Introducing the CrossFit Mechanix team

Meet the fitness experts that are here to help you achieve your goals

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J.D. And Emily Frizzell owners of CrossFit Mechanix
Our founders

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, both of them teach choir. They have a five year old son, Henry, who you will often see in the gym showing his perfect squat form, and a 1 year old, Elliott, who has been held by every member of the #MechanixFam. J.D. and Emily are passionate about providing everyone at CrossFit Mechanix with a welcoming, friendly environment where they can work hard, have fun, and change their life for the better.

From J.D.:
“In 2013, I had insomnia.  Every night, I would be awake from 2-4 AM.  I was stressed.  I was tired.  I had compounding health issues from those things. I tried cutting out caffeine.  I tried all kinds of diets.  Nothing worked.

Even though I was out of shape and overweight, I went to the gym regularly.  Mind you, I didn’t LIKE going to the gym– there wasn’t any direction of what I should do, and most days I just wandered around and did whatever machines were open.  At the end, I’d run on a treadmill or elliptical machine for a while to get a sweat.  And at the end of each day, I found myself thinking ‘why can’t this be more fun?’

Enter CrossFit.  My mom, a gym owner and coach, encouraged me to check out the new CF gym that had opened up near my house.  ‘It’s 5 minutes away, J.D.– you have no excuses! Just try it.’  I finally did, and it changed my entire life.

That soul-crushing insomnia? Gone.  My stress levels?  Plummeted.  My energy?  Higher than ever.  And the best part is that I looked forward to going to the gym every day. When the opportunity came to become the owner of CrossFit Mechanix in 2019, I didn’t hesitate.  I knew I wanted to help other people change their lives the same way mine had been impacted.

Our coaches

Matt Kelly coach at CrossFit Mechanix

Matt Kelly

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

 CrossFit Kids Trainer

Our head coach and G.M., Matt is a graduate of University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Exercise and Sport Science. He began his CrossFit experience eight 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.

Bryce Melton coach at CrossFit Mechanix

Bryce Melton

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

The Gymnastics Course Certified

Bryce is a business major at the University of Memphis, where he has a dream of owning his own box. Bryce played baseball at Arlington High School. He became hooked on CrossFit the summer after his sophomore year. Bryce has been a coach at Mechanix since March 2019. Bryce has aggressive aspirations to be a competitive CrossFit athlete, already having made it to the 2018 CrossFit teens online qualifier. He has a passion for helping others in the gym to achieve their goals.

Dustin Looker coach at CrossFit Mechanix

Dustin Looker

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Known as “The People’s Coach” Dustin was introduced to CrossFit by the Arlington high school baseball team. From there he went on to play baseball at the collegiate level before deciding to turn his focus to his training and overall fitness. Dustin started coaching in the fall of 2018 at Arlington High School where he constructed the workouts in the same place he got his start, all while studying Exercise, Sport, and Movement Sciences at the University of Memphis. Dustin has been competing under the Mechanix name for a couple of years qualifying for events such as; The Fittest Experience, The Fittest of The Coast, and The Granite Games.

Eddie Davis coach at CrossFit Mechanix

Eddie Davis

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

A member of CrossFit Mechanix since the very beginning, Eddie remains dedicated to each and every client’s success here at the gym. As our Customer Success Manager, Eddie works with athletes to ensure that they are reaching their goals. In addition to serving at Mechanix as CSM, he is a pastor at River City Church.

Brittany Rice coach at CrossFit Mechanix

Brittany Rice

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Trainer Two Brain Nutrition Coaching Certified

Brittany, working as a full time Medical Service officer in the U.S. Army, holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a concentration in Health sciences, and certifications in CrossFit Level 1 training and Two-Brain Nutrition Coaching. She is most passionate about empowering people to unlock the best version of themselves through food and fitness.

Steven Earwood coach at CrossFit Mechanix

Steven Earwood

Also one of the founding members of CrossFit Mechanix, Steven heads up our Personal Training program. He has a passion for helping his clients live their best lives through fitness.  Steven is NASM certified personal trainer.

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