Featured Athlete of March: Kylea Meneilly

Not only does Kylea crush it in the office, she always has a little left in the tank when she gets to the gym. She’s positive, hardworking, and coachable. She’ll always throw you a high-five and is a bona-fide ambassador for the gym. Catch Kylea in the afternoon classes bringing in the sunshine!

What’s your athletic background? I grew up swimming competitively.

When did you start working out at The Hill? August 2016.

Was this your first experience with CrossFit? Yes.

What keeps you coming back? I love a good challenge. When I conquer an intimidating workout, I feel like I can accomplish anything. I also love the community at the gym because it makes you feel like family. My only regret is not joining sooner.

If you could write the WOD what would it be? Power cleans, rope climbs, double unders. Can’t forget to start with a warmup of the pvc pipe game or crab walking with a med ball.

What are some of your goals, fitness or personal- for 2018? Personal: take more vacations. Fitness: be able to do strict pull-ups! I also want to be the best version of myself and one of my fitness goals is to practice healthy, sustainable eating habits.

Any PR’s that your proud of? I snatched 85# last month!

List one or two improvements you have seen in your life since starting CF? One improvement is my mental toughness. I feel that a lot of Crossfit is mental and having that aspect in control has made a world of difference in my performance each day. Knowing you can accomplish something challenging in the gym translates to other aspects of your life.

What do you like about KC? KC has amazing people. I like the “small world” aspect, like the “6 degrees of KC.”

Why do you live in KC- job? school? other? And how do you like to spend your free time? I grew up in Overland Park, KS. Most of my family, my parents and sister, live in KC. I have lived in other states but nothing beats being close to family. I spend my free time forcibly snuggling my two dogs and watching The Office.

What’s your favorite cheat meal? Pizza. Every time.

What would you say to someone thinking about starting CrossFit? It is not as scary as you think!

Anything else you would like to share? This gym offers unmatched, incredible coaching and an amazing community. I am so happy I joined and I can’t wait to see what this year brings!