Kelsie considers herself a “lifetime-athlete”, constantly challenging herself to try new sports and compete in various competitions. She’s tried everything from gymnastics to rugby, basketball to competitive water-skiing, and has racked up a list of 10 different sports thus far! She has most recently became immersed in competitive strength sports like powerlifting and strongman. Through her many years of competing in various sports, she’s found that deep-down what she truly enjoys most is setting a goal for herself that may seem “impossible” in the beginning, and pushing herself to exceed that goal in the end! Her top three accomplishments so far have been 1) becoming a D1 rowing athlete at Clemson University, 2) competing at Raw Nationals in 2016 with USA Powerlifting, and 3) pulling a 303lb deadlift! It’s this goal-setting/goal-crushing work ethic and mindset that Kelsie enjoys instilling into her clients to pursue their own goals.
My diet: I try to get creative with my meals, but always make sure to have lean proteins, fresh vegetables, complex carbs, and healthy fats at each meal. My snacks are typically protein bars or shakes with fruit. I use supplements such as multivitamins, creatine, and L-leucine in my diet as well. I enjoy learning the science behind nutrition and supplements, and how our bodies utilize them for various processes.
My workouts: My workouts vary depending on what my goal is at the time. If I’m training for a powerlifting competition, I’m lifting heavy in the squat, bench press, and deadlift to work towards a 1 Rep Max. If I’m not in competition mode, then I enjoy a variety of powerlifting, bodybuilding, and athletic movements. In 2018, I hope to start training for my first strongman competition which will include things like tire flips, truck-pulls, farmer’s carries, and log presses!
Client success: I find the most joy in helping my clients set goals for themselves that may seem impossible, and assisting them in working to exceed those goals. One of my top client successes was a woman in her 40’s who originally came to me to lose weight and get in shape for hiking, who later set out to Africa and hiked over 19,000 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro! In our year of training together, she lost over 20lb of fat, increased her strength and endurance, and achieved a huge self-accomplishment that she once thought was merely a dream.
Another great client success was a 68 year old woman who decided she wanted to compete in powerlifting. Her and I trained together for approximately six months, and in that time she competed in a local and National level competition, and even broke multiple state records! Just a few years prior to that, she had beat cancer and decided nothing was going to stop her from doing what she wanted…powerlifting included!
My strength: My biggest strength is helping clients find their own strengths. Not everyone wants to compete in powerlifting competitions or hike Mount Kilimanjaro, and that’s OK! However, I think it is important for everyone to set goals for themselves and work week after week to achieve them. I always find that my clients gain strength and increase their endurance before they see “weight” loss. Their body fat will go down, but their measurements might go up (muscle gain!). Their weight may be a couple pounds heavier, but their number of push-ups during our testing has doubled. I like to remind them that they are more than a number on a scale, and that their health should not be gauged by just “losses” but rather by “gains”! More muscle, more reps, more weight on the bar…THAT is what I strive for in my clients. Be MORE, do MORE, achieve MORE!
“Exercise and dieting should not be a quick-fix, but rather a lifestyle change. We must continously be setting goals, working to exceed those goals, and then creating new ones – this keeps us fresh, motivated, and constantly evolving! Not sure where to get started? With my personal accomplishments and past client successes, I guarantee I can help you achieve any goal you’re willing to work for. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it!”