We absolutely LOVE this woman! Real, stumpy, sumptuous (“Stumptuous”) and down right funny as F*#&! She’s a self proclaimed gym class hideout, thinker, author, brilliant educator, and all around bold adventurer. Read on - all the way to the end ;) to learn more and be inspired!
Get connected with Krista!
What do you do?
Director of Headspace Adjustment at Precision Nutrition - design coaching curriculum for clients and coaches
What else do you do?
Run Stumptuous.com, write books, research, travel, have adventures.
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Strength is the ability to exert force or to withstand stresses and strains, in order to accomplish an objective. So you can be strong in terms of making an external object move, and you can be strong in terms of inner strength that lets you persevere and endure.
How did you discover your passion?
It discovered me. I'm just along for the ride.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
I have a treadmill desk, which I LOVE! Simply moving, even at a very slow speed, helps me think so much better and gives me energy for my whole day. Lots of walking outside in any kind of weather. Workouts obviously. Movement is also how I socialize. I hang out with my friends at boxing classes, judo classes, etc.
Where would be a good starting point for someone who is looking to add more movements into their life like what you do?
Join a class or group session. And then make a point of getting over yourself and saying hi to EVERYONE. The more movement seems joyful, fun, and life-affirming, the more you'll do it. Try a bunch of stuff, even stuff you aren't sure you'll like. Don't worry about looking stupid. Just go and do it, tell everyone you're a beginner, fall on your ass and enjoy.
How do you define 'fitness'?
The power to do.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
100%. Fitness is the power to do, and strength is the ability to exert force or withstand pressure in the service of a goal, and both of those things are known to empower us cognitively. The more we do, and try, and persevere, and explore, the more confident we become. Confidence comes from building skills and taking action, especially in ways or domains where we might NOT feel confident to begin with.
What motivates the crap out of you? (quote, music, people, sport, etc)?
People, environments (like being here in Vancouver, or in a dirty old boxing gym), music.
Where do you see the future of the fitness?
Hopefully, some forward-thinking people will take control of this industry and push it in a progressive direction. Right now it's mostly a collection of small Dumpster fires with a few wise and intelligent voices in the middle.
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
Go and do it. Endure the discomfort, because it's worth it on the other side of the fence. Don't wait for permission and there are no rules. Nobody is coming to save you and nobody will give you permission. If you want something, you have to work for it and take it, and learn to play the game better -- which starts by realizing there are no rules (or that following them gets you nowhere). Don't worry about looking stupid. In fact, stop worrying so fucking much. Nothing is really that big a deal. Don't try to be a badass. It's over-rated and nobody gives a crap. Instead, be wise and caring and loving and compassionate with yourself. Push yourself if you like, but be smart and kind about it. Get a coach for EVERYTHING.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Stop playing small. You are more powerful than you realize. Stop flailing, avoiding, and resisting reality. Take charge of YOUR life and YOUR choices. You have more control over some things...and less control over other things... than you realize. Know the difference. Get woke and take responsibility for YOU. Stop being your own abuser. The world already has enough assholes; don't invent new ones that live inside your brain. Start being your own best friend and wise guide. Stop trying to be such a fucking superwoman / good girl / achiever / perfect everything. Nobody cares and you're burning yourself out if you try. Stop trying to "fix" your weaknesses. They're just the flip side of your strengths. Instead, take your strengths and turn them into GODDAMNED SUPER POWERS. Unless your "flaws" are actively causing you harm, ignore them. Stop worrying. Start accepting. Stop arguing with reality. Start being an objective scientist. Stop trying to do everything yourself. Get at least one coach and be open to what they suggest. Let yourself be imperfect AF, have some goddamned belly-laughing FUN, then go take a bite out of the world. Have more orgasms.