Nikki Fuller is an American professional female bodybuilder and actress. At her largest, Nikki weighed 200 lb (91 kg) and her biceps measured 18 in (457 mm). Some of her best lifts include 275 lb (125 kg) for 10 reps on bench press, 135 lb (61 kg) for multiple reps on dumbbell curls, and 1,200 lb (544 kg) for multiple reps on leg press.
She was born on January 23, 1968 in Dayton, Ohio and moved with her family to Gresham, Oregon when she was 10. She was raised in the Pacific Northwest, and became interested in sports while attending Gresham High School. Nikki competed in Track and Field and, by the time she graduated in 1986, she was also the Water Polo State Champion. Playing sports, Nikki realized that she was exceptionally strong and after high school decided to focus on bodybuilding.
Working out at a local gym, Nikki began training and quickly transformed herself, adding 20 lb (9 kg) to her 123 lb (56 kg) frame. The first contest she entered was the 1988 Novice Oregon and won first place. After her Novice Oregon win, Nikki set her sights on bigger contests and took third place in the 1988 Emerald Cup, a contest she would come back to win the following year. Nikki turned pro after winning the heavyweight and overall titles at the 1990 National Physique Committee Nationals.
In 1988 and 1989, Nikki won 1st place in the Henry Weinhard’s Handcar Races in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Portland OR, as well as Labatt’s in British Columbia. She was subsequently sponsored by Henry Weinhard’s.
Her professional career included a first place finish at the 1992 Jan Tana Classic and top ten finishes at the Ms. Olympia and Ms. International contests.
In 1993, Nikki was featured on the cover of The Women, a photography book of top female bodybuilders compiled by Bill Dobbins. The Women has sold more than 45,000 copies, making it the most successful book of its kind ever made and transforming Nikki Fuller into a celebrity beyond the world of bodybuilding.
In 1999, Nikki shifted her attention away from bodybuilding for the first time in eleven years and set her sights on Hollywood. She relocated to Los Angeles and subsequently landed roles on many popular television shows including Ally McBeal, Arli$$, Just Shoot Me!, and Nikki with Nikki Cox as well as the movies Body of Evidence with Madonna, Chrome Soldiers with Gary Busey, and Brainsmasher with Andrew Dice Clay. She was also seen in one of the popular Right Guard Extreme commercials with Dave Chappelle. Most notably, Nikki was featured on the television show Woman Of Wrestling (WOW) as Athena; after her contract with WOW ended, she continued wrestling professionally under her own name. From 2001-2004 she was with Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW), a company that represents the WWE as a west coast talent house.
Nikki enjoyed a short time out of the spotlight, doing commercial voiceover work, but returned to competitive bodybuilding in 2008.
* 1988 Novice Oregon – 1st
* 1988 Emerald Cup – 3rd
* 1989 Emerald Cup – 1st
* 1989 Bill Pearl Classic – 1st
* 1989 Pacific Coast – 1st
* 1989 Emerald Cup – 1st
* 1989 Orange County Classic – 2nd
* 1990 NPC USA Championship – 2nd (HW)
* 1990 IFBB North American – 2nd (HW)
* 1990 IFBB World Amateurs – 3rd (HW)
* 1990 NPC Nationals – 1st (HW & Overall)
* 1991 Jan Tana Classic – 8th
* 1991 Ms. International – 7th
* 1992 Jan Tana Classic – 1st
* 1992 Ms. Olympia – 9th
* 1993 Ms. Olympia – 14th
* 1995 Ms. International – 6th
* 1996 Jan Tana Classic – 7th
* 1997 Ms. International – 10th