Total Fitness Bodybuilding Spotlight – “Brad Kelly”

When it comes to building a lean muscular physique most people are only interested in learning all the “How To Stuff”:

– How do I workout ?

– How many exercises, sets, and reps do I need to do ?

– What foods do I need to eat ?

– How much protein, how many calories ?

– What supplements do I need to take ?

– Etc…

Now while all the training and nutrition “How To Stuff” is certainly important,
it’s only part of the process.

The KEY that’s going to make or break your success and actually keep you on track is your “Mindset”.

The ability to actually visualize yourself with the type of lean athletic body that you want (and believe that you can achieve it) is just as important as all the how to information.

When it comes to the Mindset & Inner Game of success there are all kinds of things that people use to get the edge… Everything from; goal setting, affirmations, visualization exercises, hypnosis, and all kinds of psychological mumble jumble.

Now while I do believe that many of these methods can help. The best method of developing the belief that you can succeed is to simply model someone else who has already achieved what you want to achieve. When you can see an example of a regular guy taking action and getting extraordinary results that will help inspire you to take action yourself.

It gets you thinking: “If He Can Do It, So Can I…”

For most people seeing Mr. Olympia add another trophy on his mantel isn’t as inspirational as seeing that skinny kid bust his ass in the gym and get buff.
Or seeing that overweight guy trim down and see his abs for the first time.

We can relate more with the struggles and challenges of the average Joe who is hitting the gym and trying to get in shape while juggling work, school, family, and other responsibilities. More so then we can relate to the genetically gifted professional athlete who has a paid sponsorship to simply eat, sleep, and workout.

So that’s why I’m going to regularly feature some of these real world success stories and shine the “Total Fitness Bodybuilding Spotlight” on the unsung gym heros who are taking action and getting impressive results!

This spotlight feature is “Brad Kelly”

Brad Kelly's Muscle Building Transformation

I have always believed everything in life happens for a reason, you may not know it now, but the hardship you are battling will have clear significance farther down the road. And every great journey or story has its ups and its downs, and my story is no different.

I grew up and still live in Panama City, Florida, a healthy kid, until the age of 12. I remember it like it was yesterday, laying in my bunk bed and waking up abruptly in the night vomiting. Little did I know what seemed like a small inconvenience at the time was something that would dictate my life for many years. After being sick for almost 2 years the doctors agreed my problem may be extreme allergies constantly aggravating my stomach so I began taking two allergy shots a week for 4 years. I spent weeks in hospitals, missed a whole year of highschool in a hospital homebound program and met many different specialists all over the country.

After being sick for many years in 2006 I had a major surgery called Nissen Funcdoplication at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA. The surgery alone never completely solved my sickness but it did help.

Here is a picture of me directly after my surgery weighing only 120 pounds.

Brad Kelly - 120 pounds

And this is where it all begins to turn around, in 11th grade I was accidently put into weightlifting as a “scheduling mistake” but as a surprise to me I enjoyed it. at 120 pounds and being sick for so long I will never forget the first time I benched and could barely do over 100 pounds. However I fell in love with weightlifting and had many great memories, I continued workout out every day at school and even got a second weightlifting class (one at 1st period and one at 6th). With the help of my weightlifting coach, Coach Pratt, by the time I graduated after only training under 2 years I was 190 pounds and had tripled my bench press from 100 to 300 pounds!

I continued working out for strength and even wanted to do power lifting, after working out alone off and on after high school; I had a 345 bench press and 440 squat at 190 pounds bodyweight.

But then it hit me, the greatest gift I ever received in my own life was a healthy body, so I wanted to be able to give that to others. This is where I chose my career of being a personal trainer. I then passed all of my own tests through the National Academy Of Sports Medicine and started my career.

I began watching YouTube training videos online and found experts like Lee Hayward – My favorite YouTuber – I had never explored bodybuilding at that time but I dove in and decided I wanted to do natural bodybuilding. I began my bodybuilding journey around 10 months ago in this condition at 190 pounds.

And with Lee’s help I transformed my physique bigger and leaner 190 pounds in only 10 months of hard work. My thing has always been to listen to as many sources as possible and then find out what works for me, and I really like Lee’s approach. He gives you specific workout & nutrition methods that anyone can incorporate and get results from.

Thanks Lee, you are a true help.
Brad Kelly

Brad Kelly - Physique Transformation!

Thanks for sharing your success story with us Brad.
You are a real inspiration and a great example of
the positive changes that one can make by following
a healthy bodybuilding lifestyle.

Getting scheduled into your high school
weightlifting class was a great “mistake” 😉

all the best,

If you have a personal success story that you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll get in contact with you about being featured in the Total Fitness Bodybuilding Spotlight.

About The Author


Lee Hayward is a former competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online coaching people since 1997. His work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes. Lee's main focus right now is with helping men over 40 - who don't want to be fat anymore - lose the gut, build muscle, and get back in shape. If you're ready to "Start Again" for the last time and finally build a lean healthy body that you can be proud of, just e-mail Lee to discuss a realistic action plan that's right for you...


  • Alejandro Buzzi

    Brad i am so proud of you!
    So you and me can say that bodybuilding saved our lives, it is amazing to look in the mirror, remember who you was and who you are now and why, thanks to this amazing lifestyle. You archieved a great physique, congrats man.
    So we both agree that Lee helped us much, but i think that the best from him is his simplicity and the way to make things easy, congrats again!

  • Great story, amazing transformation. You look great and I’m sure you feel even better. Thanks for sharing your journey. Good post, Lee.

  • Brad Kelly

    Alejandro Buzzi,

    Thank you very much!