True Grit Fitness

Anyone can get fit, anywhere.



Flexible and affordable training plans to help you meet your goals.


Your Trainers

Kent and Jessica, husband and wife team of nationally certified personal trainers.



Meal plans and recipes, because abs are made in the kitchen.

Our Story

True Grit Fitness was founded out of a need for quality fitness facilities in the small town of Dandridge, Tennessee. Small towns, mountain roads, and demanding work schedules all make working out tougher, which is why we created flexible and affordable programs that can be downloaded or printed for use anywhere. It’s easy to get caught up in eating on the run, or just not knowing what to eat, which is why we reached out to Jess’ sister, who is a registered dietitian, to put together our nutrition plans. We saw a need, and are here to fill it, to prove that anyone really can get fit, anywhere.  And if you don’t believe us, read a little bit more about Jess below...

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Jessica Ryals

Jess is not only a nationally accredited ACE personal trainer, she’s also a professional mariner and former officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. In her full time job, Jessica works a rotational job aboard oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, where she works 12 hour shifts for 21 days straight...living proof that fitness and a busy schedule can work together.
When she’s not on the high seas, Jess loves cooking (especially finding new healthy versions of comfort food), crafting, and her dogs and cats.


Kent Ryals

Kent is a nationally accredited AFAA certified personal trainer, who was also a professional mariner, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Having a passion for health and wellness, it made sense for Kent to become a personal trainer. He’s worked at the YMCA and Planet Fitness, and brings solid experience to the world of training. Kent is the real muscle behind True Grit Fitness, as he not only built the personal training studio himself, but he also creates nearly all the programs offered.
When he’s not picking things up and putting them down, Kent works on remodeling the house, and enjoys being outdoors, whether fishing or hiking with the dogs.