Hi, I’m Kyle Wells.
As soon as I was born, I was carted off to an incubator for the first two weeks of my life. I was born without my esophagus connected to my stomach, a weak left lung weak left lung, not to mention being bow-legged and pigeon-toed for my formative years. I wore corrective shoes and a brace between my legs every night before I went to bed until I was 4, and I was on a nebulizer until I was 5. My parents used to have to flush out the built-up mucus in my sinuses. Ew.
Needless to say, nobody was calling me the next Jerry Lewis, and even as a kid, I innately knew that. Physical activity was a challenge growing up, but I was a headstrong little bastard. It was especially tough for my parents to tell their child that he might not be able to keep up with the other kids because one of his lungs couldn’t pump oxygen to the heart the way it should, or that he wouldn’t be able to run like the other kids because of the shape of his legs. So, instead they didn’t, and that decision molded my life.
Physicality became a challenge for me – if a friend ran faster than me, then I was going to train until I was faster. If my cousin was flexible, I’d learn to contort myself as well as she could. If my older brother was doing a backflip on a trampoline, then I was going for a double backflip. It’s amazing what insecurity can do even as a child (or perhaps especially as a child).
The strength, the body control and the manipulation of gymnastics became an obsession throughout my childhood. By the time I was 11, I was the men’s state gymnastics champion in my state, Kansas, two years running and in the top 5 in a 6-state region. I took this tenacity and work effort to all facets of my life throughout my childhood and early adulthood. But adulthood loomed large, and I conformed to what was expected of me.
I felt the need to be what other people defied as success. I studied Business Administration in Spain, where I did everything from intern at the US Embassy to help found my university’s student government body. It was a long 6 years after graduating that I realized marketing, while interesting, wasn’t my passion, and it was time to get back to my passion.
Fitness has always been an interest of mine, but overcoming physical obstacles is really what drives me. I’m in it for that visceral, life-changing feeling – that feeling when a client avoids knee surgery through properly engaging in exercise. I’m in it for the client that realizes at the end of her first 5k that this is only the first of many walls to break through. I’m in it to help reverse the bone density decline that causes my clients’ joint pain. I’m in it for the client that realizes age is only a number.
That passion for transformative fitness is what pushes me as a trainer, and coupling that with education, I understand how to transfer that passion onto others. Through my nationally accredited person training certification, as well as other specific certifications and specialties in Myofascial Release, functional fitness, injury prevention, athletic training, and studying to become a physical therapist, I have helped empower countless clients to take back control of their bodies. The body controls the mind as much as the mind controls the body. Fitness goes far beyond muscles, sets and reps; fitness is a life of transformation and growth both mentally and physically. It is nature at its finest, and I am happy to be a part of that.
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