Spotlight Athlete – Sean & Chelsea (Real Life Superheroes)

“My self-confidence has increased by leaps and bounds since I started training at CFD. To see the amazing things my body is capable of, to set goals and hit them, to train through a pregnancy, it has been such an incredible journey. We’ve learned how to better push each other into healthy choices. CFD has helped us grow together and become healthier together.” – Chelsea

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Athlete Feature: Sean & Chelsea Kelley
Training Facility: CFD Lakeview
Joined CFD:  September 2011
Hometown:  Sean: Newburyport, MA / Chelsea: Aquinnah, MA

What inspired you to join a CrossFit gym and how did you find CFD?
Chelsea: Honestly? It was all Sean. We had been going to a regular gym together for a while where he lifted weights and used machines and I mostly used the elliptical and sometimes weight machines. He wanted a new fitness adventure for our newly-wedded selves and crossfit piqued his interest. I was terrified, but I’m so glad I went along with it!
Sean: We’d been to other gyms and done other workout routines but honestly we had no idea what we were doing. I read an article on Slate about Crossfit and got curious. I did a bunch of research online and found CFD which at the time was like, 3 minutes from our apartment and rest was history.

What have you learned about yourself and each other from your training?
Chelsea: My self-confidence has increased by leaps and bounds since I started training at CFD. To see the amazing things my body is capable of, to set goals and hit them, to train through a pregnancy, it has been such an incredible journey. We’ve learned how to better push each other into healthy choices. CFD has helped us grow together and become healthier together.
Sean: I remember really early on we did a workout on a Saturday morning and walking out the door of CFD 1.0, I turned to Chelsea and said “There is 0 chance that anything else we do today will be that hard.” I sort of feel like every workout and PR is a new opportunity to gain… perspective on ourselves and the world. Like, if I can do this hard thing, what else can I accomplish?

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How does training together affect your family, your outlook, your goals?
Chelsea: Training is something that we had all the time for before our daughter, Iona, was born. Since she’s been born, it has been more of a challenge to find the time, but it is something we hold as a high priority, so we’ve managed pretty well. Sean definitely took one for the Kelley team and started working out at 5:30 am! For me, it is important for Iona to see her parents focusing on their health and strength. I want her to find value in those things, especially as a woman, and hope it will help combat the societal pressures on her as a woman.
Sean: CFD has definitely become a part of our life. We actually moved it from “luxury expenses” to “necessary expense” on our household budget a little while back. I think it’s important for people in families to have their own lives, hobbies, etc. but it’s also important to have things you do together as a family and as part of a greater community. Training together as a family, and as part of CFD, I think gives us a greater appreciation of each other and helps bring us closer together. As a family, we value hard work, preparation, and pushing each other to be stronger and better and I think training fits that like a glove.

What is your proudest gym accomplishment?
Chelsea: Before pregnancy, I’d probably say my 250lb Deadlift PR and the progress I made in handstand walking. But now, I’m proud to have trained, in some capacity, up until two days before Iona was born. I was still going down into a full squat the week before she was born!
Sean: For me it was hitting a 1,000 pound total for the first time at a powerlifting competition, going nine for nine on my lifts that day. That felt amazing.

What are your goals for 2017?
Chelsea: Post-partum PRs. And maybe some form of muscle up. We’ll see.
Sean: Same! My training suffered pretty hard in the months leading up to Iona being born and the months after. My goals for this year are just to get back to where I was before.

Something we may not know about you:
Chelsea: I love karaoke. Not the warm up movement (though that’s fun too).
Sean: I have a pretty active life as an improvisor and a podcaster. I’ve done a show called Improvised Star Trek that’s now about… 6 years old? We’ve traveled with the show and won a bunch of awards. Check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

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Words to life by:
Chelsea: “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur
Sean: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never sit in.” -Greek Proverb

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