10Fit, a class at 423 Strength & Conditioning, Five Rivers CrossFit, is empowering woman all over Hamblen County.
The class combines cardio training, functional strength, and ab-sculpting midline exercises in one workout.
The class is led by Katja Lovelace who is no stranger to elite training.
Lovelace has competed in a variety of sports including volleyball, basketball, and swimming. The latter of which scored her a spot in the Junior Olympics.
As a CrossFit competitor, she participated in the Master’s Qualifier, finishing 195th in the world.
10Fit was created after a group of women who wanted to participate in a six week challenge.
However, by the challenge ended the group wanted more and so the foundation class was formed.
“It mimics our CrossFit classes, but honestly we do a harder work out here,” Lovelace said.
Most of the workouts in the class use torpedoes, dumbbells, kettle bells and use rowers and bikes.
“The work out changes every day so it nothing your body is going to get used to,” she said.
The program focuses on the health of your body rather than how much weight you can lose.
“We are all about your health and nutrition, and how we can support you in that aspect.”
“We’re not about you having to weigh yourself each week; that isn’t our tool for success,” she said. “We want to know how you are feeling and how your body feels.”
Lovelace said aside from the great work out, participants will find a family in the 10Fit class.
“The community we offer is probably the biggest thing here,” she said. “We have so many different types of people and everyone cheers everyone on.”
“It’s a family, it really is and I think it’s the people because we just have such a great group of people who are diverse in the community in so many ways.”
“We have become this big community of people who are truly trying to live better.”
Lovelace said their goal is to make everyone who comes in feel comfortable to work out.
“No one comes in and feels intimidated: we don’t have mirrors, and we don’t yell at them. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable when they come in.”
Lovelace welcomes anyone who is interested to stop by and try one of their classes.
“This is not an environment where people are attacking you and saying ‘come into my office and sign this contract,’” she said. “We want everyone to get a chance to try us out before we even mention signing you up.”
Mendy Robbins, a participant of 10Fit, says her experience with the program has been freeing.
“It’s amazing, I come here for the mental break and the strength I get here,” she said. “I am a mother of three and it’s nice to come here and not have to think about all the things that I have to do in my life for an hour.”
Robbins echoes Lovelace’s statement about the support received from the program.
“You will feel supported and cheered on, we want people to be here and succeed,” she said. “These are my people and we are always welcoming new people”
“This is what keeps me coming here, the support from everyone. This is the best atmosphere and there is no judgement here, everyone is here to work out and better themselves.”
The 10Fit classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 5 p.m.
Along with 10Fit, 423 Strength & Conditioning, Five Rivers CrossFit at Fountain Plaza on W Andrew Johnson Highway offers CrossFit and KidFit classes to the community.
The 10Fit class costs $95 per month and each session last 45 minutes.
For the Unlimited Membership, join any community and workout as often as you’d like, costs $185 per month.
12X per Month Membership, join any community and workout 12 times per month, costs $170 per month.
KidFit costs $65 per month for one child and $50 for more than one child.