nPower-main-page-empower

Meet Nicole Wilkins

For as long as I can remember, I have always been athletic. I started with ballet when I was five, then moved on to dancing and cheer leading. Growing up, I was usually outside riding bikes or climbing trees – you would rarely catch me inside playing with dolls. My competitive career started early, when I dove into gymnastics at age seven and continued through high school as a gymnast and track and field standout. But it was two unfortunate events in particular that led me to another area of interest – the weight room. The first happened when I was 15, when I tore the medial meniscus in my left knee and had to go in for surgery. Since I was still young, the doctors decided to try to stitch the injured area instead of removing the torn cartilage. Many months later – which included six weeks on crutches – I was finally back to normal … at least I thought. I was wrong. One year later, the tear was back, and worse.

A NEW CHAPTER

After my second surgery, I was determined not to dwell on the negative. I knew I needed to move forward, and the weight room was my way to do just that. During that time, I never missed a gymnastics practice even though I could only work out on the uneven parallel bars. For the rest of the four-hour workout sessions, I strength trained. I started to see my upper body changing shape very quickly, and I loved it. My coach was a powerlifter, so he taught me how to squat, power clean and deadlift with proper form as soon as my knee was back in working condition. In 2002, I competed in gymnastics at the Arnold Sports Festival – when it was still called the Arnold Classic – in Columbus, Ohio. One of the professional fitness competitors, Laura Mak, was a previous gymnast of my current coach, so we all went to the finals to watch. Sitting there, amazed and awed by the fitness competitors, I knew that one day I wanted to compete on that stage. In my heart, I knew I would be there one day – I just didn’t know where to start.

By the time I was a senior in high school, I knew I was not going to continue with gymnastics in college. I was having much more fun in the gym and was ready to see where that journey would lead. I continued to compete as a pole vaulter and sprinter on my high school track team and was still very active, but since I wasn’t working out for 20-plus hours a week like I was in gymnastics, I started putting on a little extra weight. It was then that I began to read more and more about proper nutrition and became interested in the overall wellness of the body. I went on to get my BA in Wellness, Health Promotion and Injury Prevention with a minor in Exercise Science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. During my four years there, I worked in the recreation department, conducting fitness assessments and creating workout programs for individuals of all specific needs. I also workout out on my own, five to six times a week. If you were ever in the Rec, you could pretty much guarantee that I would be there! During my sophomore year in college, I decided to prepare for my first Fitness competition. I had my best friend, a Detroit Pistons dancer, help me with my routine choreography and I would practice on the gymnastics gym floor after work. That first contest was in November 2003. I won. But more than that, I knew I had found my passion.

FOLLOWING MY DREAMS

The following year, as a junior in college, I competed in five more competitions, alternating between the Fitness and Figure divisions. Over the next three years, I slowly worked my way up the ranks, moving from the local/regional to the national level, determined to get my pro card and gain entry into the IFBB Professional League. In July of 2007, I did just that at the prestigious NPC Team Universe Championships in New York City. Since I was still undecided on whether to focus on Fitness or Figure, I decided to cross over and compete in both categories (that year’s Team Universe was the last time competing in two divisions was allowed). I ended up winning the Overall in both categories, beating out over 200 women from across the nation to win my pro card! It was the first time in history that a competitor had won both Fitness and Figure Overall titles at the same national-level contest. One year later – and six years after watching as a wide-eyed high school junior – I was back in Columbus making my professional debut, realizing my dream of stepping on stage as an IFBB competitor at the Arnold Classic.

LIFE AS A PRO … AND BEYOND

Success in the IFBB hasn’t come easy for me. I’ve had ups and downs, but have enjoyed every minute of my 16 year journey competing. Some of the highlights:

  • Four-time IFBB Figure Olympia champion, winner of the most titles in history (2009, 2011, 2013-2014)
  • Only IFBB Figure Competitor to compete in the Olympia 10x in a row
  • Top 5 placement in 9 out of 10 IFBB Figure Olympia competitions.
  • Youngest competitor to win the Figure Olympia (25 in 2009)
  • Three-time Figure International champion (2010-2012)
  • The first competitor to reclaim the Figure Olympia title (2011)
  • The first competitor to reclaim any Olympia title two times (2013)
  • The only competitor to hold Figure Olympia and Figure International titles in the same calendar year (2011)
  • The first to win five professional figure contests in one season
  • The first to win Overall titles in two divisions at a pro-qualifying event (Team Universe Fitness Overall and Figure National Overall 2007)

Being a part of the IFBB has given me opportunities I could never have imagined, and has taken me all over the world – from New York City to California, from Spain to India, from Australia to Finland and more. And what I’ve realized is that, as much as I enjoy competing and being on stage, what I truly love is being fit, spreading the word on health and fitness and being able to have a positive influence on people’s lives.

 

nPower Fitness and Lifestyle Summit Terms and Conditions

Please read all of the terms conditions set forth below.Upon making a reservation with the nPower Fitness and Lifestyle Summit, you are deemed to be accepting all "Terms and Conditions".

Reservation Policy

All Summit prices are in U.S. Dollars. To confirm your reservation, you must fill out the retreat registration form and pay your initial non-refundable deposit with valid credit card information.

Deposit Terms

The balance of the Summit cost is due thirty (30) days prior to the start date, unless your time of booking is less than 30 days prior to the Summit, in which case full payment is due at the time of booking. A reminder will be sent to your e-mail address on file thirty (30) days before the due date. If the balance of the Summit cost is not received by the due date, your reservation will be cancelled, at which time the cancellation policy below will be fully applied to your deposit.

Cancellation Policy

There is no refund or discount for arriving late, leaving early or for not participating in any scheduled activity. Registration non-refundable deposits are not refundable. If you have paid in full and have a medical emergency, we require a doctors note before partial refund is applied. The deposit however, is non-refundable.

We highly recommend purchasing flight insurance to protect yourself from unexpected circumstances that may cause you to cancel your Summit. If nPower Fitness and Lifestyle Summit must cancel the event, all payments received to date will be refunded within 30 business days. We are not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellation or illness, etc.

House Accommodations

Due to limited availability of single rooms, you will most likely be rooming with another person. Unless requested to share with someone, bedroom configurations will be set prior to your arrival on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that you request sharing a room with a friend, you will be guaranteed a room with that person if there is still a room available. If your friend cancels, we will pair you with a compatible roommate.

House Policies

Our Summit is held at a beautiful estate and all guests are required to follow the house policies. These may include noise restriction, public access, care of property, privacy and consideration of other guests, etc. You will be made aware of these policies upon your arrival.

Responsibility of Valuables:

nPower Fitness and Lifestyle Summit is not liable for any breakage, loss or theft of personal items. Please limit your valuables, as traveling with such valuables will be your complete responsibility.

Personal Safety & Insurance:

We recommend that you obtain cancellation, travel and medical insurance prior to attending any of our events. Prior to participating in any activities or using any facilities, please ensure that you are medically and physically fit and able. If you have any injuries or illnesses, please seek doctor’s advice prior to attending.

nPower Fitness is not liable for any injuries due to use of our facilities or participation in activities or during travel to and from the Summit. Any injuries or medical conditions are completely your sole responsibility. By sending a deposit toward the Summit, you certify that you do not have any physical condition or disability that would create a hazard for you or other participants during the Retreat. In other words, you certify that you are healthy and fit for any activities scheduled on the Retreat and in which you plan to participate. Furthermore, it is required that you have the proper personal and health insurance to cover your needs while present in the Retreat, in case of any loss of property, illness, injury or death.

Behavior:

The nPower Summit attendees are required to follow the estate policies. This may include noise restriction, care of property, etc. You will be made aware of these policies prior to or upon your arrival. nPower Fitness holds the right to any guest(s) not respecting property policies as listed above as well as inappropriate or intoxic behavior to leave immediately and forfeit the right to any reimbursement.

Copyright:

nPower Fitness retains all copyright license rights and sole exclusive ownership of the information, photographs and material displayed on its website and obtained during the Summit. The material may not be modified, copied or used in any other way without first obtaining written permission from nPower Fitness.

Liability:

nPower Fitness shall not be liable for any failures beyond its control. This covers natural disasters, war, ‘acts of God’, closure of airports, accidents or failure to perform by third parties, including suppliers and subcontractors.

Privacy Policy:

We respect your privacy, both personal and informational. nPower Fitness will keep all information that we collect from you secure, and will not provide this information to any third party providers. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure of your personal information, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

We are committed to creating special memories for you during your Summit, and that includes having an on-site photographer and/or videographer to capture any special moments. If you are not comfortable having your picture taken, please let us know in advance. Otherwise you authorize nPower Fitness to use any and all photos for social media and marketing purposes.

Please feel free to contact your info@npowerfitnesscamps.com should you have any further questions.

*All policies and terms and conditions may be subject to change without notice.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions:

By making a booking with nPower Fitness for the Summit, you accept on your behalf and all those named on the booking to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, including the general release of liability and the assumption of risk, described below.

Release of Liability:

You hereby release and discharge nPower Group, Inc. and NW Fitness Group, Inc., a California corporation, its shareholders, directors, officers, agents and employees, from and against any and all liability, loss, cost, expense or damage arising, directly or indirectly, from the Summit, including your participation in the Summit activities.

Assumption of Risk:

You acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied for a Summit with nPower Group, Inc., a California corporation. You understand that you will participate in various activities. You are prepared to assume the risks associated with this Summit, including: forces of nature, terrorism, civil unrest, war, accidents, personal injury and similar circumstances. You also assume risks associated with illness, disease, physical exertion and alcohol consumption, knowing that access to suitable medical support may be delayed. You hereby agree to take full responsibility for your own actions, safety and welfare, including unanticipated events, injury, illness, emotional trauma or death.