Marika Bykova, Russia

2013 Regional Finalist

Bykova.jpgEven as a child, Marika Bykova had always been active in sports, dancing and fitness. Understanding that life without physical activity would be impossible for her, Bykova joined a fitness club in her native Russia. It didn't take long for her to realize that the fitness industry was exactly where she wanted to be; not only to keep herself healthy but also to help others do the same.

Bykova trained to become a group fitness instructor and eventually began conducting both group and individual workouts. After graduating from college, Bykova came to the New York study personal training and became a certified trainer. She has presented short sports segments for her local television station, demonstrating exercises to help people stay fit throughout the day. Today, Bykova is pursuing a dream to open her own personal training studio.