Kelly Kripps – SISU Featured Athlete

Over the years, I have joined the 24 hour gyms, did the boot camp classes, ran 5Ks and did personal training but still felt like I was missing something in my training routine. After being diagnosed with an eating disorder 4.5 years ago, I knew I had to confront my physical and mental fears in a program that truly supported my goals and wasn’t just a quick fix. In my search, I found CrossFit.


I was introduced to CrossFit through a co worker but made excuses that I was too big and out of shape to ever fit into that type of community. I decided to try it out anyway. I remember the first couple of classes feeling so intimidated by all of the athletes. I knew with being bigger that I would always be the last one done and nothing was more frightening than having everybody wait on me to finish. I can say that I was completely wrong. I fell in love with the workouts but also the community. It was encouraging to be around strong men and women whose goals were to give it your best effort, no matter your athletic ability. I may have always been the last one done but I always had the other athletes cheering me on along the way.


Since starting, I have become such a stronger person not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. Crossfit has been a positive influence in my life with dealing with my eating disorder. I never realized how strong I truly was until my coaches pushed me more and more to be the best and most healthy version of myself that I can be.


For the past 2 months, I have been working closely with Coach Christina on my nutrition as well. If I have a bad day or if I have any questions, she’s always been there to help me through. In that time, I’ve lost 6 pounds and over 10 inches. I can feel my strength and endurance improving every week with the changes I’ve made.


My time at SISU has been overwhelmingly positive. CrossFit has become a tool for me to get out of my own head, have a healthy body image and pursue overall health. It has made me stronger inside and out and the support I’ve received from the community and the coaches has helped made all the difference. I’m so thankful to have found such a wonderful team that embraces everybody that walks through their doors.



Favorite Workout?

Anything with Back Squats or deadlifts


Secret Ninja Exercise?

Back Squats


My Not so favorite exercise is?

Wall Balls


My favorite cheat meal is?

Beer and pizza!