Meet our Coaches

Kenny Provost, Jr

For over 10 years, Crossfit has held a prominent place in Kenny “KJ” Provost’s fitness experience. In addition to years of competitive powerlifting, Kenny captained the Franklin and Marshall College football team as a Defensive Tackle while receiving a bachelor’s degree in English Composition. Implementing Crossfit into his strength and conditioning regiment was crucial in helping him achieve the position as captain, as well as obtain multiple All-Conference Honors, selection to the Division III All-Star Classic, and the quarter-finals for the William V. Campbell Trophy (College Football’s Academic Heisman). Beyond football, Crossfit has helped Kenny reach new heights in fitness and nutrition. It has played a big role in helping him reduced his old playing weight by over 50 lbs. Outside of training, Kenny enjoys educating people on fitness. His love for coaching is not only seen at Crossfit Charlevoix but also evident when he coaches the Charlevoix Raiders football team. He loves hunting and fishing, singing.  KJ is CrossFit Level 1 Certified.

Shelby Jones

Shelby has been a lifelong athlete, participating in several intramural sports before and after high school, but developed a renewed passion for fitness after finding CrossFit in 2014. While finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science at GVSU, she began her coaching career while interning with a Strength and Conditioning coach at a high school in Grand Rapids and continued outside the world of fitness, coaching several high school basketball and softball teams.  From there, she developed her skills as an athlete before completing her CF-Level 1 in December of 2017. As much as Shelby loves coaching athletes training in the gym, her passion lies with nutrition, as she completed her Nutrition Coaching certification with Precision Nutrition in 2017. Outside the gym, Shelby enjoys beach volleyball, anything on the water, all things Harry Potter and admits to having a crazy obsession with her two Golden Retrievers, Murph (named after Lt. Mike Murphy) and Kilo (because "pounds" is a weird name for a dog).

Kristy McBride

Fitness and wellness have been a part of Kristy's life since childhood. She grew up running local races and found a passion for lifting weights when they were introduced in gym class in 6th grade. Although she is small in stature, she earned herself the nickname "pipes" in high school because of her upper body strength! 

Kristy played DIII Field Hockey and ran Indoor/Outdoor Track at the University of Rochester while receiving her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. After college she pursued Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  Throughout Veterinary school she turned to running for a stress relief and to stay fit. In 2011 Kristy moved to MI to pursue an internship in Dairy Medicine through MSU. It was during this internship year that she found a passion for Obstacle Course Racing and began incorporating more strength training as well as longer distance runs into her routines.  Upon moving to Charlevoix in 2015, Kristy and her husband Greg quickly found Crossfit to be a perfect addition to their training for Obstacle Course Races and Ultra-marathons. Implementing Crossfit into her routines has helped Kristy podium at several OCRs and allowed her to have the strength and endurance to win Kettle Moraine 100mile race in 2016.   

Kristy also has a huge passion for getting children involved in fitness at a young age.  Her 2 yr old son Brantley already loves being part of mom's workouts and can't wait to start Crossfit for Kids! Outside of training, Kristy and her family can be found enjoying the outdoors; whether it's in the woods hiking and camping or on the lake water skiing and surfing, they love being active and healthy as a family. Kristy is CrossFit Level 1 Certified.


Ken Provost, Sr.

Ken has been working out for many years. He started his physical fitness journey conditioning for the United States Marine Corp for four years and served in the first Gulf War. While he was overseas, he started lifting heavy weights. He returned home to northern Michigan and continued working out in various fitness facilities. In 2011, he began training in Crossfit. His love for it developed very quickly. He believes in CrossFit and knows first hand all the benefits you receive from this type of fitness routine. Ken has participated in a Tough Mudder, triathlons, A “Make-A-Wish” 300 mile bike ride, and other local CrossFit competitions. Ken is CrossFit Level 1 Certified.

Ty Jones

Since 2013, Ty has had several amazing opportunities within the CrossFit community such as competing, coaching, training program design as well as starting his own online training program and nutrition consulting company. While he loves training people online with CrossFit methodology he loves nothing more than being in the gym everyday with people who are trying to change their lives for the better. His focus as a coach is acquiring knowledge regarding training and nutrition to better guide people to their health and fitness goals along with relentless attention to proper and efficient technique. To aid in his training education he received his CrossFit level 1 in 2014. While in Utah finishing his five and a half year long enlistment as active duty Air Force as an F-16 weapons specialist Ty had the opportunity to partake in a coaching internship directly under two time CrossFit games affiliate cup champion, 2015 CrossFit games individual and CrossFit level 1 seminar staff member, Adrian Conway for four months.