Teen Amateur Of The Week: Keli's Body Belongs On Stage!

When life got tough, Keli responded by hitting the weights with reckless abandon. She traded in the treadmill and turned her body into a muscle mill that thrives on strength!

How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I wasn't athletic growing up. I didn't play sports in high school and was overweight due to poor eating habits and inactivity. It wasn't until after high school at age 17 that I picked up my first set of dumbbells. I was compelled to the gym after a bad breakup and decided to lift hard and heavy that day instead of doing my usual cardio session.

I remember how amazing I felt after the first day, and from that day forward I was hooked. Needless to say, I found my passion! During my first year of bodybuilding, I learned about training and nutrition from Bodybuilding.com. I came home each night and read article after article. With that knowledge, I transformed my body and my lifestyle.

How Did Your Passion for Fitness Emerge?

My passion for fitness emerged immediately after I started lifting weights. I loved the rush after training and how empowered I felt from lifting heavier. I had never been passionate about anything until I found bodybuilding. Bodybuilding is all about pushing your limits and becoming a better you.

What/Who Motivated You to Be a Fitness Guru?

Wanting to feel confident in my own skin is one of my biggest motivators. My cousin motivated me in many ways by training with me and showing me what it means to train hard.

Where Did You Go for Inspiration?

I went to the female transformation articles on Bodybuilding.com for motivation. They inspired me. Reading their meal plans helped refine mine. Others who inspire me are Ronnie Coleman, Felicia Romero, and Nicole Wilkins.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I plan to compete in a few more NPC bikini competitions this year before I take a long off-season to add muscle mass. My ultimate goal is to compete in figure and go pro. I'd like to do some fitness modeling in the future and write fitness articles to educate people.

What Is the Most Important Fitness Tip?

Consistency is the most important factor. It takes months or even years to see the results you're looking for. Stick with it and you'll be happy you did.

Who Is Your Favorite Competitor?

IFBB figure pro Heather Dees. There's something special that makes her stand out and I love her physique.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals in many ways. The female transformation stories inspired me and gave me tips on how to start a diet. Numerous training articles helped me learn what rep range to train in, how to create a split, and what exercises to use to reach my goals. I used many Jamie Eason recipes to spice things up. I also read competition articles that helped me prepare for my competition.