By Lillian Langtry
Fitness model, sponsored athlete, and Lifestyle Coach Nikki Walter-Nemickas has a strong passion for health and wellness. Nikki is a sponsored athlete, Motivational Speaker, Fitness Model, who travels the country with her daughter Addison, to help change people’s lives through speaking engagements, workshops, their online education efforts, and their company, F…It Companies LLC. (Family, Faith, Fitness, Food, Friends and Fun… All of the F’s rolled into one).
Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, Nikki first started on her journey in healthy living when she discovered her love for running during junior high school. She later became a cheerleader while also attending ballet classes. During this time Nikki learned the importance of strength and conditioning; and knew her goal one day was to compete in and win fitness competitions.
Nikki Walter’s life has not been short on hardships. The first came at the end of Nikki’s junior year in March of 1997 when her father tragically lost his life in a car accident. Nikki decided to pursue a degree at a state college and delay her goal to be in the Airforce to stay close to her two younger sisters and mother.
She later pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business & Health Management at Northern State University. During that time Nikki started teaching group fitness classes, and co-founded The Northern Highlights Dance team, which took time to grow, offering all students including international students an opportunity to dance on the team.
After graduating, Nikki moved to Minneapolis Minnesota to work for Medtronic Wellness Centers, but declined a job offer to get married back in South Dakota. Her second major hardship was the loss of her 35-year- old husband to leukemia, when their daughter Addison was just five years old. With the help and love of her family and dear friends, every challenge she faced only served her to become stronger.
Following the loss of her husband, and after years of working for the Chamber of Commerce, Nikki finally decided to pursue her goals and compete in fitness competitions. Since then, Nikki has become a six -time NPC first-place finisher, and competed at the Mr. Olympia in the Flex Bikini Model Search, has qualified to compete for the NPC Masters Nationals in 2018.
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 and in 2019 modeled new products for GoFit.net.
Nikki’s passion and knowledge has been recognized with her being published and featured in publications including Oxygen Magazine, TRAIN For Her Magazine, FHM Magazine, Natural Muscle Magazine, The Today Show, Talking Live with Dr. Robi Ludwig Times Square, What Women Want with Judy Goss Radio Talk Show. Nikki is also a Health and Wellness columnist who has been featured bodybuilding.com, PopSugar.com, ApartmentTherapy.com, active.com, sheknows.com, bestlife.com, thriveglobal.com, more.com, adaptive.com theinsider.com, and the dailymail.co.uk to name a few.
Description automatically generatedNikki’s daughter Addison is also very much involved in the Health and Wellness lifestyle. Following in the mother’s footsteps, Addison has her own mission: Her passion to inform others to eat healthy and help fight childhood obesity. Addison wants to educate kids as well as parents on living a health lifestyle with her “Kids Kitchen with Addie” clips on Instagram and YouTube.
Now that Addison is in High School, she still works with her mom on passion projects and works with Kids. Besides traveling to speak at events, educate people in healthy living, the mother/daughter duo has started a health movement called #ruralfit. #ruralfit is also an opportunity to raise money for a family or community project in need. To contact them for more information email email@example.com, or visit @_nikkiwalter.
Photo credit: ©Bobby Black
For more information visit Instagram: @_nikkiwalter, @gofit_fitness, or Addison Walter on Instagram: @kidskitchenwithaddie