Alyssa Stookey

What year did you start CrossFitting?


Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?

My fitness journey began when my parents enrolled me in a local YMCA gymnastic class at the age of 3 to help develop hand/eye coordination; the rest is history! I became an elite level gymnast and was able to compete at a high level in a sport I loved for 20 years (even obtaining a full, Division I Scholarship)! After retiring from a sport that defined who I was since I was 3, all of a sudden I felt a void. I tried to fill that void with running. I ran several full marathons and have ran over a dozen half marathons (to this day run the Va Beach 1/2 Marathon with my family every year), but something was still missing. My desire to compete and the adrenaline that goes along with such a desire was not being met. Then, in 2012, I found CrossFit and fell in love! I love the competitive feeling CrossFit gives me and the desire CrossFit gives me within myself to always be better, to always be fitter, to always be stronger, to always strive to improve a lift or time on a benchmark workout, to always push myself to my physical and mental limits, to always push others in their fitness/CrossFit journey, and to be a part of a Community of fitness. CrossFit provides me this!

Why did you become a trainer?

What is your “why”? Why are you on your fitness journey? Everyone’s answer to this question is different and varies from person to person. I became a trainer to help others achieve their “why”. I enjoy accompanying others on their fitness journey, facilitating their ability to reach their goals, pushing them to do things they never thought they were physically able to achieve, and helping them become a healthier version of themselves!

What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?

Bar muscles ups and strict handstand push-ups (it’s the retired gymnast in me!)

What is your favorite cheat food?

Cake, especially ice cream cake!

What’s your favorite Superhero and why?

My parents! They really are superheroes for raising 3 independent and successful children; sacrificing everything so we would want for nothing!

Alyssa Stookey



  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology
  • CPR/First Aid certified