HerBiceps Profile of Kristy Hawkins
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
From: Longview/College Station, TX
Weight: 150 lbs
biceps -- 14.5"
forearms -- 11.5"
chest -- 38"
waist -- 26"
quads -- 23"
calves -- 15.5"
bench press -- 175 lbs for 6 reps
barbell curls -- 85 lbs for 6-8 reps
weighted dips -- 55 lbs for 10 reps
db rows -- 105 lbs for 6 reps
lat pulldowns -- 175 lbs for 8 reps
squat -- 225 lbs for 20 reps
leg press -- 720 lbs for 10 reps
deadlift stiff-legged -- 175 lbs for 20 reps
wide-grip pullups -- sets of 12 reps
pushups -- over 50 reps at a time
School: Texas A&M, BS in chemical engineering, pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering
Athletic Background/Achievements: "I never played sports; I took dancing/twirling instead. I just naturally started lifting when I went to work out with my mom even though she was always doing aerobics. I've been lifting seriously since age 16 so over 6 years now (as soon as I could drive and pay for a gym membership)."
Lifting Background: "I was overweight as a young child, but began working out in middle school and started bodybuilding in high school as I was able to be more consistent. "
Future Goals: "This year, I plan to compete in the NPC Pittsburgh Open as a middleweight (I was a lightweight last year), and if everything goes well, continue on to Junior Nationals."
What empowers/motivates you as an athlete?: "I have a vision of what I want my body to look like (especially for competition) so with every workout, I'm trying to get closer to that ideal."
On people's reactions to her physique: Some people are turned off by it, but most think it is positive because they know what it does for me personally. I've been told that I get a lot of stares sometimes when I'm out, but I never notice anymore."
On what bodybuilding means to her: "Lifting and competing has given me so much self-confidence and improved my self-esteem. I now hold my head high when I walk into a room or when speaking in public."
On doing her part to win the battle of the sexes: "I've noticed guys in the weight room look at how much I was lifting and then try to add more weight. Some guys will naturally be able to lift more than me (like on bench), but some just end up embarrassing themselves. "
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