Kelsey Wells gets raw about her early fitness struggles, day on a plate and fave ‘cheat’ meal

'I can't imagine doing anything other than empowering women'

By Jess Arrowsmith • 2 months ago • CELEBRITY

We caught up with SWEAT trainer, Kelsey Wells over the weekend when she flew Down Under for the Sydney Fitness Show. With over 2 million avid followers on Instagram, the fit mum who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah in the US, got raw and real with us about her health & fitness journey.

From her personal struggles to her typical day on a plate, favourite indulgent meal (yep, the stunner loves a plain glazed donut) and the one workout exercise she couldn’t live without, read below for Triple White’s full interview with the inspiring fitness star:

Can you talk us through your personal health journey and any personal struggles that ignited your passion to feel strong, empowered and healthy?

‘I was not very active my entire adult life, until the birth of my son five years ago. You always hear the positive and amazing sides of having a child – which is all true – but I suffered from postnatal anxiety pretty badly. I also had a pretty negative body image and internal dialogue with myself. I began exercising initially because my midwife suggested that it might help me with my anxiety. I actually started working out as a last resort form of desperation.’

‘I started working out at home and it was incredible to discover that within a couple of weeks, there was a shift. It was far before I saw any physical transformations that I started to really feel better and that’s the transformation I’m most proud of. Fitness isn’t about your look, it’s about your health.’

‘It was at that point that I started to understand that my body deserved to be taken care of and fitness enabled me to look at myself from a place of gratitude and positivity – that was everything for me.’

‘My journey was private and personal and full of challenges but I grew so much from it. Once I became enlightened from health and fitness, I found such a passion for it and now I can’t imagine doing anything else than helping empower women to change their life for the better.’

What type of workouts did you start doing early on in your fitness journey?

‘I would walk a lot. I put my son in the stroller (or pram, as you call it in Australia [laughs]) and I’d go for long walks or do little at-home workouts. I didn’t have much strength to do most exercises but I tried. It’s amazing to think how far I’ve come but I did my best at the time and I stopped and started – just like most women. But It really came down to small shifts that change your life and enable you to empower your health.’

What are a few things people don’t know about you?

‘Most people assume I am Australian, which is sort of funny. I’m from Salt Lake City, which is in Utah in the US. ‘

‘Also, I’m quite scared of spiders. That’s one of my biggest fears. I don’t deal well with spiders at all. Even videos of spiders!’

What does a day on a plate look like for you?

‘My philosophy with food is pretty holistic. I want women to understand that there is no magical diet, it’s always going to be different for everyone according to their lifestyles, genetics, allergies and so on. ‘

‘For me personally, I have a very high protein-based diet with lots of fruit and veggies and minimally refined sugars.’


‘I have an egg scramble with lots of veggies packed inside!’


‘Before the gym, I’ll typically have a latte.’

Post gym:

‘ I have a protein smoothie after I workout.’


‘I know it sounds pretty boring but I usually have a salad or healthy bowl for lunch. I’ll pack in a bunch of veggies and protein, depending on what I have in the fridge. ‘


‘I love to snack on hard boil eggs, string cheese, cottage cheese and I love fruit… and almonds!’


‘In the summer we grill almost every night. My husband will make roast chicken or shrimp and we’ll have that with roast vegetables. I’ll have that with quinoa or brown rice or something else.’


‘I do have dessert every night. I usually go for a yogurt parfait with honey or something a little sweet!’

What’s your favourite ‘naughty’ meal?

‘Some of my favourite indulgent foods that I don’t have too often would be a plain glazed donut – especially when it’s warm and fresh – and french fries. I love fries of almost every kind!’

How did you grow your social media following?

‘I actually didn’t begin my fitness Instagram in the early stages. When I did make my profile, I was in a place where I wanted to use it to really learn, grown and meet a network or community if women I could connect with. ‘

‘I felt like there were a lot of women in my position that I could help because when I started [my fitness journey], If I would have had just one friend or person who could have given me a tip or advice, it would have been a game changer for me. ‘

‘When I first had my Instagram it was private. It was my quiet, safe space. The idea of sharing my account with anyone mortified me. It sounds silly, but I never imagined having a following. I never thought I’d switch career or that I’d turn it into a business.’

‘It’s very surreal for me to look back on how that happened but I have so much gratitude for social media. What a cool thing that I get to support and share my journey with my incredible community. ‘

What’s your all-time favourite exercise?

‘That is so hard! I don’t even know where to start. I would have to say a barbell sumo squat. It’s a great compound movement and gives you a full body workout in one. And it’s fun!’

Do you like working out in groups or solo best?

‘When it comes to personal day-to-day workouts, I love doing it alone. But as a trainer, one of my favourite things is leading a group workout. It’s the best energy and best time.’

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