Kelly began working in the fitness industry in 2005 as a group fitness instructor as a student at Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a BS in Education. She began working as a personal trainer while earning her MS at North Carolina State University. Kelly is certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer through American Council on Exercise and as a group cycling instructor through Schwinn. She also completed a 200-hour yoga certification program through YogaFit. Kelly continues to work in the fitness industry because she enjoys motivating individuals to live active lifestyles.