Nikki Fuller posing in the gym
January 23, 1968 |
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Nikki Fuller (born January 23, 1968) is an American professional female bodybuilder. At her largest, Fuller 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 and 1,200 lb (544 kg) for multiple reps on leg press.
Fuller was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved with her family to Gresham, Oregon when she was 10 years old. She became interested in sports while attending Gresham High School. Fuller competed in track and field and, by the time she graduated in 1986, she was the Water Polo State Champion.
Playing sports, Fuller realized that she was exceptionally strong and, after high school, decided to focus on bodybuilding. Working out at a local gym, Fuller 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, Fuller 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. Fuller turned pro after winning the heavyweight and overall titles at the 1990 National Physique Committee Nationals.
In 1988 and 1989, Fuller won 1st place in the Henry Weinhard's Handcar Races in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, 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, Fuller was featured on the cover of The Women, a photography book of top female bodybuilders compiled by Bill Dobbins.
- 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
In 1999, Fuller 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 television shows including Ally McBeal, Arli$$, Just Shoot Me!, and Nikki. She was also seen in a Right Guard Extreme commercial with Dave Chappelle.
Fuller was featured on the television show Women 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 World Wrestling Entertainment as a west coast talent house.