We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Lenahan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My goal as a personal trainer and coach is to create more confident and healthy women both mentally and physically. As an online coach I’ve been able to create a diverse community of women who encourage and uplift one another while pushing each other to do better. Through changing one life at a time for the better, I’m able to slowly impact communities globally.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In 2013 I graduated from North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I knew I wanted to help people but I didn’t necessarily know how. At the time my goal was to use my degree as a launching pad into a counseling career. Little did I know that I would soon fall in love with fitness, which would become a huge part of my life. Since then my goals to help people have not changed, they just look a little different now. I decided to take on a team of female only clients and athletes, which allowed me to focus my energy on pouring into women who needed help with learning how to become strong both mentally and physically. Many women battle with body image issues accompanied by eating restrictions and diet misinformation. Over the past several years I’ve made it my personal goal to help every woman that comes to me for coaching, whether it’s for general fitness or Powerlifting, and guide them to embrace their bodies for what they can DO and not just what they look like. Through the process of strengthening their bodies and learning how to fuel them properly, my clients embrace who they are and learn true confidence from the inside out. The road has not, and is not, always easy. It comes with a lot of obstacles that people don’t tell you about. Learning how to juggle a lot of things at once, how to budget your time while working for yourself, how to incorporate different systems in place to keep you in touch with your clients and able to help them best… it’s been hard! And honestly it still is. Without anyone really guiding you and teaching you the “best” way to do things, you often feel lost. For me personally, I’ve never really had a mentor or someone to show me what the optimal way is to do certain things so it’s been a challenge. Each day comes with new challenges, but learning to embrace them and fight through has been something that has forced me to grow in ways I didn’t know I could.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
San Diego is one of the best places to visit in the U.S. in my opinion! So much to do and see. Some of my favorite “must see/do” things: Brunch at Swami’s. Walk along San Diego harbor. Visit Seaport Village, Walk along La Jolla Cove at sunset. Hike Torrey Pines. Get a California burrito at Roberto’s. Ride bikes along the bay on Coronado. Go to the beach on Coronado and walk through the Hotel Del. Get dessert at Extraordinary Desserts. Coffee from James Coffee Co. Visit Sunset Cliffs. Hike Cowles Mountain. Get drinks at Raised by Wolves. Lunch at Funky Fries and Burgers.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Much of what I’ve learned and created has been through trial and error, watching others do it, and deciding I wanted to create my own versions. I credit a lot of my knowledge to good coaches and friends leading the way in the Powerlifting industry and spreading their knowledge. Watching this has made me more hungry to grow my own knowledge through personal research.
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