I’m Kaytlin Neil and I am a Bad Athlete. #A4L
I’m a professional MMA fighter and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I have spent the last ten years coaching women to bring out the athletes inside them. Being an athlete is being the best version of yourself and is the reason why I started Bad Athletics. You might recognize parts of your own story in mine and hopefully understand why Bad Athletics is bringing out the athlete in you.
Growing up I competed in dance, gymnastics, and cheerleading. I spent hours training at practices, learning from coaches and performing in competitions. My parents were avid gym goers, they set a good example for prioritizing health and fitness which is definitely what sparked my own interest.
I knew I wanted to make health and fitness a priority in my own life, but when high school ended, I left my parents’ home (and my Mom’s cooking) and didn’t make the college cheer team, things really changed.
My confidence and feelings of self-worth hit rock bottom because my identity was rooted in being an athlete. Through a series of unfortunate events (and a lot of pizza), I gained 30 lbs my freshman year of college while working for my Personal Trainer certification and taking a full course load for my degree in Community Health. I wasn’t happy about it. I felt like something was missing in my life and I felt like a fraud. I didn’t feel like I had the credibility to be coaching women when I couldn’t even do the basic things I knew I was supposed to do myself.
Luckily for me, my first year of college my friends invited me to some local MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fights. There happened to be one female fight on the card that sparked my interest. Watching that particular fight, I found myself completely captivated by the strength, toughness and confidence of these fighters.
That was that. I found a gym and started training and never looked back. I got a coach, I had a team, I had competitions to look forward to and I felt like myself again.
I realized a lot of other women were having this same struggle, feeling like an athlete but not actually BEING an athlete. That is why I started Bad Athletics, to help you be an athlete for life. Being an athlete helps you become the best version of yourself. You develop habits and skills that translate on and off the field. When you’re training like an athlete and not just working out, it gives you purpose.
We are your coaches. We are your team. We are your accountability. You ARE an athlete. Join us.