty proud of that.
What would we find in your shopping basket every week?
Oats, bulk sweet potato, almond milk, Lots of fruit and veggies, lean meats and fish, peanut butter, and so many bananas…
What is your favourite exercise?
Dead lifts or drop setting shoulder/delt raises
1. Sweet or savory?
Pancakes…they can be both! Haha!
2. Music or Reading?
I love reading. I wish I had more time to read
3. AM or PM workout?
PM…I feel stronger after I have had the days carbs
4. Your favourite movie
Repo: The genetic Opera (Zydrate comes in a little glass vile…a little glass vile)
5. In my gym bag….
- My log book
- 3 pairs of lifting gloves
- Lifting straps
- Lifting belt
- Gymboss Interval Timer
- A million headbands
My next goal is…
My current goal is becoming a metabolic monster…I prepped for comp on what the industry would consider high calories…Well my next season I want to get on stage on maintenance calories.
I am aiming for a big city comp for either ANB or INBA, till then I’m working on bringing in a bigger and better physique.
You can find more of Nikki via her Facebook page or checkout her awesome eCookbook on her website.
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