We asked. He answered. Get to know Kelly in his own words.
Where did you grow up and how did you get into fitness?
I grew up on the east end of Long Island in Riverhead, NY. I got into fitness as a young athlete staving off injury. We didn’t have much of a strength and conditioning staff and at that time my view on strength training was that it was all body building, which tends to be the convention still. After having to go to physical therapy on two separate occasions, I realized that strength training was a lot more than that. It sparked an interest in Human Performance since making minor adjustments could have massive impacts, this is when I decided to pursue a degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology and started to carve a unique pathway into what I do now.
What do you love most about coaching?
I think that for pretty much everyone in this field who considers themselves a coach, has truly coached or been coached, the best thing about it is the impact you have on people’s lives. It isn’t about the impact I have today, tomorrow, or even months from now; It’s about long term impact across a lifetime. It’s when an athlete or client comes back to you years later and tells you that you’ve created such a positive influence in their life that they’re now building and creating that impact for others, whatever it is.
What excites you the most about being part of the Tonal team?
The thing that excites me the most about being part of the Tonal team is that I’m directly impacting how the technology is built and applied. Working in this industry (performance and technology) I can say without a doubt, this is much bigger than strength training, the world just doesn’t know it yet.
What is your favorite music to sweat to?
Classic Hip Hop, Hop-Hop/ House, Heavy Rock
What is your favorite pre or post workout snack?
Pre-workout= half PB+ J sandwich ORRR 1/2 a banana
Post Workout= Banana Nut protein Shake (YUM)
Tell us a client success story that inspires you.
I had the opportunity to work with the Wounded Warriors for a week and the one gentleman specifically was in a wheelchair with a 9/10 on the pain scale. By the end of the week he was “in the trenches” with everyone else, squatting, benching, doing medicine ball work, and conditioning. When he left he stood up out of his chair, shook my hand, and told me he never thought he would be part of a team again or be able to do those things and was inspired to continue everything I taught him with his friends at the Wounded Warrior Project. This was also the moment when I realized that I have a much greater purpose than working in the elite sector for the rest of my life.