Khalipa was born in San Jose, California, and he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Arch Bishop Mitty in San Jose where he played for the varsity football team as a nose guard. He also participated in track and field for the shot-put event. After high school, Khalipa attended college at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, but he did not participate in organized sports. Instead, Khalipa focused on education and began training in his spare time for the CrossFit Games. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management. Once Khalipa graduated from college, he began training full time to participate in his first CrossFit Games in 2008 where he finished in first place and claimed the title as the "Fittest Man on Earth". This achievement led Khalipa to create the notion of the AMRAP Mentality, which means As Many Reps As Possible, and he used this state of mind as the foundation behind pursuing a career in fitness. Khalipa then applied the AMRAP Mentality to his life outside the gym and became dedicated to learning more about health and fitness as a competitor and a coach.