Celebrity trainer, fitness instructor, author and more! Keli Roberts has done it all. A native of Australia, Keli has been feaured in countless magazines and workout videos and is world-renowned for her training.
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Tell us about your background, and your journey from modeling to becoming a celebrity trainer and world-renowned fitness instructor.
I came to the US to continue my education by taking the ACE group fitness and personal training certification so I could become a fitness presenter.
I started teaching at Voight Fitness and Dance and quickly developed a celebrity following in my classes. It wasn’t long before I was being asked to train them.
In 1991, I auditioned for the Cher video and got the part. She liked working with me so much that she asked me to train her.
The video, Cher Fitness was such a success that CBS/Fox, who produced it got so much fan mail about me that they gave me my own video series.
These went on to be extremely successful and while I was touring to promote them I got asked to write a book, Fitness Hollywood, which had 3 editions.
Around this time companies started inviting me to present at conferences. I’ve continued from there, presenting world wide for many years.
You’ve come a long way both in your career and in your personal life. What has been your most gratifying accomplishment?
Recovering from Bulimia and Anorexia are my two biggest and most gratifying accomplishments on a personal level.
On a professional level, being an ACE master trainer and working in exam development for them makes me feel really proud, I came here to take the certification and now I present for them!
How have your views on fitness changed over the years?
I’m much more compassionate! In 1999, I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, Polymyositis and was so sick I couldn’t train for months.
When I started again I was extremely weak and deconditioned. It changed my perspective and I came to understand, first hand, what it was like to be weak, unfit and struggling with a health issue.
I still have the disease. I’ve now learned to manage it with my medications, but my compassion has also stayed.
Describe for us an average day of your personal exercise and nutrition habits.
It depends on the day and whether or not I’m teaching or presenting. I always start my day with a big healthy breakfast, when I’m not working I’ll usually go for a mountain or road bike ride for a few hours.
If I’m training and teaching then I will work with my client and teach my class. Lunch is always something healthy, a big salad or chicken or fish tacos (homemade), and dinner is usually grilled fish and vegetables or vegetarian stir fry and brown rice.
My diet is generally very good, but I’m not rigid, I have my digressions.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is working toward a healthier, more fit lifestyle?
Change one habit, just one. It might be giving up soda and replacing it with water, or giving up junk food and replacing it with a healthy alternative.
Whatever you want to change, take baby steps and replace the bad habit with a healthy one.
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