Everyone’s fitness journey is unique, and no one is without a fair share of their pitfalls and obstacles.
Dedicate yourself truly to work, not just to get fit Real Good for your body and mind, it helps to have someone in your corner who can inspire you and be sympathetic to you.
Perhaps no one embodies more than that Kelsey Henan.
Growing up in a sports-loving family in Minnesota where, Kelsey says, his mother “always kept up a game,” Kelsey saw organized sports help him overcome childhood shyness.
His love of basketball led him to Vanguard University in Orange County, California.
Although Vanguard was not as large as nearby schools like Stanford and UCLA, Kelsey was immediately associated with high-level competition.
“We will play against some of the best teams in the country,” he says.
Around the same time, Kelsey began to struggle with anorexia and exercise bulimia.
As he explained on his site Daily Kelsey“My heart rate was very low. My doctor said I couldn’t even go for a brisk walk or I could go for cardiac arrest.”
Within a few years, Kelsey embarked on his recovery journey, which led him to become a Certified Nutrition Instructor and Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning Effective Strength Instructor, start his own fitness business and become an instructor and mentor for others. Having a healthy and happy outlook on life – beyond just physical gain.
He joined Beachbody in 2021 For its popular HIIT and strength-training programs Focus 4 weeks.
Her most recent celebrity: Strengthened with Kelsey Henan, where she hopes to emphasize strength training on anyone’s fitness journey (and of course, how to have fun doing it!)
Beechbody: When did you make this change from “I’m good for myself” to “I want to help others do it”?
Kelsey Henan: It was 2014. I got all my certifications when I was working in the school district. (I went to school to do social work.)
But after a while, I realized that I really missed focusing on fitness and strength and movement. And so after that I was transformed into more fitness.
It has allowed me to continue to find other people and help them build confidence in who they are.
You describe yourself as a “type A” personality – can it sometimes be detrimental to get involved in fitness?
Absolutely. And it was really my downfall when I got sick, because I was “by the book”. I had many perfectionist tendencies.
Eventually, I started making these arbitrary rules that made no sense, but I had to follow them. And that’s where it’s kind of a slippery slope.
After going through treatment and recovery and improving my physical and mental health, I realized that fitness and energy allowed me to be who I am.
So I try to help people create a middle ground in their lives – where they can not only stay fit and eat healthy, but also relax and enjoy life and spend the day off and eat donuts and pizza and all that stuff. Can
When it comes to setting arbitrary rules, are there any common misconceptions that you don’t have to teach them when you start working with them?
Yes, there are many common misconceptions. One of them is that stupid trend of #NoDaysOff. I think it’s ridiculous.
This is the kind of thing where people think, “I have to work for the X number every week, or it won’t count.” Or “I have to work for X amounts of minutes or hours every day otherwise it won’t count.”
A common belief that comes to many women is the fear of strength training, because they think that if they gain weight they will become very heavy and fly away like the Hulk.
But It’s just a myth – That’s not true.
What was the inspiration behind Get Strong?
I really believe that energy is for everyone.
And when you focus on energy training, instead of trying to lose calories or trying to lose fat or lose weight – if you focus on energy first, all the things you really want are going to be a byproduct of this new focus.
So instead of trying to be small, let’s focus on getting stronger.
Creating Gate Strong was an incredible opportunity, because I wanted to continue building on a lot of what I created in 4 weeks of focus and help people be able to improve.
Has your own personal experience helped you inspire others?
Not everyone will have a very serious, limited eating disorder, but I bet if we survey the world, 99% of people will say that they struggle with their relationship with their body.
And they question the foods they eat, and they feel guilty from time to time, so being able to understand that on a really deep level has allowed me to be able to communicate with them in a better way, where I just scream at them for working hard. Not doing.
It won’t help them in the long run.
What are the small ways you can help emotionally?
I am very careful to be gentle and empathetic in my language because I know how people feel about talking negatively about their bodies and food.
I avoid talking about food as “allowed” or “not allowed”. Calling a food “good” or “bad”. Or “clean” or “dirty.”
It’s not that people have bad intentions at all, but its psychology is very interesting.
If you say that a food is good or bad, people start thinking, “Okay, I’m good. But if I eat that I’m bad, I’m a bad person, I’ve failed today.
“Knock food” is another one that I don’t use. I use the word “flex”, flexible with your food choices. It’s not bad … just to enjoy the food.