Kelly Friel

From a young age I have had keen interest in fitness but couldn’t find a sport that really floated my boat. In my late 20’s I competed in ‘X-Training’ at an advanced level and was unbeaten for 2 years.

I was introduced to Crossfit by my coach Ben Allen in 2012 when Crossfit Southampton first opened its doors. After many years of him telling me how amazing it was, he was right and I was hooked.

Though the competition element is important to me – it is over shadowed by the sense of the community that CrossFit has.

Favourite WOD: Lumberjack 20

Favourite lift: Clean & Jerk

Achievements to date:

Jan 2013 – Qualified for the finals of London Throwdown and finished top 50

May 2013 & 2014 – Qualified for the European Regional finals in Copenhagen

January 2014 – Qualified for the finals of Battle of London and finished 33rd

August 2014 – European inferno – pairs- Finished 1st place

January 2015 – Qualified for finals of the Athlete games in Manchester

April 2018 – Qualified for CrossFit Games Regionals at position 17th

April 2018 – Reached online qualifiers for CrossFit Games Regionals in the masters category 40-44 at position 6th


Crossfit level 1 coach

Crossfit gymnastics trainer

Crossfit gymnastics advanced

Crossfit mobility trainer

Greenwood Weightlifting instructor

British Weight Lifting Level 1 Assistant Club Coach

Qualified LSSM Sports and Remedial Massage therapist