We’re exceedingly excited to announce the appearance of Kelli Segars in our MPG Spring 2013 Editorial Campaign after she won our inaugural Facebook-based Messenger Search Contest. We briefly mentioned her victory back in February immediately after the contest drew to a close and are now back to provide a proper introduction to the newest addition to our Messenger team.
Along with her husband, Daniel, Kelli is owner, operator and online personal trainer at FitnessBlender.com, an online health and fitness resource aimed at providing a wealth of information on exercise, active living and of course, a treasure trove of free instructional work out videos that can be completed at home, in a hotel room while traveling or anywhere one might have internet access but not necessarily a gym.
Before establishing Fitness Blender, Kelli worked as an education counsellor/advisor for at-risk youth in a maximum security juvenile detention centre where she helped the kids there return to school/society after running afoul of the law by helping with resumé creation, job searches, complete the GED and helped facilitate the necessary steps to graduate and in so doing, turn their lives around. Acting as a mediator between the kids and their teachers, principals, guidance counsellors and, in some cases, their parents, Kelli was able to find joy working at what others might deem a difficult job by forming connections with the kids, who may have been facing adverse circumstances in their own lives, and helping them to make more positive choices.
Having grown up with parents who were avidly health conscious and encouraged their kids to get outside and play over sedentary hours spent watching TV or playing video games, Kelli has always been active especially when pursuing her first sporting love: volleyball. And although she’s always described herself as active, in the decade since graduating high school she has further developed and cultivated a healthy relationship with her body by taking care to eat healthy and create strength by not depriving herself calories, eschewing what appears on a scale and not engaging in exercise/workouts as punishment but rather as a way of life. The results, she believes, have had a profoundly positive and empowering impact on her life.
While working out at her local gym, Kelli met her husband and Fitness Blender partner, Daniel. Their union has been one of shared values, philosophies and goals from the beginning of the relationship that led to their creating FitnessBlender a mere two years after getting married. Together, they’ve forged a shared approach to fitness that espouses there is no one style of exercise that is absolutely perfect and to achieve optimum levels of performance one needs to train in a combination of styles to attain strength, endurance, balance and flexibility, which will ultimately result in allowing one to move throughout life with ease and confidence, able to meet any physical challenge.
We feel really passionate about encouraging people to foster a healthy relationship with their bodies, urging them to put less focus on appearance & bodyweight and to lean more towards true health; we want to encourage people to appreciate their bodies, to nourish and strengthen their bodies.
-Kelli & Daniel Segars
Their message has clearly struck a chord as evidenced by their ever-expanding audience that has grown to a large community of followers all adhering to the ‘FitnessBlender Way.’ By watching the videos, printing out workouts, receiving tips via helpful articles and also availing themselves to the trove of recipes found on the website, their followers have found that Fitness Blender truly has become a one-stop hub for every resource imaginable to getting fit and living healthy. The fact that Kelli and Daniel have embarked upon their project without hope for glory, fame or fortune but rather to share their passion of what they have learned in the last 10 years as health and fitness professionals makes Kelli’s appearance as an MPG Messenger a perfect fit, a melding of philosophies, and everyone here on the MPG team is thrilled to welcome her as our first fan-voted Messenger.