Coach Profile: Kelly O’Reilly

Kelly O’Reilly, Coach

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Rowing, First Aid, CPR and AED

What kind of workouts did you do before you started CrossFit?

Before CrossFit I would wander aimlessly around a Globo-Gym doing machines. Three sets of 10 sounded good, so that’s what I did, on all the machines. Then I would power walk on the treadmill while watching TV. I would never really be sore, and never seemed to get any stronger or faster and I definitely never grew the motivation to go more or push myself harder.

What was your first CrossFit experience like?

I thought I might die. I couldn’t run a 200 meter, had to do PVC Thrusters and could barely do 1 burpee in a minute after I got winded. I couldn’t stand without help from my arms for about 3 days after. Everyone in the Saturday morning class was so helpful, encouraging and kind. I felt the community from the beginning and knew that Caliber was what I needed to get myself on track.

How has CrossFit changed you in your personal life?

Beyond just the physical changes in my body, I think I’m more confident overall. I’m more willing to take risks and push myself to do things that aren’t necessarily easy, but will be worth it. Looking back, I think I was depressed but I didn’t realize it at the time. Now, as long as I’m consistent with my workouts, I don’t feel like that anymore. I feel like I can do anything, and even if I fail, I’m proud of myself for at least trying.

What kind of music do you like to WOD to?

I’m a fan of Angry Chick music. Pink, Britney Spears, Pattie Smythe, Hart, Joan Jett, Ke$ha, No Doubt. But I’m good with anything with a fast beat and “Beast Mode” feel. (Cue Linkin Park and Korn)

What are your favorite movements or workout?

Thrusters, Wall Balls, Clean & Jerks.

What movements or workout do you hate the most? Burpees, broad jumps and bear crawls

What made you decide to become a CrossFit Instructor?

I am a teacher by trade so combining CrossFit and teaching was a logical next step for me. I’m also a giant nerd who loves to soak up the whys and hows of how things work and then share that information with others. I have learned so much at CrossFit training seminars and I can’t wait to do more.


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