Tell us a little about you - who is Kelly Stone?
I am a competitive CrossFit athlete and full-time working professional out of Denver, Colorado. I value my integrity, motivation, and work ethic above all else. In addition to training and competing CrossFit, I have also completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I work diligently to successfully maintain a full-time work schedule treating patients, while also keeping up with training. I began CrossFit at the end of 2015 and haven’t looked back. CrossFit has allowed me to continue my path as an athlete and has positively impacted all aspects of my life. I LOVE to compete! CrossFit Omnia is my second home and favorite place to spend my free time. I am so thankful for everyone I have met in the CrossFit community.
What are some of your accolades?
I have been a member of CrossFit Omnia’s Regional and Games team in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, we placed 4th at the South Regional and 13th at the CrossFit Games. In 2018, I placed 13th in the Open in the Southwest region but declined my individual invitation to compete team. After placing 4th at the South regional, our CrossFit Games were unfortunately cut short due to an injury sustained by one of my teammates. I have also competed in the Elite Team Division at Wodapalooza in 2018 and 2019.
What have been some trying times during CF or moments in which you’ve struggled and overcome?
Following the 2018 Open, I sustained a back injury during a Regionals training session with my teammates. Over the next few months, I battled nearly constant pain during workouts and in my everyday life. I could barely pick up a barbell and was forced to rest and alter my training program dramatically. Though my physical therapy brain told me I should stop, I felt a huge burden to continue training for my team. It was a daily mental and physical battle. Ultimately, I elected to compete at Regionals and we pulled together to re-qualify for the 2018 CrossFit Games. Regardless of the outcome of the 2018 season, I am proud of my team and my ability to overcome this obstacle. (For the record, I do not encourage those injured to train through pain ;))
What fuels your passion for the sport?
To me, CrossFit is the epitome of being a well-rounded, healthy, and capable athlete. I thrive on the daily challenges it provides and loves to have the opportunity to push my body to the limit every single day. What you put in directly reflects what you get out in this sport. There are no shortcuts. Being on the competition floor is both exhilarating AND humbling. There is nothing quite like it.
How do you give back or positively impact your CF community?
I positively impact my CF community by being a role model of work ethic, persistence, mental strength, and physical strength. I am particularly passionate about influencing other women and girls to feel comfortable and driven to become strong and capable. This past fall I had the opportunity to be part of the Rep Fitness Equipment “Lift like a Woman” campaign that celebrated women in fitness. It was amazing to see so many strong and inspiring women being recognized. I hope that my fitness journey will help others with their journey to health, strength, and wellness.
What did you do before CF?
I grew up as a competitive gymnast and swimmer. I competed as a gymnast for 14 years and was a Colorado State beam and vault champion in high school. I competed Division 1 college swimming for the University of San Diego, specializing in butterfly and sprint freestyle. Following college, I briefly participated in figure competitions but quickly realized it wasn’t for me.
Why do you choose to fuel with Swolverine?
I choose to fuel with Swolverine because of the product quality and transparency of ingredients. No BS, no added fillers. Properly fueling my body with adequate nutrition and supplementation has allowed me to compete at an extremity high level in the sport that I love. Without the help of my Swolverine products, I wouldn’t be able to train, compete, or recover as effectively.