#38 Pivot When Things Aren't Working with Kalli YOUNGSTROM

#38 Pivot When Things Aren't Working with Kalli Youngstrom

Athlete Case Study: Canada,  Former Wrestler, Degree in Psychology and Marketing,
Current Figure Competitor, KY Fitness and Nutrition Consulting


June 16, 2015

Kalli YOUNGSTRON | Beyond Athletic Podcast | Fitness Competitor
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On today’s show we will be talking with a very strong woman from a small town in Canada. She will share with us her journey from being a wrestler in her younger years, earning two bachelor degrees to being a Figure Competitor, as well as, a fitness coach. She tells us a bit about how somewhere along the way, marketing wasn’t everything she thought it’d be so she pivoted a decided to go another route to start her own business.


  • Born, Kalli Youngstrom, from Saskatchewan, Canada on February 14, 1991

  • Grew up wrestling from the 4th grade up until her senior year of highschool, mostly with the boys as there weren’t many girls competing.

  • Received a B.A. in Psychology as well as Marketing

  • A fitness coach, KY Fitness and Nutrition Consulting  

  • Goal was to be an Olympic wrestler, unfortunately her career was cut short as she suffered multiple concussions during competitions

  • She began figure competitions in 2013; achieved first place in her first show; second place the next year at Nationals

  • Sponsored by Perfect Nutrition

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You Can’t Climb The Ladder Of Success With Your Hands In Your Pockets
— Arnold Schwarzenegger

My Parents for holding me to the highest standard of work ethic and drive & my high school wrestling coach, Russ Fersch, taught me the work ethic that fuels me today and my boyfriend who introduced me to bodybuilding and pushes me daily

Key Discussion Points:

  • When was a time you struggled and what did you take away from it?

  • When was your lightbulb moment?

  • How did you start building your business?

  • What is one of your proudest moment so far?

  • What are you most excited about these days?


Key Lessons:

  • Have the ability to change gears and focus new energy on new things

  • When one door closes, another will always open

  • When something is not working you’ve got to pivot

  • Once an athlete, always an athlete

  • Its important to build your own dream/vision

  • You can’t be limited by what you think you don’t have

  • It IS possible to be an independent bodybuilding competitor

“A lot of people think you can’t excel in this sport without a coach but I never have used a coach and I’ve just been really independent and I want to know everything there is to know about my physique.” -KY @ 23:52

  • It is important to educate ourselves when we want to know something

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Kalli and Fitness

Typical Day…

  • Contest Prep: Double Days; Wake up, straight to the gym for a fasted cardio session, home, breakfast, working from home, back to the gym for a weight session


  • Fasted Cardio: Without eating anything prior; steady state, heart rate at 70%, stairmaster, stepmill

Weight Sessions...

  • Hit up heavy weight then give the muscle time to recover; heavy squats, deadlifts, pull-ups; All body exhausting showing your strength


The Best advice you have ever received..
Not to take myself and other things too seriously

One of the first things you do arriving to competition…
Mental preparation, take a minute to step away and center my thoughts

Personal habit that has contributed most to your success?...
My overall work ethic; it’s a habit, something you develop through years of practice

Sleep & Morning ritual..
Four hours of sleep in the night, and a nap before evening gym sessions
Morning Ritual: Wake up, have coffee, mentally prepare for the day, not rushed

One way you would like to improve yourself as a person...
Giving back the knowledge that I have

If you had a do over what would you have done differently?
I wish I would have started sooner and I wish I would have done a better job at balancing my social relationships

Give a tool/habit you love to use to stay healthy...
Constant & continuous goal setting

A useful tool or tip for eating on the go -OR- for traveling in general?
Weigh, pre-packaged, and take with you! 6 pack cooler!

A learning resource you love to use…


Free fitness and nutrition seminars to teach public about clean eating, healthy lifestyles, training, etc. Public Facebook posts daily with diet/training tips

KY Fitness and Nutrition Consulting


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Definition of Being an Athlete?

"Its not just about the competition..its living an athletic lifestyle..your personal characteristics and the drive you have physically and in your training no matter what spot you are training for" -KY