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Kristal Espitia
Certified Personal Trainer - World Instructor Training School (WITS) at UT Center for Professional Education

Hometown: Round Rock, TX

When and why did you come to Austin?
I was born and raised in the Austin area, and officially moved to the city to attend UT in 2012. I love Austin and have really enjoyed spending my 20s here!

What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I was a 3rd and 4th grade dual language teacher for five years before becoming a trainer. Teaching is very tough, and during my time in the classroom I learned how critical it was to take care of myself to be able to show up as the best Ms. Espitia possible for my students (that was especially important teaching through the pandemic). I fell in love with the process of getting 1% better everyday, and wanted to share that with others.

I became more serious about my training and have continued to see the positive effects in other areas of my life. I got certified in order to help others feel as confident and powerful as I do. I saw my life transform in the gym and want to help others change their lives, too.

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
First and foremost, my goals are to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally by intentionally moving my body everyday. Recently, I started powerlifting and have been loving getting stronger!

What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients? “Lifting weights makes you bulky.” Wrong – lifting makes you strong, and strong is beautiful! No matter what someone’s fitness goals are, strength training is a critical component to the recipe for success. Lifting is empowering!

What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want my clients to feel stronger and more capable than they ever thought possible. We will work hard, push limits and have fun. My former 4th graders know they are imparable, or unstoppable, and I want my clients to feel the same. 

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
My teaching experience has provided a unique perspective on setting and achieving goals. I understand that everyone has different areas that “glow” and areas where they can “grow,” and that may not be shown directly on paper. As a coach, it’s my job to guide people from where they are to where they want to go. Neither fitness or education are one-size-fits-all, and I believe my experience as a teacher and technical knowledge of training compliment each other to make me a unique fitness professional.

What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
There are so many, it’s hard to choose just one! ASF is a special place to train and work – walking in the door feels like home. Our team cares about one another, the gym, and the community, and it’s really special to be a part of that. I feel fortunate to work alongside trainers with so many different backgrounds, experiences, and training approaches who all come together and make ASF the place that it is. 

How do you, personally, define success?
I define success by the ability to set and achieve goals, which looks and sounds different for everyone. Sometimes accomplishing the simple goal of waking up and showing up is success for the day. Other times, it may be something more profound like running a marathon. Regardless of the goal, one is defined by the work put in every day to achieve it.


Click here to read Kristal’s advice on small actions you can take to maintain your fitness while traveling.

I’m a complete beginner, and to be honest was a little intimidated to join a gym. All that went away when I met Kristal Espitia, my trainer! She’s been able to help me push my limits while still understanding I need to take it slow on some things. She’s incredibly encouraging and I feel so strong after every workout.

Jill Dickinson