Meet Kelsey

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Kelsey got her start in soccer

Growing up my life revolved around soccer. When I grew up I was going to be a professional soccer player and Mia Hamm was

my idol. I had attempted other sports when I was younger but they never quite fit. I tried gymnastics and ballet but I had the coordination of a baby giraffe. Any attempts at basketball, volleyball or racket sports were instant failures. I just couldn’t get the

hang of it. All of my friends played soccer so at 8 years old I thought I would give it a go. I immediately loved the game. I played for 8 years. I played at a competitive level and spent my evenings on the soccer pitch. I never had the best technical skills but I was always the fastest on the field. I could out run most players on the other teams. My teams’ strategies were “always set Kelsey up for a break away” and my nickname was “Gazelle”. One day a teammate suggested I do track and field; she was on a club team and thought I would be a great 400m sprinter. I thanked her but I was going to be a professional soccer player and wasn’t going to let a different sport distract me.

When I was 15 I decided to try out for my high school’s track team – mostly because I wanted a day off school for the meet. To my surprise I was hooked from the first practice. It may sound strange but I loved pushing my body to its limits, and it helped that I was good at it. In my first year I was beating girls who did club track. I was recruited to a club that fed into the Dinos.

For a year I tried to do both track and soccer. After school I would spend about 4-5 hours running around to my different teams. I was physically and mentally spent. I knew I had to make a choice, but by this point it wasn’t really a decision. Track and Field had become my passion.

In 2007 I began class at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Kinesiology. Being an athlete it seemed like the obvious choice. I wanted to become a sport psychologist for elite athletes. Track was a huge reason why I chose to go to the University of Calgary. The varsity team had won nationals the year before and they had one of the best Kinesiology programs in the country. The track team would also be where I met my husband.

In my third year of school I applied for a job at the University Fitness Centre. It was the perfect job for a busy student-athlete. I also became captain of the Track team that year, a goal I had been working towards since becoming a varsity athlete. I worked at the Fitness Centre for three years when the head of personal training approached me. She offered to mentor me to become a

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Women’s Track and Field team wins National Championship

personal trainer. It seemed like an interesting opportunity and had flexible hours for my busy schedule. I was instantly drawn towards two polar opposite types of clients; weight-loss and young athletes. Although they are very different on the surface I think both groups had certain qualities I respected. They both have big goals and are willing to work hard to achieve them. They also both required my help at a grassroots level. I have to be present at all times to watch their form and be able to pick up on their energies. I have always been able to read people fairly easily and pick up on subtle energy shifts. This has helped me to become close with my clients quickly and build their trust.

Working with the weight management population requires a lot of hard work from both the client and myself but it also comes with the biggest rewards. Watching a client’s self-esteem soar as they hit their goals is a huge high for me. Their journey becomes my journey. Their set backs are my setbacks. I think my commitment to them is a large part of their success. I care about each and every one of my clients and am invested in their goals. The psychology behind behavior change fascinates me and I believe it to be the largest component to leading a healthy lifestyle.