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Conversations with the Inspiring Kelsey Wiedenhoefer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Wiedenhoefer.

Kelsey is a California native. She grew up in the Fresno area and has lived all over the state. She is a former UCSD Triton where she played for their nationally ranked Women’s Volleyball Team, and then received her Master’s Degree at USD in Peace and Justice Studios. Her most recent projects have been opening Move With Studio and launching a retreat business with her partner Richie Biluan called Move With Experiences.

Kelsey was destined for a life and career of movement from an early age. As a member of a long lineage of athletes, dancers, and teachers, Kelsey’s love of movement and comprehensively teaching it to others is in her blood. After playing collegiate volleyball at UCSD, Kelsey pursued a career in conscious movement. She completed the BASI Pilates certification and became a Master Barre Instructor for Tracey Mallett Fitness, leading teacher training all over the world. Kelsey also received the highest level of training through the Stretch to Win: Fascial Stretch Therapy Program, and is a Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist. Her confluence of training, movement, and care for the body acutely represent why Kelsey’s clients are devoted to her system.

Kelsey’s instruction celebrates a movement that is intelligent, functional, and connects mind with body. Rather than focus on calorie-burning goals, Kelsey’s practice with clients is centered around developing strength and physical awareness. Her clients are able to perform daily activities – at work, at home, and at play – with increased poise, flexibility, and confidence. She tailors each session for her clients’ needs, focusing on form and alignment above all else while incorporating creativity to various experiences and keeping routines fresh.

When not in her home studio, Kelsey currently trains numerous professional athletes and executives.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has definitely not been a smooth road and I have experienced many struggles along the way. When I opened my first business, I went the first year without taking any pay and completely drained my savings, but I had a vision and worked my ass off to get it off the ground. I also dealt with a lot of stress-related health issues along the way. A lot of people think that “wellness professionals” always have it together and are the healthiest, but many times we are the least healthy because we spend so much of our time taking care of others and trying to grow our business.

My advice to women just starting on the entrepreneurial path is to have patience. Patience with yourself, patience with the process, and patience with your vision. Also, to surround yourself with other women who support your growth, and who want to build with you. Women supporting Women is a very real thing. I didn’t realize that until I was able to take a step back from my first business and re-focus on relationships and building community. It makes ALL of the difference in the world. Lastly, SELF-CARE. Self-care is hugely important for all of us, but especially for those of us who are in an industry where we take care of others.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a Pilates teacher and Fascial Stretch Specialist.

I have been doing this work for close to ten years now and it is still fun for me. I love being able to help clients see change, feel better, move better, and understand their bodies more.

I am most proud of stepping out and creating a brand on my own. Move with Kelsey, Move with Studio, and Move with Experiences is all me. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a lot of help, and would not be where I am at today without the help of my Brand Manager and Web Developer, Richie Biluan.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I am a firm believer and practitioner of Kundalini Yoga. It has helped me come back to myself, understand myself better, and manifest everything I have accomplished in my life so far.

I also love listening to Abraham Hicks recordings when I get ready for work in the morning. It’s all about the Law of Attraction and speaking your dreams into existence.

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Image Credit:
Mark Karuda (white bathing suit photo), Richie Biluan (other three)

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