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Stephanie Kelley

Where were you born?
Oak Lawn, IL

Where did you grow up?
Crestwood, IL

What schools did you attend?
Southern Illinois University – Industrial Technology with a minor in, you guessed it, Marketing

When did you start weightlifting?
I started olympic weightlifting as my primary exercise modality in Oct 2022 and haven’t looked back since.

What made you start weightlifting?
I was training with a lot of powerlifters and focusing on Squat, Bench, and Deadlift but was having a hard time staying motivated and training wasn’t all that fun. My husband had been olympic weightlifting for over a year and would talk about it consistently. He encouraged me to try it out once I started asking more questions and became intrigued.

When did you come to SLSC?
I became a member of SLSC in July of 2023. We had moved back to Chicago after years of being away and set up shop to be close to SLSC. I joined the SLSC team in May of 2024.

What do you enjoy about SLSC?
I love the environment, the space, the committed hardworking folks you’ll see everyday, and overall atmosphere of working to be better.

What do you enjoy about coaching?
Helping people learn and grow and be better. Watching someone master a new skill and find new pride in their hard work is my favorite.

What would you say to someone who is considering trying out SLSC but is unsure?
We are here to support your goals and set you up for success. Whenever you decide to try something new, it’s going to feel a little scary and uncomfortable, but getting uncomfortable is required for change and the scary stage never seems as long as you think it will.


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