At 5’8” and 160lbs, it’s had to imagine someone being a “mass monster”, but whenever Kim Chizevsky Nicholls stepped onstage, few people had other descriptive terms for her. As Dorian dominated the men, so too Kim ruled the women. Hyper dominant in her four years as the Olympia champ, Chizevsky Nicholls was the bronzed, huge, hyper-conditioned goddess to the god who was Dorian Yates.
Once an aerobics instructor, Kim Chizevsky Nicholls met her future husband, bodybuilding nutrition guru Chad Nicholls, at the gym. He directed her into bodybuilding, and she made her amateur debut three months after making the switch. Five years later, Chizevsky Nicholls made her pro debut and placed fifth at the Olympia as a rookie. Clearly poised for success, Chizevsky -Nicholls kept her nose to the grindstone, making consistent incremental progress that led to her defeating the two stars of the day- reigning Ms. International and professional chef Laura Creavelle and reigning Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray- in 1996.
Kim Chizevsky Nicholls dominated the field until her retirement in 1999, which was precipitated by new IFBB judging criteria that penalized muscularity in an effort to promote “femininity”. She then turned her eye to fitness and figure, but couldn’t capture the same magic she had during her run as a bodybuilder.
Perhaps her biggest claim to fame was her scene in the Jennifer Lopez psychological thriller The Cell, in which Chizevsky Nicholls is the focal point of a single scene, but as a bodybuilder she is considered to be one of the top three female bodybuilders of all time. Kim Chizevsky Nicholls, the Ms. Olympia contest’s version of Dorian Yates, is currently a member of the IFBB Hall of Fame and is considered to be the most muscular female of all time- her beyond-rock-hard conditioning and insanely dense muscle have never since been replicated onstage.