Issue #91


by Juan Carlos Lope

20 Questions with Cover Model Kristy Cisneroz

Video Interview with Amateur Figure Brittney Koman

Kristy Cisneroz, Kat Shaddix, Heather Shanholtz, Jen Carvalho, Jennifer Walker

Video Interview with Pro Physique Irina Veselova

Product of the Month
by Heather Hirmer

Video Interview with Amateur Nikki Martino


20 Questions with Cover Model Kristy Cisneroz

Kristy Cisneroz

1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Kristy Cisneroz?

My name is Kristy Cisneroz I'm 32 and I'm a mother to my son Devin who's 6. I like to think of myself as outgoing, silly, focused and loving. )'m just me. I have a passion for always trying to better than yesterday and making the most of everything. I'm one of those people that put 150% into anything I do. If you're going to do anything in life,do it with all you got to create the best outcome.
2) Please tell us a bit about your family, friends and surroundings?  

I come from and extremely close family. My father passed away 6 years ago from rheumatoid arthritis. My family is everything. Without them id be lost. My family and my friends are very supportive if my competing, dieting and training.

3) How did you start competing in bikini?

Well I started my prep for my first bikini show in march of 2011. My trainer, IFBB pro Stan Mcquay kept suggesting the idea and I was so against it. I never wanted to be "that girl" the center of attention half naked in a bikini and heels in front of an audience and panel of judges. Sooner or later I started to warm up to the idea and went to watch my first show down in culver city in February. Have to tell you that after seeing all this confidence these girls carried on stage. I thought to myself, "I want that!"Right away I started my 16 week prep for the LA show in July. Guess you can say I'm hooked on a fitness lifestyle , 2 Years and 10 shows later. I can't complain I love it. 

4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard?

It's a fitness/muscle show period. I think you should look like you did the time in the gym lifting. Obviously too much muscle will put you in another category but my opinion looking athletically fit and definable muscle tone should be a requirement. Anyone can be soft and just genetically thin and walk on stage. Hence the word anyone. This show is for athletes, dedicated women and men who trained hard and look like it. 

Kristy Cisneroz

5)  What is your idea of what judges want in a bikini competitor? Do you think judges are clear enough with competitors about how they want you on stage? It seems in Europe they are very clear unlike in the USA and now in Canada things are confusing.

It's so unclear what the judges are looking for. It just varies from show to show. In so Cal shows its the "fit but not hard look" and up north a harder tighter physique is preferred. This is just my experience from shows. 

6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything!

I'm very happy and content with how I look but I'm  always trying to improve. I will keep working on my glutes and shoulders. Always working on my stage presence and posing since that is a huge factor as well. You can have a great physique but if you don't present it well that could be the factor in low placing as well. 

7) What is your typical training routine in the gym (per day, include sets and reps!) How much cardio do you do before a show?

I train everyday in some way. 3 times a week for 1 hour with weights and 30-40 mins cardio and abs everyday. I try on Sundays to give my body a break since muscle recovery is crucial. Usual lifting is 3 sets 15-20 reps. All depends if we are super setting. For a show last 2 weeks I bump up to 2 cardio sessions a day for 1 hour each. 

8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)

My diet consists if 6 meals ever 2-3 hours. Proteins and veggies  and carb days are only before  leg days. As the show gets closer my trainer will add in fats, proteins and also take out things from my diet depending how my body is responding. 

9) How do you go about dropping your water before the day of the show? How much water do you drink the day of the show. Please be specific.

Everyone is different and honestly show to show your body is different. I usually start a slow water cut 2 days prior. One day will be 1.5liters and next will be 1 liter then 1 small bottle day of show sipped 

Kristy Cisneroz

10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to?

My son is my motivation. After losing a parent I never want my son to experience a loss like I had with losing my parent. I want to be healthy and live a long life so anything I can do to help that I will. Every competitor has their motivation or their "why" for their passion in this industry. So many Inspiring athletes I have been able to meet and hear their stories. I couldn't even name them all but I feel privileged to be friends with them. 

11) Please tell us an interesting experience you had at a show recently, be it a fun thing or something rather not so fun?

12) What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed?

This industry is constantly j changing. It's a great sport and I'm  hooked. I'd  like to see the bikini category be  better defined and a consistent look the judges  want from one show to the next. 

13) What has been your hardest challenge to overcome either in your personal life or competing career? 

My biggest challenge for myself was to change my body,basically undo the muscle I added in offseason so I could fit the local bikini category look. From going to heavy weighted workouts to light was very hard for me. My weighted workouts are intense so decreasing the weights and upping my cardio for a show was mentally
Challenging. I enjoy lifting heavy but being told to smooth out was like going  backwards. 

14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for your last show? Water intake, carbing up, etc...

My biggest thing we changed up for my last show was my leg training. We focused more on glutes. My diet stayed the same and I didn't have to cut out that much water either so I was happy. 

Kristy Cisneroz

15) What do you think of bikini division?

The bikini division is always changing as far as the look they are going for. You have to be flexible and willing to change for the look they are  going for which can be frustrating as well. There is no specifics in bikini, no cookie cutter look. It varies from show to show, judge to judge. Just bringing the best version of Yourself is the best anyone can do. 

16) What are your favorite foods to eat right after you compete on a Saturday night?

A big juicy burger w fries and some dessert. A giant dessert too.  )'m a total chocolate lover and have a gummy bear weakness. Sometime it's just the little things like fruit will do it of me. I'm not a huge junk food person, I have to really be I the mood for specific things. 

17) Please tell us about how you were raised and did you have any interesting experiences while growing up?

Was raised by my mom and dad in traditional Hispanic household. Always food, always dessert and pastries. Yes We ate vegetables but i really grew up with no true concept of what healthy clean eating until I was an adult. Eating more was always better in my family. Embarrassed to admit,My grandma always cooked with lard. Now that I'm older and realize the effect of food on a persons health and weight, I'm always trying to educate my family on healthy cooking methods and food choices. After my father passed away I made it more of a reason to eat healthy and workout. More importantly make it a lifestyle for myself and my son. That is one thing I want to see passed down to his own family one day. 

18) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what?

In high school I played volleyball and started to play CO Ed ice hockey on the weekends after i graduated. I've always been pretty active and loved sports. 

19) What is a typical day in the life of Kristy Cisneroz? From waking up to until going to bed?

Typical day consists of waking up at 6am, eating my breakfast, taking my supplements,packing my 6 pack bag with my meals i prepped the night before and packing my sons lunch all before he wakes up at 7. Once my son is up its non stop. Mommy mode begins. Get him ready and myself, drop him at school and I arrive at work by 9.  )'m off work everyday around 430pm as i drive straight to gym to train at 6pm with my trainer or for cardio and abs on off days. I get my hour cardio done before i train so I can be home around 730 every night. Soon as I walk in my house in the evening I stick my fish in oven, eat dinner w my son, pack my gym bag for the next day, and get some play/cuddle time in with my son for a little bit and try to be in bed by 11pm. My schedule is very routine. I make the most of my time. 

Kristy Cisneroz

20) What is your current occupation? Please tell us more about it, what do you specifically do in your job?

I'm a full time mom and I work a full time job in real estate. I deal a lot with people face to face and through emails. I deal with a lot if paperwork and negotiating sales and monies. I'm a very precise person so my job fits me well  My job allows flexibility so I'm able to compete and take the time off if need be. I don't have a scheduled lunch hour so I'm able to eat while I work which makes dieting easy. 


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