Success Story


On top of owning a small business with her husband (Cambuild – check out for some serious house inspiration) and being mum to four kids aged 11 to 17, Kelli Wilkie showed some serious determination and took out the 2017 Transformation of the Year. How the heck does she do it all? Organisation skills, goal setting and determination are key but her positive attitude bowled me over. Kelli sees what is possible and she’s worked out that looking after herself means she has more energy for her family rather than less. Here’s how our 2017 winner made it happen and continues to make impressive progress.

What was the state of your health and fitness prior to joining Bodies By Ryan?

I’ve always tried to be healthy and active. I would run the Zamia trails in Bold Park with a friend or neighbour plus any other incidental exercise, but I wasn’t doing anything with structure. I was into boxing a few years ago and loved that but I injured myself gardening, which put an end to that.

What was the motivation to take the next step and join BBR?

I was investigating the F45 model as I really wanted some high intensity, interesting workouts that changed every day. I discovered Bodies by Ryan on social media, watched that for a while and then some friends joined up. I saw it was a small business with a lot of coach/member interaction with fairly small classes (back then they were, anyway!) and being a small business owner myself, I wanted to align with and support another small business rather than a global model. My main incentive was to develop some good muscle tone, strengthen my whole body and lean up, which I knew running wasn’t going to give me.

What was your first impression of the gym?

Classes: I found the classes really challenging at first and realised the fact I could go out for a 10km run didn’t translate to the fitness required for the high intensity of the 36 and 40-minute circuits. It was quite a different cardio expectation on your body, doing push-ups and burpees looks easy when other people do them but they’re hard work! I found it really fun, really challenging and I knew I just wanted to get better. I always walked out of the class sweaty and horrible but with a smile on my face.

Atmosphere: Aside from those endorphins, it’s the encouraging trainers that keep you coming back for more! The way the trainers modify things to help you get more out of each class, plus the other members are all like-minded. It’s such a non-judgemental environment at BBR, I’ve been to other classes where everyone’s looking at everyone else but there’s really no time to look at anyone else here at BBR, plus there’s so much encouragement. I love it, there’s always someone cheering on a good heavy sled run!

Food: For the first month, I very much stuck to the food plan and I wanted to. However, keeping up with the volume of food was the biggest challenge in the early stages! I had been one of those people who survived on healthy food, but ate less food than I should have and drank more coffee than I should have! I was often thinking – oh my god, I’ve got to eat again in half an hour, where am I going to put it? So my challenge was getting my metabolism and my body ready to eat more food. However, in saying that, I haven’t bulked up at all despite the extra food, I’ve just found my muscles are more defined and I’m stronger. Also, I definitely found it worked best when I did the big cook ups or food prep otherwise I’d feel like I was always in the kitchen.