Ergon Elite Fitness opened its doors in May 2015. After two years of business, Cara Lionetti moved to Clarksville to purchase the gym, with the goal of building a member base that exudes community, professionalism, and commitment to health. Since November 2018, Ergon Elite Fitness has more than doubled in size, allowing for more equipment, classes, and an outdoor training area to accommodate members’ growing desire to get healthy and fit in a thriving community.

"Ergon Elite fitness is not simply a box. We are committed to creating the type of community that will change lives forever. We pride ourselves on being all-inclusive and negativity- free. No cliques, drama, or gossip. Just good old- fashioned hard work in the company of great friends. Our goal is to help athletes reach whatever goals they want, from lifestyle changes to high-level competition." —Cara Lionetti, Owner

Cara Lionetti

Owner, CF-LV1, CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), Youth Fitness Specialist, First Aid/CPR/AED, B.S. Holistic Nutrition / Certified WAG Coach

Favorite Workout Music: Old School Rock or Rap
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Diane
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Handstand Walk, Pull-ups, and other Gymnastics

I have been an athlete my entire life. I was a competitive gymnast from the age of 6 to 16, comp team cheerleader in high school and college, and easily transitioned into the fitness industry in 2001. I have been certified in all fitness formats, from IM=X Pilates and Yoga to Group Fitness (cycling, LesMills, Silver Sneakers, Kids’ Fitness) to Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching… to, finally, CrossFit. After experiencing a season of burn-out from the bodybuilding style fitness, I enter CrossFit Ergon on its’ opening day... and never turned back. Functional fitness reignited a passion for health, and athletic competition, which I hadn’t felt in a long time.

Upon moving to Italy 9 months later, I began training for competition and was blessed to be able to compete alongside the top master athletes in the country. I plan to continue to pursue continuing education as a CMS (Certified Movement Specialist) and continue learning how to make our members stronger and healthier for life. More than anything, I want to teach each individual that with hard work, full effort, and a positive mindset, you can achieve whatever goals you decide to take on.

Francesco Lionetti

Owner, CF-LV1

Favorite Workout Music: Hard Rock
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Fran
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Ring Muscle Up, Burpees

Sports have been a mission for my entire life. I was a former sprinter at a national level (100, 200, 400 mt). I changed to soccer, which became a passion, and I had the opportunity to play at the semi-professional level. It gave me the chance to be formed by Sampdoria, a Series A team, one of the best youth teams of the Italian league. After the age of 19, I decided to travel, to broaden my horizons. I lived in England, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Egypt, Spain, Zanzibar and Italy.

Throughout the years, the one constant has been my love for sport... from basic weightlifting to beach volley, beach tennis, half marathons, 5k runs, archery, ski, snowboard, biathlon... and now, CrossFit. A couple of years ago I had my first contact with CrossFit and I immediately fell in love with the community. Since then I have been continuing my education through OPEX Fitness in order to work on individual prescription for people with differing athletic goals--from moms and business men, to specific sports training, to military goal training. The community, the comradery, the results that smart fitness gives you with your full dedication... are all incredible. My goal is to integrate my sports background and my education with functional fitness to build better, more well-rounded, humans. And, to make people love burpees.

Abbey Pacolt

Coach Mentor

CF-LV1, USAW-LV1, EMR, First Aid/CPR/AED certified / Crossfit Gymnastics

Favorite Workout Music: Trap/EDM
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Heavy Snatch

I played volleyball for 8 years competitively and managed to claim the title of two state championships. After I decided to no longer play, I realized I had no idea how to stay in shape. And I most definitely did not have healthy eating habits. As the months and years went on, I ended up gaining around 50+ pounds. In this time, I was pursuing a career in firefighting. I was barely passing physical agility tests or performing my job duties with the strength and speed I needed. I constantly felt weak and inadequate. But I had no idea how to get on the right track. After leaving my first fire department in Alaska, and moving to Clarksville with my husband, I had gained another 30 pounds. A total of 80 pounds in weight gain. I could barely walk up to the second story in my home without getting winded. My goal was to obtain a career with Clarksville Fire Rescue, but there was absolutely no way I would pass the physical agility test at 250 pounds.

April of 2016, I walked into CrossFit Ergon with a dream in my mind. I would not only pass that physical agility test, I would make a statement. In 2018 I was blessed with the opportunity to test for Clarksville Fire Rescue. Not only did I pass the physical agility test, I broke the record for the female time. After losing 75 pounds for my dream, my passion; the blood, sweat, and tears paid off. I was hired on with Clarksville Fire Rescue. I was put on this earth to help people. Whether it be on their darkest day. Or teaching them to fall in love with what they're capable of accomplishing. CrossFit Ergon changed my life. I can’t wait to help you make the same change. To be a better you.

Heather Thompson

CF-LV1 / Certified WAG Coach

Favorite Workout Music: Trap/EDM
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Karen
Favorite Crossfit Movements: Rowing, KB swings, Cleans

Originally from a little town outside of Raleigh, NC called Bunn is exactly what you would think - small town feels and vibes where everyone knew everyone. I grew up in the equestrian world, riding horses - more specifically barrel racing - since I was 5 all the way through high school. It was a family event that took us all around the states going to different rodeos and even to the World Championiship when I was a teenager.

As a child, I knew I wanted to help people and chose to go into healthcare. I currenlty have a career as a radiology technologist performing CT and MRI at an imaging facility. In addition to this, I am also an Army wife; but nothing compares to being a mom to the most awesome little boy Carson.

I started doing Crossfit in 2016 by finally agreeing to try it out with my husband and quickly grew to love it (more like a love/hate relationship). I started going regularly once we moved here in September of 2017 and attending Crossfit Ergon, honestly more for the community then the fitness. The community with CrossFit was so lifechanging for me, I knew I wanted to try to do the same for other people. After being an athlete at Ergon for a couple of years, I obtained my CF-LV1 and started shadowing other awesome and amazing coaches and quickly realized that healthcare is not the only way to help people and coaching was another gateway that I could do this. So I'm here to help change people's lives one WOD at a time at Crossfit Ergon!

Julie Couball

Coach Education

CF-LV1 / Certified WAG Coach

Favorite music to workout: Rock & Rap
Favorite benchmark: Cindy
Favorite movement: Deadlift

Originally from Ocala, Fl, I left home at 18 to join the United States Air Force as a Weather Forecaster. While serving, I met my husband, had my son, and discovered my passion for fitness. I spent a lot of time working out on my own in typical gyms, but found myself getting bored…until I found CrossFit. From the moment I stepped inside a box, I was completely hooked. The community, the competition, and the challenge to constantly better myself has been a driving factor in my life. So much so, that I decided to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at Austin Peay State University and also attend the CF-L1 course to begin coaching. I strongly believe that fitness is both empowering and life changing. It brings me great joy to witness the achievements of my fellow athletes, whether it be a new PR, skill, weight-loss, or increased confidence. I feel truly blessed that I can now have a hand in helping others along their fitness journey.

Ellen Hayes

The Brand X Method / Certified WAG Coach

Favorite music to workout: Pop and Hip-hop
Favorite benchmark: KAREN
Favorite movement: Snatch

I was always a clumsy athlete as a kid, I was always breaking bones. When I played softball and broke my wrist, then broke my elbow in gymnastics, and finally re-broke the same elbow at the batting cages, my parents figured the more sports I was in, the more likely emergency room visits would be. It wasn’t until I followed in my big sister’s footsteps and joined the color guard team in high school that I felt athletic and graceful for the first time. The training (which combined dance with HIIT strengthening and conditioning) that went into color guard made me physically and mentally strong and cultivated my love for exercise. While looking for ways to stay active after I graduated, I found CrossFit and never looked back.

I have always worked with young children, from being a nanny to daycare, and now, I am living my dream combining my passion for CrossFit with my expert background in child care. I enjoy coaching kids because I find our energies easy to match. I have completed The Brand X Method Certification for youth functional fitness, and am excited to see where this path takes me. Some of my future goals in CrossFit are competing and coaching a small army of children who share the same love for being active.

Lester Favreau

CF-LV1, B.S. Sports and Health Science (Coaching Studies), M.S. Sports and Health Science (Exercise Science)

Favorite Workout Music: Classic Rock
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Helen
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Pull-ups and Dumbbell Snatches

I was born and raised in Plattsburgh, NY and have been competitive my whole entire life. I played soccer, wrestled, and played baseball throughout my childhood and throughout high school. I joined the Army in 2001 and continued to be competitive while competing with my fellow soldiers and I also competed in multiple combatives tournaments. Then my career took me in a different direction, and I had to find another way to continue competing. I found CrossFit in 2016 when a friend had me conduct a workout with him and I have been hooked ever since.

I moved to Fort Campbell, KY in 2018 and immediately started to look for a place to continue to train. I found CrossFit Ergon and immediate loved the environment and that they focused on making everyone healthier. The coaches did not care about making elite athletes, they cared about making a healthier, fitter community. That is the community that I wanted, and I got the opportunity to attend the CF-L1 course and to begin coaching. Now I have the pleasure to help this community achieve their goals and to become the healthiest athlete they can be.

Belinda Canales

WAG Business Admin, BLS/CPR/AED, Certified WAG Coach

Favorite Workout Music: HipHop/Rap/Reggae
Favorite Benchmark WOD: Grace
Favorite CrossFit Movement: Squat Cleans

I am Belinda, originally from Puerto Rico and left my hometown at eighteen years old in 2012 to become an Army Wife. Since then I have been living in Clarksville. I have two children. In my early school years, I always was part of sports like track and field, basketball and volley ball and competed in them if I had the opportunity. Later down the road in 2014, thanks to a neighbor, I joined a military wife community that exercised on post and that’s when I found weightlifting and Crossfit. And the passion I have for it is immense! I became a member of the USA Weightlifting association and took part in a few weightlifting meets. In the beginning of 2019, I visited the community of Crossfit Ergon and loved it. Since then I’ve grown and improved my stamina and strength and specialized in nutrition. Working in this community is my passion and I haven’t looked back since. I am committed and love helping people of all ages reach their goals. I am currently in continuing education to keep offering help to our members... to achieve powerful results.

Randi Hobson

Administrative Assistant, Top of the Box Communications Manager

I was born and raised in Colorado, and have been involved in sports since I could walk! I swam, ran track, and played basketball from elementary through high school, and played volleyball in middle and high school. I have always had a strong sense of competition, and thrive in a team environment. I joined the Army out of high school, and served for 6 years as Military Police before being medically retired. During my last year of service, I was introduced to competitive Adaptive Sports. They have been a huge part of my life post-military, and an integral part of my healing process. I have competed both locally and internationally in swimming, track, rowing, and sitting volleyball.

I was introduced to CrossFit and CrossFit Ergon in December of 2018 after relocating to Tennessee, and I have loved it from the beginning! I needed a form of functional fitness that would keep me accountable and help me keep up with my super awesome, but very active, toddler. The community of people here have been such a blessing- it really is a big family. I started doing Child Watch shortly after joining the gym, and have just grown into other positions in the gym. I love meeting and talking to the members of the gym, and being witness to their growth and successes both in an out of the box.