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Bikini | 2011 Oregon Ironman & 2011 Seven Feathers Overall Champion

With only a few shows under her belt, she has already racked up some major class wins and overall titles in the Bikini division. Trista came ontot the scene with the help of Team NNPT coaches Brody Nivens and 2010 Seven Feathers Bikini Overall Champion Amber Orton. Both Brody and Amber saw a ton of potential in Trista and really pushed her hard to compete and not only compete, but win! Trista will be heading on to the National level and could very well be the next IFBB Bikini Pro in Oregon!

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
In the fall of 2010 my trainer, Brody Nivens, owner of Nivens Northwest Personal Training, asked me to join his team, NNPT and compete in an upcoming show in the bikini division. It wasn’t the first time he had proposed the idea to me. Anytime he would bring it up I would think, “Wow, he really wants me to do this!” I went back and forth trying to decide if I should commit to the journey that lay ahead of me. I knew I loved to workout and figured even if I didn’t do well as far as placing in the competition; at least I would be in the best shape of my life! That alone was enough to motivate me and go for it. I competed in my first show in Lincoln City in May 2011 at the Oregon Ironman. I placed 1st in my class and won Overall in Bikini.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
I have fallen in love with this sport, and I am determined to turn pro. Not only has competing given me something I have grown so passionate about, but it also has brightened other aspects of my life. I truly believe this is where I belong and what I was meant to do. When I am not prepping for a show, I am dreaming of when my next journey will take place. I enjoy waking up everyday with a goal. Having months and months of hard work, dedication, and discipline pay off is so rewarding and I want to live out my potential to its fullest ability.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
Training during prep usually consists of 4-5 days a week of lifting, typically two muscle groups per workout. Kettlebell metabolic conditioning classes, plyometrics, and HITT program for conditioning are all components of my training plan. Always mixing it up with TRX suspension training, and power ropes as well.
Off-season, I am at the gym about 5 or 6 days a week still training just not as intense, along with the occasional kettle bell class as well. I usually hit a cardio session (indoor or outdoors) at least once a day, it is definitely my “feel good” medicine. If I go a day without exercise, I just don’t feel right.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My absolute favorite prep foods are steel cut oats and sweet potatoes! I could eat sweet potatoes everyday, I never feel like they are a part of a “diet” since they are so yummy! My favorite cheat meal would be Adams peanut butter (more than I’d like to admit), cereal, and frozen yogurt! Ok, now I’m hungry!

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?
Definitely my trainer Brody, looking back I understand why he encouraged me to compete. He saw my potential and knew I was cut out for this sport. I am amazed by his knowledge in training and nutrition. I have trusted him every step of the way and we have only just begun J Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Amber Orton has also been a substantial influence on where I am now. I have admired her from the first time I saw her success in competing. She has been there for me as a friend/coach/and mentor.

Friends and family who have been positive and supportive through the rough spots of competition prep have also made a world of difference for me. My 5-year-old son Maddox has also been a driving force for me. I love when he asks me to bring home a prize (trophy) for him and I say, “Ok, mommy will do her best“J

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Lori Harder is a huge inspiration to me. I think she is absolutely amazing. Her physique, her passion for a healthy lifestyle, and her determination are what make her great. She envisions her accomplishments and makes them a reality. That is exactly what I have trained myself to do. I think it is important to have people who inspire you to better yourself.
I love encouraging others around me to set health and fitness goals. I hope to one day become a figure who inspires others to make changes in their lives as well; to live a healthier life, a happier life.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
Next year I will be in pursuit of my pro card hitting Jr. Nationals in Chicago this June. Emerald Cup and the Bill Pearl Classic will also be shows I plan to compete in this spring.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
Oh boy, I have several moments I will never forget. The one that stands out would be my Overall win at Seven Feathers this past October. That prep had been especially difficult and testing at times with many obstacles that were put in my way. I refused to give up, and when I won, not only was it an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, but my own team mate and previous Overall winner, Amber Orton, presented my trophy; my emotions let loose!

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
You can find me on Facebook,, and Team NNPT

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

I would like to thank everyone who has continued to follow me through my journey over this past year. Anyone who may be considering or contemplating their own beginnings in the sport of bodybuilding, figure, or bikini, I encourage you to make that choice and embark on all the wonderful experiences this sport as to offer. We all start somewhere; it is truly life changing.




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