From: Danville, CA (SF Bay Area)
Favorite City: Monterey, CA. I get all flutter-hearted when I think about being there. On a high school biology field trip, I fell in love with (and into) the tide pools. Maybe it was the otters, the seals, or maybe Steinbeck's Cannery Row, but something left a mark on me, so I got married on the Monterey Bay. I hope to move there when I retire (or sooner).
Enjoys: Exploring new countries through food (I love perusing grocery aisles to see what the locals eat), baking, wearing bright colors, the weekly surprise of opening a CSA box, lithing, yoga, dessert wine, cooking with friends and family, painting, and taking Saturday morning strolls through Rittenhouse Square to the farmers' market with my husband (Mike) and two rescue mutts (Tommy and Zuzu).
Favorite Lithe Exercise: Rockette kicks. Talk about a total body exercise! They are so energizing and the perfect opportunity to give it your all.
Other Job: Nurse Practitioner. I spend a large part of my workday coaching people about how to take better care of themselves. This comes easily now that I am a regular lither.
How'd she land a spot on the Lithe team?: Kelly is fierce! She has killer strength, knowledge, stamina, perfect form and she is such a natural teacher. I love that she is fearless and such a perfectionist (two things that make a great instructor!) and I know that you'll all love her classes. We're all thrilled to have her on the team!
What you wouldn't know just by looking at her: My days usually begin and end with a cup of tea. My sister and I dream of opening a tea shop together. I love being by the sea. I majored in Marine Biology, was a coxswain for UCLA Crew, studied coral reefs in Australia, and got certified in advanced SCUBA diving, despite not being a very good swimmer! I am a treehugger at heart. Until I have the space to raise chickens and grow a vegetable garden, I'll stick to houseplants (we have 30 in our apartment!), worm composting and volunteering at urban farms. Growing up, I was shy and small so I didn't play sports. Eventually, I relinquished the idea that being small meant I couldn't be fierce and took up Muay Thai boxing. But ultimately, I recognized that I'm a lover, not a fighter, so I tried running. Sadly, I had to get surgery for a foot injury, which set me back (and on my duff) for 2 years. The silver lining: I learned to respect my feet, found barefoot training, and regained balance and strength with yoga and lithing. Now my foot is in full effect and I have a 2" scar that reminds me every day to be grateful for a healthy body and to keep trying new things because I can. This year, I'm taking on rock climbing!
Image of Lithe Instructor, Kelly Wong wearing Lithe's Ultra Support Performance Bra via Dom