Memphis : Regalia

Michelle Kinney

Owner/Coach - -CrossFit Chickasaw

Michelle touts an NCAA Division I strength and conditioning background, as a member of the track, cross country, and softball teams at Mississippi State University from 2002-2007. She was an All-SEC performer in the javelin and an Academic All-American in the classroom, studying Finance and Economics. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Economics at the University of Memphis.

Needless to say, athletic diversity is a familiar concept to her. It was in her collegiate training that she first started to excel and find her passion in fitness. Kinney says CrossFit has allowed her to satisfy her thrill for competition in her post-collegiate years. In March 2010, she won the CrossFit Deep South Sectional competition and knew that she had a competitive future in CrossFit. Later that year, she went on to win the South East Regional and place 10th at the CrossFit Games. In 2011, she won the Central East Regional and placed 17that the CrossFit Games. In 2012, she encountered her first true setback as a CrossFit athlete, missing the CrossFit Games by one place, finishing 4th at the Central East Regional. After her best CrossFit Open finish yet and a second place showing at the 2013 Central East regionals, she continued that success with an 8th place finish at the 2013 CrossFit Games, earning her the title: 8th Fittest Woman on Earth.

She says that she finds her inspiration in all the members at CrossFit Chickasaw. Embracing her belief that "full effort is full victory," she says, "Nothing motivates me more than the efforts and community that we all share here at CrossFit Chickasaw. I am very lucky to have an opportunity to be a part of this fine group of people.”

Certifications: CrossFit Level 1, Advanced Gymnastics, Endurance, Judges Course, Olympic Lifting