Krista is the author of the new book, The 12-Minute Athlete: Get Fitter, Faster, and Stronger Using HIIT and Your Own Bodyweight and a leading fitness and mindset expert. She is the founder of 12 Minute Athlete and the 12 Minute Athlete app as well as a writer, TV guest/host, and motivational speaker.  From trying her first push-up in college, to teaching herself to do pull-ups and handstands, Krista is living proof of her philosophy that everybody is an athlete. She is passionate about the power of exercise and movement to build confidence, resilience, and mental and physical strength.  

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Krista Stryker never felt like she was the athletic type. She eased her way into the fitness world, and eventually got her start as a personal trainer for a popular gym franchise in New York. Stryker would push herself day-in and day-out doing cardio, weight and sports-specific training until she was mentally and physically overtrained. Not content with the results she was getting, Stryker discovered High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Not only did she get fitter and leaner, but her strength and confidence levels skyrocketed. Before long, Stryker was achieving new heights in her physical training that she never thought possible. From burpees to push ups to pull ups, Stryker could do it all with her new physical capabilities and finesse. More importantly, she still had time and energy for sprints, hikes, and long runs. 

After seeing her own personal successes, in 2012 she launched the 12 Minute Athlete blog with the goal to reach more people than one-on-one personal training could offer. She created the platform to help everyone, no matter their fitness level, reach new physical heights that she knows they are capable of. Stryker wanted to help eliminate excuses and make working out accessible, regardless of location or access to equipment. Excited to share her knowledge with a wider audience, she launched her popular 12 Minute Athlete app a year later.

Due to the success of the app, Stryker has been featured in popular publications such as Shape Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Muscle & Fitness HERS, Train for Her, Bodybuilding.com, The Washington Post, and has appeared on ESPN, KTLA, Good Day New York, and Sirius XM’s The Michael Yo Show just to name a few. She was also named one of Athleta’s 100 Women to Watch in Wellness.

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Things aren’t slowing down for Stryker. She can now add author to her list of accomplishments with the release of her book, The 12 Minute Athlete: Get Fitter, Faster, and Stronger Using HIIT and Your Bodyweight. The book chronicles the personal challenges she faced to reach her fitness goals and her realization that anyone can be an athlete. It offers a wide range of workouts and tips to stay in shape. The book is available online or anywhere books are sold.

When she is not busy promoting her app or her book, Stryker craves adventure and loves to travel. Her passion for exploring has allowed her to live in places such as Boston and New York. She has also spent time abroad, where she traveled to amazing places like Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Brighton just to name a few. While on the go, she still makes time to train, using these beautiful destinations as her backdrop. Stryker currently resides in Los Angeles.