“You want inspiration, look inside yourself because you owe it to yourself, and you can do it!”
These words reverberated off the walls of the crowded Soho Studios in Wynwood, as a flock of women packed the room to sweat with influential fitness instructor, Kelsey Wells.
Those words, spoken by Kelsey Wells, who rose to influence in 2016 after her ‘Screw the Scale’ Instagram went viral, have been the rallying cry for her followers, who have elevated her to worldwide recognition.
Wells has expanded her speaking platform to discuss her battle with postpartum depression, and how physical and mental strength were her savior during an inner struggle with emotional negativity.
For her fans, this one-hour workout to experience Wells’ new PWR workout, was more than just a workout. It was a chance to meet someone who has made an impact on their lives.
We caught up with Wells before the workout to learn more about her journey, her own fitness programming, and her new PWR workout.
SF305: Welcome to Miami!
Kelsey: Thank you, it’s so great to be here!
SF305: Tell us a little about your new training program PWR, now available on the SWEAT app.
Kelsey: PWR stands for Power. It’s hypertrophy-based weight training program geared for women. There are 450 exercises that we’ve filmed and included, that are classic, proven, weight training exercises. I’ve taken my personal favorite training techniques, such as super sets, tri sets, pyramid training, burnouts, things like that, to maximize your time and effort spent in the gym, so you can get a really solid weight training session done in under an hour.
SF305: What are some of the benefits people can expect from the PWR workout?
Kelsey: When I created PWR, I really wanted to take women on a strength-based journey. Not just physically, obviously with hypertrophy you’re going to be building your muscle, gaining lean muscle, burning fat, and all of those things. But I really wanted women to gain confidence, and I always talk about gaining strength from the inside out. I think that the confidence you can gain in the gym spills over into other areas of your life.
SF305: What made you decide to bring PWR on the road?
Kelsey: I just love meeting people. The best part about what I do is having a global community of women from all different walks of life, all different backgrounds, from different places, different stages of life, going through different things. And hands down my favorite part of everything that I get to do, is being able to meet those women, and hug them, and see their faces.
SF305: On your Instagram Story yesterday, you went for a run and ended up bumping into some of your fans? Tell us about that.
Kelsey: I was jogging and had actually slowed my pace to text my husband a picture of the gorgeous view that I was running along. Someone ran up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and was like, “I’m so sorry, are you Kelsey?” And I was like, “Yeah.” And they’re like, “Oh my goodness, we’re coming to your event on Saturday!” I was so excited. I was geeking out over it. It’s just the best feeling to meet people, so I was glad they introduced themselves.
SF305: Okay, so let’s get to know you, a little bit more about you. What’s your favorite food in the whole world, calories/nutrients aside?
Kelsey: I think my favorite cuisine is a tie between Mexican and Italian. And one of my all-time favorite indulgences as far as dessert and treats, would be a classic glazed doughnut. I’m just a purist when it comes to doughnuts, you know?
SF305: What’s your weekly routine, workout routine, like?
Kelsey: I literally follow my PWR program. You can know my exact my routine if you download the SWEAT app. It begins with three weight training sessions and then up to three cardio session supplements. So I do five to six lifting sessions and one to two cardio sessions, every week, and I follow the muscle group splits that I’ve laid out in the app.
SF305: Do you prefer to work out alone or with a friend?
Kelsey: Alone, I can’t work out with a friend. That’s time in my day to spend on myself. It’s my therapy and that’s my “me time.”
SF305: What’s your favorite workout song?
Kelsey: Right now I love Whatever It Takes, by Imagine Dragons. I think that song is so powerful, and the message is so powerful, it pumps me up.
SF305: Finally, what’s next for you?
Kelsey: We have a lot of fun things coming up. Some more traveling. I hope to continue to get to meet people. And of course I’m always working to innovate my programs. In my personal life, my husband Ryan and I are actually taking Anderson to Disneyland for the first time – I am so excited!
SF305: That’s great Kelsey. We wish you all the best and can’t wait to workout with you next time you’re in Miami!
Kelsey: Absolutely! I’m just so grateful, thanks you guys!