The Barbell Battalion Is so excited and proud to have had the opportunity to interview the ONE and ONLY Kryss DeSandre. She is not only an Instagram favorite, but she has a physique many strive for. I am also very excited to say, there is no superstar attitude on this lady. She’s as nice as she is Fit. So here you go. The Barbell Battalion is excited to share with you February’s Athlete of the month.
Age: 21 Years Old
Height: 5 Ft. 4 In.
Weight: Fluctuate between 135-140 lbs. (Maintain Weight)
What is your athletic background, and how did you get involved with lifting?
I was pretty active starting in high school. I participated in basketball, track and cheer. After high school, I began to work a lot, so I started slacking in doing physical activities as well as eating healthy food. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my metabolism wasn’t what used to be. So, to start down my path of becoming healthy again I focused first on cleaning up the types of food I was eating. I began having home cooked and nutritious meals every day with my husband. Then I started workout out at home using videos I found on YouTube. After about 3 months of healthy eating and working out at home I started to see small changes and wanted to see more. At about the 6-month mark I had my abs back! It was at that point I knew that if I wanted to see more progress I would need to go and get into a gym. (Jan.2015) I started going to the gym and one day a trainer (Jonah Bolton) walked up to me and asked if I ever thought about competing. I said yes but that I didn’t know how to start and I he said if I compete he would train me. Then the rest is history, I competed in my first NPC Figure show that October and took 1st in my class. I have been in love with bodybuilding ever since.
My motivation comes from a lot of different places I guess. The biggest place being my husband. We have been together since I was 15 years old and ever since we met we have had a way of continuously pushing each other to grow and become better people. So, every day I wake up with a desire to be better than the day before. But a lot of my motivation also comes from my social media and being able to inspire others to live this kind of lifestyle as well.
What does your current training split look like?
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Legs – Ham/Glute Focus
Wednesday: Bi/Tri – HIIT Cardio After
Thursday: Chest/Shoulders – Sprints After
Friday: Legs – Quad Focus
Saturday: Abs – HIIT After
What’s your favorite body part to train?
Back and Hamstrings
Which do you prefer, and why…steady state cardio or HIIT?
HIIT, no one loves cardio so why not get it done in a faster and funner way?
What are some of the most common mistakes made when someone is trying to get ripped?
They work hard, but don’t consume the right food or the right amount of water! Diet will make or break your physique.
Funniest thing you’ve seen at the gym recently?
The look on the newbie boys coming into the gym, when I was able to lift more weight than them hahaha.
Andreia Brazier! From day one of my fitness journey, her physique has inspired me. She isn’t afraid of having some muscle on her, yet she doesn’t have so much that it takes away her femininity. Plus, I respect anyone who can hold a world champion title for four years! She is #Goals
What are some of your favorite motivational quotes?
My all-time favorite quote is from the poem Invictus. My husband Matt introduced the poem to me and the last line is “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” I love the meaning behind that.
My second favorite is, of course, the Nike slogan; Just Do It. Because well, if you want something – get off your ass and for it. Simple but effective haha.
Do you have any gym, pet peeves?
I dislike when people are rude to others who are new to the gym. One instance that REALLY stood out was this guy who brought his little brother to the gym (that’s not the part that bugged me). What peeved me was that he turned to him and said: “You are getting in the way of my workout, if you are going to come with me then do something.” In my mind, I was like “damn, be a good big brother and teach him”. I believe everyone is uncomfortable in the gym at first, I know I was – so be freaking nice and teach people instead of hurting their feelings!
Second I hate when people stand around and talk at a machine when they know the gym is busy and other people need to use it as well.
How do you prepare meals? Do you cook daily or cook for the week?
I and my husband cook daily. It’s just a fun thing we like to do together as a couple so we do that instead of prep for the week. Besides – more fresh food that way anyway. 😛
What are your favorite Healthy foods?
Favorite Healthy-ish Food; Sushi
What are your favorite cheat meals and foods?
Burger and Fries! All the way!
Workout music – what’s on your playlist?
When I work out I always use Pandora. It is either on the Eminem, Krizz Kaliko, or Tech N9ne station.
What does your post-workout nutrition and supplementation look like?
Honestly, I just drink a protein shake. I keep it simple.
What are some of your best diet, nutrition and supplementation tips for someone who wants to get ripped?
Diet and Nutrition: The trick to sticking to a diet is by not calling it a diet at all. It is honestly a lifestyle change. So just tell yourself that you like to eat healthy. And then after a long week of eating healthy treat yourself to a little treat so you don’t go crazy then repeat that every week. Secondly – more food is better than less food. I eat A LOT, like 5 times a day. Don’t be afraid to eat. Eating consistently will keep your metabolism working for you.
Supplement Tip: Don’t rely on a supplement to do the work for you. Yes, they can be helpful in curbing your appetite, but none of them will actually burn the fat for you. You have to diet and put in the work for that part.
I keep my supplements pretty basic, I don’t want to pump too many things through my body. I feel like the body creates a lot of what it needs all on its own so I only use what I feel like I need to help keep myself strong, and healing correctly. A few of the things I use:
Protein (Whey Isolate)
Biotin & Folic Acid (for my hair gains J)
What are your favorite 5 muscle building exercises and why?
- T-Bar Row
There are a few reasons why I love these workouts, one being that when I do these lifts I feel that they help exhaust my whole body. (They are compound movements) But I think what I love most is that I can really track the weight and try to go heavier and heavier each week. It creates a fun challenge with myself to see how strong I can truly become. Don’t get me wrong, I love almost all workouts in general. But there is something special about heavy lifts. Especially as a female! It’s fun to try and outlift the boys.
- Sprints – Love/Hate relationship. But for me, they are a form of HIIT that helps when cutting but also helps which leg muscle development and abs. Sprints are like a full body workout for me haha. Same thing as the others, though… I can track myself and go faster and faster every week. So, there is a fun challenge to it, to try and beat the previous week.
- Weighted Glute Bridge: I can go heavy and really focus on building that peach with this workout.
As we wrap up Kryss. What are your future goals, dreams, and plans?
Goals/Plans: I know now that by this time next year I would like to have a successful and educational YouTube channel for people to visit and learn about how to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. As well as become a certified personal trainer and begin doing online training.
Dreams: Be financially independent; Own my own business doing what I love – helping people and being fit and healthy.
If someone wants to connect with you, where can you be found?