Posted on July 31 2016
Featured Gym Gypsy: Kellie Huston
Weight: 125 lbs
Snatch: 93 lbs
Clean/jerk: 128 lbs
Squat: 205 lbs
Deadlift: 210 lbs
1) What kind of athletic background did you have prior to starting CrossFit?
I’ve always been involved in fitness in one way or another. I was cheerleader all through high school (yes, I know, shocking). In college I was an aerobics instructor for Bally Health Clubs (I just totally dated myself).Then, after college, I worked for a variety of health clubs instructing spin, combat, and body pump. My training style was more of the “body building” type work out at globo gyms – the traditional schedule of back and bi’s, chest and tri’s, legs – with cardio thrown in.
In 2008/09 I started running and over a 3 year span did 4 marathons and about 12 half marathons with 5, 10 and 15k’s thrown in.In February of 2012 I did my last half marathon. My training partner had skipped out on the majority of our training runs leading up to this half … she had been so busy “cross fitting” that she hadn’t had time to log many miles. When she crushed my time I had an “aha moment” and googled the nearest CrossFit facility in my area and scheduled an intro for the next day.I was immediately obsessed! I got my L1 in June of 2013, and added coaching to the mix. Fast forward to today, and I am in the best shape of my life (mentally and physically). My world has literally changed because of CrossFit.
2) What's a typical day in Kellie's life look like?
5:00 am - that dang alarm… grab coffee… out the door to coach 6am/7am classes at CrossFit Evolution;
8:15 am - back home, superman-like change into business clothes… grab a shaker full of BCAAs out the door.
9:15 am - arrive at law firm for my “real job”; breakfast (some examples: protein shake, oh yea ONE bar, overnight oatmeal; I also love omelets, but seriously who has time?)
11:00 am - snack - 3 oz boars head lunch meat with avocado slices;
1:00 pm - lunch – typically something from home (chicken breast, vegetable, sometimes a carb (rice, sweet potato) if I haven’t meal prepped, chipotle is always a go to (bowl with lettuce instead of rice, fajita veggies, double meat, all the salsas, and guac is my favorite).
4:00 pm - snack - apple/fluff butter
5:15 pm - hopefully leave work and battle my way down I-4 to the box.
6:00 pm - warm up, muscle-up drills/climbing board/etc.; WOD
7:00 pm - extra work, i.e. squat, snatch work, double under/handstand drills
8:00 pm - home – shower – dinner - (4 egg whites, 1 egg, Brussel sprouts, 3 slices of center cut bacon – all mixed together – my favorite) – tv/relax time
9:15 pm - protein shake with any remaining carbs/fat for day (might throw a scoop of peanut butter in the blender or a handful of cacao chips – whatever I need to hit my numbers)
10:00 pm - prepare for the next day – meal prep – gym bag packed – bed
3) What's in your gym bag right now? Ahhhhh my gym bag. What’s not in my gym bag??
The essentials: a change of clothes, no bull shoes, socks, head band, deodorant, tape, my RPM speed rope, arm sleeve (to protect my tattoo during muscle up driils), knee sleeves, bcaas, and you can typically find a melted protein bar (or remnants of one)! I used to carry my lifters with me, but now they have their own spot at the box.
4) What's your favorite workout?
My favorite workout???? There are soooo many!!!! Long, grueling workouts with moderate weight are my jam!! I love Fight Gone Bad and Filthy Fifty!I also love lifting sessions (especially with Sam); squats and cleans are my favorite. Snatch frustrates me. I’m working on it.
5) What motivates you in and out of the gym?
My kids are my biggest motivation. I work out with my daughters and want to be able to continue that for as long as possible - they definitely keep me on my toes. Being the best me I can be, staying healthy and strong, and being a good role model for my grandkids is also a huge motivator.