Athlete/Transformation Profile: Nikki MaziakInstagram: @craziak33 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nikki.craziak Category: OPA Athlete Do you use a trainer? Yes Trainer: Travis Winkworth
What Motivated You To Begin Training?
I have been a personal trainer for almost 12 years now, and want to practice what I preach to my clients, and members of the gym.
Tell us a little about your training philosophy:
After learning from judges feedback, from most recent competition in Women’s Figure, I have decided to take the time to build more lean muscle by training in power lifting for 2 yrs at which time I intend to cross over into Women’s physique.
Tell us a little bit about your diet philosophy:
I follow flexible dieting, otherwise known as “iifym”. Despite many misconceptions about iifym, it isn’t about eating anything you want,its about using moderation. If you do want a small amount of a food that you crave now and then, you plan for it and make sure it fits into your daily numbers. It has worked extremely well for me, as I don’t feel restricted, like in a typical “bro” science diet.
Please tell us about your competitive history and placings (if applicable):
2009 WBFF Worlds- Womens Figure short, 2010 WBFF Worlds -Womens Fitness Model, 2014 KW Oktoberfest Naturals -OPA-4th place
How Many Years have You Competed?
Tell us about some of your short and long term goals:
Second power lifting meet in 4 weeks a Third power lifting meet in May 2016 and then Women’s Physique in 2017
Who do you look to for motivation and why?
I have a very strong support system of co-workers, friends, members, my coach and of course my better half who is also preparing for a power lifting meet May 2016.We often workout as a group, we pump each other up and have a blast with our training – challenging each other and cheering each other onto really push our limits!
What are some of the most difficult obstacles that you have had to overcome?
I didn’t have the greatest experience the first time around competing, and was turned off by the whole experience. I really gained weight after the harsh diet and excessive cardio and my metabolism took a real beating.It wasn’t until I met my coach Travis, that I realized that contest prep didn’t need to be that way. I had an awesome prep and was able to achieve my personal best conditioning I have ever seen!
Tell us some of your pet peeves surrounding healthy life and the gym:
People wanting the easy what out, or the quick fix. I hear so very much of this as a Personal trainer!!!! Its all about living a healthy lifestyle!!!! Creating habits in line with that including a balanced diet, and appropriate activity for you as an individual that’s sustainable and realistic.
What is the number one piece of advice that you would give someone that looks to you for inspiration?
Set realistic goals both short term and long term and make a PLAN. Track your progress. Speak with a qualified trainer to help with this if you aren’t sure! Be prepared to have honest answers from a good trainer who will be realistic with you about what is attainable within your commitment level.It doesn’t happen overnight!!!!