My name is Kristi Wills and I was born in Lakeville, MA on 9/25/77. I earned my Master’s in Education at the University of Connecticut and have been a 4th grade teacher for 5 years. When I am not teaching or working out, I enjoy giving hitting lessons for softball players, hanging out with my family and friends, shopping, taking walks on the beach, and watching action and scary movies. During my off season, I love to eat Mexican, ice cream, and M & M’s!
Before I started lifting weights, I participated in gymnastics, softball, volleyball, and track. I did gymnastics for 10 years and I earned a full softball scholarship at UConn. During high school, I became involved with lifting weights and all throughout college I had a training program that was geared towards preparing me for each softball season. We did a lot of power lifting, and by the end of my senior year, I was ready to start a program that would tone me down, rather than bulk me up. I continued to train on my own at a local gym and several people approached me saying I should compete in fitness. About 2 years ago, I went to a local fitness show and became addicted. I then met up with Cathy Savage from Savage Choreography and two months later she had me in my first fitness and figure show. I did the ANBC Yankee Classic and came in first in both fitness and figure. My biggest success so far has been my 3rd place finish at the NPC USA’s. I just missed getting my Pro Card by one placing, after only one year of competing! Below is a list of my contest history:
2005 NPC Pittsburgh, 1st in short fitness class and overall fitness winner
2004 NPC USA’s, 3rd in short fitness class
2004 NPC Jr. USA’s, 1st in short fitness class and overall fitness winner
2003 NPC Nationals, 6th in short fitness class
2003 NPC Tournament of Champions, 1st in fitness
2003 ANBC Yankee Classic, 1st in fitness and figure
I continue to work with Cathy Savage for my fitness routines and I work with Kim Oddo from Body By O for my nutrition/workouts. Together they are helping me this year to reach my goal of obtaining my Pro Card. I will be competing at the NPC Pittsburgh show in May and then I hope to earn my Pro Card at the Team Universe in August. To prepare for my May show, I am currently doing a circuit 3 days a week. I do an upper body circuit twice a week and a leg circuit once a week. I am doing 40 mins. of cardio 5 days a week and my cardio will increase as I get closer to my show and need to get leaner. I also practice my fitness routine 3 times a week. I am also slowly starting to reduce my carbs. I continue to have a cheat meal once a week and I will do this until I’m about 6 weeks out from my show. Having this cheat meal really helps me to stay on track throughout the week. I am 5’2” and my contest weight is around 113 lbs., while my off-season weight tends to be about 123 lbs. During my off-season, I eat a lot more carbs and I only do cardio 3 times a week for 20-30 mins. I’m also able to socialize a lot more and enjoy my favorite foods!
I am very lucky to have great genetics, and on top of that, my ten years of gymnastics really paid off. My best body part would be my arms and these developed during all of my intense gymnastics training. I barely train arms now because they get the workout they need when I do my fitness routine. Each routine I do, I load with gymnastics and strength skills. When weight training, I love to do bicep curls, because I love to see the contraction! I am not a big fan of squats, however, as legs has always been an area I’ve had to bring up in order to have them proportioned with my arms. Lately, today’s judging in fitness and figure seems to be up in the air, especially with the discussion of the 20% reduction in muscle mass. Personally, I feel it will take a few shows to see what exactly they are now looking for. I know my nutritionist, Kim Oddo, will do his homework and I have complete faith in him that he will again have me both physically and mentally prepared for my future shows, just like he did for my USA’s.
On a final note, here is a typical day for me during the week when training for a competition:
6:00a.m. get up, eat breakfast, get ready for work
7:30-9:00 a.m. arrive at school and do prep work
9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. teach!!!
3:15 p.m.-4:30p.m. tutor students
5:15p.m.-7:15p.m. circuit/cardio/routine practice
7:45p.m. eat dinner
8:00p.m.-10:00 prepare food and clothes for the next day, correct papers, watch tv, get ready for bed.
Typically, I eat every 2 ˝ - 3 hrs. and I have a total of 6 meals a day. When I get closer to a show, I do cardio twice a day. My morning session is at 5a.m.
If you have any questions/comments, feel free to contact me at [email protected]. By the end of March, I hope to have my website up and running at www.kristiwills.com. To all of you competing, good luck, and to everyone else, thanks for all your support and encouragement in fitness!
Kristi does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!