In our last instalment of Transformation Tuesday, we speak with Kelsey Wells, a SWEAT trainer and fitness personality on her mission to empower women all around the world.
“I think overall we underestimate the power of small and simple things,” said Kelsey when asked about her advice for beginners who are starting their own fitness journey. Starting a fitness journey may seem intimidating, but Kelsey Wells wants to set an example that through perseverance and positivity, you will thrive!
Kelsey’s transformation journey began months after giving birth to her son – a time where she recalled having a hard time coping with postpartum anxiety. Despite the physical and emotional setback, she turned to exercise as a way to cope and found it mentally and emotionally healing. That sparked her to continue and take it “one workout at a time”.
Now, Kelsey hopes to empower all 2.1 million of her fans through fitness, and through her PWR program, encourage more women around the world to get strong – emotionally, mentally and physically. Read on to learn more about her fitness journey:
FF: At which juncture in your life did you decide to embark on your fitness journey?
Kelsey: My fitness journey began a few months after giving birth to my son Anderson. Although I was overjoyed with my little boy, the postpartum period was tough for me. I did not have a positive inner voice or relationship with my body, and was battling postpartum anxiety. I turned to exercise out of desperation and was amazed at how healing it was for me mentally and emotionally. My transformation began immediately — it enabled me to cope with my anxiety, boosted my energy, helped me sleep better, and fostered an appreciation for my body from which self-confidence and self-love began to grow.
FF: What goals did you set for yourself, and what did you do to achieve it?
Kelsey: My goals in the beginning were exceedingly simple. I needed to get through each day. I needed to care for myself and my baby. I took it one day, one workout at a time and did nothing extreme.
FF: What are the main challenges you faced, and how did you overcome it?
Kelsey: Every phase of my journey has brought different challenges. In the beginning, it was simply finding the time and energy to workout with my newborn when I was at a point of exhaustion I didn’t know possible. It was finding the mental strength to push through a workout and do what I could, though my physical strength was so little and I had to modify everything. It was looking in the mirror and choosing to see myself positively instead of tearing myself apart.
FF: Based on your experience, what advice would you give beginners who are thinking of starting their own fitness journey?
Kelsey: I think overall we underestimate the power of small and simple things. The little efforts, coupled with consistency and compounded over time, can change everything! Just start. Start where you are. Do what you can. Let your efforts be rooted out of filling yourself with positivity instead of piling on pressure and you will thrive.
FF: What are some of your favourite ways to workout?
Kelsey: My absolute favourite form of exercise is my PWR Program! I love weight training and PWR is my own personal, unique, results driven take on weight-lifting that is designed to help women maximize their time and efforts in the gym. I keep it interesting and the workouts move fast and are fun!
FF: How do you maintain a balanced diet? Any tips to share?
Kelsey: I don’t believe in extremes or in training or in my diet. I eat from all food groups and focus on a high-protein diet with lots of fruits and veggies, and minimal fried foods or refined sugar. Food is fuel but it should also be enjoyed!
FF: What has been the best part about getting fit?
Kelsey: The best part has been how I feel. I began to feel better far before my body began to change in the mirror. I want to help all women understand that fitness is not primarily about the aesthetics but it is about our mental, emotional, and physical health. My fitness journey was the tool I used to empower myself in all areas of my life, and that is why I do what I do — so that I can help others empower themselves through fitness as well.
Join Kelsey Wells at the Main Stage for her PWR Bootcamp at FitnessFest 2019!