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
Hey guys! I’m Andrew Ling ( aka Ling) I’ve been crossfitting since 2013. I really enjoy teaching and helping people become healthier versions of themselves.
I tried to be as active as I could growing up, but I focused mainly on soccer in high school and played club/intramural at UGA. I started crossfit with the plan of just getting stronger but I’ve noticed getting better all around in fitness!
I am a recent graduate from the University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Currently I work as a nanny, a server, and coach at Crossfit South. In my free time I enjoy hiking, exploring Athens, and spending time with my church smallgroup. I’ve been at Crossfit South for two years and some of my favorite movements include clean and jerks, wall-balls, and anything involving gymnastics. My advice for anyone trying out crossfit/sweatshop for the first time is to just do it- you might surprise yourself! Some of my favorite aspects of Crossfit South are the diverse workouts and supportive staff and community. Everyone is welcome!
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!
Hey I’m Jeff. I moved to Athens in 2014 and started school at UGA. I played football and ran cross country in high school, but was mostly a couch potato. After throwing on the freshman 15 (more like 30), I decided I needed to work out again and found CFS the summer before my sophomore year. Running is awful and wall balls are no fun, but at Crossfit South you will make close friends that will make the movements you struggle through bearable, and the movements you love even better. I am an Army ROTC cadet and try to incorporate that into my fitness as much as I can. I am constantly trying to better myself and I want to help you get there too. Find me in the corner dying on squat days! I’m always down for an extra workout partner. If you can’t find me in the gym, I’m probably at home watching cat videos or in Sanford cheering on the Dawgs!