coaches and staff

Here to help you reach your goals!

You don’t have to do this alone. At Lakeland Athletic Club, we understand that each person is unique. We will work with you to tailor a program that works specifically for your needs and goals. 

Your support staff

Mike knaisch
kim knaisch
co-owner/operations manager
Kate Graydon
Blake Scheidt
Nick Le
Jared Burke
Amanda Scheibel
Andrew Longboy
CJ Johnson
Keith Beall
David Brown
Trey Bowden
AlI Travis
Mika Garza
Christine Panella
Michelle Ramsey

Mike Knaisch: Co-Owner

Co-Owner Mike Knaisch and his wife, Kim, brought the CrossFit movement to Lakeland in late 2008. Mike’s sports medicine background blended seamlessly with Kim’s business and financial background to create a foundation for ever-expanding success. The Lakeland Athletic Club community of athletes is tight-knit, fit, and always up for a great time.

Mike was one of only 28 candidates to be a GORUCK Selection finisher. He’s also completed a Spartan Death Race, an Endeavor Team Challenge, and a Tampa Bay Frogman 5k open water swim.


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit/OPEX Nutrition
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM)
  • Sports Performance Coach (USAW)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM)
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Levels 1 & 2
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Certified Level 1
  • OPEX/CCP Coach, On Journey
  • B.S. in Sports Medicine, Canisius College, 1998
  • M.S. in Sports Medicine, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 199

Kim Knaisch: Co-Owner & Operations Manager

Co-Owner and Operations Manager Kim Knaisch has been CrossFitting for 10 years and specializes in keeping Lakeland Athletic Club running smooth and keeping her husband, Co-Owner Mike in line – which is a full-time job. J

Kim finds time in between running the gym and their other business, Lakeland Cryo and Recovery, to work full time in the banking industry. She loves to also be involved in the community by attending local events, volunteering, and playing softball with the Lakeland Athletic Club Softball Team.

Her favorite part of running the gym is seeing members forming real friendships out on the floor.

“I love that our members have formed social connections, and I see them doing other activities outside the gym,” she says. “They are each other’s motivation to keep going, and they all care about each other’s success, whether it is in a workout or in their jobs.”


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Nutrition
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
Find Us

2295 Commerce Point Dr.

Suite 180

Lakeland, FL 33801