As a member of our fitness community at CrossFit Mechanix, you can be assured that every coach on staff is among the best in the fitness world. With a wide variety of backgrounds, our Coaches are dedicated to making your training experience professional, informative, and effective. Let our coaches tell you little more about themselves and why they call CrossFit Mechanix their home.

Stephen Carrigan

CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Weightlifting Course, XWOD Seminar, Fu Barbell & The Training Geek Seminar, USAW  Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certification

Arlington High School Varsity Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach 2016-2018

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic - Tennessee Technology Center - Memphis

A.S. in Aircraft technology - North Central Institute 

Growing up I played multiple sports, but it wasn't until after recovering from an injury in 2006 that I became more serious about weightlifting. As I continued my search for a sustainable program, I eventually found CrossFit.

With constantly varied workouts, I found that I never grew bored, as I had in a conventional globo-gym. I have always had a passion for health and fitness but it wasn't until I found CrossFit that I realized why my training wasn't yielding the results I wanted. CrossFit showed me an intensity and community that was unlike anything I had tried before, which has made me a stronger athlete both physically and mentally. There is nothing quite like the camaraderie and appreciation to hard work that comes from finishing a tough WOD or setting a new PR. I have a passion for fitness, and coaching and CrossFit allows me to share my knowledge and experience to others as a coach with my goal being to help others have positive life changing experiences and relationships.

I look forward to building a strong community at CrossFit Mechanix that embodies an atmosphere that is fun and welcoming. The feeling of watching others get stronger, happier, healthier, and having a great time training is what is what sets CrossFit apart from other programs. My plans for the future include CrossFit Level 3 and CrossFit Kids courses.

Amanda Day

CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Endurance

Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Memphis

Senior Clinical Specialist for Medtronic (Cardiac Devices) 

10 years as a Cardiac Nurse and Pacemaker Rep 

Growing up I played sports in High school. I was always doing something. My junior year I developed an eating disorder, which I battled through my senior year, until I got help for my disorder and found a much healthier outlet for my disorder with exercise. I taught aerobics, boot camp and spin classes for 5-10 years in the Cordova, Memphis and Bartlett areas. I have participated in two fitness competitions, one in 2003 and the other 2012 where I placed in both. In 2011 I found out about CrossFit online but didn't want to pay such a high price for the membership. I started watching YouTube videos and doing power cleans and attempting snatches in my living room (not recommended with hard wood floors.)

December 2011, a friend told me about a CrossFit affiliate that was opening in my area I could afford. I joined and haven't looked back! I have been a member at multiple gyms in the Memphis area and love each and every one of them for their unique styles, programs and the growth they gave me during my time there. I have done 3 CrossFit opens and 2 weightlifting competitions. I still love growing and learning even after almost 4 years. I love watching people improve and being a part of why they do! I want to help my athletes move better, feel better, and stay injury free. I am excited about growing as a coach here at Mechanix !



Matt Kelly

CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2

B.S. in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science - University of Memphis

Matt is a graduate of University of Memphis with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science. He began his CrossFit experience four years ago and has held his CrossFit Level-1 certificate since January 2013. His coaching career began with the Collierville High School football team and shifted to coaching CrossFit full-time in the greater Memphis area. While CrossFit is his passion, he is also responsible for the start-up, programming, and coaching of an Olympic Lifting Club located at CrossFit Chickasaw.

We are proud to have Matt as a Coach here at CrossFit Mechanix and excited to have his coaching experience, hardworking attitude, and candid personality.

Gus VanDerVoort

Bachelor degree in education, College gymnast (Univ. of Memphis) 1979-1983

USA Gymnastics Coach - 35 Years experience

CrossFit Level 1 - 8 years CrossFit exp., 6 years CrossFit Coach exp., 1 year CrossFit Programming exp.

CrossFit Games Competitor, Masters Division - 2017, 2018

Owner - River City Gymnastics - Bartlett Tn - 1987-Present

CrossFit Mechanix welcomed Gus to our coaching staff October ‘18. We are very excited to have his years of experience in both CrossFit and Gymnastics as well as 35+ years of Elite level fitness knowledge and coaching. As a 2-time CrossFit Games competitor in 2017 & 2018, Gus has proven his drive and dedication to excellence .Gus’ goals are the same today,as they were 35 years ago when he began coaching…to make sport and fitness both fun and productive. to keep his athletes safe, make training fun, while moving there fitness forward. he is looking forward to getting to getting to know the community here at Mechanix.


Emily Velasco

Bachelors Degree in Natural Science (Christian Brothers University)

College Soccer Athlete

CrossFit Level 1 Coach

OPEX CCP L1 (in progress)

CrossFit Mechanix welcomed Emily to our coaching staff October '18. Emily has been coaching CrossFit since 2015. Growing up, soccer was her sport of choice. Her love of soccer would take her onto play at the collegiate level at Christian Brothers University, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science. Since graduating college, Emily has taken her love for sports and channeled it into the sport of CrossFit. She is looking forward to becoming a part of the community here at Mechanix.