Kelly Coffey is a certified personal trainer, a viral wellness writer, and a memorable public speaker with a wicked sense of humor.
Her perspective on weight, body image, and wellness make her a unique personality in her field. Her real-world experience and story-telling make her relatable and an audience favorite, no matter their weight.
Audience members will experience a bunch of “a-has” about their health and behaviors, along with practical strategies to use in everyday life. Coffey’s real-world, stripped down approach to health leaves audience members feeling optimistic, confident, and connected to themselves and each other. They leave feeling excited and empowered to make positive, healthy changes.
Formerly obese personal trainer Kelly Coffey made waves – and lots of enemies – in 2014 with her piece titled “5 Things I Miss About Weighing More Than 300 Pounds.” Coffey explains her inspiration for writing “5 Things,” and outlines how fitness pros can be more effective – and beloved – in their work with obese clients.
Coffey has extensive expertise in speaking to other wellness professionals, though she most enjoys speaking to regular folks who struggle to get and stay healthy.
Coffey is comfortable speaking in front of audiences as with as few as five members and as many as 25,000, or more!
ACSM-certified personal trainer Kelly Coffey began dieting at age 5, and she was over 300 pounds by the time she was 18 years old. In her 20s, Coffey opted to have weight loss surgery. She lost 150+ pounds, and immediately started to gain it back, sailing back over 200 pounds. Demoralized and out of options, Coffey was forced to look at herself, her beliefs, and her behaviors in a whole new way. The principles Coffey has since lived by are the cornerstone of her work with women of all shapes and sizes all over the globe.
I saw Kelly's presentation at the Fitness Summit, sitting among many in the room who were enthralled with her gritty honesty and powerful delivery. Her story of triumph over morbid obesity — but more importantly, her triumph over a self-sabotaging mindset — is one that I won't forget. It was a very pleasant surprise to hang out with Kelly after the conference and find out that she is just as warm, caring, and witty offstage as she is onstage.
Kelly Coffey is an important voice in our industry. She's funny, she's real, and she understands that affecting behavioral change is about more than sets and reps. I feel lucky to know her, and grateful to have her in our industry. We are all better off for it.
Kelly Coffey's presentation was eye-opening. [Her] perspective is unique when it comes to what's going on with obese people emotionally mentally and physically. Armed with what I learned from Kelly, I will be far more effective with any weight loss clients I take.
I had the pleasure of listening to Kelly Coffey speak at The Fitness Summit in Kansas City this May, and she was incredible. She's a natural-born storyteller who had me on the edge of my seat during her entire presentation. Her raw honesty and vulnerability drew me in, and her quick wit and gruff charm made me want to stay forever. Kelly connects with her audience in a way very few presenters can, and her powerful message is one that everyone needs to hear.
I was very fortunate to hear Kelly speak and honestly her story blew me away. Even though I am an obesity medicine physician, I cannot replicate her authenticity in terms of teaching self-compassion and love to those with obesity. Remarkable.
As an exercise physiologist, I used to think of fat loss in fancy pants metabolic terms; thanks to Kelly, I now know it’s much, much more. Kelly does an amazing job of relating her journey from very overweight to super fit in a way that helps everyone understand it on a very personal level. She does not hold back. She also provides wisdom for what you as a coach can do to help facilitate the process. Kelly has given me a greater appreciation for the journey my clients are on, and some new tools to apply. I recommend everyone listen to her story. You will be better for it.
Kelly’s message and delivery are so powerful… People get to observe a rare and very special moment in hearing her story; not to mention her focus on shame and the work that we can do to heal ourselves. I can’t say enough how much she’s moved, inspired, and helped me and our bariatric patients.