Matthew Writt

Attorney Kathryn Demere was one of NBS first members back in 2012. Her consistent hard work has yielded awesome results, so we’re featuring Kat as our latest Member Spotlight.

What are your current goals and training? 

Since March, I have been on a quest to lose body fat AND build muscle!  This means four days of weight training and more cardio than anyone would ever want to do (you’ll often see me upstairs on my Stairmaster perch watching Netflix).  It also means counting macros, which has been the greatest challenge of my life.  All while working and staying connected to my husband and children.

Any recent PRs or milestones? 

After three months on my training regimen and nutrition plan, I lost 4% body fat and saw dramatic changes in my fasting blood sugar and cholesterol (total cholesterol down 30 points, triglycerides down 77 points, S-LDLP down 193 points, LDL-P down 100 points), insulin, and c-reactive protein levels.  I could never have done any of this without programming by Christian Anto and constant encouragement by my husband and fellow long-time NBS member, Jim Demere.

What’s your favorite thing about NBS? 

NBS is incredibly dynamic with so much personality.  And I have never seen so many dedicated folks in one place!  It is truly inspiring to be surrounded by a group of people who are genuinely interested in learning, growing, and improving in all aspects of life.

Our latest Member Spotlight features strongman Clayton Yohanek.

Clayton is a welding instructor at Moore Tech. He started strongman after undergoing 3 surgeries on his right shoulder. In January 2017, he won his first competition in the Heavyweight Novice class.

At the Clash for Cash in May 2017, Clayton took 4th place in the Heavyweight Open class.

His current goals are: “keep increasing my deadlift, load a 400lb atlas stone, win a strongman show in the Heavyweight Open class, and qualify for nationals.”

“My favorite thing about NBS is the family atmosphere. The staff and members are the most helpful and motivating people.”

Congrats to Clayton on his Strongman success. We’re proud to have him as part of the NBS family!

We love our members at NBS. We have a ton of people, from all walks of life, that train their asses off on a regular basis. But every so often, someone takes it to the next level.

John Canter is a great example.

In November, John experienced an aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease and underwent brain surgery in January. Three weeks later, he was back training at NBS.

It’s a pretty amazing story that pretty much invalidates anyone’s excuses for not getting out and being active. Here’s the whole story, in his own words:

“So my training before all of this varied, but was pretty cardio intensive. I have run track and cross country since 8th grade. Being a police officer, I’ve tried to stay in the best shape I can.

“I spent some time trying to work on my strength, and met up with Bobby a few times to teach me the proper technique to squat and deadlift. I really enjoyed the deadlifts, and was seeing improvement. I was training for an upcoming school for work, and needed to get back into more body weight exercises, so I was back doing my regular routine, with four to five mile runs every other day or so.

“On November 4th, around 9:30pm, I popped my neck (I’ve popped my neck and back since 3rd grade) and instantly got a bad headache. Within a matter of seconds, it went from a headache to a buzzing sort of pain inside my head, specifically around the base of my skull, that was excruciating. After about a minute, I told my wife I needed to go the hospital. I thought I broke my neck or something. We went to Methodist Germantown, where I was given something for the pain. About four hours went by, with a ct scan, and we were informed that I had ruptured some blood vessels in my head, and they were flying me to Methodist University. Once I got there, all I remember is waking up in the cath lab, meeting my neurologist for the first time, who told me that I had ruptured an aneurysm, and suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage. I was also told that I had moyamoya disease, which is a carotid artery disease, where the inner carotid arteries shrink to the point they are no longer functional.

Before being flown to Methodist University

“She told me that they would perform an angiogram, where they run a micro catheter up an artery in my groin, and of the aneurysm is the right shape, they’d repair it by filling it with titanium coils. Luckily, it was the right shape, and they repaired it then. I spent the next ten days in the neuro ICU, where I would learn more about the Moyamoya. When my carotid arteries started to shrink, my brain developed what is called collateral circulation, and re routed blood flow through the blood vessels in the back of my head. They had been supplying the front of my brain with blood. I believe my physical fitness level had a lot to do with how efficiently that circulation developed. Those blood vessels were too small for the amount of blood, though, and the aneurysm developed. It could have been back there for 20 years, and it could have popped up in he last two months, there was no way of knowing. I had not had any symptoms of the disease, which are typically strokes, or mini strokes. After talking with the doctors, we determined that a chronic numbness in my right hand, had in fact been a symptom of the left side of my brain being starved for blood. It had been so infrequent though, that I never got it looked at

While I was in after the aneurysm. Got very tired of tape, and all these damn stickers.

“A huge concern for me was how was I going to be able to be active and workout again. I was told that if I get a headache or get dizzy, I was to stop. I was worried, because I was given a line not to cross, but where that line was wasn’t clearly defined. When I finally came back to the gym for a few times, I took it really easy. I was curling ten pound dumb bells just because I was scared to turn it up even a little.

“I ended up meeting with a neurosurgeon, who said I needed to have a bypass surgery for my brain, which would correct for the moyamoya disease. Some moyamoya patients only have one side done, and some have both. He said he wanted to do the left side first, since I had an issue with numbness in my right side. So on Jan. 9, I went back to Methodist University, and had my surgery. They took a piece of my skull out, and laid my temporal artery onto my brain, and put the piece of skull back in. The brain will recognize the artery, and should cause it to grow and revascularize that part of my brain, taking the load of the overworked blood vessels in the back of my head. That surgery went great, and as very easy for me to recover from. I was out in three day, would’ve been two, but I had a fever one night. I’ll meet with him in March and find out if and when the right side will be done. My surgeon told me to listen to my body, and take it easy at first exercising. I am afraid to get my heart rate up a lot, so I won’t be able to train like I had been. I big concern for me is that I don’t get dehydrated. I am a greater risk for stroke now, so it’s important I don’t stress anything up there with dehydration. I ran about a quarter of a mile three weeks after surgery, but got a headache and walked the rest. I was at NBS all that week though, and seemed to have good workouts. I just rest a lot in between sets. I decided to push myself a little this past Saturday though, and really had a good workout, and ran a mile. It took me 13 plus minutes for the mile, which would’ve taken me about 6.5 before all this, but I was glad to have that hurdle out of the way. I am not suppose to lift very heavy either, so if I’m going to improve on things like squats or deadlifts, it will probably take me forever to work up to now.

“Everyone at NBS has been great. I enjoyed being a part of the gym beforehand, and had even mentioned it to Bobby that I believe us as members owe it to David and the rest of the staff to be the best we can. We also owe it to ourselves. If we are going to be a part of Memphis’ best gym, it’s important that we continue to improve because we represent NBS even when we’re not there.”

Right after surgery

Six weeks post op


Congrats to our latest Member of the Month, Josh McNeil!

Josh is a former college football player who now works in Business Development for Energy Systems Group.

“I played college football (Go Vols!) and NBS is the closest thing I have found to the competitive and encouraging weight room atmosphere we had in college. Everyone at NBS is there to train hard, get better and most importantly help others around them get better.”

Since joining NBS in April, Josh has been focused on losing weight and increasing muscle mass.

“I recently dropped into the 250s which is a very big milestone for me. I was around 295 when I started training at NBS and my goal was to get to 250 and I have almost accomplished that in 5 months. I have also made good gains in strength from where I started.”

“With David doing my nutrition and Christian Anto handling my training I know I have 2 of the best in the business helping me meet my goals. I would like to especially thank my coach/trainer Christian Anto. Working with him has been a hard but extremely rewarding experience and I look forward to seeing where we get to in the future.”

Congrats to Josh on all his progress and for being the latest Member of the Month!


“I love NBS for the encouraging, friendly atmosphere from both staff and fellow members,” says Kim Rodgers Harrison, our latest Member of the Month.

She is a registered nurse at Methodist Germantown and joined NBS in February.

“NBS sets the bar high for its staff knowledge at teaching you proper form and technique, from power lifts to your basic dumbbell curls.”

Kim uses David Allen for both her online programming and nutrition. Right now, her focus is on continuing to get lean and growing muscle.

“I encourage anyone to come see for yourself NBS is without a doubt THE best gym in Memphis….I’m glad I did!”

Congrats to Kim for being named Member of the Month! We’re happy to have her as part of the NBS family.


Small business owner Yoshimi Graham started training at NBS in January of this year. She’s a part of our morning group-training crew. Her goal: Get Shredded.

” My daughter brought me in to train as a guest in December and convinced me that there is no place like NBS. I was overwhelmed when I came in and saw chains and other heavy equipment, but the people looked incredibly strong and knowledgeable.”

“I would like to thank my daughter, Yuni, for introducing and encouraging me to make the move to NBS Fitness. She saw how frustrated I was in my fitness progress and knew that my old gym was not getting me anywhere.”

Member of the Month Yoshimi Graham and NBS owner David Allen“The thing I value most about NBS is the atmosphere and the camaraderie. It feels like a home with a huge family, and I think there is no greater place to better yourself than with people who grind day in and day out with you, who sweat just as much as you, and cheer you on and help you towards your individual goals. The people of NBS have been my inspiration and I have learned so much just by watching them train. The trainers handle sessions so professionally, and I am very impressed with the team. Attending the Group training sessions is the highlight of my day!”

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