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Oregon is producing a large amount of Women's Physique Pros and one of which was a sure thing since her first WPD show.. Rikki Smead! Rikki started out in both Bikini and Figure and did very well, but as time went on and the new divisions were created, it was obvious that the Women's Physique Division was Rikki's calling. As soon as she decided to make the switch, it all started! Winning her class at the 2013 Emerald Cup and then also winning her class and Overall at the 2013 Oregon Ironman, it was time to take it to the USA Championships. Rikki competed in her first national level show, and wouldn't you know it.. Rikki walked away with a 1st place and IFBB Pro Card!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I have always been athletic and very much into competitive volleyball and softball, it was pretty much my life! After college I began weight training quite a bit as a way to challenge myself and still do something that allowed me to set goals and accomplish them.  It wasn't until I worked at 24 hour fitness and met Brandon Lyons in 2011 that I thought about competing.  He kept telling me how I'd be perfect for the sport so I ended up training for my first show; The Oregon State Championships, where I competed in BIKINI (seems crazy that just two years ago I was a bikini girl) and figure.  The second I stepped off stage after prejudging I could not wait to get back out there!  I ended up winning both my classes and have been hooked ever since!!! 

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I'm incredibly passionate about health and fitness and this is the perfect way for me to do what I love and be competitive while inspiring others around me.  Bodybuilding is such an amazing sport, it has instilled discipline, structure,  determination and drive to be the best I can be, not only in bodybuilding but in all aspects of my life.  I started as a bikini competitor, went on to figure, and finally found my niche in women's physique; where in just 2 years of competing and the same year as my women's physique debut, I won my pro card!!!  The fact that you can ALWAYS improve your physique and get better in some way; both mentally and physically, keeps me going.  I will not give up, and this is just the beginning for me.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My off season and contest prep training doesn't usually change too much, just slightly depending on my goals. I always lift as heavy as I can, during contest prep; rest periods are minimal, lots of drop sets are added in, and I incorporate HIIT, mostly sprints, hill sprints, etc.  I do minimal cardio in the off season, maybe 30 minutes a few times a week, while doing anywhere from 45 - 90 minutes during prep depending on my current conditioning. This off season I will focus on adding size and more sweep to my quads as well as bringing up my arms.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
Ohhhh how I love FOOD! My favorite diet foods are sweet potatoes, salmon and oats .  My favorite cheats meals could go on and on and on, but sweet potato fries, burgers, pop tarts and cake are usually my go to picks! 

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?
My biggest supporter is my coach and boyfriend; Brandon Lyons, if it weren't for him I may have never competed in this wonderful sport. I trust in everything he tells me to do, I have complete faith in his methods and that he will have me dialed every time I step on stage; that alone has attributed greatly to my success in the sport and I cannot thank him enough.  Kristi Tauti has supported me greatly, she taught me what it takes to train, eat, live and think like a PRO.  She's one of the most positive, motivating, classy, kind hearted individuals I've ever met! Andre "Bam Bam" Scott has been my posing coach since my very first show and I wouldn't work with anyone else.  Presentation and posing is a huge part of competing and together we nail it every time.  Thanks Bam!  I'd also like the thank Twan for his continual support and putting my through some killer leg workouts and helping me bring up my legs this year! My family and friends have also been a huge part of my success and I could not do without their love and support.

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
All the amazing people listed above inspire me to strive for more.  They are all so self less and would do anything for me, which makes me want to work harder, improve and make them proud.  

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
Next up is my pro debut; Jon Lindsay's IFBB Pro Grand Prix in April of 2014.  I hope to qualify for the Olympia in the near future, that would be a dream come true!!! 

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory by FAR would be winning my PRO card at one of the most prestigious shows, The USA Championships in Vegas this past July.  Running off stage BEAMING and in shock, laughing, crying, smiling, jumping up and down with joy and celebrating with my friends Ally Baker and Katrinka Chapek who had just won their pro cards as well.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
Follow me on my journey!  Visit my facebook page, Rikki Smead IFBB Pro and Instagram, fearless0424

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

Follow your dreams no matter what it takes! If you have faith, consistency, drive, focus and a good support system you can accomplish anything.




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