Where did you born and where do you live? 

I’m born and raised in Victoria BC

What is your athletic background? 

I grew up competitively horseback riding. I did a little bit of swimming as a kid, but that’s about it.

What sport do practice? and if it is applicable what category are you on? 

I am a CrossFit athlete

How long ago did you start and How did get into this sport? 

I started taking CrossFit classes 3 years ago. I had been going to a regular gym, and was a total cardio bunny. I was working out primarily to look a certain way, and wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I needed a change, and was drawn to the intensity of CrossFit. I didn’t really know what I would be getting into... I had never even touched a barbell!

What is your main goal? 

To compete in the elite division of a sanctional event.

Tell me about a hardship that you’ve been through, that you turned into a positive outcome and how your training help you? 

I’m the kind of person that doesn’t view challenging things as hardships. I think having cancer is hard, losing someone you love is hard. I haven’t experienced any of these things, thankfully. One of the challenges I find myself working through is comparison. I want more than anything to be in the elite group of this sport. It can be hard scrolling through social media and seeing people hitting PR’s, flying through metcons and flowing effortlessly through gymnastics skills. I choose to reframe this from being discouraged to being encouraged by what’s possible. Seeing others do amazing things means it’s possible I could do that to. I’m naturally competitive, so I choose to be thankful for the people that are where I want to be... they’re fuelling my fire, and pushing me to be even better.

What has been your proudest moment or/and biggest accomplishment? 

I can’t really narrow this down to one particular moment. I feel accomplished when I’m proud of the effort I’ve put in, or when I’m acknowledged for demonstrating mental fortitude, being a good example to others or for showing up when I’m challenged. I really try to detach my “worth” from outcomes. You can’t control those things, and it may not be a true reflection of what’s going on.

What does keep you motivated? and what are your top 3 mental skills to keep you going? 

I believe having a strong why will keep you motivated. I also believe motivation is a very temporary thing. In order to really achieve things and push boundaries we need to have discipline. That’s what makes us show up when we don’t want to. I’m a bit of a tough love person! My top 3 tips would be: - Have a group of people or coach that holds you accountable to showing up and giving your best for that day (this goes for training and nutrition) - Keep a journal to track progress, and reflect on how far you’ve come. Track things like how you’re feeling, stress, sleep etc - Set small goals, and make the actions to get there non negotiable.

How did you adapt your training during insolation and what did you learn the most about yourself during this time? 

I was in a bit of a special situation that my coach, Adam Davidson, was training for the CrossFit games during this time. He asked me to be his training partner. My training increased and intensified a lot. I was actually really nervous that I wasn’t “good enough” and would get anxiety before some of our training days that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Through this time Adam and I had a lot of heart to hearts regarding mindset. This kind of training forces you into challenges that bring up loud voices in your head. I was confronted with insecurity and doubt. But my take away has been “do it anyways”. I’ve learned that we don’t actually know how anything is going to turn out. We can only do the things set in front of us, acknowledge the outcome, find our learning opportunities and repeat.

How have Covid-19 affected your training? 

During the time the gym was closed, I really missed having people around me. I thrive on having people around me during training that I can laugh and connect with. I love having fun and being light hearted until it’s go time. Having people around me training also pushes me. Looking around and seeing people working hard inspires me so much.

How has your mental strength helped you deal with these times? 

I pride myself on being positive and resilient. We are going to be faced with a lot we can’t control. It might be really hard but we have the opportunity to face it anyways. That’s what the pandemic was to me. I couldn’t control what was going on. When gyms first closed I was Olympic lifting with a cheap barbell on my parent’s driveway and doing a lot of hiking/ running. I really focused on my nutrition. You just had to do what you could with what was available. But the take away was there are always things you can do to continue working on your goals.

Please give me the top 3 things/rituals/habits you do to stay on track towards your goals 

I have wonderful coaches that program for me, know what my goals are, and hold me accountable to being my best. This takes guess work of “what should I be doing? Am I doing enough?” out. I completely trust them, I follow my program and do what they say. I’ve worked hard over YEARS to build a healthy relationship with food. I find tracking my food to be really helpful. I count macros (which may not be for everyone). I also have an amazing nutrition coach who gives me the knowledge of what I need to fuel my body. So again, no guess work for me. I just do what my coaches tell me Create discipline. Set habits that force you to show up no matter how you feel. Just as I wouldn’t ditch work if I’m having a bad day, I don’t ditch training.

Kehly Stolz

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