Michelle Crawford

Owner / Head Coach

Year you started Crossfit: Fall 2010
Favorite named wod: Kelly
Least favorite named wod: Isabel
Favorite thing about Crossfit: Competing
Least favorite thing about Crossfit: Ripped Hands
Favorite food: Pepperoni Pizza
If I was an animal, I would be a: Gazelle
Nickname: Shell


2013 CrossFit Games Athlete Michelle Crawford is the owner and head coach of Rising CrossFit Ballantyne in Charlotte, NC. A four-time All-American field hockey player for the University of Virginia, Michelle was named New Jersey’s “High School Field Hockey Player of the Century” in 2000 and then went on to play for the National Field Hockey Team, representing the United States at the World Cup, Pan American Games and Olympic Qualifying Trials over the course of four years. After retiring from her international hockey career, Michelle graduated from Wake Forest University Law School in 2003 and practiced law in the south Charlotte area for several years prior to having children. Michelle and her husband Casey reside in Ballantyne with their two daughters, Cadie (7) and Josie (3).

Michelle earned her Level 1 CrossFit certification in December of 2008 and opened her first affiliate, Ballatyne YMCA CrossFit in May of 2010. After serving as the head coach and programmer there for three years, Michelle is excited to relocate her affiliate to the Ballantyne Corners area and launch her dream business, Rising CrossFit Ballantyne.


2013 CrossFit Games -33rd world wide
2013 Mid-Atlantic Regionals—3rd place
2013 Reebok CrossFit Open—2nd place Mid-Atlantic, 20th place world-wide
2012 Mid-Atlantic Regionals—4th place
2012 Reebok CrossFit Open—2nd place Mid-Atlantic, 12th place world-wide
2012—Integrity’s Revenge team challenge—1st place
2011 Carolina Fitness Challenge—1st place
2011 Greensboro Garage Games—1st place
2011—Fix 4the Day Umbrella Series—1st place