Stay Fit Buzz Interview with Krista Manastyrski
Learn how Krista built some of the best looking legs in fitness, how she uses what she’s been blessed with ‘naturally’ to her advantage and her approach to overcoming the challenges we all face on this fitness journey.
Stay-Fit Buzz: First of all, welcome to Stayfitbuzz.com. Now, one of the main reasons we invited you here is because of what you have achieved with your physique. Where did it all begin with you?
Krista Manastyrski: Thank you for having me be apart of Stayfitbuzz.com! Well, when I was younger my parents enrolled me into as many sports as I chose. From soccer to swimming, figure skating to snowboarding, kickboxing to dance, gymnastics to volleyball, I loved it all! The list goes on and on. It hit me in first year university that I wasn’t able to become a professional in any of the sports but I wanted to continue training and keeping fit. The thought of being a fitness competitor had never crossed my mind until then. I realized I could still balance and manage my time accordingly with class, work and training from a sport like this! Fitness competitions are perfect for me! November 1st 2009, I made the decision to do my first show and from that day forward, I’ve not only completed my goal of competing and competing on an international stage, but I have created and still to this day, maintain a healthy, active live style.
Stay-Fit Buzz: One of your best features, that we think, are your legs. The lower half of your body reminds us of that of WBFF champion Miryah Jade Scott. Would you say that the muscle and definition you have achieved in your legs is genetic, or simply a case of ‘I just worked my a** off’?
Krista Manastyrski: I’ve been blessed with the shape of my legs and glutes, regardless of training or not. However, once I learned how to lift appropriately to emphasize what I have, I now focus on gaining the mass and the definition of them. It’s never been a case of how do I get a butt and shapely legs, haha. It’s been a case of how can I take what I have been born with and create a better masterpiece out of it!
Krista Manastyrski: I focus on keeping a fitness model look where my physique is fit and feminine. It’s never been a challenge to stay this way either. I lift weights like the guys and that’s one thing I would recommend to any woman never to be afraid of. One of the biggest misconceptions is that females believe if they weight train they will only add mass and bulk, when in fact weight training will essentially promote that desired ‘toned’ look. Having lean muscle mass can add to the feminine curves and also requires a greater energy upkeep, which results in an increase in metabolism and even fat loss! I recommend weight training to anybody who wants to maintain a healthy body composition.
Stay-Fit Buzz: Nutrition is the backbone to most who live the fitness lifestyle. How do you manage your diet so that it doesn’t take over your life?
Krista Manastyrski: I chose not to call it a “diet”. To me the way I eat is a lifestyle therefore it doesn’t take over my life. I carry my meals with me so I can eat every 2-3 hours to keep my metabolism high. In fact, prepping my meals for the busy week not only helps me maintain my look but it saves me money and time!
Stay-Fit Buzz: We too agree with the ‘no diet’ approach. Which is why we created the Lifestyle Diet.
Stay-Fit Buzz: Let’s cheat for a moment. We are allowed to do that sometimes. What are your favorite non-healthy foods to snack on?
Krista Manastyrski: If I had to list all my favorite non-healthy foods I could go on forever but I absolutely LOVE chocolate!! It’s definitely my go to cheat food. Other food that I enjoy eating that’s off of my meal plan is sushi/sashimi, Vietnamese food, and a tender, juicy steak!
Stay-Fit Buzz: We think you have the perfect balance of muscles and curves. However, some people perceive athletic women to be too hard, compared to say glamor or even playboy models. Has anyone ever shown negativity towards you about your physique?
Krista Manastyrski: Well, thank you! I’ve had only two people show negativity towards my physique but with all the support and positivity I surround myself with, I can easily look past those insignificant comments. I chose to look the way I look because it makes me feel good, feel healthy and I’m happier than I have ever been. I work hard for what I’ve got and as long as I’m enjoying what I do, and live what I love, I will continue to inspire as many people as I can.
Stay-Fit Buzz: Stayfitbuzz.com has always encouraged fitness fun. Because fitness as a whole can be overwhelming and can take over your life if you let it. So we always talk about subjects related to fitness from a lifestyle perspective. But how do you keep things ‘fun’. After all, they do say that girls just want to have fun ?
Krista Manastyrski: I keep it fun by mixing up my workouts, inside and outside. Running stairs outside with some friends, hiking a mountain in the summer, outdoor boot camps and any outdoor sports are just a few to name outside that I love to do! As for the inside workouts I continually strive to find a way to make myself sore the next day. That way I know I’m doing something right I do find indoor cardio harder to keep ‘fun’; however I enjoy going on the track and doing circuit type training so I’m not stuck on a machine. Also, having a workout buddy or two can definitely add some more fun to a boring workout too! It’s great to have feedback and someone to motivate and push you further past your limit. Not to mention sometimes workout buddy’s have new innovative ideas to keep a workout fun and exciting!
Lastly, another way I like to keep it fun is to buy new workout outfit when I feel I need a little change to keep things new, haha. As odd as it sounds, it’s true! I do NOT like shopping, but when it comes to a new outfit, I like to revamp everything so I can feel new again. It’s a psychological thing, but hey.. it works for me when I need that little bit of change!
Stay-Fit Buzz: What advice would you give to those who are just starting out in fitness. Those who simply want to achieve what you have with your physique?
Krista Manastyrski: Do your research. Whether it’s for a trainer, diet, workout program, workout equipment, exercises, anything to do with fitness, do your homework. There is a lot of phony marketing out there that will use and abuse people’s lack of knowledge. I don’t like when I see people suckered into buying ridiculous fitness stuff and spending money that could have been put to better use, like simply buying healthy food. Also, if you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment or do a specific exercise, do NOT hesitate to ask someone. Not only will you see better results by learning the proper way of doing something, but also reduce the chance of an injury!
One major piece of advice I’d give to people trying to reach a personal goal is that it’s just as mental as it is physical. Physical is only part of it; to overcome obstacles placed in front of us is what will help you grow and become stronger mentally. To eat clean, lift on a regular basis and create this as a lifestyle like I have was because I made the choice to. I knew in my head what I wanted to achieve and I put my mind to it! It’s unbelievable how much power the mind has over the body. It has taken my training to a whole new level. Not only am I enjoying the process of continually transforming my body to be leaner, stronger, and faster, but it’s emphasized what makes me happy in life and I think that’s a huge aspect of what most look past when trying to reach fitness goals. We are so hard on ourselves and get so caught up in wanting the end result right away that we over look the journey, the process of getting there. Enjoy it. Try and find a way to make fitness fun! No one wants to do something we hate.. therefore change your outlook on it and turn it into something you love. It will show in not only your physique, but shine through into your confidence and self esteem!
Krista Manastyrski: “Live What You Love.”
Photo credits: XTreme Photography, Photografix.com
About Krista Manastyrski
Krista is a fitness ‘lover’ turned fitness competitor who is rising up the ranks on ‘her own terms’ while enjoying the fitness journey.
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