Kelly Starrett

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Kelly Starrett
Personal information
Born1973 (age 49–50)
EducationDoctor of Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, 2007
OccupationCrossFit trainer, physical therapist, New York Times bestselling author
Spouse(s)Juliet Starrett
SportCrossFit, whitewater rafting
Achievements and titles
National finalsTwo time whitewater rafting national championship
Updated on 13 August 2017.

Kelly Starrett (born 1973)[1] is a physical therapist, author, speaker and CrossFit trainer. His 2013 fitness book, Becoming a Supple Leopard, was featured on The New York Times bestselling sports books list. He is a co-founder, with his wife Juliet Starrett, of the fitness website The Ready State, formerly MobilityWOD. He has been described as a "celebrity" and "founding father" of CrossFit, as well as ranking on Greatist's 2017 list of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kelly Starrett grew up in Garmisch, Germany, where he enjoyed Alpine ski racing and kayaking.[3] He was raised by a single mother, an American-born professor, and did not have contact with his father.[4] When he was in high school, he and his mother moved to the United States.[3] He attended the University of Colorado.[3]

Athletic and fitness career[edit]

Before discovering CrossFit, Starrett paddled for the US canoeing and kayaking teams.[3] As a paddler, he won two national championships and competed in two world championships before receiving a repetitive strain injury.[3][5] In 2004,[5] he and his wife Juliet began CrossFit training, eventually opening one of the first CrossFit gyms, San Francisco CrossFit in 2005.[3][6]

Starrett received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt University in 2007.[7] In 2008, the Starretts started their fitness website MobilityWOD,[8] (renamed to The Ready State in 2019) which has been praised as a top fitness blog by Outside Magazine and other outlets.[9][10]

Since 2013, Starrett's fitness career has focused primarily on publishing and continued CrossFit and mobility training.[3] He was featured by 60 Minutes Sports in 2014 for his work on posture and mobility,[3][11] and has worked with his wife on a children's fitness nonprofit in 2015.[8]


Starrett is the author of three books on fitness and mobility.[12] Before writing full-length books, Starrett contributed articles to the Crossfit Journal, focusing on the basics of posture and gait.[3] His first book, The Supple Leopard (2013), highlights basic mechanics and range of motion.[13] Becoming a Supple Leopard made the New York Times bestselling sports books list,[14] though it did receive criticism for being "a trial and error method rather than a system of standard operating procedures to diagnose and fix movement."[15]

Starrett then released Ready to Run with coauthor T.J. Murphy in 2014.[16] Ready to Run examines shoe choice and foot health[3] as well as exercises to improve running biomechanics and mobility.[17] Erin Bresini, writing for Outside Magazine, described the book as offering relief from running injuries.[18] In his review for Breaking Muscle, Doug Dupont found the book "simple and accurate," but noted that the book "might not meet expectations" since it does not contain actual training plans.[19]

Starrett's 2016 book Deskbound was coauthored with his wife, Juliet Starrett, and Glen Cardoza. Deskbound describes the physiological and epidemiological effects of a sedentary lifestyle.[20] The book was precipitated by the launch of the Starretts' nonprofit, StandUpKids, which raises money to purchase standing desks for children in schools.[8][21]

Starrett has a chapter giving advice in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Juliet Starrett have two daughters.[22]


  1. ^ Lax, Lauryn (12 November 2013). "Q&A WITH KELLY STARRETT". BoxLife Magazine. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ The Greatist Team (26 February 2017). "The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness". Greatist. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Graham, Tyler (29 August 2014). "How Kelly Starrett became CrossFit's mobility superhero". Men's Fitness. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Human Performance Guru Kelly Starrett On Manhood, Raising Daughters And Rites Of Passage". Thrive Global. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b Tamarkin, Sally (3 July 2013). "Building an Injury-Free Body with Mobility Expert Kelly Starrett". Greatist. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  6. ^ "ABOUT SFCF". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Kelly Starrett". MobilityWOD. 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b c O'Mara, Kelly (31 May 2017). "Why whitewater racing world champion Juliet Starrett turned to CrossFit – and to standing desks". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  9. ^ Hurford, Molly (12 July 2017). "The Best Endurance Sports Video Blogs". Outside Magazine. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Top 10 Fitness Blog – Winners Announced!". Breaking Muscle. 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Kelly Starrett: Master of Motion". Showtime. 60 Minutes Sports. 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Kelly Starrett". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  13. ^ Rusin, John (27 July 2015). "Kelly Starrett, Mobility, and CrossFit: An Interview with the Mobility Master". T Nation. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  14. ^ "The Best Selling Sports Books". The New York Times. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  15. ^ Kuhland, Jeff (8 May 2013). "Book Review: "Becoming A Supple Leopard" By Kelly Starrett". Breaking Muscle. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  16. ^ Starrett, Kelly; Murphy, T. J. (21 October 2014). Ready to Run: Unlocking Your Potential to Run Naturally. National Geographic Books. ISBN 978-1628600094.
  17. ^ Plunkett, Mike (7 October 2014). "How I learned to love running". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  18. ^ Bresini, Erin (15 October 2014). "The New Injury-Proofing Rules for Runners". Outside Magazine. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  19. ^ Dupont, Doug (25 January 2015). ""Ready To Run" (Book Review)". Breaking Muscle. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  20. ^ "Author of 'Becoming a Supple Leopard' Wants You to Stand Up and Get Physically Ready for Anything". Entrepreneur. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  21. ^ Wallace, Kelly (10 December 2015). "Forget 'Sit down!' Students now standing up to learn". CNN. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  22. ^ Larson, Theresa (26 August 2015). "Warrior of the Month: Juliet Starrett". Retrieved 19 July 2017.