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AMBER ORTON
Bikini | Seven Feathers Champion
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Is it in the genes? Amber will probably prove that right as she comes from a family of competitive athletes such as her mother and brother Aaron Orton. Amber graced the stage in the Bikini division and has earner herself not only a win, but also an Overall Victory at the Seven Feathers Championships going up against some great athletes. Aside from her own competitions, Amber can be seen helping a large number of other girls take their physiques to the stage along side her boyfriend Brody and the rest of the Team at NNPT in Salem, Oregon.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
My mom was training for a bodybuilding show when I was about 5 years old. I remember watching her work out when she would bring my brothers and I along to Gold’s gym in Alaska. That same passion for fitness was then taken on with my brother when he got out of the Marine Corps. He started competing in men’s bodybuilding and became a personal trainer. It wasn't until my brother, Aaron Orton, asked me to push myself to the next level and train for a show did I really start to understand how much I enjoyed seeing my body change and living a healthy lifestyle. During my training, I also met my boyfriend and now current trainer, Brody Nivens. After realizing his knowledge of the fitness industry and nutrition, I began to pick his brain and became more interested in this new found lifestyle.  Soon after, I competed in my first show in bikini at the Seven Feathers NPC Championships in Canyonville, Oregon in 2010. I ended up winning first in my class and first overall in the bikini division.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I am inspired by the healthy lifestyle the competitor leads. When I am not in prep for a show, I feel like I have no focus. Competing gives me drive and a goal to work towards. I think the biggest motivator is really seeing how far I can push myself, and seeing my own physique transform from competition to competition. I love motivating other people and I feel that I have become a role model in a way for those who know me. I like to help others reach their goals by striving for my own, and showing people that anything is possible.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
When I am in prep for a show I mix up my workouts to make sure I hit all areas of the body in as many various ways as possible. I go to cycle class once or twice a week for a high intensity cardio session, kettlebell classes two-three times a week at Skogg Gym in downtown Portland, and also do an average of two personal training sessions a week with Brody Nivens of Nivens Northwest Personal Training in Salem, OR. On my own I do sprint/jog intervals, the elliptical at full incline, and the rolling stair stepper to hit my glutes. Also, our team - Team NNPT, has group conditioning classes a few times a month which are always a blast and I never miss them!

On the off season, I continue with kettlebell classes because they are fun and it helps to have an instructor pushing you on those days when you just can’t seem to push yourself hard enough. I also continue with cycle classes, and lifting to hit my weaknesses.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite dieting meal is always my breakfast of steal-cut oats and eggs. Every morning when I wake up I look forward to my bowl of steal cut oats. It’s the only meal that actually feels like a meal because it fills me up and I know I am eating healthy complex carbs that are going to give me energy all day while I am cutting.
Favorite cheat meal is definitely peanut butter and jelly. Or just straight peanut butter! I was so satisfied with one heaping spoon of peanut butter during prep… it was like heaven. Even better is crunchy peanut butter on top of a apple cinnamon rice cake with banana. MMMM!!!!

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
Number one is my boyfriend, trainer, and owner of Nivens Northwest Personal Training, Brody Nivens. He has been my rock through it all, from the very beginning. Having someone around me with such similar goals and a similar lifestyle has really benefited me. No happy hour or late nights out for us… we enjoy staying in and cooking together. He has been my strength and I have been able to balance all the things I love because of our common interests.

Number two would be my brother and original trainer, Aaron Orton. He is the one who originally inspired me and convinced me to give this lifestyle a try. Without him seeing the potential he did in me, I might have never gotten to where I am now.

All the other people, family, and friends who stay positive around me are just as important as well. I need motivation just as much as they do, and their positive comments and compliments help push me to not want to give up.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
My fitness role models, Lori Harder and Jennifer Nicole Lee keep me motivated and inspired. I love their physiques and determination to succeed in both a healthy lifestyle and the sport.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I recently competed at the 2011 Emerald Cup and took 3rd in my height class. I am now in prep for the 2011 USA’s in hopes of receiving my pro card! I will keep competing and working hard until I accomplish this goal!

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory this far is seeing the look on my boyfriend/trainers, Brody Nivens, face after I won the overall award at Seven Feathers. I could tell how proud he was of me and it made me so happy to see him gloating with pride for me. I will never forget that moment.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
I post a lot on Facebook... regarding my progress, prep, etc. I also have a blog I started and hope to start posting in more regularly again soon, its at http://amberdawnortonfitnesstips.blogspot.com

10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

I want to encourage all those who are interested in or are currently competing in the sport of bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, etc. to keep supporting NPC Oregon in living a healthy, fit, fun lifestyle. I love the difference the sport has made in my life and owe a huge thank you to NPC! Thank you NPC Oregon for offering us all the opportunity to compete in such a healthy, exciting, and goal oriented sport!

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