Coaches and Trainers


James Lancaster

James is a Memphis native who grew up with sports. His dream was to play in the NFL, but those dreams were smashed to pieces when he tore his ACL while playing football in the AFL. For essentially three years, he couldn’t run or jump. In between the three knee surgeries he would eventually have, his aunt introduced him to CrossFit. Additionally, a friend invited him to come watch the CrossFit Games live in 2013, which hooked him for good. Over the next two years, he spent his time holed up in bed watching behind-the-scenes videos of the CrossFit Games, until he was finally cleared at the end of 2015 to exercise. The next year, Lancaster qualified for his first Regional CrossFit Games, the only representative to compete from the region. He placed 24th that year, and it was just the beginning. The following year, he returned to finish 14th at the regional CrossFit Games. 

In 2018, James founded Kings of Grit, a Memphis-based non profit organization that seeks to transform the lives of young men in the prison system through fitness, competition, and community. Once a week, he leads workout classes for the incarcerated men at the Shelby County Prison, teaching them the fundamentals of CrossFit, but also teamwork. He is the founder of Deep River Fit, and enjoys hunting, fishing, coffee, Memphis, and his pup, Oakley. 


Caelon Harden

Caelon R Harden graduated from University of Memphis (U of M) with a Bachelor in Sports Management with an emphasis in Marketing in 2018. Mr. Harden is a recent graduate of his personal training certification and he currently provides oversight of physical training to athletes throughout the city of Memphis. Coach Harden’s mission is to train athletes to perform at high intensity levels and with excellence to develop a mindset to overcome both physical and mental challenges. His areas of concentration include: SPEED, QUICKNESS, BALANCE, COORDINATION,FLEXIBILITY & EXPLOSIVENESS. He also serves as the Strength and Conditioning Intern for the U of M. While a student there, Coach Harden played collegiate (D1) baseball and football at several universities and has coaching/work experience at every level in sports.


Kenzie Stewart

Kenzie is a Memphis native that grew up with a passion for sports. She competed in soccer, cross country, and track through grade school. After leaving team sports, she competed in body building and powerlifting before she finally found CrossFit in 2016. She was quickly hooked. 

Through competing in CrossFit, Kenzie found her passion for helping people with their fitness and nutrition. She knew how much her quality of life had improved and wanted to help others feel the same way. She soon started coaching CrossFit and nutrition and hasn’t looked back. 

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