Interview With Kristi King
Q:: When did you decide that Bodybuilding was the right career for you?
A:: I wouldn’t say bodybuilding per say, it’s more fitness that I love. I decided it was the perfect career for me about a year ago while I was working at a fitness club and I figured out I could combine all my passions; modeling, fitness, teaching.
Q:: What is the hardest part about preparing for a competition?
A:: The hardest part about preparing for a competition is definitely the strict diet. I have such a sweet tooth and love my carbs, especially pasta.
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Q:: Do you have any other jobs?
A:: Yes, I am a lawyers assistant at Robert Payne Law Office, I work at Xanadu Health Club part time, and model/act whenever I have the opportunity. However, social media is a part time job in and of itself.
Q:: What goals have you set for yourself personally and your career for 2011?
A:: First and foremost, I think it is important to enjoy each and every day to the fullest. My personal goals are to enrol in cooking classes, travel to at least two different places where I have never been, learn about a new culture, and to go skydiving.
My career goals for 2011 are to compete in as many shows as my body can handle, meet some of my inspirations in the fitness industry, and to design a program for young girls focusing on healthy body images, the importance of having goals and believing in their dreams. I want to inspire people to live a healthy, active, balanced lifestyle.
Q:: It’s hard to stay on track with diet. What kind of challenges have you had to overcome and what are your secrets to overcoming them?
A:: During the first month of training for my first fitness show I had HUGE cravings all the time since my diet was horrible. I never really watched what I ate so cutting back and giving up the sweets, pizza, and pasta was hard. People use to call me the “Carb Queen”. However, when I did, I felt so much better and had more energy than ever.
What worked for me was slowly cutting sweets/bad carbs out of my diet. For example, instead of having chocolate or some kind of sweets after every meal, I choose one meal a day. Also, I allowed myself one cheat meal a week where I could have anything I wanted.
I never believed the people who told me the first month is the hardest, until I got through it. I believe if you can just get through your first month you’ll be fine. As time goes on, it does get easier J
Another challenge with my diet was making sure I was eating every two-three hours. Since I am so busy with all of my different jobs I am always on the run making it hard to stop and eat. Usually, I would just grab anything on the run. Now, I find one of the most important things in my training is the preparation of my meals. I prepare all of my meals/snacks on Sundays. It’s funny because three selves in my fridge are packed with Tupperware containers. Everything is labeled and ready to go. I prepare meals/snacks that are easy to travel with and do not need to be heated as I never know what the day will bring. Preparation is everything!
Q:: Do you keep track of what you eat and drink daily?
A:: Definitely! I think if you want to see results you need to know exactly what you put in your body. I also record all my workouts and how I feel every day. The more information you have to work with the better results you will see.
Q:: Where does your motivation come from?
A:: I have always had a passion for sports and modeling and when you combine the two you get fitness modeling. I have been blessed with very supportive family and friends. They are why I am where I am today. I don’t ever take them for granted. I appreciate all they are to me.
Q:: Were you athletic as a child? Play any sports?
A:: Absolutely! I played almost every sport when I was younger. I excelled in track & field, and soccer. I still hold recorders in track and field, not even the boys can beat lol!
Q:: When did you fall in love with the gym?
A:: After I returned home from teaching grade four in the Bahamas, one year after university. I always loved training for sports, but not necessarily the gym and during university I never had the time.
Q:: How many competitions have you competed in?
A:: Two in the last six months and I am currently preparing for my next show in March 2011.
Q:: What did you learn from doing you first competition to the last one you‘ve done?
A:: Where do I even begin? I have learned so much. Learning how to pose and what the organization expects is crucial. I don’t think you can ever practice posing enough. I would certainly recommend talking to as many people in the business as you can. At first I was scared to ask some of the professionals questions but that’s how you learn. Everyone who I have talked to has been amazing and very helpful. The fitness industry has so many positive and uplifting people who love to help others.
Q:: What supplements do you use to keep fit and energized?
A:: I don’t take a lot of supplements as I am still learning but I love my whey cookies and cream protein powder, glutamine, and daily vitamins. I feel more energized than ever by eating healthy and living a balanced lifestyle.
Q:: Most people don’t know but you teach! You’ve taught in places such as Mexico and the Bahamas. Must have been a wonderful learning experience. What did you bring home from that experience?
A:: I’ve learned that no matter what race, I love teaching and inspiring young children to Dream. Believe. Succeed. I learn just as much from them!
Q:: What type of modeling do you like best? Fitness, bikini, or fashion?
A:: Hands down FITNESS, it’s who I am. I get to work out without worrying about gaining too much muscle. I believe “Strong, is the New Skinny”. I think being toned and defined is sexy!
Q:: What’s the body part you’re most proud of?
A:: My arms
Q:: Does a guy have to be all buff for you to be interested in him? Will a beer gut work?
A:: He definitely doesn’t have to be buff. However, living a healthy, active lifestyle would win him brownie points!