Interview March 2011

She took the long road but today Kelly Rennie is fast becoming a name to take notice of in the world of fitness modeling.Coming from the beautiful country of New Zealand Kelly always had a passion for exercise and sport. She started out with Gymnastics and then progressed onto more adventurous sports like Muay Thai Kickboxing and even Rugby!Fast-forward a few years and Kelly found herself in the UK where all her training and sport came to an grinding halt. “I found it very hard to balance such a transition in lifestyle and work in my new surroundings, London well and truly took over me and I struggled, badly.”And like so many other models out there her career was born out of frustration of not being able to be as active as she wanted to be.She made a move out of the hectic London and landed in Sheffield where her life changed for the good. “My partner Paul who I moved in with is a Personal Trainer, he helped me get my passion back for fitness and health which was exactly what I needed. In the back end of 2009 we set up a local BootCamp in a hall near where we live and tested that for 5 months with great results for those who attended and also my own body made great improvements. This was the catalyst for my figure competitions.”

Soon after that Kelly became a sponsored athlete ( in the UK and Designer Physique in Australia) and in December 2010 won the overall World Sports Model Agency Competition.

With such an amazing story we just had to sit down with Kelly to find out how she did it and what is next!


  • Age: 28
  • Height: 5.6
  • Weight: 57kg
  • Current Residence: Sheffield

One word to describe yourself?

I suppose you could say that I am a very passionate person. I love being a part of the health & fitness industry with not only training myself but helping others around me.

How did you get into fitness/bodybuilding?

I’ve always been in to my fitness since a young age, started off as a gymnast, and then in my late teens I played the tough sport of rugby for 5 years. When I moved over to the UK 6 years ago I stopped everything all together and let my body go reaching a size 14 at one stage. It was only last year that I decided to get back into fitness seriously with attending some Indoor BootCamp classes which got me back into the swing of things. Then this year I decided it was time to refocus on my goals and one was to compete. I found myself a local experienced bodybuilding trainer and then entered myself in the Figure division with the British Natural BodyBuildingFederation. Nine weeks later I was placed 2nd which gave me a place in the finals and weeks after that I was placed 3rd in the UK. Also recently I won the World Sports Model Agency Competition which was a true blessing.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness field?

My biggest accomplishment was placing 3rd in the British Natural Body Building Federation for Figure September 2010. Its something that i never thought I could ever achieve but just proves if you have goals and put your mind to it, you can achieve them!

What is a typical daily routine for you?

I wake up at around 5.30am to go down to my gym and teach two BootCamp Classes, I then train myself for 30minutes. I also have a day time job as an office manager which keeps me extremely busy.  If I can fit a power walk in at lunch I do as it breaks up the day well. After work, I come home and train in our home gym or down with my PT at his gym.  Have some dinner, relax and prepare my food for the next day.  As much as I want to relax at night my partner & I have just opened up a new gym which keeps most of our spare time busy, but it’s all worth it.

What food can’t you go without?

I really couldn’t live without eggs! I love them cooked in every possible way whether they are cold, hot, boiled or in omelette form, they fill me up and give me the necessary protein for my training.

What is your eating plan like?

I try to be very disciplined and consistent with my diet. Generally I try to leave my cheat meal to once in the weekend while training for competitions and I don’t believe in cutting it out completely. My main aim is to keep my metabolism fired up and I do that by eating 6 times a day every 3 hours. I actually stopped eating grains over a year ago for health reasons, I still eat carbs but they come in form of bananas, sweet potato and maltodextrin in my shakes. I eat loads of protein, mostly chicken, turkey, fish and protein shakes when necessary. I also make sure I get loads of organic vegetables and salad inside me. I also have just started carb cycling off season which I am finding very effective.

A typical day for me:

  • Meal 1: Protein Shake & Banana
  • Meal 2: 2 eggs 2 egg whites
  • Meal 3: Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato or Chicken Salad
  • Meal 4: Mackerel & Vegetables or fresh Fish
  • Meal 5: Turkey & Salad
  • Meal 6: Some sort of Protein with fruit

What keeps you motivated to stay in shape?

I make sure I always have short term and long term goals written down as this helps me stay focussed. My partner and I have just opened up a gym, so staying motivated on a daily basis is important as I need to live and breathe a healthy life style so that I can be a role model and someone our members can look up too. 

Famous fitness icon/bodybuilder you would most like to have coffee/protein shake with?

Well im sure most of you will agree with me and im sure she is an icon to many, Jamie Eason. It would be such a pleasure to meet her as It was a few years back now when I picked up my first oxygen magazine and saw her fronting the cover, ever since then she has motivated me with her articles on nutrition and exercise. I also would like to mention Miryah Jade Scott, her story and dedication to training has been amazing plus she has a  special attitude towards others and is very inspiring.

Kelly’s Video

What is your workout plan like?

My training for competition is over 6 days the week. Every morning I get up and perform some type of cardio generally a powerwalk or bike in the home gym. At lunch I would also try to fit another powerwalk in to keep my metabolism fired up. To intensify my cardio sessions I also attend 2 or 3 HIIT bootcamps sessions in a week.

My weight training is split over 4 days. I have a real passion for heavy weight training, the more I push myself with heavier weights the more I stronger I feel with fast results. Most of my weight training consists of 2 or 3 warm up sets then 3 sets till failure.

An example of my workout.

  • Monday: Back / Rear Delts
  • Tuesday: Cardio/HIIT
  • Wednesday: Chest / Front Delts
  • Thursday: Arms
  • Friday: Cardio/HIIT
  • Saturday: Off
  • Sunday:  Legs

(Abs ever 2nd day)

What is the most challenging thing for you when it comes to staying in shape?

Well recently I have found that the most challenging time has been over the Christmas period and taking a holiday. Trying to maintain consistency with a healthy diet when travelling and having all the yummy food in front of you at Christmas has been extremely hard. The key is to super organised while you travel and make your food before you go and as for Christmas I think we all just need to accept all the nice food, not feel guilty and just get back into a routine as soon as possible.

Your own physical feature you are most proud of?

My physical feature that I am most proud of is my arms. I’ve never had to do much to them as they always have been naturally toned.

Body part of a guy you findmost sexy?

I’m going to have to say I love a guy with nice muscle arms, not too big though…

What is the biggest myth you encounter every day in the fitness industry?

Well I’m going to point out the most obvious. There is still a majority of women out there who believe (and I use to be one of them) that weight lifting will get you bulky… It’s so not true and I really want every female out there to stop thinking this.

Weight training is so important as is will help you lose body weight faster, get your physically stronger plus building muscle will also help to prevent injury.

Your favorite six pack abs exercises/workout?

My favourite six pack abs exercises are plank, I do this for 5 minutes with 10 seconds break each minute most days. Also leg raises from a bench.

Top 3 tips for people who want to get in shape?

1)Find yourself a good trainer. Having someone with more knowledge and experience is so important when taking yourself to the next level in fitness and achieving your goals.

2)Make sure you have all your goals, short term & long written. Include your nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes as this will help you stay focussed on what you really want to get out of training.

3)Go into each session knowing you are going to give 110%, a positive attitude brings only positive results.

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