We interviewed Krystia Petrossie, physique competitor, in September 2016.
Let’s start with stats.
- Age 30
- Height 5-1
- Competition weight 125 lbs
- Off-season weight 135-140 lbs.
Show off your muscles in public or cover them up?
I like showing off my muscles cause I work so hard for it. However, sometimes it can be a bit mental when I get a lot of stares when walking through public places, but I take it as a compliment for all my hard work and dedication.
How did you get started lifting weights and training?
I started lifting weights as a pastime and just missed the feeling of being competitive and reaching a goal. That’s when I decided to hire a coach and compete in my first figure competition. After competing in figure, I realized my heart was into physique. The routines really caught my eye.
What inspired you to start competing?
I actually had a few friends who competed for years and they inspired me to compete. I loved the look of lean muscle. Nutrition is really where I needed to focus to change my body composition.
Do you like to lift heavy and what are some of your best lifts?
“I love lifting heavy weights especially in a gym where I can lift heavier than most people in the gym (especially some of the guys haha). It makes me feel so empowered as a woman. Some of my best lifts are bench press, leg press and squats.”
How old were you when you did your first show?
I was 26, so I’m fairly new to the sport.
What’s your athletic background?
At age 10 I was a highland dancer world champion. Then I gave up dancing to play basketball and soccer in high school at a division 1 level. I became athlete of the year two years consecutively and ranked top three in Nova Scotia for shot put in track and field.
I continued my athletic career in university soccer for three years, then decided to move to Alberta after receiving my degree in kinesiology. That’s when I started my personal training and nutrition company with my partner Laura Borchuk. Now we’re coaching clients in competitions as well. We just recently had a client turn pro this weekend at the WBFF Worlds Toronto show.
What are your goals as a competitor?
To look better each time I step on stage. Ultimately I want people in and out of the industry to look up to me as a great role model. I want to ensure anyone, whether it be weight loss or competing, that they can achieve anything they put their mind to as long as they’re living a healthy lifestyle.
What do you think is the strongest part of your physique?
“My legs. After 10 years of highland dancing and soccer training, I would say my legs are definitely my strongest attribute.”
If you could change one thing about your physique, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing. I love how I look and feel. I think it’s important as a competitor that you’re training to achieve the look you want, not trying to achieve the look someone else wants. Stay true to yourself.
With the growth of physique, do you think women’s bodybuilding will survive and does it have a future?
I truly believe female bodybuilding will start to decrease more and more as women’s physique continues to grow.
Favorite female competitor and why?
Juliana Malacarne. She has an amazing overall physique – very symmetrical and feminine. From the time she hits the stage, she is just amazing to watch.
What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Five guys and fries 🙂 and then a small cotton candy ice cream for dessert.
What is your profession?
I am the owner of Kustom Lifestyle and Fitness, a personal training and lifestyle coaching company. We provide exercise and nutritional programs to our clients within Canada.
What’s one thing about you that people would be surprised to know?
“I have a big heart and old soul for everyone around me. I always put everyone else before myself. I love helping people.”
What three words best describe you?
Passionate, competitive and energetic.
If you could be on just one magazine cover, what’s your choice and why?
Women’s Health and Fitness because I feel like I could be an incredible role model to the fitness industry. Not only do I display the bodybuilding look of lean muscle, but I also help people on a regular basis achieve their fitness goals.
Krystia Petrossie – physique competitor
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