Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Kristina Kovacs! I am 24 years young and live in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in Akron, Ohio my entire life until I attended Kent State University where I received my Bachelor’s and Masters in Exercise Physiology. I have a long history of playing sports, working out, competing in bodybuilding, and now personal training!
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
Fitness and nutrition has always been my passion since I was a little girl. The part that I enjoy most is feeling strong and empowered after a workout and reaching a point in your fitness journey where it becomes your therapy! I also love teaching others what fitness can do for your mind and your body in creating the strongest & healthiest version of yourself.
How long have you been into fitness?
I started doing workout tapes in my mom’s living room around 6th grade but did not start lifting with a purpose until high school sports. My junior year I got my first YMCA pass and the rest is history!
How did you get into fitness?
Lifting was required in high school sports; however, I would go to the Y and do “Pinterest” workouts for hours after because I fell in love with it! When I went to college for Exercise Science, I began to learn more about the body and researched programs ALL THE TIME. I got hooked on BodyBuilding.com and used programs, supplements, meal plans, etc. and this led me into the world of bikini competitions!
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
The turning point for me was in college when I was going to the gym and eating healthy Monday-Friday but would have my fun/binge on the weekends. My body wasn’t changing even though I was working so hard, so I changed my ways and made this a lifestyle rather than a Mon-Fri hobby and that’s when I really started utilizing flexible dieting and working out for MY personal goals.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life because it has helped me see my true potential (physically and mentally) it also has helped me through some very rough times in my life because it takes my mind off of the real world for a few hours each day and helps me focus on bettering myself.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
I would say to start small and a part of the fitness world that you really REALLY enjoy! Whether that’s spinning, boxing, yoga, weight lifting, running, etc. If you find that thing that you really love, it won’t seem like a chore and you will create a healthy lifestyle without even realizing it!