Founded in 2013, Ignis was a dream come true. The devotion, planning, learning and drive developing from a single spark lit by a close friend. This spark quickly became a flame with an unending fuel reserve. CrossFit was no longer a workout, but a passion. The name "Ignis" - derived from the Latin word meaning "fire" - couldn't be a more perfect representation of how its creation and evolution came to be. The whole mission of CrossFit Ignis can be summed up in this single phrase:
"Ferro Ignique;" With Iron and [with] Fire.



Kelli Johnson wasn’t always the CrossFit powerhouse she is today. Following some personal struggles a few years ago, she took up running and it became a huge, fulfilling part of her life. Running was a passion of Kelli’s and she excelled in it, having completed countless 5K races, several half marathons, and even the full marathon beast – 26.2 miles at the Flying Pig in Cincinnati. Like many marathoners, after she crossed the finish line she found herself wanting more, ready to pursue her next endeavor.
Then, one day while catching up with a friend from California, they started talking about this new thing called "CrossFit". Following extensive research, Kelli began to dabble in CrossFit workouts in her own garage. Within the first minute of her first WOD Cindy, she was hooked. She found something that not only challenged her endurance, but both her mental & physical strength.



• CrossFit Level I Trainer Certificate
• CrossFit Level II Trainer Certificate (Jan 2017)

• USAW L1 Sports Performance Coach
• CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer Certificate
• CrossFit Mobility & Movement Trainer Certificate
• CrossFit Kids Trainer Certificate
• CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Certificate
• RockTape FMT Basic & Performance Certification
• Over two decades of experience in the private business sector
• Bachelor of Science – Industrial Technology Management
• Assoc. of Applied Science – Physical Therapy Assistant (currently attending)


A former high school athlete turned decorated military personnel, Chris has always lived an active lifestyle. While on Infantry deployment in Iraq, Chris took pride in his fitness level. However, despite the physical fitness training, running, and vast amount of time in the gym, Chris recognized that there was potential to increase the fitness of his soldiers and himself, despite being fit by Army standards.
“It wasn't until our first mission that we came under direct fire that I discovered we were not (fit). I was on top of a house watching my soldiers move along a field when they came under fire. The bullets bounced in the dirt around them as they ran but to my horror, after a short distance some of my soldiers were STOPPING because they were out of breath. After all the gym time, pushups, and running, the Army's fitness program wasn't working.” Following this experience, Chris and the soldiers modified their workouts to make them more functional: working out in the Iraqi heat in full gear, flipping tires, pushing HMMWVs (high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, aka Humvees), and climbing in and out of buildings. He saw immediate results by engaging in CrossFit style workouts without even realizing it.



• CPT (Ret) US Army
• CrossFit Level I Trainer Certificate
• CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate
• CrossFit Defense Trainer Certificate
• S.P.E.A.R. Self Defense & Weapon Retention Trainer
• GS7 Corrections Officer – Federal Bureau of Prisons

  • Military Experience:

• Pre Mobilizations Training Assistance Element Manager
• Mobilization Planner, 1/149th Infantry
• Company Commander D 1/149th Infantry
• Infantry Company Executive Officer, D 1/149th Infantry
• Infantry Platoon Leader 1/149th Infantry
• Joint Support Operations
• Corrections Officer
• Infantry Officer Basic Course
• Officer Candidate School
• Military Policy School
• Air Assault
• Combatives Level 1
• Captains Career Course
• Kentucky National Guard
• Bachelor of Science – Criminal Justice


Coach Delfini grew up playing soccer and always considered herself an athlete. But once she graduated from high school and no longer played sports regularly, she began to feel the effects of the “Freshman 15.” Delfini admits to having struggled with self-image problems and not liking what she saw in the mirror. One day she decided, “I might as well make a good looking body.” It was then that she started attending group fitness classes at a local gym.
“The kickboxing instructor was a Navy recruiter and the class was nothing short of kick ass. He told us about his boot camp class he held also, so I started to regularly attend both classes. I saw results but it wasn't what I wanted.” Delfini continued to actively participate in all sorts of group classes, races, and mud runs before trying CrossFit.

“An old friend of mine called me one day asking all these questions about the CrossFit gym in town. When I found out Kelli and Chris decided to open Ignis, I was excited. Seeing the box’s progress of it coming together really put into perspective for me how great this was going to be for myself and the community.” Delfini became one of the original members of the CrossFit Ignis Founders’ Crew and has continued to be a powerhouse at the box since it opened in August 2013. Having seen the dedication and passion of her coaches, led to the decision to become a coach herself. “Since starting CrossFit, I’ve lost 10 pounds, completed two Tough Mudders, ran a 5K in under 25 minutes and finally achieved strict pull-ups. I’ve learned and excelled in weight lifting moves I’d never heard of, improved my speed like I never thought possible, and realized how strong anyone can truly be if they put their minds to it. Mostly, I stopped suffering from any self image problem I ever had, and look forward to improving myself to my best ability and then surpassing that.”



• CrossFit Level I Trainer Certificate


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