TRYING to establish fitness habits after four years at university eating cheaply and having no time for anything but study may have been tough initially for Kelly Cleary but after two years of CrossFit, the sponsored athlete couldn't imagine his life without it.
An environmental officer with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Mr Cleary returned to his home town of Gladstone at the end of 2011 from Brisbane where he had studied to become a Bachelor of Advanced Biomolecular Science with Honours.
"I am responsible for protecting and enhancing the environmental values of the Gladstone region, through administering a range of environmental regulations and laws, and ensuring industry comply with them," he said.
"My role can be very rewarding, as the work often results in a direct, positive impact on the town and environment that I was born and raised in."
When he's not at work or spending time with fiancé Jacqui Doogan, the 24-year-old fitness fanatic can be found training.
"I spend most of my free time working out, either at CrossFit Gladstone, Anytime Fitness, or in my garage. I often have to do workouts in my hotel room when travelling for work, just to keep myself sane," he said.
Mr Cleary was first introduced to CrossFit on ANZAC Day in 2012 by a friend.
"CrossFit Gladstone were celebrating one month since opening and had organised an event to commemorate our fallen and serving soldiers," he said.
"It took some convincing for me to return, but since then, I've been hooked."
"Unlike traditional bodybuilding, CrossFit is a performance based sport," he said.
"Nobody cares what you are wearing, or what you look like when you are working out. All that matters is that you are performing to your best, always giving everything."
Mr Cleary said highlights of his CrossFit journey included placing in the top 10 in his first competition, watching some of the world's best CrossFit athletes compete on the Gold Coast in 2013 and becoming an Aussie-Supps sponsored athlete in January this year
"This year I hope to compete in a number of state level CrossFit competitions," he said.
"I also hope to become a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Coach."
Mr Cleary said he was grateful to Aussie-Supps Gladstone for its generous support.
"Working with them has allowed me to not only grow as an athlete, but to support a local business as well," he said.
"They work really hard to provide nutritional and training advice, and to support customers in achieving their fitness goals.
"They strive to create the community where staff and customers enjoy getting together, talking about the exciting and thriving things going on in the fitness industry, as well as participate in community events, charity runs or anything that is going on around town."
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