Kristín Elísabet Gunnarsdóttir
Date of birth: 25th November
Hometown: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Category: Bikini fitness, -171cm
Icelandic Championship 2013
Icelandic Cup 2013, 3rd place
Arnold Classic USA 2014, 16th place
Icelandic Championship 2014, 4th place
Nordic Championship 2014
Icelandic Cup 2014
What do you do for a living?
I´m one of the owners of the company, Icelandic Events, and a freelance journalist. I have a Bachelor degree in Media Studies and Master degree in Marketing and International business.
How does it work combining work, school and preparing for a competition?
Since I´m my own boss and I control my hours, the preparing for a competition is easier; therefor it has not been a problem for me. The key is being well organized and it doesn’t hurt to have some discipline. It’s unbelievable how far you can go if you have those two things.
Why did you decide to compete in Bikini Fitness?
Konráð Valur Gíslason, my trainer and the owner of this site, Iceland Fitness encouraged me to compete. When I decided to compete I had never been to a fitness competition before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But after the competition I was hooked on the spot! I totally love everything about the sport. Sure it can be hard at times but it’s amazing how much you learn about yourself and discover how far you can push yourself and get a stronger mind and body.
How many years have you been training?
I have been training for Bikini Fitness under Konráð´s guidance since September 2012.
What is your background in sports?
I have always been in sports. I started five year old in jazz ballet. At the age of seven I switched to handball. Later on, when I was 16 years old, I turned myself to marshal arts where I trained Kick box for a while and then karate for many years. At the same time I practiced pole fitness and danced salsa. And on top of that I competed a few seasons in snow cross.
Do you feel that your background in other sports helped you in fitness?
Yes, definitely. I think it’s very important to have a good foundation in sports in general.
Do you have the support of your family?
Yes I have. I´m so grateful for the support I get from my family and friends.
What is your goal within the sport?
My goal is to be the best that I can possible be.
Who do you look up to in this sport?
Margrét Edda Gnarr
Where do you train?
World Class, Laugar.
Do you have a training partner?
Yes. My training partners are also great friends of mine that I was so lucky to get to know through the sport. Their names are Auður Karlsdóttir and Rebekka Hulda Gestsdóttir. Konráð, aka Konni, was so amazing to pear us together in his training.
How is a typical day in your life?
When I´m offseason I wake up, have my breakfast and start to work. In the afternoon I do my weightlifting with the girls and Konni. After my workout I have my dinner and do something cozy or fun with friends in the evenings. When I´m prepping for a competition it’s pretty much the same except I start the day with a cardio workout and of course the food program is different.
How many times a week do you train?
Offseason: 6 times a week. Prepping for a competition: 10-11 times a week.
How is your training program?
Tuesdays: shoulders and triceps
Wednesdays: Gluteus and hamstrings
Thursdays: Back and biceps
Fridays: Gluteus and hamstrings
What´s your favorite body part to train?
Gluteus and abs.
What´s your favorite exercise?
Wow, this one is difficult!:) Cable kneeling hip adduction, reverse hyperextenions, squats and gluteus bridges with heavy weights are my favorite these days :)
Do you take any posing classes?
Yes I do; before every competition. It doesn’t matter how good you are you can always learn more and improve yourself.
Do you weigh your food during cutting cycle?
What's your favorite meal when your cutting down?
My cheat meal, lol ;)
What´s your favorite meal in off-season?
Lobster. I can´t have enough of it.
Do you listen to music while you train?
Yeah always, except when Konni is training with me. I have to hear all the wise things he has to say? But when I have my headphones on I turn the sound up to the highest level and totally get into the zone with my favorite dance 90’s music. If you see someone in pretty colorful outfit and dancing between sets, that’s me! Lol.
Do you carb deplete and carb load before a competition?
Normally I don’t do carb deplete, but I did so for my last two competitions.
What do you need to work on for your next competition?
My booty. We are always trying to get a bigger booty ;)
Why, in your opinion, do you think that Icelandic fitness and bodybuilding competitors are doing so well abroad?
We are so dedicated. When we decide to do something we do it and all the way.
Are you interested in competing abroad?
Yeah definitely. I have already competed at Arnold Classic in Ohio USA and what an experience. It was such an adventure. So my answer is yes.
How important is it to have good sponsors?
I think it’s very important. It’s such a good feeling to have sponsors who believe in you and are ready to sponsor you to help you reaching your goals. That is a very good encouragement. Also being in this sport is expensive so that helps a lot to have good sponsors.
Who are your sponsors?
Fitness Sport, World class Laugar, Comfort beauty salon, Serrano, Sælan tan salon, Fit’nFruity, Iceland Seafood and Papco.
Is there anything you want to say to people that are going to compete for the first time?
I recommend that people start to decide whether they want to make fitness a lifestyle or not. If so, I would say next step would be to find a good trainer who is specialized in fitness. It’s very important to have a trainer that knows everything about the process and knows exactly how it is going through it. I would say it’s crucial that the trainer has competed several times in fitness so you will for sure get the right guidance from your trainer. This sport is so much more than just lifting weights, eat right and do cardio. This is a lifestyle.
These two are my favorite:
Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life.
Forget skinny! I´m training to be a fit Badass ;)
Any last words?
Always be the best version of yourself and don’t let anything stop you from reaching your goals. You control your own mind so if you decide something and stick to it, you can do anything!