Kelly Stegen is the owner and founder of Kelfit Lifestyle. Kelly is an ISSA Qualified Sports and Fitness Specialist specialising specifically in Nutrition. She began Kelfit more than 6 years ago and Kelfit has become one of the most successful diet programmes in the country! A household name all across South Africa and all over the world- Kelfit now has clients in America, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, The UK and many more countries.
"I have battled with my weight my whole life. After trying every diet under the sun and yo-yo dieting, battling with anorexia and having a baby where I picked up 30kgs, I decided enough is enough. In 2009 I watched my first fitness show and decided that I also wanted to be on stage! I then started my fitness journey- It took me 12 weeks to transform my body and I have never looked back. I have gone on to compete in 12 fitness competitions and was chosen for The Natal Team to take part at SA Champs twice where I placed in the top five 3 times.
I am passionate about my brand and live, eat, breathe and sleep Kelfit. It runs through my veins. The results and success of Kelfit speaks for itself. It works and our clients are living, walking testimony of this. I am proudly sponsored by Muscle wellness, Blugel hair studio, Spring Beauty Lashes, Blue Diamond Almond Milk, Select Hair dressing supplies and Leaner Creamer SA. What sets Kelfit apart from every other diet plan out there? It’s our unwavering passion and support. Once you start Kelfit it will be the last diet plan you will ever follow!"
Claire Calvert is a Shredded by Science & ISSA Qualified Online Fitness & Nutrition Coach. Claire is an accomplished bikini athlete & group fitness instructor for Planet Fitness as well as a Sponsored athlete by Muscle Wellness.
Claire enjoys working with athletes and individuals who are passionate & have a strong desire for self improvement, who like a challenge and are willing to push their bodies to new levels.
Her nutrition coaching programs are largely based on flexible dieting, however her passion for cooking & knowledge of foods gives her exceptional abilities in preparing customized meal plans. Her approach to nutrition & training is science based, yet practical with a strong emphasis on individualism & tailored coaching programs.
"Health & Fitness is where my true passion lies. My goals as a fitness & nutrition coach is to see my clients see success and reap the benefits from their hard work and dedication. As a coach, it is not only rewarding to see clients feel good about their physical appearance , but also enabling them to feel good about themselves mentally & physically & take on a new & more energized, motivated approach to their health & fitness. We can address these ideas through the implementation of proven nutritional strategies & carefully planned strength training to improve energy metabolism."
Bridgitte is a qualified, registered Dietician with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. She joined us in February this year as our in-house consulting Dietician. Bridge not only runs our breastfeeding and preggie department but also any specialized cases ranging from diabetes, IBS or other gut issues, high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, low-carb/ high-fat diets, the non-diet approach, sports nutrition and many more. Due to Bridgitte’s background in Nutrition and her qualification as a Dietician she has a very open mind when it comes to diets and nutrition and believes what works for one person may not work for another.
Bridge is passionate about living and helping others find “the balanced life”; her coaching methods are not centred around weight-loss as much as they are helping individuals find their balance- both physiologically and psychologically, with the added bonus of weight-loss, should that be the goal. You can read more about her approach to nutrition and her blog on www.thebalancedlife.co.za.
Bridgitte is also currently busy studying her Personal Training certification through Trifocus Fitness Academy and hopes to be done with that by mid-year 2018, and has some exciting things in store for Kelfit in the near future. One of her favourite quotes: “Make the right choices 95% of the time and your body will happily forgive you for the other 5%”
Kelfit Specialised Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Plans
By registered Dietitian Bridgitte Stegen
I am an experienced long and short distance road runner, avid trail explorer, provincial Olympic distance triathlete, provincial swimmer, bikini fitness bodybuilding participant, CrossFit competitor and obstacle course race enthusiast.
As a result of unmanaged childhood anxiety, a series of abusive relationships and the loss of my parents, I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost 20 years. This resulted in a cycle of starving myself, abuse of laxatives, appetite suppressants, obsessive exercising and 48 hour binges as well as chronic bulimia. In 2016, I had had enough of sabotaging me, my future and my body – I took the tough decision to rehabilitate myself and spent 6 months in an intensive out-patient programme. It blew my world apart but at the same time, helped me rebuild a life I had only ever dreamed about. I decided to pursue my passion for running, fitness and nutrition coaching and furthered my education through NAASFP and the ISSA.
After completing a 3 year degree in marketing and other executive level leadership courses, I worked in tertiary education institutions as a Vice Principal, Programme Manager and Project Director. In 2016 I started Sole Buddies, and started coaching runners part-time. A year later in 2017, I took the plunge, left the corporate world and joined Kelfit Lifestyle as a full-time diet and fitness coach. I have not regretted my decision for 1 minute – finally I am doing what sets my soul on fire!
Bronwyn graduated from University with Honours in Marketing. I was always conscious of my weight growing up and have been a gym fanatic since high school. Throughout my varsity career I was obsessed with my weight and how I looked. This led me to starve myself in the week and “let go” and binge over weekend. In my mind I thought if I’m really strict for 5 days of the week, I could eat and drink whatever I liked for the other 2 days. This restricted dieting made me obsess over food and resulted in me eating EVERYTHING I possibly could on weekends because I knew I couldn’t have it in the week. At that stage, my workouts consisted solely of cardio – I used to spin for 2 hours a day.
Having originally studied marketing, my love and passion for fitness lead me to leave the profession and study Personal Training and Nutrition through Health and Fitness Professionals Academy (HFPA). In addition to this, I have also completed various courses such as Pre and Post Natal (Exercise and Nutrition), Weight Management, Essentials of Nutrition, Sports Nutrition and Sports Conditioning.
Through my studies, I quickly came to realise I was destroying my body and this was not a healthy or sustainable lifestyle. I was always afraid that "carbs will make me fat" but during my studies I realised that training without the correct fuel is futile. Today my workouts comprise a mix of cardio, weight training and body weight exercises. I find a combination of these keeps me stimulated and the body consistently adapting, leading to optimal results.
My life changed when I started training and eating correctly. These changes assisted me in achieving the physique and level of "self-comfort" I always desired.