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Meet Kelly Gonzalez of Kelly Gonzalez Fitness & Wellness in North County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Gonzalez.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always considered myself to be a student of the body, mind, and the art of living well.

I grew up on 18 acres in the woods just outside of Annapolis, Maryland. I spent my childhood taking care of horses, mucking stalls, tossing hay bales, and working out to my Mom’s Buns of Steel tapes since we didn’t have cable.

My first job was working at a gym when I was 16 years old. I became a certified personal trainer by the time I was 18 and a published health and fitness writer in college. After graduating, I went on to complete my Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

Over the years, I have embarked on various movement and self-discovery journeys. I was a Division 1 lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins, marathon runner, and a professional bodybuilder (IFBB Bikini Division) before becoming a wellness and transformation coach specializing in mobility, mindfulness, and wellness in the workplace.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In my mid-twenties I had reached many of my athletic and career goals, but I was unfulfilled, unhealthy (despite looking like the picture of health) due to restrictive diets and rigid training programs. I felt disconnected from others and my authentic Self.

From years of being an athlete and pushing my body to perform and look a certain way, I had movement deficiencies, tightness and mobility restrictions, as well as mental and emotional pain from anxiety.

I had an inner calling to set out on a quest and I answered the call.

I sold all my belongings and spent months in nature- hiking, living on a sailboat for a few months, learning to surf, diving deep into yoga and meditation, and exploring various methods and practices for healing and personal development. I continued my quest by traveling abroad for six months before transitioning from living in Los Angeles to North County San Diego in the fall of 2018.

During my quest, I learned from nature and got back to basics. I discovered new techniques and practices to heal from the inside out. I experienced different cultures and started to care more about helping others and the planet than my insecurities.

With patience and practice, I started to feel myself coming back to life; truly alive, healthy, and fulfilled. It is my mission to share these practices with others in my coaching and consulting business.

Please tell us about Kelly Gonzalez Fitness & Wellness.
My mission is to guide individuals towards vitality, longevity, personal fulfillment, and a more harmonious work-life. I aim to promote balance and prevent burnout.

I provide educational seminars, movement, and mindfulness in the workplace and create customized wellness programs for individuals to improve mobility and movement quality, increase self-awareness, and build healthy habits for a lifetime.

I created Elemental Conditioning, a mobility and mindfulness practice for body, mind, and planet to help people get back to basics, back to nature, and do anything…only better. I offer community Elemental Conditioning classes such as Mobility Flow and Natural Reset, a workshop to promote balance and prevent burnout in Encinitas, California on a regular basis.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
As a kid, I was a major horse lover. When I was about ten years old, I remember my parents walking in the door with a huge smile on their faces. They sat me down on the couch and delivered the best news ever. They had gotten me my very own horse. I screamed and jumped on the sofa in enthusiasm.

But, there was one catch…this horse was only two years old. It had never had a saddle nonetheless a ten-year-old on its’ back. I spent years learning how to “break in” a spirited horse.

I think back to that memory a lot especially when practicing and teaching yoga, meditation, and helping my clients “break in” new healthy habits.

Training the mind is a lot like training an untamed horse. At times the mind is wild and rambunctious, ready to throw you off or take off with you on it’s back. At other times it may be stubborn and unwilling to follow your lead.

Training this wild horse requires tenacity, patience, discipline, consistency, and humility. It takes practice! The same goes for training the mind and forming new neural pathways for healthy habits, restoring lost ranges of motion, and learning new skills. It’s a lifelong practice.

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