Mike Knaisch

Owner, CrossFit Lakeland


Recognizing the need for a new style of training that would break the bonds of traditional styles of training, Mike and Kim brought the, then underground, CrossFit movement to Lakeland in late 2008.  Since then, a new fitness community has been fostered, friends were made, and good times were, and continue to be, plentiful.  Blending Kim’s business and financial background with Mike’s Sports Medicine academic background and a healthy variety of certifications, the gym rose from humble beginnings to a rising success.  Mix in a little magic with our dedicated coaches and staff and CFL is nothing short of a unique fitness experience that is second to none.


  • 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
  • CrossFit Level 1 Instructor
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit/OPEX Nutrition
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Crossfit Mobility

Sports Medicine

  • B.S. in Sports Medicine, Canisius College, 1998
  • M.S. in Sports Medicine, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, 1999

Other Accolades:

GORUCK Selection Finisher
(1 of only 23 candidates to finish)
Spartan Death Race Finisher
Endeavor Team Challenge Finisher