About - Barbells & Bows
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My name is Kristin Pope

and I am a native Atlantan

Fitness has always been a passion of mine with my first sport being gymnastics. I was on a competitive team for 13 years. My gymnastics career included 13 state individual championship titles, as well as regional and national placements in levels 8-10. I competed at level 10 for 3 years before leaving the sport after multiple injuries. From there I found a love for Competitive All-Star Cheerleading.

I currently compete at the International Level in Olympic Weightlifting and National Level in Powerlifting. It all started back in 2013 when I was doing CrossFit. After multiple injuries, including an ankle surgery, I managed to begin Weightlifting full time in early 2014. I competed at USAW Nationals my first year lifting. I was named a member to Team USA for the 2017 University World Games Team.

Strength Stats


Clean and Jerk: 108KG/ 238#
Snatch: 91KG/200#


Back Squat: 142kg/312#
Bench Press: 77.5kg/170#
Deadlift: 142kg/312#

Through a lot of ups and downs and trial and error in finding myself I realized that my ultimate passion is tied to the barbell. I want to share this passion with anyone who wants to listen. I started my nutrition company because I want to help other people achieve their goals.

I have lifted with a bow in my hair since the first day I tried to pick up a deadlift at Golds Gym. The bow is a part of me & a symbol that women should take pride in their strength and remain fearless of what society says. I love tattoos, music, photography & sports. I hope you enjoy following my journey!


  • University of Georgia Alumni (2010) with a degree in Economics and an emphasis in Environmental Economics. 
  • Certified through the National Council On Strength & Fitness as a Sport Nutrition Specialist.
  • Certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting
  • Certified Safe Sport Trained
  • Gymnastics choreographer with numerous state and regional titles under my belt for my athlete’s routines.