I HELP BUSY WOMEN LOSE WEIGHT & GET STRONG IN THE GYM, WHILE EATING THE FOODS THEY LOVE!
My name is Krysten Janzen and this is my story.
Struggling with my body image as a teenager, I could not maintain a healthy body weight and was always told that I was "too skinny" and needed to "put meat on those bones." I ate as much as the next person, but with my high activity level and metabolic rate, I could simply not put on weight. I was always an athlete, with a passion for basketball. When I tried out for my University team, I was told I didn't make the cut because I was too small. This was devastating. I entered my first year University, which was the first year of not playing basketball and never felt so lost. So I started going to the gym with Kyle, but wouldn't dare enter a weight room. So while he trained, I would do cardio the whole time, which typically amounted to 1.5 to 2 hours of cardio. On top of that, I didn't pay any attention to my nutrition or macronutrient intake. It didn't take long for to drop 10 pounds, where I sat at about 90 pounds at 5'4”. It was at this point that I decided that enough was enough and it was time to put on some healthy weight. Currently I am sitting at 130 pounds and has never been happier in my own skin. Being told you are too skinny is just as painful as calling someone too fat. Once I worked up enough courage to enter the weight room, I couldn't believe how much more confident I felt. I was instantly hooked. People don't say I'm too skinny anymore.
After instilling this confidence in myself, I quickly developed a passion to help others do the same. In 2014, I received my Personal Training Certification and have been helping women master their fitness goals since. Always looking to improve as a coach, currently I am enrolled with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) to complete my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation early next year.
I discovered my passion for bodybuilding when I attended my first competition in 2014. It quickly became a goal of mine to step on stage. It wasn't until May 2016 that I finally felt ready to step on stage at the Kelowna Classic. My sole goal to step on stage was to get out of my comfort zone. I am not one to be walking around in heels, let alone a bikini, so just stepping on stage was a huge accomplishment. There were 24 competitors but I never felt intimidated. I knew I had already accomplished my goal of just showing up with my best package as a natural athlete. I was fortunate enough to place first in my class, which was completely unexpected and an amazing accomplishment.
4th place INBF Calgary May 2017
It was always my goal to give powerlifting a shot after my bodybuilding season. I competed in the 2016 Fall Classic in Abbotsford on October 16, 2016. I got 1st out of of one in the 52kg class with a total wilks score of 307.781. I got 8 for 9 out of my lifts.
For squats I hit 77.5kg/171lbs, 82.5kg/182lbs and 85kg/187lbs
Bench I hit 50kg/110lbs, 55kg/121lbs (failed) and 55kg/121lbs (nailed it)
Deadlifts I hit 92.5kg/204lbs, 97.5kg/215lbs and 102.5kg/227lbs
It was an amazing experience and I definitely plan on competing again in provincials in 2018. I now get a lot of people asking me if I like bikini or powerlifting better. To be honesty they are both completely different sports and I truly enjoyed both of them.