Sunday, August 8, 2010
Vicki Nixon NY Figure Pro Interview
Sometimes you have someone you look up to and finally meet them and they are a huge disappointment. Sometimes they turn out to be even better than you imagined. Vicki Nixon is one of those who turn out even better. I long admired Vicki and after finally getting to know her, she is even more amazing than I expected. After winning her Pro card in Bodybuilding Vicki retired. She had a serious accident and recently returned to the Pro stage...... as a Figure competitor. With Vicki it wasn't about winning a trophy, it was about proving something, and she proved it and then some. By getting on stage at the NY Pro Vicki walked away the biggest winner of the night. Vicki Nixon is what is so great about this sport.
Q: Vicki, first let me thank you for doing a second interview.
Q: For those who may not be familiar, can you tell a little about yourself.
A: I have been a bodybuilder since 1985 and competed on and off up until 2004 where I decided I was going to try Figure to see if I fit in there because I was only 114lbs and didn't think I would ever get a IFBB Pro card...well in 2004 I did 5 shows, in 3 shows I tried figure also and did very well...at the Team Universe I won the OVERALL Bodybuilding show at 114lbs! From there I continued to do every IFBB Pro show that was out there until 2007 when I decided for many reasons I was retiring.
Which leads me to Oct...2009, I decided after lots of adversities to try Pro figure and that's what I just did at the 2010 NY Pro Figure show on July 9 & 10th!
Q: I must say congrats on the NY Pro. I thought you looked incredible.
A: Thanks Jason for saying I looked incredible!
Q: As a show itself, what did you think of it?
A: The show was at a venue that had NO air in the basement area where they had 32 Pro figure girls changing and getting ready..heat is not my friend..I ended up with a mind blowing migraine and felt very weak and shaky...But I managed to get on stage..not at my best and give Figure a shot. The line up was off the charts..very deep hard class to say the least! So it was not only my 1st Pro level figure debut...it was a BIG turnout with not so good conditions.
Q: How different is it competing in Figure versus Bodybuilding?
A: Competing in Figure verses bodybuilding was so different...suddenly after 25 yrs of walking on stage bare foot and comfortable, I was in 5 inch heels in a very New world, I didn't need to pump up because I was ready with no pump needed because Figure isn't about Thin Skin and muscle size and volume and veins..its the opposite, so I couldn't pump up.
Q: How did you feel about your chances after Pre-judge?
A: You asked about how I felt about my chances after prejudge..well LONG BEFORE prejudge...say last Oct 1st when I decided to do figure I had NO expectations of placing. You have to remember that I was lucky to be on stage again at all after my car accident...this new goal for me was about showing that even when your body isn't at its best and injured you can work around adversities and injuries....and I also want to inspire older ladies who think they cant do this just because they are over 40! Each person has their reasons....mine is not a pipe dream, its not about what number I place...its about walking on stage when others think you cant and show them you can...I took a New body with a whole New look to the stage, so to me I won:) I reached my goal.
Q: How did you feel about your overall package?
A: I brought my entire package in the best could with what I am able to do...theres MANY exercises and types of things I CANT ever do again due to my injuries...so I did what I was able to do.
Q: What body part would you say you have improved the most over, say the last year?
A: I cant tell you what body part I think I improved.
Q: Any part you would most like to improve?
A: My glutes are 50 yrs old up against young girls, so I guess you can say I would LOVE to improve my glutes...make them 25 again! lol!
Q: Did your prep go as smoothly as hoped for?
A: My prep always goes smoothly as far as my body responding...I was lean in no time and we had to hold me at a certain weight so I wouldn't come in ripped. We actually "smoothed me out a bit before the show" so striations wouldn't show.
Q: The week before a show like that, are you nervous, or excited or what?
A: As far as was I nervous..yes! New world for me! Injuries causing me pain etc...BUT I sucked it up and did what I had to do.
Q: After a show like that are you mentally drained at all?
A: After any show your mentally drained.
Q: When you are on stage, are you trying to read the judges reactions at all?
A: When onstage I was focusing on what I had to do to keep from passing out! lol! Did not feel well at all. So this time I didn't look at the judges.
Q: Whats the first thing you ate once it was over?
A: I ate a pecan crusted salad after the show and a 1/2 a brownie at TGIF Fridays:)
Q: Any competitors who really impressed you?
A: All the ladies there impressed me!! Loved meeting them all!
Q: How important is support from friends and family for a show like this?
A: Friends and family are VERY important to me when I compete...they give you confidence and they cheer for you which helps SO much! This time around my family doesn't even know I am back on stage...they will when I am done! They live down south and I felt they may-not understand this time around because of all my injuries ect...didn't want to concern them.
Q: When will we see you on stage again?
A: You asked when I get on stage again...soon! IFBB Pro figure at the Hartford CT Europa!! (Note: Vicki has since done this show, and looked incredible)
Q: Anyone you want to thank for helping you in the process?
A: Thanks to my husband who is there for me every step of the way..hes my best friend and always gives me 200% of his support and attention when I compete!!
Q: Anything you want to plug or promote?
A: You can check out my website at www.vickinixon.com and there is video clips there of my DVD documentary " Beyond The Pain" ...its gotten AWESOME reviews!
Q: Vicki, again, congrats you looked incredible and are truly an inspiration. Any last words before you go?
A: Thank you Jason again for your interest in me and my journey back to the stage!!