A:I have lived in Colorado my entire life, minus a rebellious year when I moved to Florida! I live in a suburb of Denver that is near the town of Boulder. Colorado is very beautiful, but I really really dislike the cold. It would be awesome to move somewhere warm someday!!!
Q:Tell me something about yourself that would shock me...
A:It might shock you to know that I am going to have a birthday in a couple of weeks and I will be turning 46!!! I have been training for over 28 years and actually started my competitive career in bodybuilding, I competed in bodybuilding over 20 years ago, (yikes!). Back when Rachel McLish and Cory Everson were competing, I loved their look. It is nice to have the figure division so the lean but muscular look is back and hotter than ever!!
Q:Do you remember your first time in the gym?
A:I remember my first time in the gym, (sort of, it was a LONG time ago). I remember falling in love with weight lifting. I was very tall and skinny so I put on muscle very quickly. I was addicted from the very start. We had to use the gym during track season in high school and then, when I went to college, I used the school's weight room. Of course the natural progression was to work in a gym, so I taught aerobics and circuit training at Bally's Total Fitness. That is where I met other female bodybuilders and learned more about competing. I competed as a bodybuilder for several years, until the bodybuilding "look" got much more muscular, that is when I stopped competing, but I never quit training.
Q:What motivates you when you're banging out reps?
A:Music is a huge motivator for me. I put on my headphone and I turn up the volume. I have certain songs that I must listen to during different work outs. I have terrible workouts if I forget my iPod so I have back up music on my phone and I always have spare batteries for my headphones!! I also am motivated by the fact that I am training to be on a stage in a tiny suit in front of a lot of people. I envision the body part that I am currently working on and I picture it as I would like it to look like, especially parts like glutes and legs. I am very motivated by the fact that I am 46 (almost) and competing against women half my age, I want to be my very best at each show.
Q:What music are you currently playing?
A:I am listening to "F*#cking Perfect" by Pink, "Can't Be Touched" by Roy Jones JR, "Sweeter" by Gavin DeGraw, and "Some Nights" by Fun are tops on my iPod right now. I have a huge variety of music so it is always different, but these are the great leg day songs!!
Q:Becoming an IFBB pro, hardest thing you ever accomplished?
A:I think that becoming an IFBB Pro was the hardest thing that I have ever accomplished. The classes are always getting bigger and when there are only a few cards handed out it just gets tougher and tougher. The competitors are getting better and better too. It can be very discouraging when you don't place well at a show, it makes you want to give up. I had a bad start to my year but it really just motivated me even more, I got it in my head that I was going to continue to compete until I got it, one show after the other. Fourth show in to the year and I accomplished my goal. Of course once I got it, I had to keep going!!!! 7 total shows this year! I wouldn't have changed anything about how my journey went, I think it has made me a stronger person mentally and physically.
Q:What advice would you give to someone looking to go pro?
A:Advice that I would give to a competitor looking to go pro would be to stay focused, listen to your trainer and don't give up. If you really want it bad enough then keep at it and make sure you give it 100%. It may take a few years to accomplish but when you finally do, it is such a sweet reward!! Keep in mind that most people do not turn pro right away, there will be plenty of blood, sweat, and tears along the way.
Q:What fitness trends do you see in the industry?
A:The trends that I see in this industry is that physique is getting a little more muscular than it was at the beginning of the year and figure is getting a bit more muscular too. This year started off with figure going a little softer and less muscular than in the past to make room for physique. By the middle of the season physique winners seemed to be getting slightly bigger and figure girls getting slightly bigger too. I am happy with this trend as I tend to carry a bit more muscle and I also tend to be a bit hard too. I think the local and national shows will continue to grow and be more competitive as more and more women are getting involved in this sport.
Q:If not preparing for the stage,what are you doing?
A:When I am not getting ready to compete, (and even when I am competing), I homeschool my almost 13 year old daughter. She is a high level gymnast who is in the gym 6 hours a day training. I drop her off at the gym, then I go to the gym, I come back and we home school. I get home late in the day to take care of my domestic duties and get food prepared for several days. My lifestyle does not really change between competition time and non competition, I still train and eat clean, just a few more "cheat meals" thrown in!! I like to stay within a few pounds of my competition weight, that way I don't have to do crazy cardio or drop carbs when I am getting ready for a show! Makes life much nicer, for everyone!! ;)
Q:Can you give us your Twitter,Facebook,Instagram,Pinterest,blog and/or website handles?
A:My twitter handle is @1buffmom
on Facebook I have a fan page Krista Dunn IFBB Pro
Instagram is @1buffmom
Pinterest is Krista Dunn
My website www.kristadunn.com
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven LLC