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Transformations

NICKI BLANKENSHIP

Nicki Blankenship Shares Her Transformation Story
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JOE THIBODEAU IS CONSTANTLY PUSHING ME AND HAS HELPED TO BUILD MY CONFIDENCE.

Who is your trainer?
Joe Thibodeau

What makes him/her so special as a trainer?
I had never trained before my first session with Joe. I was nervous and had no idea what I was doing but Joe was patient and has taught me so much. He is constantly pushing me and has helped to build my confidence.

Occupation details:
Revenue Manager

Relationship status:
Single

Fitness Goals:
I’d like to continue to build muscle and lower my body fat percentage.

Complete Bio:
I am a 35 year old female and work as a revenue manager for a vacation rental company in Destin, FL. I moved here 5 years ago from Indianapolis. I graduated from IU.

Training Plan:
I do HIIT three days a week, train with Joe three days a week, lift on my own 2-3 days a week and dance 3 days a week.

Thoughts on HIIT, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other:
I love lifting and training with Joe. It’s been amazing to see the progress that I have made over the last year and a half. I couldn’t believe the results and changes in my body composition when I added HIIT classes to my routine.

Nutritional & Supplements:
I use Magnum Heat, Magnum E-Brake, and Magnum Pre Fo. Crissy introduced me to macros and it has helped me keep my nutrition on track.

I’M INSPIRED ON A DAILY BASIS BY THE PEOPLE THAT I COME INTO CONTACT WITH AT THI BOD.

Special skills?
I have attempted to think of an answer for this question for a few days and I keep coming back to nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills…I can’t get Napoleon Dynamite out of my head (now my answer for #10 makes sense).

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you?
My parents are a huge part of my support system and have encouraged me throughout my fitness journey. They call daily to see how my workouts are going!

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status doesn’t just cater to competitive athletes. It is inclusive of all levels of fitness!

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model?
It would be amazing but I would wonder if they ran out of other candidates.

If you could ask Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang one question what would that be?
I would ask him what made him decide to get involved in the fitness industry and what he enjoys most about his job.

What was it like working with Warren from Healthy Vision Photography?
I was extremely nervous about the photoshoot but Warren made me feel at ease. He made it fun but was very professional. I just listened to everything he told me to do and I appreciated the guidance.

6 things people would not know about you:  
-I had a poem published when I was in elementary school.
-I had the mumps in 2007 (despite being vaccinated).
-I must have my music and TV volume on an even number.
-I do a great Cookie Monster impression.
-I have some hippie tendencies.
-I’m a bit of a clean freak.

Who inspires you?
I’m inspired on a daily basis by the people that I come into contact with at Thi Bod. Everyone has a different story and is in a different place on their journey to fitness.

Who do you wish to inspire? 
I wish to inspire anyone that is on their fitness journey and offer them the same support I have received from our Fit Fam.

I NEVER EXPECTED TO ENJOY WORKING OUT SO MUCH. I LOST THE WEIGHT I HAD GAINED BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I FEEL GREAT!

Transformation story:
I had always been in decent shape but had put on some weight and didn’t feel good about myself. I joined the gym last year and began training with Joe. I never expected to enjoy working out so much. I took it to a new level this year and decided to participate in the photoshoot. I lost the weight I had gained but more importantly, I feel great!

Life goals:
I want to continue to grow in my career and maybe try something new! I’d like to travel as much as possible.

5 lessons you have learned: 
-Never give up.
-Set goals.
-Family and friends are the most important things in the world.
-Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
-A strong support group makes a huge difference.

Music and artist you listen while training:
I tend to listen to a little bit of everything from Cardi B to Disturbed.

Favorite books and authors:
I prefer to read Patricia Cornwell or James Patterson. I’m a little bit of a nerd and could read all day long.

5 most important attributes you see in a person? 
-Honesty
-Integrity
-Compassionate
-Reliability
-Scrupulous

Advice you can give to children who want to start training?
My nieces constantly tell me that I don’t HAVE to go to the gym when they ask what I’m doing and I say I have to go work out. I explain to them that they are right, I don’t HAVE to go but I WANT to go. I try to support positive body images so I make a point to let them know that I want to be strong and healthy as opposed to saying I want to lose weight.

Favorite Quotes:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill

I am a content and talent manager of Status Fitness Magazine. If you are looking to share your story or get featured in Status, contact me.

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