Kristi Wills NPC Fitness
How did you get interested in
When I stopped doing gymnastics at the age of 14, I joined a local gym
to stay in shape. During my years playing softball at UConn, I had a
weight training/conditioning program to follow. When I graduated from
UConn, I went back to my local gym and many people told me I should
compete. In 2003, I went to a local fitness show and fell in love with
the sport. Competing in fitness competitions gives me the opportunity
to continue my competitive drive and I can combine both my strength
and gymnastic skills.
How was your first show like, any interesting experiences?
During my first show, there were not many competitors. This was a good
thing because I had only learned my fitness routine two weeks before.
In fact, during the middle of my routine, I forgot parts of it. Thanks
to my gymnastic experiences, I was able to make things up until I remembered
what I was suppose to be doing. Also, during the physique round, we
had to do bodybuilding poses in our heels. I had to learn the poses
backstage, along with having my first stage experience walking in my
heels. Everything was a learning experience, but I had a lot of fun!
What do you like and dislike about competing?
I absolutely love standing on stage knowing I look the best that I can
and that all of my hard work has paid off. I also love entertaining
the crowd with my fitness routines and becoming friends with the other
competitors. Dieting is the hardest thing for me. I love to eat and
I have a sweet tooth!
What are your future goals in this industry?
I hope to earn my pro card in 2005 and gain some sponsorships. I want
to be a role model to other fitness competitors by competing in pro
shows as a natural athlete.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to still be actively competing and promoting the
sport of fitness. I also hope to be married to a supportive husband
and to have started a family. I do see myself still teaching and I'll
be continuing to influence my students to live a healthy life.
Please tell us something special about you that most people
I went to the University of Connecticut on a full softball scholarship.
I graduated with my Master's in Elementary Education and I graduated
Summa Cum Laude.
Any additional notes? People you would like to thank?
I would especially like to thank all my family and friends for their
continuous support and for always believing in me. I would also like
to thank my choreographer/friend Cathy Savage for drawing me into the
sport and for giving me the guidance I need for the fitness world. She
immediately got me on stage and creates unbelievable fitness routines.
A special thanks goes to Kim Oddo who has created a nutrition and workout
plan that has put me on the road to earning my pro card. He knows the
ins and outs of the sport, and during my shows, he has me prepared physically
and mentally. I am very lucky to have such a strong support system all
-2004 NPC USA's Fitness short class 3rd
-2004 NPC Jr. USA's Fitness short class 1st place; Fitness Overall Winner
-2003 NPC Nationals Fitness short class 6th place
-2003 New England Fitness America 7th place
-2003 NPC Tournament of Champions Fitness 1st place; Figure 1st place
-2003 ANBC Yankee Classic Fitness 1st place; Figure 1st place
Date of Birth: 9/25/77
Born/Grew up in: Lakeville, MA
Current Residence: MA
Marital Status: Single
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: Contest 112 lbs. Off-Season 122 lbs.
Current Occupation: 4th grade teacher
Favorite Hobby: Kickboxing, gymnastics, coaching
softball, walking on the beach
Favorite Food: Ice cream, M&M's, Mexican
Favorite Music: I like everything!
Best Bodypart: Arms
Years Training: Contest training 1 1/2 years;
athletic training since I was 4