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Kristin Martin: Squatting Deep and Asking Questions

Kristin is a former figure competitor who has been slowly including more CrossFit style workouts into her routine. Like most high school teens, Kristin’s weight class was primarily bodybuilding based. Slowly she started to find to love for the iron and after years of going as it, the hard work shows strong. sticking to old school based volume training, it is no question of how Kristin was able to earn the figure that she has. Learn from this lovely lady, as she has been able to stand on stages and compete at high levels.

How old are you, where are you from, and do you squat ass to grass?
My name is Kristin Martin I am 30 years old and I’m from New York. When I squat I do tend to go “as to the grass”. When lifting heavier I like to use resistance bands as a way of keeping my legs stabilized that way I’m able to go lower.

What areas of weight training do you train and what is your best squat?
I was a former figure competitor, competed in four shows taking second in all four. I train legs twice a week but slowly incorporating Crossfit into my leg workouts as a way of keeping them lean but like to do one day of heaving lifting and one day of CrossFit/plyo workouts. My best PR so far has been 185lbs for 2.

Where do you train? Do you have a lifting team or partner?
Currently, I train at three different gyms based on convenience and what I’m looking to train that day. I have memberships at UFC Long Island, Planet Fitness and Crossfit Bayside. I normally train alone but once a week I train with my boyfriend usually chest because I need a spotter 🙂

How did you into bodybuilding and now CrossFit?
I started getting into bodybuilding, not by choice. When I was a senior in college I needed two credits to graduate and the only class available was a “gym” class where they teach you how to use fitness equipment. I hated it at first because the class was a 7:30 am but when I saw my body changing that’s when I became intrigued and for me it was all about finding that perfect formula and the constant changing in diet and workout programs to get the results I’m looking for. As a natural athlete, I’m constantly struggling to get the results I desire but it’s the drive to get me there that makes me unstoppable.
After I finished my last show October 31st I was 102lbs and malnourished I was lean but I didn’t feel like an athlete. I wanted to gain strength as well as size but wanted to keep a lean physique so I started incorporating CrossFit into my daily workouts using the intensity as my way of cardio and to gain the physique of an athlete, not a bodybuilder. Currently, I’m 113lbs eating mostly paleo based foods and I can’t tell you the strength I have gained in the last 3 months. Truly remarkable:)

What does a normal leg day workout look like for you?
My leg workout changes weekly based on my energy and what I want to focus on more. Today was a heavy leg workout followed by “burnouts” I did heavy squats 5X10 finishing at 175lbs not maxing out. 95lb wide squats with resistant band training, leg press 5×12 at 360lbs superset with 45lb calf raises and I finished with cable kick backs and pistol squats 3x 15-20 reps. I’ll train legs again in 72 hours and I’ll incorporate box jumps, kettlebell swings, deadlifts and burpees amrap for 15-20 minutes. My legs never know what they’re getting into next. 🙂

So what’s next for you? Any goals you have to hit? (short and long term)?
I’m not sure what my next goals are going to be as I transition from the world of figure competing to becoming more of an overall athlete. It’s crazy to think every goal I have ever imagined or dreamed of I have hit and exceeded far more than I thought I would. I have learned so much over the course of the years being in the fitness industry and I think now it the time to truly give back and help others as much as I can. I have been dipping into a more plant-based/ paleo diet and I want to show others that you don’t need drugs or those artificial supplements to achieve the results you want you just need to put in that hard work and that’s what I continue to do day in and day out. Who knows maybe one day ill finally have an article published in a fitness magazine, maybe that will be my next goal to focus on 🙂

When you lift heavy, when was the first time you out lifted a guy? And what do your non-lifter friends think about what you do?
I’m not sure If I every paid attention to when I out lifted a guy before but I do take notice to when men squat and normally their form is all wrong but I have noticed a few men that I definitely squat more than them! haha

It’s funny you mention that about what non-lifters think of me. I actually did a documentary last year and touched a bit on that subject. Being in the industry of a competitor and being someone who is so physically fit men do look at you differently or just don’t accept it plain and simple. Dating for that year and a half that I was competing was extremely difficult mostly because a lot of them were insecure with themselves or looked at me as nothing but a “gym rat”. I normally go to the gym at 6 am or 7 am to avoid the stares and the crowds. It wasn’t until recently that I found someone who enjoyed going to the gym with me. He made it clear he wasn’t into me competing and didn’t support me doing more shows but he does support me helping others with their fitness goals. I guess you have to take the good with the bad 🙂

What do you tell women who think lifting heavy makes you look “manly”?
Women always have a fear of lifting heavy because they have that fear of getting “bulky” but I explain to them it’s all about proper balance. Having the proper foods in your diet and having the right amount of cardio will prevent you from getting that look. I was a prime example of this, being 4’11 I never wanted to lift heavy because I felt like I would have “tree trunk” legs but now it’s the opposite. I feel great when I lift heavy but always make sure to add in those plyos to help keep them lean and toned.

Anything you would like to tell the younger lifters? and/or anything else you would like to add?
Looking back at my journey of when I started lifting and to where I am now one thing that I will tell lifters who are just starting out is to be patient and enjoy the journey and the experience. Don’t expect results overnight. Every day I try to learn something new that I can incorporate into my programs, sometimes they will fail and sometimes they will succeed. There will be days when you will be able to max out and there are days where you won’t be able to lift and that’s OK. Listen to you body never push yourself too hard where you will injure yourself. You see so many people on IG and social media that have incredible physiques just remember to never compare yourself to them! Keep pushing toward your next goal and once you hit that then set another goal! And most importantly have FUN! this isn’t a marathon this is your life, your journey, enjoy every moment of it!

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Killer leg workout!!! Squatted 175lbs for 5, a@@ to the grass! How? Resistance bands! I have been using bands for a month now strengthening my adductors, glutes and hammys. I started at 115lbs and worked my way up, I could have gone heavier but it's all about form. Most competitors in off season concentrate on "lifting heavier" while not working on correcting there form. In 6 weeks my legs have completely changed people keep telling me how big they got but I only gained 4lbs (all muscle). I'll be posting more videos during off season on how to use bands on leg curls and leg extension. Off season isn't about growing but learning through the process! 💪🏼 #gainsnotloses#resistancebands#resistancetraining#squats#squatbooty#buildinglegs#offseason#gasparinutrition#formmatters#ufcgym#figurecompetitor#fitgirlsrock#fitnessfreak#noexcuses#paleodiet#npcfigure

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