Who should try Olympic Weightlifting and Why


Why Weightlifting?

 Weightlifting is not just for weightlifters – it is one of the most transferable training systems around! You will see benefits in your daily life, such as increased joint and bone strength, improved balance and stability, and mental confidence, among others.


Lifting objects from the floor and putting them over your head is a very basic and required skill for everyday life.  Having a strong core, back, and legs will not only benefit you in everyday life but make you stronger and healthier so you can enjoy your life more.


Here’s a quick List of Benefits but there are many more:

  • Injury prevention and overall fitness
  • Increased Core Strength = less back pain
  • Increased CardioVascular health! (your heart rate still gets up and you will gain muscular endurance and a decent level of conditioning.
  • Lifting weight can be a challenging but fun alternative to conventional gym workouts
  • It’s a great way to burn fat because you are building muscle and increasing your metabolism
  • It’s an awesome community since you have lots of time to socialize with those around, and your not constantly out of breath!
  • It’s a little less fast paced than say our CrossFit classes so it’s a fun alternative to those days when just don’t feel like breathing hard!

How does that apply to me?  

Most people know that Olympic weightlifting is an amazing Sports and athletic performance program.  As a sport it’s contested both on a local, national, and international level (think Olympics).  What a lot of people don’t know is that from a training perspective, the lifts, or versions of (power clean, push press, front squats, etc…) provide amazing benefits to any training or fitness program.


Implementing the lifts in your training program can be both intimidating and risky if you aren’t doing them correctly.  Our team of coaches are very educated and well trained on a National level and have experience working with both high level competitors and people who have never lifted a barbell. Through proper skill development and progressions, they’ll teach you how to safely reap the many benefits of Olympic Weightlifting.

So how can try it out to see if it’s for me?  

Drop in and try a class!  Go to our home page here and click “get started” and we’ll schedule a trial for you.
Session Times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm
Saturdays from 9-11 am
*North Location –

906 Callahan Drive, Knoxville 37920

CFK Performance Memberships are divided into three tracks:

Competitor Track – ($129/Month: 3 coached sessions, includes open gym access)

Weightlifting is an Olympic sport – yes those Olympics – and has the opportunity for sponsorship and competition at the international level. We facilitate a respectful, team environment for those interested in training for Weightlifting competition. As coaches, we continue to broaden our knowledge of the sport and help devise the best individual approach to training for our competitors – from exercise selection, volume, and training frequency, to nutrition, sleep, and recovery.


We have competition experience ourselves, have trained in, and coached Weightlifting for years.  We continuously seek the expertise of advanced coaches beyond our level, and have taken our own lifters to National level competitions. Let us help you today, and watch the kilos pile on the bar!


Programming is event focused and the goal is 1 rep max Snatch and  Clean and Jerk as that’s what’s tested at competitions.  Workouts will include lots of classic lifts plus squatting, pulling, and plenty of accessory work to create balance and longevity in the athlete.


Sports Performance Track– ($99/Month: 3 classes/week)

The main focus of Sports Performance is to increase general athletic ability and strength to improve performance on the field of play or in endurance events.  This programming will include more Squatting, Pressing, Strongman conditioning, and lots of accessory work for injury prevention.  The classic lifts will be incorporated but more used as tools to build a higher athletic base and prevent injury as opposed to training for lifting competitions.  Your lifts will go up, it’s just not the overall goal.


CrossFit Track – (All Programs are included in CFK Membership)

Weightlifting is a third of the system we follow.  In CrossFit we want to be incrementally better over time and Life is the contest, not the gym.  We use the lifts because of the general preparedness they bring to the challenges we may see in an emergency situation.  Body awareness, moving loads efficiently, core stability, mobility, and general coordination are all valuable skills for life that are learned and improved through weightlifting. The workouts will be similar to the Competitive Program but much more technique focussed.  No Squatting or heavy pulling, but plenty of skill and assistance work for injury prevention.



Hot Topics – Plateaus


Are you feeling like your progress has stopped? If you’ve noticed that your metcon times haven’t gotten faster, or your strength numbers haven’t gotten bigger, you might be reaching a point in the CrossFit athletes life cycle where you start to plateau.



Plateauing is a natural part of everyone’s fitness journey where they have progressed far enough that the rapid growth fades, and the slow gains over time are harder to see. Check out what Coach Johnny and Coach Scott have to say about what causes this plateau effect, and how to fight through it and keep on climbing.

January Athlete Accomplishments

The new year saw a lot of CFK athletes doing some amazing things in and out of the gym.  We compiled all the amazing feats that we could find for December of 2016 and January of 2017.  Check out what your friends and workout buddies are doing and give them a high 5!


Ali Dorsey – First 50 mile trail ultra

Karen Rousseau – First 50 mile trail ultra

Bridgett Smith – First 50 mile trail ultra

Nathan Alexander – 50 mile trail ultra

Samara Griffith – Spartan Trifecta, Graduated from Nursing School

Kristy Gay – Third Spartan Trifecta, acquired MBA

Marcus Watson – Graduate from UTK

Shannon Beasley – Competed at American Open for Olympic Weightlifting, ranked top 10 nationally


Jennifer Brody – Key West Half Marathon

Holy Webb – Key West Half Marathon

Kathryn Woodall – Key West Half Marathon

Tricia Cheadle – Key West Half Marathon

Deborah Noe – Key West Half Marathon

Maria Haun – Knoxville New s Sentinel 40 Under 40

Sara Erdner – Row’d Royalty 5th place worldwide (age group 18-29)

Jason Evans – Row’d Royalty 4th place worldwide (age group 40-44)

Jason Collett – Row’d Royalty 8th place worldwide (age group 35-39)

Amanda and Corey Freels – had a baby girl!


And last but not least, the January 20 committee!  Going forward we want to highlight those in the gym who make it to 20 or more classes a month!

Drew Perkerson

Rachel Holland

Janet Jentilet

Cody Cothron

Robert James

Jennifer Black

Mark Inge

Matt Garrett

Bridgett Smith

Michael Selcer

Tracie Worley

Alex Armstrong

Becca Bowen

Bill Maddox

Laurie Lenczynski

Brittney Crump

John Sanford

John Stowers

Phillip Burgess

Rebecca Jackson

Shaun Dunlap

Spencer Smith

Donna Rosseland

Genn Gladwin

Holly Selcer

Reggie Nichols

Tanner Paul

Alayna Wardroup

Alvin Manabat

Brian C. Jackson

Hongdin Loi

Jamie Becraft

Jeffery Dix

Julie Utterback

Kimberley Brophy

Rick Mulholland

Ali Dorsey

Christy Hicks

James Hinderer

Leslie James

Michael Love

Nate Deal

Lots of cool things happening, but we want to know more!  If you have a great accomplishment or know someone in the gym who has achieved something great, please e-mail Coach Scott so we can recognize those accomplishments.