Kelly Gonzalez, M.S. is a teacher of movement, mindset, and a healthy lifestyle.
Based on her direct experience and ongoing search for wisdom Kelly inspires you to embrace growth on all levels, discover what works best for you, and to cultivate intrinsic motivation for a healthy lifestyle.
She believes movement is a gateway to self-discovery and mastery. Through a mindful and systematic method involving education, self-awareness, mindful movement, and intuitive eating she aims to help you cut through the complexity of health and wellness information to discover what best suits your needs and to become your own fitness expert.
Kelly's Roots in Fitness & Wellness
At a young age, Kelly discovered the life changing effects of working diligently and persistently towards meaningful goals.
Kelly grew up on a farm in Maryland caring for horses; mucking stalls, tossing hay bales, and reading her favorite books in the hayloft. She learned the importance of hard work, patience, and performing actions from the heart. With this experience she built a strong foundation in mental and physical strength.
Her first job was working front desk at the local gym when she was 16 years old where she soaked up health and fitness information and experimented with a variety of exercises and techniques. She became a certified personal trainer at the age of 18 before going off to attend Johns Hopkins University and play Division 1 lacrosse.
Throughout her college years, she wrote a health and fitness column for the school newspaper, taught fitness classes, and led fitness and wellness programs to help her community stay fit and focused. During the summer months she stayed fit training outdoors as an ocean lifeguard in Fenwick Island, Delaware.
After college and some time wanderlusting in Australia and Bali she continued to teach, write, and embark on new challenges in the field of fitness. She became a professional bodybuilder in the bikini division of the IFBB in 2010. She moved to Los Angeles and worked as an on camera fitness expert.
After competing in back to back bodybuilding shows on the pro circuit Kelly found herself on stage at the highest level of the sport, the Olympia, but realized she was immensely unfulfilled and this wasn't what being "fit" was about for her.
She immersed herself in learning mobility techniques, yoga, and natural movement to restore her body from years of intense training and sports related injuries.
She traveled to India to learn about meditation and the energetic/subtle body, and attended a 10-day silent meditation retreat to learn Vipassana meditation.
As a wellness writer and for the seeker within she regularly embarks on "quests" to commune with nature and explore a variety of mindfulness techniques. See the latest wellness adventure here.
Her teachers and mentors include:
Tim Miller, Ashtanga Yoga & Pranayama
Kia Miller, Radiant Body Yoga, Kriya, and Meditation
Dr. Andreo Spina, Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) mobility training
Ido Portal- Natural Movement/Movement Culture
Kim Oddo- Bodybuilding- the IFBB Bikini Pro years
Through the culmination of her education and experiences past and present she has discovered a more balanced and harmonious approach to wellness, which she gratefully shares with others in her coaching program.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified personal trainer, certified yoga teacher, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist, and lifestyle & nutrition consultant.
Fitness Education & Wellness Consulting
She currently provides corporate wellness programs for companies such ZEFR and JR286, the equipment division of Nike.
She has worked with major fitness production companies such as MegaMace and Dailyburn.com as both talent and behind the scenes fitness expert and has produced fitness content for a number of websites and magazines.