Crystal Sullivan

I grew up in Southern California, where I competed in gymnastics, cheerleading and track and field. After high school I attended Oregon State University, where I continued to compete in cheerleading and obtained my undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science as well as becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). I was then accepted into one of only sixteen Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Programs in the nation at Old Dominion University located in Virginia Beach, VA. While working on my masters at ODU, I worked as an Athletic Trainer for the Division 1 athletic teams there as well, gaining valuable experience in sports medicine, injury management and strength and conditioning under some of the most well-versed Athletic Trainers and Strength and Conditioning Coaches.

Upon graduation I took a position as an Athletic Trainer at California State University, Monterey Bay where I became the Head Athletic Trainer within 2 years. During this tenure I was recruited to Taipei American School, in Taiwan, where I founded and developed the school's Sports Medicine program as well as developing curriculum in both Strength & Conditioning and Exercise & Health Sciences.

I found CrossFit while in graduate school in Virginia and continue to pursue fitness both as a way of staying fit and as a sport. I have been coaching movement since I was 16 starting with Gymnastics and have always had a passion to help people excel in movement.

I have one son, Charlie, with my partner in life and business, Mike. We moved to South Jersey to be close to my mom and dad so Charlie would have his Grandparents close and become a large part of his life. Charlie spends his days with us in the gym, throwing smiles and laughs around and keeping people on their A-game.

Turning Point

My health turning point was when I was 18 years old. I had just moved to Oregon, was living in the dorms, eating dorm food. I was gaining weight by the day and my cheer coach told me I needed to lose weight. I am a very strong and independent female, and that did not sit well with me. I revolted, and decided I could do whatever I wanted. Well, a few months later, I felt like poop. I was tired all the time, I had no motivation so I sought out a doctor to see if I had an illness. Turns out I was just really unhealthy! I was 18 years old and had high cholesterol and other markers that put me at risk for chronic disease. It was that moment that I realized I had to take care of myself. I had to start exercising and I had to start eating better. It wasn't until 5 years after that moment that I found CrossFit, but that was the point that brought fitness into my life.

My career turning point was when I lived in Taiwan. I realized that my passion is to make a difference in peoples lives on a health front. I realized that while athletes need someone to guide them through their recoveries, it wasn't the work that I truly had a passion for. My true passion is to reach those who don't have someone to turn to to help them get healthy. I want to help the individual who has never step foot into a gym before become the version of themselves that they want to be and not be terrified to do it. I want to make each day fun and manageable so they stick with it and reach the goals and aspirations they have set for themselves.

My guide to BIRTHFIT began with the pregnancy of my son. I chose to work with my partner to program my own pre-natal fitness. I was happy and healthy, and frankly thought I had it all together. But, after his birth I realized that I was so terrified of actually birthing him that I never made a plan. I want to help women just like me and educate them in what they may be afraid of. Knowledge is power!