Kelsey Mahnke

Kelsey Mahnke




How important is fitness to you and how has it positively effected your life?

Fitness is extremely important to me. Aside from training for a competition or a show, fitness helps you train for LIFE. Too often, I see families where the parents are too overweight to play outside with their children or they are too obese to go on rides with them at the theme park. I want to be that parent one day that can go running with my children, help them practice their sports, and help them learn to live a healthy lifestyle. I want to be that person that my friends call when they need to move because I am capable of moving around furniture. Fitness= a happier, healthier life and more opportunities to spend time with the ones you care about.
Fitness has positively effected my life because it took me from a college student who gained well over her “freshman 15” by drinking and eating poorly every night to a much healthier, stronger, and more confident woman. I went from feeling sorry for myself for being overweight to feeling happy about my appearance, health and just a happier person in general. The gym is my constant outlet for any type of frustration I get from studying or being at work all day. I know I can always leave with a clear head and a positive attitude.

Other hobbies/passions

Besides lifting, I really enjoy my jobs as a gymnastics coach and a teacher. I love working with children, helping them achieve their goals and watching them grow. I also like playing with my dog and spending quality time with my friends and family. One of my unique hobbies is shooting in IPA (Interstate Pistol Association) matches with my dad.


What motivates you?
What motivates me day in and day out are the other gym members I see making these insane transformations. Dads that lose 100 pounds so they can keep up with their kids, people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and want to live longer, or new moms who want to lose their baby weight and some. These people really want to make a change in their life, and their determination and transformations inspire me. These people come in and start from square 1, and watching their progress and witnessing their hard work paying off is nothing but inspirational and motivational. If they can do it, you can do it.


Most Embarrassing Moment?
My most embarrassing moment was during one of my CrossFit classes. I had just gotten brand new shoes for my birthday and was so excited to use them in a workout. The class was ready to begin the workout and the coach was setting the timer, and I held everyone up because I had to stop and go to the bathroom. Since I knew everyone was waiting for me to get the workout started, I hurried in the bathroom and ran back out to the floor just to see everyone laughing at me. It turns out I had toilet paper stuck to the bottom of my new shoes, and just about everyone was on the ground laughing at me. I laughed too, and everyone told me to just roll with it. They told me to tuck in my shirt, pull my pants up high, and just rock the nerd look with toilet paper hanging off her shoe the whole workout. So I did! And here’s proof: