Krista earned her PhD in Women's Studies from York University in 2002. Her early research focused on women's work -- both paid employment and unpaid domestic work. This gives her a strong appreciation for the demands that women experience in trying to manage the demands of work and family while staying healthy themselves.
Her later research focused on the ways in which gender shapes people's experiences of health and health care.
When it comes to health and fitness, though, Krista's perhaps best known for her gym rat alter ego "Mistress Krista" and her website Stumptuous.com.
Started as a hobby in 1996, the site has now grown to one of the most popular sites for women's strength training on the web. She also runs the website Trans-Health.com, a collection of health resources for transgendered people.
Krista's competed in BJJ and grappling, and these days she stays active by training in boxing, judo, BJJ, cycling, running, rock climbing, and weight training. But don't be fooled: Krista's not a natural jock. She spent her first 23 years as an unathletic bookworm -- getting picked last for teams, faking illness to get out of gym class, and dropping the fly ball every single time. In order to become an authority on women's fitness, she had to lose 50 lbs herself and conquer her genetics and fear of the gym.
Because of this, she understands the struggles that women face when trying to get and stay in shape. And that makes her uniquely suited to the Lean Eating coaching program for women where she joins us as a Women's Fitness Expert and Lean Eating Coach.
- “Fuelling for Fitness”. Experience Life Magazine (January 2009).
- “Energy to Burn”. Experience Life Magazine (December 2008).
- (With Hugh Armstrong and Pat Armstrong). Critical to Care: The Invisible Women in Health Services. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.
- “Public Health, Private Parts: A Feminist Public Health Approach to Trans Issues.” Hypatia Special issue on trans and feminist issues. 24 no.3 (Summer 2009): 33-55.
- “Big Girls Don’t Cry: Fitness, Fatness, and the Production of Feminist Knowledge”. Sociology of Sport Journal 25 (2007): 22-47.
- “Towards an ‘Invested Empirical Method’: Reclaiming Feminist Science Studies.” Atlantis 31 no.2 (2007): 5-15.
- Foreword to Lift with Your Head: The Training and Movement Philosophies of the Physical Subculture, by Chip Conrad. 2007.
- “Put the Weight Down!” [eccentric training] Experience Life Magazine (October 2006).
- “Weak in the Knees.” [women and knee injuries] Experience Life Magazine (September 2006).
- “Time to Eat”. [sports nutrition] Experience Life Magazine (June 2006).
- “Weighting for Equality: Feminist Bodybuilding.” Herizons (Summer 2003).
- “Nature or Nurture? Biology and Gender.” FELT Magazine. 2, no. 1 (Spring 2003).
- "Report on Women-Only Hours Policy at the University of Toronto Athletic Centre", for Director of Programs, Athletic Centre, University of Toronto, March 2002.
- "Hormones and Behaviour: All the Rage". Herizons 14, no.3 (Winter 2001): 22-23, 27.
- With Rick Collins. "Natural Bodybuilding: Modern Oxymoron?" Originally published for Thinkmuscle, 2000.
- "'What Do Cyborgs Eat?' Bodybuilders and the Logic of Nonfood". Mesomorphosis 2, no.14 (August 9, 1999).
- "Female Bodybuilders, Fitness Competitors, and the Crisis of Representation". Mesomorphosis 2, no. 4 (February 15, 1999).
- "The Bodybuilding Grotesque: The Female Bodybuilder, Gender Transgressions, and Designations of Deviance" Mesomorphosis 2, no.10 (December 15, 1998).
- "Cyborgs at the Gym: The Technopolitics of Female Muscle"Mesomorphosis 1, no.6 (October 15, 1998).