The People of CrossFit®: My Untold Story #25

December 19, 2018


Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).

My name is Kelly Donoghue and I am a high school teacher.  I am married to my amazing husband Michael and we have two beautiful daughters, Meghan 12 and Erin 8.  I love to spend time with my family and friends, as well as watching and playing sports.

Which class time do you usually attend?

I attend the 5 am during the school year and 8 am classes during the summer.

When did you start doing CrossFit®?

I started doing CrossFit® about 2 and a half years ago.

How did you hear about CrossFit® and what was your first workout?

I had heard about CrossFit® but never thought that I was someone who could do it.  I watched the CrossFit® games of TV and was always amazed by what the athletes were capable of.  One day I decided to investigate the room in the back of the gym. It was the Forge room, where gym members did CrossFit®. I spoke with the coach, Laura who told me when classes were held and to come back and check it out, so I did...and I LOVED it! It was so much fun to have a different workout every day. I was so bored with the same old same old cycle, group fitness classes, and lifting in the main gym.   Crossfit made me excited about working out again. It lit a fire in me that I hadn't had since I played competitive sports in college. I have always been very competitive, and Crossfit gives me that outlet to compete against others and challenge myself.

What were you doing before CrossFit®?

Lifting weights and cardio on my own. The normal working different body parts on different days, with no change in my body or my ability.

How has your approach to CrossFit® changed since first starting?

At first, I was intimidated and now I feel like a leader in class. Encouraging others to push themselves, we are a team.

Favorite WOD or movement?

I don't have a favorite WOD, but I do like burpees, thrusters, and wall balls.

Least favorite WOD or movement?

My least favorite movement is anything involving the sled.

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?

Initially, with CrossFit® it was about me challenging myself and reinstalling the confidence in my abilities. That being said, Crossfit has played a bigger role in my life then I would have ever imagined.  
A few years ago, my mother who has MS and faces challenges getting around moved in with my family.  A year and a half ago, my mother had a stroke. This made it so the woman who could get around slowly, couldn't get around at all.  She was confined to a wheelchair and had to use a sliding board to move in and out of her chair. My mother is 5'6" and weighs around 200 pounds.  I had to care for my mother the way one would for a child, dress, bathing, toileting. I had to lift my mother from her wheelchair to the bedside commode several times during the day and night.

At first, I never thought about the fact that I was able to move my mother, who was basically dead weight by myself.  That was until others came in to help care for her and were unable to help her. They couldn't help her stand or shower or move from her wheelchair to the chair.  When my mother would have her arms around my neck so I could lift her she would say to me in midair "Thank God for CrossFit®." 

Thank God for CrossFit®, because without it, I would not be able to care for my mother.  So thankful to be healthy and strong. Blessed!

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit® Workouts? 

I am motivated by my mother.  I work hard because I am blessed to be able to.  I run for those who can't!

What would you say to someone starting CrossFit® for the first time?

CrossFit® is never boring and always challenging. You will never regret trying CrossFit®, but you might regret not.

Something you might not know about me:

The gym is my therapy, my "me time."

What's your PR /pump up song?

Any Boy Band!!!!!


Thanks for reading my untold story,