Gretchen Kittelberger

Gretchen Kittelberger

Founder and President, International Functional Fitness Federation

Gretchen Kittelberger is the founder and president of the International Functional Fitness Federation. She also occupies a seat on the organization’s board of directors. Kittelberger grew up in Rochester, New York, and was a gymnast all her life. She continued competing in gymnastics in college and received a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics to the University of Maryland. After graduating from Maryland and retiring from competitive gymnastics, she attended law school at the University of Virginia. While in law school, she discovered CrossFit for the first time. She eventually started training and competing in CrossFit and functional fitness competitions, competing four times as an individual athlete at the CrossFit Games from 2011–2014 and winning the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Games Regional in 2014. After graduating from law school and passing the Virginia bar in 2012, Kittelberger took a job as counsel for CrossFit, Inc. and worked there from 2012–2016. In August 2016, she founded the International Functional Fitness Federation with the goal of creating the sports governance structure necessary to get the sport into the Olympic Games.