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IFBB Pro Figure Competitor & Olympian

NPC Oregon is proud to introduce Oregon's very own IFBB Olympian Kristi Tauti. If you are at any show in the Northwest, you will see Kristi with her very own Team i-Physique!
Kristi has a true passion for the sport as an IFBB Pro, Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and even being a mother and busy wife. Check out Kristi's feature below to see why she is a true Olympian.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I was working at Gold's Gym in Honolulu and a trainer approached me to compete in the Hawaiian Hurricane, an obstacle course and bikini competition in 2001. I won both rounds and have been hooked ever since.

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
At this point I continue to pursue my goals in the sport because I feel that I am representing my Team and leading by example. I hope to inspire and motivate those in my community to set goals and follow your roadmap to accomplish them.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
During contest prep it is a more focused and straight forward cardio and resistance program. Cardio ranges from 1-1.5 hours/day and resistance is focused on building the delts and back while leaning out my legs.

In the off season I like to experiment with different forms of training including, sprints, bleachers, cross fit, spark training drills, etc.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
I never ate fish in my life until I was forced to by my Trainer/Nutritionist Kim Oddo in 2009. Once I saw the results I surrendered and now I love eating fish for most meals. I change up my mustards flavors and vary the veggies a little and I am good to go.

As for cheat meals... I like to go to Dinner with my family and my favorites are Thai food, Outback Steakhouse and PF Changs.

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
My husband is the greatest contributor in all areas of my life. He is my training partner, my business partner, and a my best friend. If his support was not behind me, I would be done competing in a second. Not that I don't love this sport but I strongly feel that we have to be on the same page or it is just not worth it.

I am also motivated by setting a good example for my daughter. If I have goal I will commit myself to it and perservere, that shows strength.

Kim Oddo is my Trainer/Nutritionist and he is my brain. I can just put my head down and work when I know that I have a smart trainer behind me.

Lastly I attribute my drive and determination to my upbringing. My parents constantly set goals for me to accomplish, and that sense of success at a young age that I have been able to carry on throughout life.  

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
My Team i-Physique inspires me to strive for more in the sport. I always tell them that as a Coach I will never make them do something that I wouldn't do. Their "greeness" in the sport is contagious as everything is new and exciting. I owe a lot to them as they inspire me to push harder in each workout, and stick to my nutrition.  

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I did not apply for the Arnold this year so at this moment I am focusing on my Team as we have a big year ahead of us. I am timidly marking the California Pro in May as my first show of the year.  

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory is when I first had my daughter 5 years ago and I decided to compete again. I had alot more free time than I do now and I could take her out for runs in her stroller for hours. I got my Pro Card when she turned 1yr old so I attribute that accomplishment to my daughter Talia.

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