Kelly F On Her Amazing Transformation

The short of it: United Barbell has changed my life.
Kelly part-way through her  INCREDIBLE transformation achieved through determination, CrossFit, and the Paleo diet

Kelly part-way through her  INCREDIBLE transformation achieved through determination, CrossFit, and the Paleo diet

34 years old / Law / Joined UB August 2010

I hated PE when I was a kid.  I always failed miserably at the Presidential Fitness Test. I thought I'd never be able to do a pushup or a pull-up, nor did I think I'd ever want to. I thought I was doing right by myself by hitting the elliptical, and the occasional “body conditioning” and spinning classes, but I could never lose weight.

Enter CrossFit and the coaching at United Barbell. The coaches at UB have the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to have taken a total amateur like me, with a timid and ill-advised attitude toward fitness, and changed everything I thought about my body and what it can do.  I was essentially starting from scratch and I never once during class felt left out or inferior to those who are experienced crossfitters.  Each workout can be scaled and adapted to any fitness level and when you're just starting out, this is crucial to avoid injury and well, to get you to keep walking through that door.  The gym itself is spacious and the well-maintained equipment is top of the line and plentiful! The variety of class types and class times can accommodate anyone’s schedule. 

Since starting from Day 1 of UB in August, 2010, I have FULLY transformed my body and made it the machine I never thought it could be. I have made unbelievable strength and endurance gains. Crossfit gave me a solid foundation of fitness for a healthy, active lifestyle of cycling and cyclocross racing. I have a completely different attitude towards fitness and how I live my life. Most importantly, I’m eternally grateful for the community United Barbell has created. And hey, in 2010 I met my (now) husband at UB!

These pants used to fit!

These pants used to fit!


Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.