Kelli grew up in South Florida as a classically trained ballerina. As an adolescent, she traveled the country on ballet scholarships to prestigious schools in New York and Pennsylvania. Kelli attended the University of Miami during the ‘Canes most recent run at the national title, where she danced at football and basketball games as Captain of the Hurricanettes dance team. After college, Kelli stopped dancing and put her business degree to use in Corporate accounting. She kept in shape by going to a regular globo-gym but never felt that edge she had in dance growing up.
In 2012, Kelli and her husband, Kyle (also a CFDFB coach), purchased a Groupon to try CrossFit. Yes, a Groupon…for fitness. Looking back on that purchase, Kelli admits she would have paid big bucks to try CrossFit because she was instantly hooked! Despite the fact that Kelli couldn’t walk properly for two weeks after her first class, she immediately immersed herself in the world of CrossFit. She was that person who stayed after class to get her pull-ups, her toes-to-bar, and to be able to perform every workout Rx. If you are ever in Kelli’s class, you know she is a stickler for form! Kelli also loved the friendships forged in CrossFit communities – some of her and Kyle’s lifelong friends (and most trusted dog sitters) are their best buds from CrossFit Deerfield Beach.
In 2014, Kelli sat for her Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certification and began coaching at CFDFB. Her favorite experiences as a coach are those moments when she helps an athlete reach the next level in any workout, movement, or personal goal. Gravitating more towards the barbell than the pull-up rig, Kelli also sat for the USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certification in 2014 with famed weightlifting guru, Danny Camargo. In 2017, Kelli also became the Gym Manager at CrossFit Deerfield Beach – a perfect role to combine her business background and passion for CrossFit! Kelli can also be seen on the sidelines of GRID 6 competitions as the Coach of three-time champions CrossFit Deerfield Beach.
Outside of CrossFit, Kelli now works for her family’s business and lives in Lighthouse Point with her husband, Kyle, and black lab, Jeter, and black German Shepherd, Zane.
Kelli holds the following certifications:
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer Certification
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Trainer Certification
- CPR/AED Certification
- Bachelors of Business in Accounting and Finance