Success Stories


At CrossFit Knoxville, we’re in the business of changing lives through CrossFit here in Knoxville. So when we hear great member stories like these, we literally box jump for joy! We hope you’ll be our next success story.

  • Annette Brun

    Growing up with two older brothers I’ve always been athletic.  From swimming, softball, and basketball to volleyball, track, and golf, I was always active. I even tried tennis until I inadvertently hit my Mom in the head with the racquet while we were playing doubles (she still reminds me about it).

    After I left home for college in 1979, exercise became virtually non-existent.  Fortunately, my height allowed me to gain a little weight without drawing too much attention to it.  Fast forward to 1994 when I moved to Knoxville.  I immediately joined Ft. Sanders, and other than an ocassional class or laps in the pool, I’d stand in the middle of all the equipment and wonder what the heck to do.  It was a waste of time and money.  Thanks to Terry Keltner’s sweet but persistent suggestion to “try Cross Fit,” I cautiously took the plunge in November 2015 and went to the 5:30 am class.

    I remember crying after my first burpee because it hurt my back so much.  And later getting frustrated because I couldn’t flip one of those stinking tires.  But nearly two years later, I’m moving through burpees, flipping rubber, and my lower back problems are non-existent. And the best part is that my recent bone density scan improved from 2015, which means my bones are getting stronger, which is great for my 56-year-old body!

    I may not run the fastest or lift the most weight, but I’m loving my time at CrossFit Knoxville, and so grateful to the coaches and my fellow athletes for making it fun to start the day at CFK, and with NO pressure to do anything more than I’m comfortable doing.  This fall, I’m looking forward to running in my 15th Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with the intent of finishing  with a PR of under 29 minutes.  Bring on the high knees and butt kickers!!


  • Julie Belanger-Roy

    Being the front woman of a metal band is what brought me to crossfit.

    Metal is a very energetic type of music. In front of a crowd, we need to bring it. Nobody wants to see a singer who gets out of breath while pacing on the stage, or a singer who stands still just singing his/her line. Metalheads want raw energy that will transport them.

    After 2 masters degrees and writing way too many essays, I needed to find a sport that would not only get me back in shape, but give me the strength needed on the stage.

    I first heard about crossfit from coach Scott. We were studying opera together and he had started crossfit. He was getting awesome results, and I was quite impressed with his determination. When another of my friends also started to tell me about his results, I gave in and finally gave it a try.

    Two years later I am stronger than I would have ever imagined. In the past, I would never have contemplated the idea of joining a strongman/woman competition. When the occasion came this summer, I knew that, thanks to Crossfit Knoxville’s awesome coaches, I had enough technique to lift without risking an injury.

    After 2 years of crossfit, I also have the endurance and vitality to give the crowd the kind of energy our music requires. My band Gone in April just recently shot 3 music videos in a very short time, with limited sleep. All the hard work in the box helped my body to push through and deliver.

    Great teaching of techniques, variety in movements, nutrition knowledge, motivation, discipline, support and a sense of achievement are all things I treasure from my time at Crossfit Knoxville.

  • Ellie from

    If you ever get the great fortune of passing through Knoxville, CrossFit Knoxville North would be an excellent place to get a workout in. With an impressive facility and friendly members, I could see this gym as a great place for those interested in trying CrossFit for the first time for those who get the opportunity to call Knoxville home for some time.


  • Gerardo “Gerry” Boquin

    My Name is Gerardo AKA “Gerry” Boquin.  I joined Crossfit Knoxville about a year or so ago. During this time, I have learned a lot about myself, particularly about the things that I can and can’t do yet.  Part of the journey has been frustrating because of my inability to do some of the movements or simply just not being able to finish work out. None the less, this year has been fruitful with lots of little victories I intend to share with you. This would not have happened with out the support of the members and coaches support and guidance. Below is a list of my little victories along the way:

    1. I never had a perfect Health Risk Assessment (HRA) in the seven years I have lived in Knoxville. I always had one or two indicators that were off, a protein here, cholesterol there, BMI etc.. but not this year. In fact, I have never seen so much green on my chart!!
    2. I have gone from a 34 waist to a 30
    3. Until this year I had never run a 10K, much less row one. I have Rowed a 10 k and so far, I have run 2, 10K’s, one of them was right at 10 min pace– I am not good at running long distances so for me this was a PR. I was able to clock one mile at 8 min pace.
    4. I got to flip Big Bertha a couple of times thanks to Britney’s encouragement
    5. I am tracking close to “intermediate” in some of the weight lifting movements
  • Mike Glassman

    When I started Crossfit my resting pulse was about 65, Triglycerides were a bit north of 300, and Total Cholesterol was 210. BP was ok at 115/70.  Now, six months on, everything has improved!  My doc was absolutely ecstatic and amazed at the improvements – He said I just look healthy and fit.

    Pulse is now  51, Triglycerides are 150, and total cholesterol is 145.  BP is 105/60, and HDL is at 50, up from 35.  Not only are things better by the numbers, but I feel more alive and able to take on whatever comes my way – mentally or physically.  Everything is just better.  I should have don’t this years ago is all I can say to my capable and attentive coaches.  THANKS CROSSFIT KNOXVILLE!

  • Becca Bowen

    After working with a couple of personal trainers, I dropped about 60 pounds and 3 pant sizes. Sure, I had a smaller frame and could do burpees for days and jog my way through 7 half-marathons (and one full marathon!), but put a barbell in my hand and I’d stand there like a deer in headlights. Fast-forward to 2016 after a fairly long gym drought – I wanted to get back in the gym, but personal training had become too expensive and I had never really figured out how to workout on my own. So when I learned from my former trainer that many of my favorite sessions were Crossfit based, it just seemed to make sense!

    I’d had a lot of success in losing weight the healthy way with my trainers, but weight loss became an obsession and the feeling  of finally feeling “skinny” very much overshadowed the original focus on overall health and wellness. With the overwhelming support of CFK coaches and athletes who have quickly become family, CrossFit has been the first and only outlet in nearly 14 years that has cultivated a desire in me to be bigger, better, faster, stronger. I now get excited about fueling my body and I feel like a true athlete for the first time in my life. Besides, I’m going to need a little fuel in the tank if I want to ring that PR bell 

  • Jessica

    I joined CFK in October. I really had no idea what to expect. I had previously thought that CrossFit was synonymous with “getting injured.”

    I don’t know if I had gone to another CrossFit gym that I would have joined, or kept going. CrossFit Knoxville gets the important things right; and those things keep me coming back every week.

    The environment of CFK-North is welcoming and friendly. Not only are the participants welcoming to newcomers, but the coaches go out of their way to make sure new folks feel welcome and comfortable. I have been delighted at the community feel of CFK-North

    I was so worried when I first stepped into CFK that I wouldn’t know what I was doing and wouldn’t be able to figure it out. I very much underestimated the quality of coaching that you could get in a group fitness class. Eric, Cassidy and Kate set a high bar for any future coaches I may encounter. I mention them as they are most frequently at the classes I attend; not that I am trying to short any coach I have encountered at CFK, because they have all been top notch. Every time I walk out of a CFK class I feel that I have learned something new about form, a new skill, improving/building on an old skill, or what I can achieve in the gym. I am so appreciative of all the help I have received from the coaches. I am very much impressed with their ability to work a group fitness class and provide not only group instruction but meaningful critique to individual participants.

    I would also note, this is one of the most welcoming gym environments I have been in for women. It isn’t uncommon for a woman to walk into a weight room and gets stares, comments or just a feeling of “not belonging.” CFK is filled with powerful, strong women, who support one another. Coach Cassidy and Coach Kate provide inspiration to the women they coach (and I am sure some of the guys too). They are strong, athletic, and positive.

    So long story short, I congratulate you and your team on building a pretty awesome gym.
  • Phillip Johnson

    I have lost over 50 pounds since I started at CrossFit Knoxville, and it’s had a huge impact on my life. I am stronger and healthier now than I was in college. I owe the positive changes to the great coaching and supportive members of CFK.

  • Kim Garvin

    Physically, I’ve lost 75 lbs. and I’m definitely stronger than I’ve ever been. But outside of that, CrossFit has broken me out of so many comfort zones. I have more confidence and I just feel generally better about myself.


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