Craig, Bear and Deb Kelly.
Craig Kelly is a 42 year old male, who has been involved in the fitness industry for over 2o years in various roles, including gym instructor, personal trainer, personal trainer supervisor, gym floor manager, club manager, cluster manager, full time lecturer, practicing clinical nutritionist, presenter and consultant.
I met Craig whilst working with him in a Health Club in Sydney. Working alongside of him was a great experience, as he is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met. He constantly had his head stuck in text books and is always up-to-date on the latest research from here and overseas. He is so passionate about the health and fitness industry and lives by the adage that you can never know enough. Craig loves to share his knowledge with his client base in which he has built a very special rapport with, and many of them simply adore working with him.
In 1992, Craig was a national level motorcycle racer (road racing) in the 250 GP class. At an event at Oran Park, Sydney that year Craig was in a major accident, which shattered his left shoulder and left him unconscious. When he awoke, he had no feeling from his torso down, so he was rushed to hospital and, although the feeling returned to his legs during that journey, he did undergo a full shoulder reconstruction.
After the accident, Craig had a 16 week lay off from racing and it was then that he made the decision to watch what he ate, as a means of avoiding an increase in his racing weight. It was during this time that Craig developed anorexia nervosa, the starvation based eating disorder.
Craig’s weight began at 79kg but it soon deteriorated to just 49kg. Craig, who was living with his mother, grandmother and brother at the time, was asked to leave home (due to them not being able to see him continue to starve himself to death) and Craig moved in with his loving father and his (life saving) other Mum to be Cathy.
It was this turn in events, Craig moving in with his loving Dad and Cathy that Craig’s life changed for the better. Cathy had experiences previously in her life with knowing someone who suffered with Anorexia Nervosa and Cathy confronted Craig suggesting he really needed help, support, and intervention.Craig broke down and agreed to getting assistance. It was truly at this moment that Craig’s life changed, thank you so much Cathy. Craig’s legacy was about to begin, and it is only thanks to the support, love and care of his amazing family that this has been possible.
Craig was later checked into an eating disorder clinic in Sydney, where he was officially diagnosed with anorexia. Craig was the only male in the clinic with 13 females and although he hated it there, he refused to let them send him to a psychiatric hospital. Craig ended up checking himself out, with the ambition to treat himself with his families support. He tried to get better on his own accord, but he soon found himself regurgitating upto 12 times or more a day. He wasn’t improving! He was now suffering with bulimia nervosa.
A turning point did arrive, when he decided to educate himself about anatomy and its “brother in arms” physiology. Through extensive reading and researching Craig managed to rehabilitate himself both mentally and physically. He began a regimented training regime daily and began eating a well balanced eating plan consisting of high protein, and essential fats predominately with quality carbohydrates close to nature. Finally, he was on the path to recovery.
On Anzac Day in 1995, Craig returned to Eastern Creek raceway, strong, fit and healthy. But it turned out to be his last hoorah. Despite placing in the top 5, Craig realised he had lost the “win or crash” attitude he relied on before the accident, and so he retired the racing leathers.
His newfound love came in the form of weight training. During his recovery from anorexia he had seen extreme physical changes and loved the challenge of training. With all he had read and learned about, Craig decided he wanted to become involved in competitive body building. Armed with his typical “give it your all” attitude, Craig embarked on becoming the best body builder he could be. His unconditional belief in intense training led him to his training partner, John Buckpitt, the number 2 ranked national heavyweight champion at the time.