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.


Matt Kelly

Head Coach, General Manager

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

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 six 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.

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.

J.D. and Emily Frizzell


J.D. and Emily have been a part of CrossFit Mechanix since 2013. During that time, they fell in love with CrossFit and this amazing community of athletes. By day, J.D. is the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest and Emily is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education at The University of Memphis. They have a two year old son, Henry, who you will often see in the gym showing his perfect squat form.

J.D. and Emily are passionate about providing everyone at CrossFit Mechanix with a welcoming, friendly environment. Their key values for the gym are encouragement, tenacity, community, safety, and cleanliness.

Amanda Day

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, 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 

From Amanda: “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 !”


Gus VanDerVoort

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

USA Gymnastics Coach - 35 Years experience

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer- 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 Smith

Bachelors Degree in Natural Science (Christian Brothers University)

College Soccer Athlete

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

OPEX CCP L1 (in progress)

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.

Bryce Melton

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Dustin Looker

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Josh Day

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer