Coach Spotlight: Kelly M.
Just thinking about writing an intro to Coach Kelly’s Spotlight has me a little emotional. It probably has something to do with the constant support she has provided me since the day we decided to embark on this journey and the fact that she’s pregnant with our first child who we both cannot wait to meet (I’ve still got a lot of work to do to be ready, but December can’t come fast enough!).
To say that Cróga CrossFit would have never actually materialized into a real thing and, on top of that, that it wouldn’t be what it is today without Kelly is an understatement.
Although I (Coach Dave) am the face of the gym because it is my full-time job, Kelly has spent hundreds, scratch that, thousands of hours dedicated to helping us open the doors. She was crucial in building our initial website and web presence, coaching (especially when I was the only coach we had during year 1), finding ways to improve our product, thinking up and planning events, being my sounding board and voice of reason, and providing the support I needed to be a great coach, boss, and athlete.
She always listens intently even though 98% of the things that come out of my mouth has to do with Cróga, CrossFit or Business, so basically Cróga CrossFit as a business. And she always takes the time to think through whatever is going on and provide me with solid feedback and guidance from her point of view.
It has been an absolute pleasure to have her back coaching regularly again. Although she took some time off, she jumped right back in and didn’t miss a beat, which was extremely impressive – she never ceases to amaze me. Her coaching style is one I admire and try to regularly copy because she controls the class well, stays on task, and makes sure every single person always gets a solid amount of attention and coaching.
If you can’t tell, I could go on forever about Kelly, but I guess that’s why I asked her to marry me and got lucky that she said yes. Below you’ll get a little taste of how funny she is and how much she loves being an athlete and a coach. Enjoy!
Kelly Alexandra of House Musgrave, First of Her Name, the Ungraceful, Queen of the Frenchies and Chihuahuas, Khaleesi of the Croganites, Tearer of ACLs and Soon-to-be Mother of a Davidsdottir
Tell us a little bit about your family, job, and interests:
I’m Dave’s wife and baby mama. 🙂 We have two dogs, Murph, our pig-dog mascot, and, Rosie, our Chihuahua mutt that prefers to stay at home all day — I like to imagine her as an old cat lady in a previous life.
When I’m not at Cróga, I’m over at NVIDIA running consumer PR for our SHIELD business. If you don’t know what SHIELD is, it’s basically a 10x better version of a Roku or Apple TV.
As a self-described, closet nerd, I have a broad range of interests so it’s hard to speak to all of them, but I do love reading, writing, outdoor activities and traveling as much as possible.
What was your athletic background before you started CrossFit?
I started playing soccer when I was four and played competitively until college. I love that sport SO much, but the sport didn’t love me as it left me with countless injuries and two knee surgeries after sixteen years. I also played fastpitch softball from when I was eight years old into high school — I had some fun glory days going to the National Tournament two years in a row with our all-stars teams.
Why/how did you get started with CrossFit?
When I met Dave in 2010 he was recovering from a snowboarding injury that kept him away from this whole “CrossFit thing”, but he kept banging on about it. I initially wasn’t interested, I loved my old Globo gym ways, but I eventually saw the light in late 2011 and haven’t looked back since. I know Dave loves telling this story, but it’s too funny to not mention it again: During the first group CrossFit class that Dave took me to I actually grabbed my keys and headed to my car after the warm-up because I thought we had just finished the WOD. It was pretty embarrassing.
What made you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
I’ve coached soccer and softball on and off since high school so I’ve always enjoyed instructing movement and strategy, but it wasn’t until I saw how CrossFit truly transformed people’s lives that I knew I wanted this to be apart of my everyday life.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A dolphin trainer. I blame Lisa Frank for my love of dolphins.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
This is hard. I’m going to go with a wild horse. There’s something magical about seeing a herd of wild horses running freely — probably because there’s so few of them left in the world.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV?
I’ll give you one guess.
What is the one food that you could never give up?
This is TOUGH – I love food, but I can easily give stuff up — hello, Whole30. I think it would have to be bean and cheese burritos.
What’s your favorite quote or saying?
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” — Roald Dahl
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
I’m incredibly honored to have all of you studs as members and even though I haven’t coached consistently for a couple years, I’ve loved witnessing all the progress that our athletes have made. I mean, just look at the PR board every month. You guys are rock stars — keep it up!