My Kettlebell Transformation

My Kettlebell Transformation: The Journey of the last 5 years…

5 years ago this month, I picked up my first kettlebell. It weighed 15lbs. It was the first weight I’d ever really picked up (that was more than 5-10lbs).

15lb kettlebell

I was sick and tired of how I looked. I was almost 2 years post baby #1. I had been running for over a year, and still hadn’t seen the physique results that I was looking for.

Sure, I was about back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but didn’t have much muscle definition, and had extra fat around my middle.

Kristi Joy Wilkins

4 months post baby #1

I started poking around on the interwebz for info, of course. I was breastfeeding my daughter and thought maybe that was part of why I couldn’t lose the fat. I came across Lauren Brook’s article Breastfeeding and Low Body Fat. Lauren is an avid proponent of kettlebells. She is not called the Kettlebell Queen for nothing! My initial education in kettlebell training was from Lauren’s videos.

I also came across Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle. I realized that I was going to have to pick up the weights and change my eating habits to get the transformation that I wanted.

Thank you Lauren! Thank you Tom!

“Okay, Kristi J., time to suck it up and acknowledge what you’ve denied for so long. You just can’t eat whatever you want and expect to lose fat just because you’re ‘fairly active.’ The yoga and running just aren’t going to cut it anymore. You’re gonna have to pick up the weights.”

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” Tony Robbins

TIME FOR A CHANGE (J-man thinks that is always my motto). I will admit that I am quick to drop things that do not work, experiment, try new things, and figure out what works. I am also very persistent.

With Christmas money, I bought my first cute little 15lb kettlebell from Target. I wasn’t sure I could handle a 20 or 25lb one :)

I started researching everything I could get my hands on about kettlebells and physique transformation.

6 months later, I had achieved my “kettlebell transformation”.  I had dropped about 10% bodyfat and gained about 5-8lbs of muscle. I was using 25lb and 35lb kettlebells.

kettlebell transformation Kristi Joy Wilkins

About 1 year after first picking up a kettlebell

The following year, I started teaching group classes and coaching one on one. I started using double kettlebells and doing some barbell work. I went through another pregnancy using double kettlebells ( double 25lbs, some double 35lbs), and a single 44lb all the way through my pregnancy.

kettlebells and pregnancy Kristi Joy Wilkins

6 months pregnant

Now I lift these

kettlebell transformation Kristi Joy Wilkins

double 35lb kettlebells

kettlebell transformation

July 2014 with a lot more muscle

Since I picked up that baby kettlebell, my confidence has soared and I’ve never been happier with my body. But, it’s gone way beyond a physique transformation for me. Strength training and quality movement have given me back my body, my connection with my Self, and with my sensuality. Lifting weights saved my life.

I’ve reclaimed my birthright to feel and be strong. sacred. sensual.


This is my mission:

I want to help you feel and be Strong. Sacred. Sensual.        through strength training, simple nutrition, and a kick-ass attitude toward life!

In honor of my 5 year kettlebell-aversary, I’m putting together a program to help you do just that!

Be a Divine Badass is a 12 week program that will transform your physique into strong, sexy curves, and you into a Divine Badass! Be a Divine Badass is a meet in person, one- on-one program, not an online program.

And I’m working on another more extensive 6 month program that will cover everything–movement, strength training, corrective work, manual therapy (massage), nutrition, and changing your negative mindset.

I’m so excited, and I’m so fucking scared shitless. I’m doing this for you. I’m doing this for me. I doing this to change the world. Yeah, I’m naive enough to think that I might be able to make a difference.  Details coming soon!

(If you absolutely just can’t wait and are serious about changing your physique, contact me NOW, and I can get you started by the new year.)

If you wanna do this and get updates,  GET ON MY LIST, BEAUTIFUL, so I can let you know what’s going on.


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