Meet Our Coaches

Katie Tallant {Manager}

Katie is a CrossFit L1 Trainer and CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer. She is a wife and mother to daughter Vayda. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2013. While at Tech, she was a member of the Track and Field team, where she competed as a pole vaulter and 400 M runner. Upon graduation, she continued her education as a graduate Assistant in tech’s Athletic Performance Center where she obtained her masters in Exercise Science. She is passionate about helping others obtain a healthy lifestyle, and her competitive drive led her to the CrossFit community. She enjoys competing with her husband and spending time with friends and family.

 Matt Whitehead

Matt is a L1 CrossFit Trainer.  He is a husband and father of two. A Network Engineer by day and a homeschooling dad by night. He was born and raised in Virginia but has lived in the Knoxville area for the past 16 years. He found Crossfit in 2012 and became a USAW Sports Performance Coach (Olympic Lifting) in 2013. When he is not working or working out, he enjoys traveling/vacationing with his family, playing or coaching several different sports and also action movies and a good bourbon.

Austin Tallant

Austin was raised in Walland, TN. He graduated from Alcoa High School in 2011 and played football where he was a 4 time state champion. He then attended and graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2015. While at Tennessee Tech he played football where he still ranks 5th all time in tackles and has the most starts in school history (45). Trained under Rich Froning and Dan Bailey as a football player at Tennessee Tech. He knew then that CrossFit was something he wanted to do when being coached by 2 of the best in the world. Finished 52 in 2016 open. He is a CrossFit L1 Trainer.

Eric Arnsdorff

Eric is a Crossfit L1 Trainer and is an owner at CFFC. He been involved in CrossFit since February 2012. As an adult and father of two active girls he has coached youth athletics and served as a board member and president of a youth park. He is also an avid tennis player. Outside of the gym he is a Professional Engineer and has been with Siemens Medical Imaging for 13 years in the R&D group that develops clinical PET/CT and MR/PET systems. Being a coach, Eric hopes to help anyone he can, to find out how becoming more fit can change their life and that there’s a lot more to CrossFit than just a daily workout at the gym and it can make a huge difference in all aspects of life as well.

Bo Ackerson

Meg is a L1 CrossFit Trainer.

Meg Yoakley

Meg is a L1 CrossFit Trainer.

Jamie Marshall

Meg is a L1 CrossFit Trainer.

Kim Rines

Kim is a CrossFit L2 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Trainer, CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer and CrossFit Mobility Trainer. She was introduced to CrossFit in 2009 and it has been her passion since. She is a competitive Master’s Athlete who competes simply for the fun of it. She lives in Maryville with her two teenage daughters, Hannah, who attends MTSU and Sarah-Kate, who attends Maryville High School.