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Meet Chelsea Kruse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Kruse.

Combining her passion for health and fitness with years of competitive dance, Chelsea has perfected a signature style of training. She was born and raised in Kansas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Sports, and Exercise Science from the University of Kansas. After college, she started her fitness career in Boston before making LA her home. She has been in the fitness industry for 15+ years and is excited to bring her skill set to more virtual platforms to broaden her reach to a more diverse fitness community.

Chelsea is a personal trainer and teaches signature classes like barre, HIIT, cardio, and yoga at Exhale Spa, as well as the Lagree method at Pilates Platinum. She was named a top trainer in Los Angeles by Racked LA and has been featured in Shape Magazine, LA Times, Los Angeles Confidential, Pop Sugar, Fabletics, Mixed Makeup, and Fab Fit Fun TV.

Beyond Chelsea’s studio and virtual presence, she was selected by Exhale and Lindblad Expeditions to headline their National Geographic wellness cruises off the coasts of California & Mexico. She loves the fusion of wellness + travel and hopes to see it flourish again post-pandemic.

Chelsea looks forward to every day that she can help clients improve their health and fitness with exercise.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Moving from Boston to LA in 2010, I saw a big difference in the local fitness communities. Boutique studios were starting to pop up everywhere and people were moving away from big-box gyms and shifting to niche fitness studios. “What is your specialty and what do you bring to the table?” were a few of the questions I asked myself while trying to find my place in a new fitness market.

With my dance background, teaching experience and Exercise Science degree, I was naturally led me to Exhale where I went through their extensive barre training program. The program and training was led by Fred Devito and Elisabeth Halfpapp, pioneers in the barre industry. I found barre and pilates worked best for my body. Combining these principals, I was able to build my own unique training style.

Fast-forward to 2020: The newest challenge for the fitness industry is shifting “the in-person class experience” to virtual platforms. The pandemic has opened up new doors for more online and on-demand classes and I look forward to seeing how the industry continues to progress. I have personally loved taking on the challenge of teaching remotely (from home) and being able to keep clients motivated and accountable from afar.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Chelsea Kruse Fitness – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Wellness is not only a passion for me, it’s a lifestyle. Studying Exercise Science in college gave me the strong platform and knowledge that I needed to be connected to the body and understand the mechanics of how it works. What I love most about teaching and training is the chance to motivate, inspire, and connect with clients inside and outside the studio.

My training style has a strong emphasis on proper alignment, balance, and core engagement. For barre and pilates that can mean moving at a slower controlled pace to isolate desired muscle groups. For cardiovascular and HIIT classes that can mean keeping an elevated heart rate while keeping form and alignment top of mind. My focus in every class and training session is to improve balance, build strength, increase flexibility, burn calories, and improve stability through a stronger core. Core strength is extremely important because it promotes stability, back support and helps improve your overall balance.

I take pride in my wide-range of clients. They range from young and professional athletes, pre and post-natal women, and seniors working on maintaining daily strength and mobility. I find it extremely rewarding to teach and coach people of all ages and abilities how to strengthen and use their bodies more efficiently.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
What I am looking forward to most is growing my virtual fitness presence. I love teaching to a full room and studio in-person, but creating that same vibe and community online for people from the convenience of their home is where the future is. Tailoring workouts for small groups – from one-on-one’s, to private classes for companies for team building, to a live public virtual class – I’m here for it all!

You can currently find me on Exhale Spa’s virtual class platform as well as Yoga Vibes leading a variety of classes.

Post-Pandemic, I’m eager to get back into the travel + wellness space and continue to help people create healthy balanced lifestyles.

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Chrissi Hernandez, Edward Baida

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