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CrossFit Anistemi

Our coaches are committed to the success of each member. CrossFit Anistemi has created a training system that includes world class coaching that is inclusive for everyone from competitive athletes to weekend warriors to complete novices.

James Vassell

Owner


My name is James Vassell and I'm one of the head coaches for CrossFit Anistemi and I love what I do. With a history of loving athletics for the past 22 years, I've had the opportunity to compete in the sport of soccer, dance, tough mudder, endurance races, mixed martial arts, triathlons, and track! There was nothing like the thrill of finding discipline, using my athletic ability, and finding competition to better my skill to drive me and my motivation for life. With the opportunity to train to get a faster pace for my running career, I found a CrossFit gym to get stronger. Through that gym, I found myself not only getting stronger but also healthier, faster, and happier. It's so funny that I would wonder while breathing heavily and feeling ousted why in the world I would be paying somebody to put me through so much pain, but the proof is in the pudding and I was hooked. I loved how I felt, where I improved not only physically but also spiritually and emotionally. I have many passions in life but one of the main things I found most of my passions still centering around was health and fitness. With a Masters in mental health counseling and a degree in ministry, I still found myself encouraging others to reach physical goals as well as live a healthy lifestyle to enjoy who they are as a person. To have someone be encouraged spiritually and emotionally is great, but I have found myself wondering why we never encourage everybody to be healthy in the same manner. This is what CrossFit Anistemi is all about. Our gym focus is not only on being physically healthy, but also spiritually and emotionally healthy. With degrees in ministry as well as counseling, we have incorporated the full gamut of wellness for our clients. I would love to be able to encourage my clients to not only lift heavy with great technique, run faster than they ever could, but also feel encouraged that they know their life is worth living and it's also worth enjoying!

Angela Vassell

Owner


Since I was a young girl, I envisioned a future where I was impacting the community around me and helping people feel empowered. I am grateful to say that vision is becoming a reality by the grace of God. I grew up in South Dakota. I am so proud of my roots and thankful for the family and friends who helped shape me into the woman I am today. I grew up quite the energetic girl and loved sports from a young age. I made the move to Knoxville, TN to spread my wings and enrolled at the University of Tennessee. I couldn't shake my love for athletics and the fascination of the human body, so I decided to make it a career! I majored in Exercise Science and graduated totally in love with what I'd studied. Upon graduation, I hit a slump and couldn't find a workout I consistently enjoyed. When I started CrossFit, I was sold! Not only are the physical results exciting, the breaking of mental barriers is so valuable to me. I have trained for 3 years, as well as trained competitively, and have obtained my L1 as well as my CrossFit Kids certification. I LOVE this sport and I love coaching. I truly believe there are life skills embedded in CrossFit that can change the world. I don't say that lightly. I am grateful to God for this opportunity to share my passion. I am currently enrolled in a Masters program to obtain a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Human Performance. Our property is nestled at the foot of the mountains where we provide a safe getaway from the hustle and bustle to disconnect and spend some time bettering yourself. I look forward with joyful expectation to begin working with you!

Miranda Broesche

Coach - AKA MirMir


I'm Miranda Broesche I've been a coach at CrossFit Anistemi for a year now and a cross-fitter for 2 and a half. CrossFit has helped me in so many ways including physical, mental and spiritual. Because of CrossFit I met my future husband, and I have a family in them, outside of my own. The box has transformed from a run down building to a thriving business, that's what it's about. That's what CrossFit did for me, my body was worn down, over weight, and out of shape. Slowly but surely all of those things changed just as our building did. I love CrossFit and I love seeing that passion in others. My favorite movements are anything that's on a bar and doesn't involve running.  As a coach I'm picky and pushy in the best of ways to make sure that my athletes succeed in their goals.

Sam Cruz

L-1


I grew up immersed in sports from a young age and have probably won more “Most Improved” awards than anyone you know. I played baseball, soccer, and basketball, and competed in rock climbing, swimming, wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu…. and chess if I’m being completely honest, and I became the “Most Improved” in all of the above. It doesn’t take a genius to come to the conclusion that I am not naturally athletic but I am willing to work hard and I love perfecting movement and technical skill. This all came together when I found Crossfit. I first heard about Crossfit around 2009 from being involved in MMA community but I didn’t try a workout until January of 2014. I wish I could tell you it was “happily ever after” from there but I fell off pretty quickly largely because of the lack of progress I saw in myself and others. I tried it again because of a friend’s challenge about year later. It was then that I fell in love. We were Push Pressing that day and I began loading weight on but was immediately told to take it off and work on the technique. That was something I hadn’t heard before and it was honestly music to my ears. That night, I went home and started drilling the technical skill. In Crossfit, there is always hard work to be done and skill to perfect and this is why I love it so much. My ultimate passion is helping people reach their goals, whether that goal is to do one push up or to compete at a competitive level. I love helping others succeed and there is nothing more gratifying than seeing other achieve things they never thought possible. There is no better place to do this than Crossfit Anistemi. This gym’s community is truly unique. I can honestly say they have become my second family. If you have never experienced what I’m talking about, you do not know what you are missing!