Being The Best – IFBB Pro Athelete Krista Dunn

Hello Ladies & Gents, today our guest is one Iron Lady – the one and only IFBB Figure Pro Krista Dunn

Being The Best – IFBB Pro Athelete Krista Dunn

Hello Mrs. Dunn, can you please tell us how everything started?

I have actually been in the gym since high school. I competed in bodybuilding back in the 90’s and then “retired” lol. In 2009 someone in my gym suggested I try “figure.” I honestly did not know anything about the division, so I did some research and was curious to see if I would have the discipline to diet for a show again. Turns out I did! It was a small spark that turned into an inferno!! 🙂

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May you describe your workout routine?

Of course it all depends on whether I am getting ready for a show or off season, since I am off season I will describe what I am doing now. I do fasted cardio every other morning (sprint bike) for just 20 min HIIT. I am currently doing a 2 training split meaning I train twice a day for example: Day 1: a.m. back, biceps, abs and then return in the eve for hamstrings, glutes and calves. Day 2: I will do back, triceps and abs in the a.m. and return in the eve for quads and calves. Day 3: rest    Day 4: same as day 1 only in reverse and Day 5: same as day 2 only in reverse. I need to work on my quad sweep so this series increases leg training by double.

Let’s put the weights down and talk about cardio, what is your favorite?

I pretty much only use the sprint bike now, it helps with my quad development (I wouldn’t say its my favorite, but it’s effective) I would normally not do cardio in the off season but since we are very focused on my quads and the quad sweep, we are leaving it in.

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Favorite recipe, dish, food?

I have started eating buffalo and I really like it. I do different things like make burgers, or spice it like taco meat. Buffalo has such amazing flavor, its a nice change. I also like my steak meals (I’m a red meat fan!) Luckily I do get a couple of beef meals a day on my plan.

We tend to eat fresh food, but of course we need to buy our groceries and keep them in the fridge, what can we find there? ☺

I have a lot of cartons of egg whites, they are so easy to make and I like to eat a couple of egg white meals a day. There is always cooked chicken and beef ready for the entire week. I will pre-cook a bunch of veggies and carbs like quinoa. I also have my stash of fresh ground almond butter; I love that stuff! I like to eat almond butter as my fat along with avocado!

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Aside from Weight lifting, nutrition is essential in this sport, can you reveal your diet plan?

My coach writes my on and off season plan. Currently I am eating higher carbs and a bit lower proteins and lots of veggies since I am trying to add size back after my 7-month prep. I can eat treats (not written into the plan of course) but it is about balance. We deny ourselves for long periods so a treat now and then is much needed!! I never go an entire day off plan, however. The discipline that we have during prep still needs to be present during off season. I prefer to not get too far off of stage ready.

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How do you stay motivate?

I stay motivated by looking at my progress pics from previous shows (helps my brain remember what the process is all about) I look at stage shots to remind myself of what the outcome of the 2 a day workouts and fasted cardio will be. I also follow my fellow IFBB athletes as they compete through the season, it motivates me to see my friends succeed. I also thrive on the feedback that I receive from people at the gym or on my social media accounts. I know that I motivate people and I am looked up to, I don’t want to let anyone down!! I set goals and have aspirations that will not allow me to slow down!

Cheat meal, what is your favorite?

I LOVE a great burger (not fast food) and Mexican food!!!! If I get a cheat meal while on prep it is almost always a burger or fajitas!!

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Name few favorite exercises, what Mrs. Dunn loves to work out in the gym and why?

I love training glutes/hammies I enjoy pushing the sled, glute bridges and we have a machine called the Derrick that is awesome! I think glutes and hamstrings are a big part of what wins shows and as we get older they are tougher to maintain so I love them because I love how my glutes look, due of all of the hard work I have put in, and I visualize myself on stage. I have created a booty that I never had before so I guess it just makes it fun to put in the work to make them even better!

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