Kristy Hawkins

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Kristy Hawkins[1]
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Born (1980-08-28) August 28, 1980 (age 36)[2]
Longview, Texas, U.S.[2]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Weight In Season: 135 lb (61 kg)
Off-Season: 160–170 lb (73–77 kg)[2]
Professional career
Pro-debut IFBB Ms. International[1], 2008[1]
Best win NPC Nationals[1], 2007[1]
Predecessor Lora Ottenad[1]
Successor Sheila Bleck[1]
Active Retired 2011

Kristy Michelle Hawkins (born August 28, 1980) is an American powerlifter, chemical engineer and former professional female bodybuilder.[2][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Kristy Hawkins was born and raised in Longview, Texas in 1980. In 1994, she started attending Longview High School. In 1998, she graduated from high school and started attending Texas A&M University that same year. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2002, graduating summa cum laude and with University and Foundation Honors. She earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2005. She graduated from Caltech in 2008 with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering.[5][6]

Career in chemical/biological engineering[edit]

In 1999, Kristy worked as an intern for the Eastman Chemical Company and from 2000 to 2002 she worked again as an intern for the Solutia Inc. From November 2008 to August 8, 2013, she moved to Emeryville, California where she got a job as scientist for metabolic engineering of Saccharomyces cerevisiae at Amyris Inc. Since August 19, 2013, she worked as director of yeast engineering for the company Lygos.[5][6][7] She has since left Lygos and co-founded a chemical engineering company called Anthenia.[8]



In elementary school, Kristy described herself as very heavy. She took dance lessons and became a twirler, but she said she wasn't active enough and didn't have proper eating habits. She suffered from anorexia nervosa, which led her to starve herself. She eventually got into the gym to burn calories. At first she started with cardio and than weight training. At the age of 15 years, she got her own gym membership and went every day after school and work. The owners were hosting a competition and taught her the basics of training, nutrition, and posing. At the age of 17, she traveled with some people from her gym to Mississippi for an ANPPC show and placed 3rd in the novice women’s short class. She has twice placed in the top four at the NPC Nationals. In November 2007, she won the light-heavyweight and overall at the NPC Nationals and received her IFBB pro card.[9][10][11]


After turning professional, she attended her first professional competition, the 2008 Ms. International, where she placed 14th. In 2009, she attended her first Ms. Olympia, which she placed 7th.[1] When training and competing specifically for bodybuilding, she consumed 2,500–3,000 calories a day and her contest weight was around 140 pounds and roughly 165 pounds when off season. But according to Dr Hawkins, she didn't really track her body-fat numbers. She just mostly went by how she looked.[3]

Contest history[edit]

  • 1998 ANPPC Mississippi Open - 3rd (Novice Women Short Class)
  • 1998 AAU Mr/Mrs Southwest America - 1st (Novice Women Medium Class) and Best Poser
  • 1999 AAU Mr/Mrs Southwest America - 1st (Open Women Short Class) and Best Poser
  • 2000 ANPPC Southwest USA Natural Bodybuilding Championships - 3rd (Novice Women Short Class)
  • 2002 NPC Michigan Championships - 1st (LW)
  • 2002 NPC Pittsburgh Open - 3rd (LW)
  • 2003 NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic - 1st (MW)
  • 2003 NPC Pittsburgh Open -1st (MW & Overall)
  • 2003 NPC Lone Star Classic - 1st (HW & Overall)
  • 2003 NPC Jr. Nationals - 4th (MW)
  • 2004 NPC Jr. Nationals - 5th (LHW)
  • 2004 IFBB North Americans - 4th (LHW)
  • 2005 NPC Nationals - 4th (LHW)
  • 2006 NPC Nationals - 3rd (LHW)
  • 2007 NPC Nationals - 1st (LHW & Overall)
  • 2008 IFBB Ms. International - 14th
  • 2009 IFBB Atlantic City Pro - 2nd
  • 2009 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 7th
  • 2010 IFBB New York Pro - 10th[1][2]



Since 2011, she has stepped away from professional bodybuilding and has successfully stepped into the realm of powerlifting. She's does this while still staying true to her roots and still roughly maintains a "bodybuilder" type look to her physique.[12] She stated that when she was just starting this sport she managed to squat 400 pounds.[3] Although Dr Hawkins has been weight training for 18 years,[3] her considerable genetic potential for strength could only be fully utilized when she entered powerlifting because of the differing training methodologies that mainly favor strength in this sport, whereas in bodybuilding they favor mostly mass, shape and symmetry instead. So after only 2–3 years of leaving bodybuilding behind and focusing solely on powerlifting, she broke the world records in the (75 kg.165 lb weight class) Squat and Deadlift.[13]

Best lifts[edit]

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Personal life[edit]

Kristy is an agnostic. She was for a time in a serious relationship with bodybuilder Branden Ray, but is now single. She currently lives in Emeryville, California. She is a very proud owner of a pug and is very active on instagram.[3] [14]