At CrossFit South, we believe that the quality of our coaching is the best in Athens. Before starting CrossFit South, we were collegiate athletes and personal trainers. All of our assistant coaches come from an athletic background and have been groomed to be amazing coaches. Anyone can open a CrossFit gym and call themselves a coach, but at CFS we believe in pursuing virtuosity and continuing education. We attend seminars and are constantly seeking new information and learning from each other. The world of fitness is constantly evolving and we aim to stay ahead of the curve.
Before our assistant coaches lead classes, we put them through an 8-week internship to ensure they’re knowledgeable, comfortable, and eager to coach our athletes. Each class is lead by a head coach and at least one assistant coach with classes capped at 10 athletes per coach to maintain a high quality learning environment. We want your time at CFS to be fun, safe, and productive, and at CrossFit South we’ll make you better at everything!
I played sports all throughout grade school, and started working out at gyms when I was 17 doing the whole bodybuilding shtick. In college, I became a personal trainer like my brother, and mainly worked out so I could eat all the foods! You can find some of my creations over in the blog, Cooking With Keras. In college, one of my TA’s tried introducing me to CrossFit, but I thought it looked stupid and kept doing the whole bodybuilding thing. Eventually I gave CrossFit a try, and it kicked my ass, and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve gotten stronger, faster, and I’m in a much better shape since finding CrossFit. When we first opened CrossFit South, I was still in school, and ended up joining the UGA Crew team. It was so much fun being out on the water, and rowing is a great conditioning tool that I try to incorporate at the gym to much chagrin. CFS is also now the home to UGA Crew! I’m the head coach for CrossFit, as well as the instructor for our Barbell Club, and I teach all our CF101 courses. Come check us out!
Natalie, aka Nat, is a 30-something year old CrossFit junkie. She started CrossFit about 5 years ago after deciding that running marathons was not the answer to her adrenaline rush. She took her love of the sport even further by becoming a coach. With over 3 years of experience, she loves working with athletes to reach their goals while having fun.
Her favorite wod is Kalsu and she loves gymnastics movements almost as much as the barbell. She dreams of qualifying for Masters one day… one day…
Outside of the gym she is a Toddler Crisis Negotiator, or mother for simpler words. She is also a nutritional consultant and health coach. Nutrition and fitness are her passion.
A few of her favorite things: pizza, craft beer, playing with her kid, UGA football, time with family and friends, quiet time, and the crunches- captain and cinnamon toast. If you see Nat at the gym, she is likely smiling, laughing, or dancing
I started Crossfit in 2013 when a friend told me about it. I ended up looking up some videos and I thought it was pretty cool looking and wanted to look like Rich Froning so I decided to look up a Crossfit gym nearby and I found Crossfit South! I started training here and got hooked. I fell in love with not only working out, but doing functional movements that are used in every day life! The comradery/team/group atmosphere is one of the many awesome things about Crossfit and it really helps you not only push through the tough workouts, but have a lot of fun doing what you like with other people that you like! “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps us leading us down new paths” –Walt Disney
Hi I’m Jessie! I’m from Carrollton, Georgia. I moved up to Athens in 2014. About a year later I started working out at Crossfit South and fell in love with it! Before Crossfit, I ran Cross Country in high school and got into weightlifting in college. Crossfit is a perfect marriage between weightlifting and cardio conditioning! I’m a lifelong Dawg (and dog) fan. I have two cats and one dog. I am getting a B.S. in Environmental Engineering as well as an MBA. I love going to breweries and the botanical gardens. I am not a natural athlete, especially when it comes to gymnastics. If you’re struggling with a movement, chances are I struggled with it too. I’m a little weird, but very friendly! This gym is my second family, and I feel privileged to coach such an amazing group of people!