Ben Van Pelt
How long doing CrossFit: 6 years
How long coaching at 859: 1 year
Certifications: CF-L1, CF-L2
Family members: Everybody who does crossfit! Also 3 siblings and 2 parents in Mississippi.
Why you Crossfit: Crossfit solves all chronic disease, health issues, and mental issues. It enables you to constantly push the limits of human capability. It lets you live your life without limitations. It teaches you how to be tough in all situations. Why wouldn't you do it?
Why you coach Crossfit: You can change people's lives through CrossFit: health, fitness, and meaningful relationships. If you have the ability to change someone's life for the better, you can't ignore that! I love helping people achieve goals, and find goals they didn't even know they had!
Favorite Movement(s): Snatch / Handstand Push-Ups
Least Favorite Movement: Deadlift
Fav. WOD: "Karen"
Least Fav. WOD: "DT"
Something we don’t know about you: The best nutritional supplement you can take is ice cream. I take it at least once a day.
Hometown: Nicholasville, KY
Birthday: August 15
Degrees/Certification: CrossFit L-1; BA in Communications; Juris Doctorate
Family: Husband Lincoln, twin boys John and West
Why you CrossFit: To stay healthy and to be able to chase (and catch) my kids!
Why you coach CrossFit: I love helping people discover how strong they really are.
Favorite WOD: Diane
Least favorite WOD: Fran
Favorite quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss
Favorite cheat meal: Pizza
Something people might not know about you: I am a huge Harry Potter nerd!
Hometown: Ocean City, NJ
Birthday: December 18
Degrees/Certification: Masters of Health Administration; CrossFit L-1; USAW L1SP
Family: Wife Andrea, 2 daughters (Reece and Rory)
Why you CrossFit: It is unequivocally the best way to stay fit and active. It is a fountain of youth!
Why you coach CrossFit: I enjoy fitness, and helping people achieve their goals
Favorite WOD: Anything heavy with a barbell
Least favorite WOD: Anything without a barbell
Favorite quote: "If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." Latin Proverb
Favorite cheat meal: Something with lots of cheese!
Something people might not know about you: I was the 300th American in history to run a sub-four minute mile.
How long doing CrossFit: Since 2016
How long coaching at 859: Began early 2017
Family Members: Wife (Kelly Manley)
Why you CrossFit: Because it is the most physically and mentally rewarding approach to improving my fitness, my mindset, and my life.
Why you coach CrossFit: I want to empower people to actualize their best self through developing elite fitness, a positive mindset and healthy relationships that can last a lifetime.
Favorite movements: DB Snatch and Double Unders
Least favorite movements: Anything with a heavy bar
Favorite WOD: “Murph”
Least favorite WOD: Open workout 16.1
Something you don't know about me: I have a Masters degree in Education and one day might pursue an Educational Doctorate degree.
Kelly Jennings (KJ) – Owner/Head Coach
How long doing CrossFit: Since 2011
How long coaching at 859: Started 859 in 2012
Certifications: CF-L1, CF-L2, Kettlebell
Family: Wife Nakada, twins (Sophie and Riley)
Why you CrossFit: It works better than anything I've ever experienced
Why you coach CrossFit: It has changed my life in dramatic ways and I want to change others.
Favorite Movement(s): Cleans, Handstand Push-Ups
Least Favorite Movement: Double-Unders
Fav. WOD: “Diane”
Least Fav. WOD: “Annie” (Double-Unders)
Something we don’t know about you: I’m a Pastor at Southland Christian Church. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over 10 years ago.
How long doing CrossFit: Since 2014
How long coaching at 859: Since November 2018
Family members: Furbaby Loki, Boyfriend Miller, Mom Kim who lives in NKY
Why you CrossFit: Fuels my competitive nature, as well as keeps me very humble. There is always something to improve upon and learn. I really enjoy living an active lifestyle.
Why you coach CrossFit: To help others feel better about themselves which helps improve their lives. I want to help others find the passion for becoming the best version of themselves they can be. CrossFit has helped me further the determination I have to become my best self and I want to see others find that.
Favorite Movement(s): Hang cleans, double unders, and toes to bar
Least Favorite Movement: Rope climbs, handstand walks, ring dips, and push ups.
Fav. WOD: Karen or Grace
Least Fav. WOD: Elizabeth or Linda
Something we don’t know about you: I grew up riding horses and competed in 3-Day Eventing before finding CrossFit.
How long doing CrossFit: since 2017
How long coaching at 859: since September 2018
Certifications: CF-L1, Ace Certified Personal Trainer, Level 1 Precision Nutrition
Family members: Husband Chris, children Keaton, Zander, and Harper
Why you CrossFit: To feel healthy and strong
Why you coach CrossFit: My passion is health and fitness. Coaching CrossFit helps me pass that passion along to others.
Favorite Movement(s): Push jerk
Least Favorite Movement: Deadlift
Fav. WOD: Grace
Least Fav. WOD: Fran
Something we don’t know about you: I lived in England and Germany for a few years. Both of my boys were born in Germany.
How long doing CrossFit: Since 2015
How long coaching at 859: Since September 2018
Certifications: CF-L1 (CF Gymnastics is the next goal)
Family members: Husband Jeremy, daughter Courtney (attending LSU), and daughter Avery (attending SCAPA Bluegrass)
Why you CrossFit: As a former competitive gymnast, CrossFit allows me to utilize the body awareness I spent so many years developing. Through CrossFit I have found a new love for Olympic Weightlifting, and the technical intricacies around it. And chalk. I love chalk.
Why you coach CrossFit: I genuinely believe we are all capable of more than we think. From the youth in our CrossFit and Teens classes, to the retired athletes, to the stay at home moms in our gym, we see physical and emotional victories every day. Having the privilege to be a small part in assisting those victories is incredibly fulfilling.
Favorite Movement(s): Any handstand movement
Least Favorite Movement: Thrusters
Fav. WOD: Diane (21-15-9 handstand pushups and deadlifts)
Least Fav. WOD: Anything with thrusters
Something we don’t know about you: I lived in Melbourne, Australia for half a year in high school, and have a goal to go back soon.
How long doing CrossFit: Since 2013
How long coaching at 859: 1 year
Certifications: CF-L1, Masters in Accounting and Finance
Family members: Taylor (husband), Sutton (daughter), and Davis (son)
Why you CrossFit: I love going to the gym for an hour and leave knowing I’ve become a better version of myself both mentally and physically
Why you coach CrossFit: To help others achieve physical accomplishments they never would have thought possible
Favorite Movement(s): hand-stand push-ups, toes-to-bar
Least Favorite Movement: deadlift
Fav. WOD: any kind of long chipper
Least Fav. WOD: 30 cal bike
Something we don’t know about you: I went to graduate school in London