Kelsey Wells flexing her biceps in a bikini

Kelsey Wells

Fitness Model, Athlete, Online Coach

Kelsey Wells is one of the most recognized names in the fitness industry. Working with the likes of Kayla Itsines, she’s built a fitness empire with her workout videos, pictures, and awesome quotes.

However, Kayla wasn’t always a fan of exercising. She spent her early years playing sports, but after finishing school, training became a chore.

It wasn’t until she gave birth to her son that she returned to lifting weights in order to combat post-partum depression. Since then, her love for fitness has grown by leaps and bounds and so did her influence as an online coach and model.

This is Kelsey’s story:

Kelsey Wells flexing her lean and toned muscles for the camera

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Kelsey Wells
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
135 - 145lbs (61.2 - 65.8kg)5'7" (170cm)33September 1, 1990
AustralianFitness Model, Athlete, Online Coachmysweatlife
Weight135 - 145lbs (61.2 - 65.8kg)
Height5'7" (170cm)
Date of BirthSeptember 1, 1990
ProfessionFitness Model, Athlete, Online Coach

Kelsey Wells sitting on a couch and smiling, looking fit and ripped

“I’ve never done anything extraordinary. Any woman can do what I’ve done. I’ve just chosen to take care of myself day by day, little by little.”


  • Fitness Trainer
  • Model
  • Athlete
  • Online Personality

Kelsey Wells training biceps in the gym


Post-Partum Depression

Kelsey Wells didn’t love to exercise as an adult, until having her first child. The entire pregnancy and birth were hard on Kelsey, just as much mentally as they were physically. After giving birth, she developed post-partum depression and knew something needed to change.

In Kelsey’s words: “I went to a post-partum Dr. checkup and broke down in tears as I filled out the survey to assess mental health and post-partum depression/anxiety. I knew I was not ok. As we discussed treatment options, I was told regular exercise might help.” – Kelsey Wells

Kelsey Wells stretching outdoors, wearing blue leggings, looking curvy and awesome

Kelsey’s Fitness Journey

Staying fit and active in the gym allowed Kelsey to vent her negative emotions. Not only that, but she also felt better after seeing progress in her body from training.

Motivated to learn more, Kelsey started researching more advanced topics about nutrition. She soon realized that the food she ate could massively impact the way she felt. As a result, she revamped her diet from the bottom up – and this is where the biggest improvements followed.

With a regular training routine and a healthy diet in place, Kelsey began feeling much better. Her body also improved by leaps and bounds. She weighed 140lbs at this point, which was the same weight Kelsey had prior to her pregnancy. But her body composition was completely different now, due to weight training. She looked better than ever.

“I slowly began to gain confidence and appreciation for my body and manage my anxiety in a holistic and healthy way. Simply, the more I cared for my body, the more I began to love myself and believe it was worth caring for.”

Kelsey Wells standing in the pool during a holiday, looking fit and lean

Kelsey Wells' body transformation before-after

Empowering Others

Watching her own body transform gave Kelsey the courage to inspire others with her example.

She went on to open a social media account to post pictures of her transformation. Along with pictures, she also posted brief quotes of her fitness journey. Before long, more and more people came and resonated with her story, especially other mothers who faced post-pregnancy depression.

Within months, Kelsey became a fitness guru. She used this opportunity to open her online coaching programs, along with other businesses. Over the years, she’s grown into a successful entrepreneur and icon of the fitness industry.

Kelsey says she is grateful for her struggles, for they have made her into the person she is today. She now uses her story to inspire and educate others about the benefits of fitness.

“After years of hard work, consistency, and finally believing in and being true to myself later, I am who I am and where I today. I am immensely grateful for my struggles and every part of my journey and you should be too.”

Kelsey Wells posing for the photo looking awesome and fit


Kelsey aims to train six days per week, doing fast and intense workouts that cater to her busy schedule.

She does everything from body-weight exercises, cardio, to strength workouts. Her typical training session lasts around 45 minutes.

She goes to the gym at the same time every day, which is 11.30am. Kelsey finds this time to be the least busy, allowing her to focus on her workout.

Cardio vs. Strength Training

Kelsey’s week of training consists of 4-6 strength workouts and 2 cardio sessions.

However, she doesn’t stress too much if she misses a cardio workout. In her opinion, weightlifting is more important for having a lean and toned body.

Kelsey Wells training her lats with dumbbells in the gym

Warming Up

Before she starts with her workout, Kelsey usually warms up with 3-5 minutes of treadmill running.

After this, she does a series of light-weight, high-rep exercises to get her muscles fully activated for the workout.

Kelsey Wells taking a selfie of herself with a barbell in the gym

Foam Rolling and Recovery

Kelsey tends to do foam rolling and stretching after her workouts. This helps her cool down and reduce the inflammation the next day.

However, if she is already sore from her previous workout, Kelsey will foam roll prior to training to ease off the pain.

Kelsey’s Workout Routine

Monday – Chest and Triceps


  • Push-Ups, 15 reps
  • Burpees, 10 reps
  • Chest Flys, 15 reps
  • Wide Mountain Climbers, 24 reps

Pyramid Sets

  • Chest Press, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Decline Chest Press, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Tricep Pushdowns
  • Triceps Pushdowns (overhand), 12, 10, 10 reps


  • Chest Flys, 12 reps
  • Tricep Extensions, 12 reps
  • Triceps Push-Up, 12 reps
  • Skull Crushers, 12 reps

Workout Finishers

  • Tricep Dips, 60 seconds
  • Tricep Pushdowns, 60 seconds
Tuesday – Glutes and Hamstrings


  • Gute Kickbacks, 30 reps
  • Burpees, 10 reps
  • Fire Hydrant, 30 reps
  • Knee-Ups, 20 reps

Pyramid Sets

  • Sumo Squat, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Straight-Leg Deadlift, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Hip Thrusts, 12, 10, 10 reps


  • Hamstring Curls, 12 reps
  • Jump Lunges, 20 reps
  • Sumo Squats, 12 reps
  • Box Jumps, 12 reps

Workout Finishers

  • Hamstring Curls, 60 seconds
  • Glute Bridge, 60 seconds
Wednesday – Back and Biceps


  • Bent-over Reverse Flys, 15 reps
  • Wide Mountain Climbers, 24 reps
  • Push-Ups & Rows, 10 reps
  • Jumping Jacks, 20 reps

Pyramid Sets

  • Lat Pulldowns, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Bent-Over Reverse Flys, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Bicep Curls, 12, 10, 10 reps


  • Single-Arm Rows, 20 reps
  • Bicep Curls (Underhand), 10 reps
  • Bicep Curls (Overhand), 10 reps

Workout Finishers

  • Front Lat Pull, 60 secs
  • Negative Bicep Curls (Underhand), 60 sec
Thursday – Leg Workout


  • Clams, 30 reps
  • Mountain Climbers, 40 reps
  • Donkey Kicks, 30 reps
  • Burpees, 10 reps

Pyramid Sets

  • Leg Press, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Front Squats, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Hip Thrusts, 12, 10, 10 reps


  • Straight-Legged Deadlifts, 12 reps
  • Stop Squats, 12 reps
  • Goblet Reverse Lunges, 20 reps
  • Inchworm, 15 reps

Workout Finishers

  • Double-Pulse Squats, 60 seconds
  • Glute Bridge, 60 seconds
Friday – Shoulders and Abs


  • Single-Arm Reverse Flys, 20 reps
  • Drop Push-Ups, 12 reps
  • Straight-Leg Raises, 15 reps
  • Mountain Climbers, 40 reps


  • Shoulder Press, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Face Pulls, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Bent-Leg Raises, 12, 10, 10 reps


  • Knee Tucks, 12 reps
  • Burpees, 10 reps
  • Upright Rows, 12 reps
  • Side to Front Raises, 8 reps

Workout Finishers

  • Decline Oblique Crunch, 60 seconds
  • Bent-Leg Raises and Hip Lift, 60 seconds
Saturday – Abs


  • Straight-Legged Raises, 15 reps
  • Mountain Climbers, 40 reps
  • Planks, 30 seconds
  • Burpees, 10 reps

Pyramid Sets

  • Crunches, 15, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Decline Sit-Ups, 12, 10, 10 reps
  • Hollow Holds, 60, 45, 45 seconds


  • Straight-Legged Jackknife, 12 reps
  • Wide Mountain Climber, 24 reps
  • Oblique Crunch, 20 reps
  • Drop Push-Ups, 12 reps


  • Pike, 60 seconds
  • Planks, 60 seconds
Sunday – Rest and Recovery

Kelsey Wells doing yoga



Kelsey Wells eats a variety of healthy and unprocessed foods. These include Greek yogurt and protein pancakes for breakfast, chicken and salad for lunch, and quinoa with shrimp and vegetables for dinner.

She enjoys snacking on healthy food in between main meals. Her favorite snacks are raw fruits, almonds, and vegetables dipped in cottage cheese.

Pre-Workout Latte

Kelsey loves sipping on an iced latte about 30 minutes before a workout.

It’s one of her favorite pre-workout snacks, due to the energy boost she gets from the caffeine.

Kelsey Wells wearing white sports outfit, looking fit and lean

Sunday Doughnut Funday

While Kelsey eats strictly for most of the week, she takes one day a week to eat something she enjoys.

One of her favorite treats is a doughnut, which she eats on Sundays. That’s why Kelsey calls this day “Sunday Doughnut Funday”.

Kelsey Wells flexing her biceps and abs while smiling

Idols and Influences

Kelsey Wells was influenced to train by her doctor, who told her that working out might help her overcome post-partum depression.

From this point on, Kelsey slowly started feeling better. Within months, she became a completely different person – both on the inside and outside.

Nowadays, Kelsey’s source of inspiration are her fans. Their own personal success stories motivate Kelsey to keep sharing her awesome fitness advice with everyone online.

Kelsey Wells wearing a black bikini smiling for a photo

What we can learn from Kelsey Wells

Kelsey Wells initially got into fitness because she felt physically and emotionally drained, after giving birth to her first child. Through weight training, she was able to overcome her obstacles and become an example for others.

Keep Kelsey’s story in mind next time you face a challenge in your own life. Reading stories such as hers might give you the motivation to turn your own obstacles into a success story – just like she did.

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Would love to know where the black strappy sports bra in one of your pics on this post is from. I find that if I really feel good in what I’m working out in, I workout stronger and harder. I love all of your fitness attire. Please share! You are inspiring!

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