Sonia Steely


Sonia has been coaching Crossfit since 2011 and been part of our coaching staff at Forge since July 2021. Sonia loves to see new people come to learn and love Crossfit, especially former athletes who thought their best performances were already behind them! Sharing the experiences and getting to know members are her favorite parts of this community. Sonia is also adamant about the need for everyone to strive for fitness at any age. As an athlete in her 50s she is proof that aging doesn’t slow you down.

Sonia has also completed four 100 mile trail races, over 40 ultras (races longer than marathon distance), dozens of marathons and one half Ironman race. Trail running is obviously her passion and she’s very involved with Birmingham Ultra Trail Society and Red Mountain Park.

Sonia is married to Kelly Steely; they have two children who are D1 collegiate athletes–Sydney (University of Kentucky Women’s Cross Country and Track) and Dylan (Belmont University Men’s Soccer).