Team GYM Laird: Meet Kelli

Jen —  February 23, 2015 — 1 Comment

We’ve introduced you to Team GYM Laird members Brittany and Betsy. Today, we’d like you to meet Kelli.


Kelli has competed in two meets and her awesome PRs are as follows: squat 255, bench 110, and deadlift 303. Kelli is a strong competitor and a definite powerhouse. Here is her bio in her own words:


Occupation: Currently I’m a stay at home mommy to three girls, ages eight, seven and four. I also have a degree in nursing. 

Favorite Lift: Squat

Favorite post-workout snack: I almost always drink coffee after my workout these days, and I keep almonds in the car.

Before joining Gym Laird I had never really thought too much about lifting heavy.  I’ve always been involved in something active; basketball, swimming, biking, triathlon, weight classes, etc.; all of which are rewarding in their own way.  After joining GYM Laird I discovered this whole new world of lifting and I love it! To see everyday women lifting really heavy weight is so encouraging. I love lifting because it makes me feel strong and empowered. As a mom of three young girls, this is important.  I want them to know they can do anything they set their minds to and work hard for. Lifting weights makes you strong mentally and physically. This is one way for me to lead them by example.

I’ve struggled with body image issues my entire adult life. I won’t lie and say I don’t today, however I’m more confident in my body since lifting heavy. Lifting has given me more confidence than any sport I’ve done in my past.  Life is busy. Training is a small part of my life, but it’s so important. It is my therapy and it keeps me strong and encourages me to live a healthier life. I have to mention Lucy in this journey as well. Lucy taught me how to foam roll and breathe properly. Both are part of my daily life now, and before coming to this gym I knew nothing about foam rolling and had no idea I was breathing “wrong”. Here’s to many more years of lifting.


kelli deadlift

group cupcake

We are so proud to be part of a team with all of these strong, unique ladies. Many thanks to our coach, Jim Laird for bringing us together!

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