Nikki Walter graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 2002 with a degree in Fitness Management. After which time, she moved to Minneapolis, MN to complete an internship with Medtronic Wellness Centers, in Fridley, MN. Afterwards, she moved back to South Dakota to get married and begin her new career for the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nikki’s life hasn’t been short on hardships: Her father died when she was a teenager and she lost her 35-year-old husband to leukemia. In March of 2011, her husband became suddenly ill and was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) at the age of 34. He lost his battle nine months later after complications from a bone marrow transplant. Their daughter, Addison, was 5 years old.
After such a major life change, she decided to follow her heart. With the help and love of her family and dear friends, Nikki and Addison adjusted to a new life. She took a leap of faith and left her Chamber of Commerce career, after a decade in which she earned her IOM Certification from the U.S. Chamber Institute of Management in 2010. In 2012 she was name one of the Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals for Prairie Business Magazine; and assisted in earning Aberdeen South Dakota, the title Top 100 Communities for Young People. Even though accomplished, she decided to pursue the unknown and work as a marketing and sales representative for KSFY-TV. This allowed her to work from home.
But every challenge Nikki faced only made her want to be stronger. She decided to pursue her bucket list items. She wanted to compete in a fitness competition and pursued that goal. Since then, Nikki has become a five-time NPC first-place finisher, and competed at the Mr. Olympia in the Flex Bikini Model Search.
She was selected as one of the Top 10 finalists in the U.S. for Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel in 2014, earning her a photoshoot with Ironman Magazine and a spot on the International TEAM Bodybuilding.com. She has appeared at The Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia as a spokesmodel for Bodybuilding.com. In 2015, Nikki was featured on the site as Bodyspace Member of the Month. She has also been featured in the April 2015 issue of TRAIN for Her magazine, publishing her Carb Cycle Diet; and May 2015 published on Natural Muscle Magazine Online for her blog “Mommy Moves- Getting Fit Without the Guilt”
As a fitness model, Nikki travels the country, along with Addison, to help change lives through speaking engagements, workshops, their website efforts, and their company, Clean Eating Parties, LLC.
Addison is very involved with her own mission: To fight childhood obesity. She does this with the concept of educating others with her “Kids Kitchen with Addie” clips on Instagram and YouTube. She is sponsored by Fitbook Jr. and Shields of Strength.
Offering up a positive attitude, Nikki and Addison encourage others worldwide to become their best selves by pursuing their own passions. “Live your life, and do what is best for those you love. Do what makes you a better person physically, mentally, and spiritually, so you can be strong for your loved ones, and always give back and help others when the opportunity comes.”