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Our Approach

A little about us...

Real Change Fitness is owned by James and Sophia Kitchen.  They’ve been married for over 20 years and have two wonderful sons, one of whom served six years in the Air Force.  James and Sophia have 35 years of military service, with James serving 10 years in the US Army and Sophia retiring after 25 years in the US Army.  They both have previous deployments to Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Because of their love for people and fitness, in 2012 they took a leap of faith believing in their hearts that their vision to help people achieve their fitness goals and live healthier lives was a definite calling. Since then, they have witnessed change in many lives and we are determined to help many more. What started as a hobby in their three car garage with three rowers, 3 pull-up bars, 2 squat racks, a few barbells and a handful of plates has grown into a 5000+ square foot facility located at 5714 Edmondson Pike, Ste 2B, Nashville,TN. 

More than a gym, Real Change Fitness is an extended family—a home away from home for everyone who enters our doors. We have folks from all walks of life, ranging from ages 9 to 75.  Whether you are a local or from out of town, everyone will know your name because the community aspect of CrossFit is our greatest strength.


Meet the Team

A good coach will make sure that each and every athlete that they work with is performing movements with the proper movement standards. Seasoned athletes or athletes that have been working out a few days can all benefit from going back to the basics. Ironing out form will not only make you safer as an athlete but also help you with your own PR goals.

James Kitchen

Owner/ Head Coach

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Games Judge
  • CrossFit Anatomy Certification
  • CrossFit Running Certification
  • CrossFit Scaling Certification
  • USAW-L1SP Sports Performance Coach
  • ACE Cardio-Kickboxing Certification
  • CPR Certification – American Heart Association
  • CrossFit Competitor
  • Army Veteran


Sophia Kitchen

Owner Coach

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Course
  • CrossFit Mobility Certified
  • CrossFit Kids Certified
  • TRX Suspension Certified Trainer
  • CPR Certification – American Heart Association
  • Retired Army

Sophia’s passion for fitness comes from over 20 years of active military service and helping Soldiers achieve their fitness goals.  When she was introduced to CrossFit, she was instantly hooked. She believes in CrossFit’s ability to transform lives by improving individual fitness levels and forging relationships in the community.  With her desire to positively change lives and facilitate these transformations, she attained  her CrossFit Level One trainer certification and CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting certification.  Sophia’s goal is to share her passion for health and wellness with all, and to ultimately help people live a healthier life.

“..Let us run with Endurance the race that is set before us.” -Hebrews 12:1

Debra Shacklett


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Aerobic Capacity Certification
  • CrossFit Anatomy Certification
  • CrossFit Spot the Flaw Certification
  • CrossFit Judges Certification
  • CrossFit Scaling Certification
  • CPR Certification – American Red Cross
  • 2017 CrossFit Games Judge

Debra is a L2 CrossFit Trainer. She was introduced to CrossFit in 2013 with a background of 10+ years of soccer, and multiple 5ks, 10ks and Half Marathons. CrossFit was the perfect blend of everything else she was looking for and it instantly became a passion of hers. Debra has a love for knowledge and is always eager to learn more about the Sport of Fitness by constantly attending a variety of clinics from mobility to Olympic weightlifting to nutrition. Watching and assisting in an athlete’s journey of their health and fitness is what made the ‘box’ a home to Debra. She believes going to the gym is never an obligation; but a blessing that you can do something that so many others cannot or choose not to.

Kathy Davis


  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer
  • “Nutrition” Certified from ACE
  • Certified SPIN Instructor
  • CPR Certification – American Heart Association

 Kathy Davis is a full time corporate and outreach communication professional with the Federal government but has a life-long passion for fitness with over 20 years of professional industry experience. She began her pert-time career in the fitness industry in 1994 teaching group fitness classes at the Young Men Christian Associations (YMCAs) across the Metro Atlanta, GA area. Upon completion of earning her national certification in personal training in 1996 from one of the leading authorities in fitness education, American Council on Exercise (ACE), she began her personal training business. Kathy continued to teach aerobic classes but also trained clients at gyms such as Australian Body Works and the YMCA. Later she became an independent trainer and has since been training clients as an independent contractor over the years.

Kathy has earned a specialty certificate in “Nutrition” from ACE and as part of her continuing education courses she has made it a point to broaden her knowledge in nutrition for adults and young athletes; client behavior change; fitness for the aging adult, young sport athletes, along with keeping up with industry standards.

Upon relocating to Nashville, TN she earned her SPIN instructor certification and taught strength and spin classes at Metro Nashville YMCAs and other private gym locations.

Kathy has trained and successfully competed as an amateur body-builder. She enjoys participating in multiple physical activities such as tennis, golf and cycling. She has played in many tennis leagues in Atlanta and Nashville and is a current member of GROW (a ladies golf club) and Major Momentum Cycling club.

Kathy holds a BA degree in Mass Communication from Wayne State University and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

One of Kathy’s greatest motivations is being able to educate people of all ages on the benefits of being physically fit. It gives her tremendous satisfaction to see people reach their personal fitness goals, such as training her sorority sisters and spouses of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to complete the Country Music Half Marathon. Some of the participants had never completed a 5K (3 miles) let alone 13.1 miles. Huge accomplishments like this is what makes her smile and happy!

Sir Osei Smith


  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CPR Certification – American Heart Association

Sir Osei Smith (Coach Sir) is a Crossfit Coach in training that has been doing structured crossfit programming for the past 2 years. Looking for a challenge to his normal lifting routines and general fitness activities, Sir discovered Crossfit and his interest was immediately sparked! Having been involved in personal and general fitness well being activities throughout his life, Crossfit was catalyst for Sir’s lifetime commitment to fitness, and helping others be better.  He loves putting people through tough workouts that build physical and mental strength, which he believes is key for activities of daily living. Proper technique and execution of exercises are a key focus, as he believes that proper exercise progression must be built from a strong foundation.


Sena Agbeko


Sena Agbeko is a professional boxer with a record of 21-1 with 18KOs. Originally from Ghana, he moved to the US to continue his ambitions of becoming champion of the world and has trained all over the US including Mayweathers boxing gym in Las Vegas, Sugar Ray Leonard gym in Maryland and 5th Street boxing gym in Miami where Muhammad Ali trained in his time. He's also been in gyms in Chicago and New York adding to his boxing skill set along the way. He has over 10yrs of experience boxing.


David Cook


David Cook “Cookie” is the founder of Cookie Cuts nutrition/ personal training company, Boxing coach, personal trainer, online health coach, NPC competitor and Registered Nurse.

David has struggled with depression the majority of his life and he attests that fitness has saved his life. He first fell In love with fitness around the age of 18, after struggling with being overweight his entire life. He then competed In and won his first bodybuilding competition when he was 19 years old. Around that time is when he began training in Mixed Martial Arts. Since then he has had over a dozen amateur MMA fights and achieved his black belt in Muay Thai. After completing his degree in nursing, David decided to take a risk and pursue a different career path in fitness.


Next Steps...

Your Real Change journey starts here. Schedule a time to meet with one of our trainers to sit and talk about your fitness goals and how Real Change can help you achieve them. You’ll learn about our fitness programs, and you and your trainer will map out a plan for you, based on your current fitness level and your goals. Of course, we’ll give you a taste of what we do around here with an awesome workout—what are you waiting for?