Toni West started lifting after a college soccer injury that kept her off the field. Her strength grew in leaps which led into serious weight training. She did a competitive bodybuilding show in 2001 and decided to start a family in 2004. Becoming a mom pulled her life in 100 different directions but decided to get back into competitive bodybuilding as motivation to lose the baby weight. She has done a show every year to keep that motivation up, and at the same time, modeling a healthy lifestyle for her daughter.