Coaches

Justin Wade
Certifications

Coach OPEX Assessment Level 1
CrossFit Level I
CrossFit Level II
CrossFit Mobility
OPEX Business L1
OPEX Life Coaching L1
OPEX Nutrition L1
OPEX Program and Design Level 1
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance

A former multi-sport athlete (basketball, football, and track) who fell in love with Olympic Weightlifting. So much so that he placed fourth in the Snatch at the 2015 American Open. Started CrossFit after gaining almost 70lbs and pushing 300lbs total weight with a sedentary lifestyle. After watching the movie “300”, he began to learn more about Mark Twight and eventually lead to him finding CrossFit. From there, he decided to devour as much knowledge as he could in respect to fitness. Justin received his first CF L1 Certification in 2008 and is currently down 70lbs from his highest weight.

The following year, Justin was hit with a personal tragedy. He lost both his best friend and uncle to cancer, in the same week. At that moment, he realized life was too short and decided, with best friend, Galen, to follow their dreams of opening their own CrossFit gym and has never looked back. To this day, it’s the best decision he’s ever made.

Galen Godbey
Certifications

OPEX CCP Level 1 Coach
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Level 2
CrossFit Mobility
USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach

Galen was a collegiate baseball player who found his second wind with Weightlifting. He even competed at the USA Weightlifting American Open in 2015. It’s a feat he owes entirely to CrossFit. “In early 2009, my friend and now partner talked me into trying a new type of training called, CrossFit. My story echoes that of many others: The training humbled me, but I couldn’t wait to try it again. It’s inspiring and I wanted to share the discovery with as many people as possible.”

In 2010, Galen and his partner opened their own gym. As a coach and owner, Galen aims to have a meaningful impact on other people’s lives. Coaching helps fulfil his desires at life-long learning.

Stephen Carpenter
Certifications

CrossFit L1
Kendrick Farris BTB
USAW L1

Steve’s athletic career began in high school where he was an All-Conference football player. As an adult, he ventured into CrossFit competing in the 2014 Central Regionals and 2015 American Open (weightlifting). As a member of Five Rivers CrossFit, Steve met and worked alongside the owners who were impressed with his knowledge and unshakable work ethic. Soon, he was brought on as a staff member and began training other athletes. As a coach, he specializes in CrossFit, weightlifting, and powerlifting. Steve believes in connecting with people and teaching them how to enjoy life through fitness.

Benjamin Huff
Certifications

CrossFit L1
USAW L1
XRPT

en had an active upbringing that included a variety of sports. But as an adult, fitness was no longer a choice, it was a necessity. Being in shape was an integral part of his job as a fireman, a position he held for 9 years. Although he loved the station, Ben eventually discovered a new passion, in the form of CrossFit. He wanted to do more so he could become more. When coaching caught his eye, Ben did everything possible to make it his reality. Nothing got in his way. He set a goal and achieved it. Hopefully, his story will inspire you to do the same.

Trista Godbey
Certifications

Personal Training Certification
Elementary and Secondary Education

Trista grew up with basketball and tennis, the latter of which she competed at a Division 3 level in college. During the early days of the 10 experience, she was set on having a children’s fitness program. For her, it was important to provide minors with a healthy outlet to direct their energy. As a coach and Kids Program Director, Trista loves watching members challenge themselves and grow. She believes “The gym should be a place where people can supplement their life with positive energy. It’s an ideal that I strive for and support daily.”

Katja Lovelace
Certifications

BBA
CrossFit L1

Katja is no stranger to elite training. She’s competed in a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, and swimming. The latter of which scored her a spot in the Junior Olympics. As a CrossFit competitor, she participated in the Master’s Qualifier finishing 195th in the world. Through her training, she’s built strength, confidence, and improved her overall health. As a coach, she wants you to have those same benefits. Katja is consistently inspired by the men and women she works with. Watching them succeed and grow is the ultimate reward.

Andrew Deel
Certifications

Personal Trainer

Andrew started out with football, wrestling, and basketball, but eventually found his way to the barbell. His overwhelming interest in learning CrossFit movements and strategies made him a standout in class. The star pupil loved passing along advice and helping other members train. Soon, he caught the eye of the gym owners and was brought on as the newest addition to their coaching family. In the end, hard work always pays off. It did for Andrew, and it will for you!

Brandon Barr
Certifications

CrossFit L1

Brandon’s always had a passion for power and strength training. It’s one of the many reasons he was drawn to CrossFit. Yet his desire to be a coach is a different story. It’s rooted in a genuine love for helping people better themselves. Brandon has a gift for teaching and simplifying the most difficult concepts. With his help, you can unlock the physical and mental strength you never knew you had.

Certifications

Personal Trainer
USAW L1

Greg is a former high school football player with a penchant for ping pong. His athletic tastes may vary but one thing is for sure: He loves weightlifting. He’s even qualified for the USAW Masters. Prior to CrossFit, Greg attended local gyms and used DVDs like P90X to get his fitness fix.  “I found them to be extremely repetitive and after a short time, boring. I saw CrossFit as a clean break from the monotony and the ability to experience and learn something new!”

Greg fell in love with Olympic lifts, which served as a gateway to the CrossFit way of life. As a coach, he specializes in heavy lifting and squatting. It may seem difficult at first but you can and will conquer the barbell.

Taryn Hayden
Certifications

Personal Trainer

Taryn’s love of athletics began in high school where he played both basketball and baseball. The latter of which he continued at a collegiate level competing in Division 3 as Academic All-Conference. “As a life-long competitor, I knew I wanted fitness to be a consistent part of my life after college. Thankfully, I discovered CrossFit which provided the structure of organized sports but with a different methodology. As a coach, I value the personal interactions I have with each of our members. Every day, I see first-hand how training, with proper guidance, can change lives.

Joseph McAmis
Certifications

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CSCS
Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science
Personal Training

Joseph was a high school football player who went on to the University National Championship in 2014. He followed that up with a debut in the 2015 American Open (for weightlifting). One Saturday morning, a chance training session changed his life in more ways than one. Not only did he get a great workout, but he found a new passion – CrossFit. Joseph loves fitness and people, so he combined both and jumpstarted his coaching career. It’s the most fulfilling and gratifying position he’s ever had!

Certifications

USA Weightlifting Sports Performance

When it comes to fitness, Shana’s always had her eyes on the prize. As a child, she ran track, and in college, she was active in both basketball and volleyball. Later, she switched gears and turned her attention to CrossFit.  She felt it could improve and eventually elevate her Olympic lifts – she was right! After 18 months, she competed and placed 2nd in the nation at the 2016 Masters National. CrossFit gave Shana so much that she wanted to pay it forward. “I am passionate about sharing the benefits of CrossFit with everyone I encounter. I also enjoy helping others achieve their own fitness goals and better their lives!”

Davy Albright
Certifications

Personal Training
Teacher Physical Education K-12

Davy is our resident KidFit coach who’s certified in teaching Physical Education for grades K-12. Most of his own childhood was spent playing a variety of sports before shifting to basketball as a teen. Although Davy was a dedicated athlete, an injury kept him from pursuing his professional dream. But it didn’t keep him away from physical activity. It led him to a new passion: coaching. “I wanted to teach kids fundamental movements so they could become more successful in their desired sports.”

“I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others so they can grow and develop into who they want to be. I love seeing members reach new goals and master new skills. The smile on their faces is the greatest reward.”

Certifications

CrossFit L1

Alexandra got her start as a competitive gymnast before tackling soccer as a teen. Later, she joined CrossFit and took the traditional route to becoming a coach. She shadowed other professionals and learned through hands-on training. She loved interacting with members and helping them achieve their goals. The excitement and pride was infectious! Alexandra is passionate about improving the well-being of others through fitness and positive lifestyle support. When it comes to training, she has a golden rule inspired by the great Henry Ford. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”

Logan Brady
Certifications

Personal Trainer

As a youth, Logan played a little bit of everything including baseball, a sport he competed in on a collegiate level at Lincoln Memorial University and Maryville College. It was his former teammates who introduced him to the wonderful world of CrossFit. He was immediately hooked and began his journey from student to teacher. Or in his case, novice to coach! Logan admires our members for the hours they put in, day in and day out. “Their willingness to show up every day, and push themselves past their limits is truly amazing.”

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