Name: Kelly Gonzalez
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Weight: 100 Lbs
Fitness & Nutrition Consultant, Health Writer, Model, Co-host & Fitness/Nutrition Expert For Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler’s FITNESSVTC.com, IFBB PRO Bikini Athlete
-Earned IFBB Bikini Pro Card- Team Universe 2010
-Baltimore Washington NPC Bikini Competition, 2009- 1st in short class
-NPC Nationals 2009- 2nd place A class
-NPC Jr. Nationals 2010- 2nd place A class
-Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, California University of Pennsylvania
-BA. Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University
-Owner/Operator of Kelly Gonzalez Fitness
-Boston Marathon Qualifier and Competitor
-Previous Division I Lacrosse Player- Johns Hopkins University
When did you get started with fitness?
I became involved in fitness at a young age. I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I fell in love with not only the games and competition, but also the training; the daily achievements that helped me get closer to my ultimate goal. I started playing lacrosse in grade school and continued to play all the way through college at the Division I level. In college, I became a runner; competing at all distances from the 60m dash to marathons.
I’ve always had to think like an athlete. I learned about sports nutrition, physiology, but especially the mental attitude and work ethic that goes with being a competitive athlete. I was so enthusiastic about fitness and learning all that I could about it; I wanted to help others obtain the positive feelings that resulted from reaching fitness goals and promote healthy living.
I became a personal trainer at age 18. As an undergrad at Johns Hopkins University I initiated and composed my health and fitness column that continues to be published in city newspapers called Busy Bodies.
After graduating I wanted to further my education in the industry. I began graduate studies at California University of Pennsylvania for my Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion all while starting my own personal training and lifestyle/nutrition consulting business and pursuing my IFBB Pro card and fitness modeling career.
It’s been a fantastic journey so far and only continues to get better as I continually set new goals for myself in the fitness industry,
What drives you to be so fit?
The feedback I receive from others is what drives me to be fit. I love hearing that I inspired someone to change their lives for the better by starting an exercise program, eating more healthy, or setting new goals. I am grateful to be able to do what I love everyday- train hard and continue to learn and help others improve their health as my career.
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
It’s difficult being so dedicated to an intense sport and clean lifestyle when you’re in your young/mid 20’s. The bar scene and nightlife is not part of my regular routine. It can be difficult to meet new people my age that have a true understanding of the commitment and sacrifice it takes to achieve a long term goal.
Could you tell us about your current training program?
Mondays: Legs/Glutes/Calves + Cardio
Tuesdays: Back/Rear Delts/ Abs + Cardio
Wednesdays: Chest/Biceps/Calves + Cardio
Friday: Plyo workout
Saturday: Shoulders/Triceps/Abs + Cardio
Sunday: Rest day or Cardio
What does your diet look like?
5 AM: 8 oz brewed green tea, 5 g BCAA’s and L-Carnitine before early morning cardio
7 AM: 1/3 cup oatmeal with cinnamon, 5 egg whites
9:30 AM: 1 scoop whey protein
12:30 PM: 5 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, 1 cup steamed broccoli, 3 oz yam, 8 oz brewed green tea
3PM: 1 scoop whey protein blended with ice, water, cinnamon, 10 almonds
6 PM: 5 oz turkey, 1 cup steamed brussels sprouts, 1 medium garden salad
8:30 PM: 4 egg whites with 1 oz. avocado, 8 oz brewed chamomile tea
I also drink a lot of water all throughout the day
Do you take any supplements?
-Dymatize ISO-100 Whey Protein: I usually have 1-2 shakes/day as meals (1 or 1.5 scoops each)
-MRM Smart Blend (fatty acids): 3x/day
-500 mg Vitamin C: 3x/day
-300 mg alpha lipoic acid: 3x/day
-L-carnitine: 2 g before cardio sessions
-Cortisol complex- 1 scoop first thing in A.M.
-Evogen: 1 scoop before strength training workouts
-5 g BCAA’s post strength training workout
-Glutamine: 10 g before bed and post strength training workout
What Is Your Favorite Body Part To Train?
Glutes! I love doing a challenging leg/glute workout and really feeling it the next day, because I know I’m re-shaping my body and building round tight glutes for the Pro Bikini division.
If you could start back from the first day you started training would you do anything different?
No. Training is a continuous process. Each training session I’m striving for improvements. The daily achievements in the gym keep me going. Training instilled confidence and a strong sense of self worth in me when I was a teen. It has helped me achieve many goals; not just in the gym, but life in general.
I feel extremely fortunate and blessed everyday for the experiences and opportunities that have helped me build my body, business, and character. I will always consider myself a student of fitness.
Is there anyone in the fitness industry you look up to?
Yes. I look up to strong women who laid out the path for fitness models and competitors like Monica Brant, Nicole Wilkins, and Sonia Gonzales. I have a sincere appreciation and respect for my coach, Kim Oddo- his coaching style, positivity and honesty.
I also look up to famous Bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I love how he always preached about the importance of a positive mindset when it comes to training. Also, Jack Lalanne for being one of the first fitness icons and “brands.”
Final advice for readers?
“Whatever you do in life, do it with passion. Eat smart and train hard!” -Kelly Gonzalez
Thanks so much for reading