PS: Tell me about your new gig with SWEAT, how did it come about?
KW: It's amazing, the timing was kind of perfect, I had an existing relationship with Kayla and Tobi — I love them as people and I've always supported all that they do — and when Tobi approached me, honestly, it was the easiest decision. The app's mission aligns exactly with my own, which is to help women feel strong and empowered through fitness, so I was all about it and so excited to be a part of it. Now I just kind of feel like that it's such a huge pinch me moment that my program is actually in the SWEAT app. But beyond everything I truly just feel honoured to be working alongside such incredible people, like the whole team is amazing and I couldn't be more proud of the movement that we're striving towards and the positive messages that we're trying to share and I just feel really grateful and proud to be a part of it.
PS: What's the one thing that you think helped get you through your pregnancy?
KW: The one thing that helped me get through the pregnancy was sweat pants [laughs]. But no, in all honesty it was probably my husband, definitely my husband, I mean he was my biggest support. But as far as fitness goes, I honestly wasn't able to maintain a super-active pregnancy, I wanted to, I had the best intentions, but it was really after-baby that my journey with fitness began. Fitness just helped me so much during that postpartum stage, which is why it became such a passion for me, being able to help other women at that point.
PS: Do you have any tips for mums in those first few months post-baby? Of course baby is important but looking after mum is just as important, right?
Kelsey: You are absolutely right! The baby is so important, but so are you and I think it's too easy to lose sight of that during that time. And as cheesy as it might sound, honest to God, my 100 percent number one piece of advice for a new mum or for any woman after childbirth is to love yourself. Your body goes through so much through pregnancy, it feels different, it looks different and that can be hard, that can be really hard post-pregnancy. But instead of feeling down and picking yourself apart, if you choose to look at your post-pregnancy body with gratitude and with love and appreciation for what you know it just did and all that you just went through, I really think striving towards that mindset is the one tip that's going to translate into everything else. If you exercise out of love for yourself and a desire to care for yourself you're going to get so much farther on your journey than if you're exercising because you’re unhappy with yourself and where you're at.
PS: For new mums, time is a major issue. What kind of exercises do you recommend?
KW: During the period post-pregnancy, walking is actually one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your body to start that healing process and getting your body used to regular exercise again. In terms of resistance training, it's very important to focus on restoring your strength in your pelvic floor and your interior abdominals because they have really gone through the most change. You want to be gentle with your resistance training, which is exactly why I did my program the way I did so that mums who don’t have much time can still workout. Even when you can only workout ten minutes here, ten minutes there, it really doesn't take much time if you know the right thing to do. Ten or fifteen minutes here or there is really all it takes.
PS: Did you ever think that you would be as successful as you are now?
KW: No, I never could have imagined to be honest. I'm just so grateful and I feel like I'm so happy that I can do something that I'm so passionate about and be able to help other people who are where I was at or who are undergoing their journey to change for the best. I think this is such a huge blessing that I now have a platform to share that passion. It's definitely a shock, I have pinch me moments all the time between me and my husband, I’ll look at him like, 'What's going on?' So it's pretty crazy but I just feel really blessed.