The Split, The Purpose

The Reason

Lionhearts Fitness started as Lionhearts OCR in August 2018 because of a 15-year-old, named Zaya Luccketta.

The ideas began forming because of the amazing things he learned, through OCR Racing while Spartan Racing and volunteering.

We wanted to make this type of training, fitness, teamwork and anti-bullying available to all youth, of all socio-economic status, fitness levels and abilities.

The whole story about that fateful Spartan race are up on ~shells blog

In September 2018, Michele Luccketta met Victoria Phillips at Chattanooga State University.  Victoria was exhibiting at an Athletic Fair, representing an athletic facility. She was full of energy and was open to listen to Michele’s ideas about creating a Youth OCR program (the only such program in East TN.) Plans were made to meet with the owner of said facility, but the plans of creating the program fell through. In the process Victoria introduced Michele to Our House Studios owner and operator, Christy Chapman.

A new plan was then in the works. Christy wanted a complete youth program at OHS and offered Michele complete carte blanche to create and develop the program.

She gave Michele a closet to create an office, on November 4th 2018.

Lionhearts Fitness and OCR was Born.

Michele then created a name, logo, program, internet presence with complete social media absorption as well as created the web site and YouTube channel. She also became a temporary OHS General Manager.

Victoria’s job was dissolved,(at the original facility,) during this process. She then joined Michele as part of the developing team and as a founding member of Lionhearts Fitness. She volunteered for one full year and left to be a professional trainer and body builder in December 2019.


Classes began after a successful launch, on December 8th 2018, of mentors, exhibits and displays. Classes began for both teens and younger youth. We are now serving all youth from the ages of 9mo. to 18 years of age.

A Non Profit Organization to Provide Fitness to All.

Lionhearts Fitness needed a way to sponsor, support our youth, the community and filed for a non-profit status.

Lionhearts Fitness have had personal and corporate offers of sponsorship and have now made it feasible to accept the donations and to solicit many more to serve our youth.

As of January 2019, Lionhearts Fitness became an official Non-Profit organization.

Lionhearts Fitness and the Lionhearts Youth OCR Training and Conditioning Program is now a Non-Profit Youth program, serving our varied community of athletes. Lionhearts Fitness branched off the concept of being an OCR team, into a complete fitness program using the no “cut” “audition” “elite” mentality with the “All for one, and one for all” mentality.

We must root for each teammate and help each other achieve various goals. There are no “tryouts.” All youth are welcome, encouraged, empowered and victorious.

 Community Service

All participating youth must complete a Saturday per month of community service. We know of nothing else of this kind in our area. The community service consists of serving other non-profits throughout the area, with community projects such as environmental cleanup, feeding the homeless and taking food to the food banks.


Our Amazing Adaptive Athletes: Lions Roar

Another one of the great things Lionhearts Fitness wants to bring is the creation and formation of the youth adaptive OCR athlete group: Lions Roar. There will be much more about that as it develops.

We are currently preparing and training to be of service to our “Adaptive Athletes.”

We will be participating in races, team building and offering many community service opportunities. No one is left behind.

Ask us how we can help you, if you need it, (or sponsor a child yourself!) 

We are currently setting up a PayPal account to make it easier for you to sponsor a child or to donate to help provide many of the Youth’s Fitness needs. We will update this page once it is active. HERE IT IS!!

Where we all take care of one another, help one another, encourage one another our mission statement says:

Mission: To empower our youth to face fears and conquer obstacles, knowing their worth, building self-worth as well as becoming stronger physically. Obstacle Racing, particularly in team racing, develops community, unity, strength and empowerment by helping others. No one is left out, left behind. If one person can’t do an obstacle, their teammate will help, or even do it for them. Everyone has their favorite strength and obstacle, together we face them and are victorious.




Michele “shell” Luccketta