Everyone has a story behind us. Tell us about yourself Nina and what is YOUR story? In addition to being a mother to my 21-year-old son and a loving wife to my husband of 24 years, I work full time as an Administrative Secretary at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. My story starts in 2011, the last year in my thirties approaching the big 40 and what better way to go off with bang by entering myself in my first fitness competition. I must have been out of my mind because it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Not only did it help me face my insecurities but it has also taught me discipline, perseverance and structure. I placed 4th in the classic bikini division at the Space City Muscle Mania and was eager to do another show. I was currently seeing Christine Anderson for posing lessons and she recommended Travis Johnson, one of the trainers at the gym to help me prepare for my second show. During this time, I lived, worked, and trained in three different cities, driving anywhere from 80 to 100 miles one way, 2 to 3 times a week. To some this seems crazy but once I set a goal, I’m all in 100%. I’m very driven in everything I do to accomplish my goals which led me to placing 4th in the bikini classic division at the Lone Star Muscle Mania and placing 10th in the bikini classic division at my first national show at Fitness America in Las Vegas. After three years, the driving eventually took its toll on me and it was time for me to leave and find something closer to home. This was extremely hard for me because I developed a friendship with everyone at the gym. Several months later, I connected with Miguel Pressnflex. I was a little nervous at first starting with a new trainer but Miguel and his wife Paulette made me feel right at home. Their training techniques were different, but after seeing results in areas I’ve never seen before motivated me to compete again. I was terrified, nervous and anxious because it had been three years since my last competition and my first time competing for NPC. I was introduced to nutritionist Keith Kline and Sheilahe Brown for posing. After seeing Keith, I couldn’t believe the numbers and how much I let myself go but I got to work immediately. When it comes to posing and walking in heels, I am Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality. This is the most challenging part of the process for me because I hardly ever wear heels. Also the posing in NPC is different than what I’ve learned previously. After months of training, posing and eating 5 to 6 meals a day, I dropped a total of 24% body fat which led me to placing 4th in bikini and nationally qualifying at the NPC Adela Garcia Classic in 2015. Will I ever compete again? Only time will tell and I’ll continue to train like I’m competing every time I step in the gym.
Congrats on winning the recent Fight Chix BEST SHOT contest? What was that like for you seeing how supportive people were to help you win?
Thank you! It’s an honor to be selected as the winner of the Fight Chix Best Shot Contest. It was not an easy win. It was a quite a struggle between me and another contestant for 9 days. The times when I thought it was over and asked for help, my family and friends we’re right there voting and sharing. This wouldn’t be possible without them and I’m extremely grateful.
Walk us through your daily routine?
Monday through Friday I’m up at 5:00 am and on the weekends I sleep in but can’t get going until I have a cup of coffee in my Wonder Woman mug. I’m kind of obsessed with Wonder Woman LOL. Every Sunday and Wednesday, I cook and prepare my meals (5 to 6 a day) for the week. My husband, Jerry, helps me quite a bit with cooking and grocery shopping to ensure I have what I need to stay on my meal plan. Twice a week, I see my trainer at the gym and on alternate days I’ll run on the treadmill and weight train at the house.
Walk us through one of your favorite workouts?
Weight training will always be my favorite because it’s never easy. There are so many different variations of exercises you can do to challenge yourself. Many times, Miguel and I will try to develop new ones and name them. You have to put in the work to see results. Whether I have an upcoming show or not, you will find me in the gym. It’s my therapy. No matter what kind of day I’m having, the gym is always there for me to get it all out.
Working out and being healthy seems to be a very important part of your life…what made you start and how do you stay motivated?
Working out and being healthy has always been an important part of my life but when I stopped seeing results I knew it was time to make a change. In 2011, my life changed in ways I didn’t know was possible because I thought at my age, it was too late. After some convincing from my trainer and friends, I decided to train and compete. There we’re many times throughout the process I wanted to give up but seeing the transformation from beginning to end is what kept me motivated. Even though it’s so much work, it’s very rewarding. When people tell me I’ve inspired them in some way to start their fitness journey and seeing their transformation from beginning to end is what keeps me motivated. Knowing I can change one person to living a healthy lifestyle makes everything I do worth it.
How did you hear about Fight Chix and what does our brand mean to you?
I found out about Fight Chix while browsing through Facebook. I clicked over to their website and read about how Elisabeth and Jake came up with the idea of Fight Chix. Being a huge fan of MMA and loving all things that support and empower women, I was instantly a fan.