Our Coaches

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!

justin@crossfitsouth.com (athlete profile)

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Judge
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility
keras@crossfitsouth.com (athlete profile)

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • CrossFit Judge
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • CrossFit Movement & Mobility
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Natalie, also known as Nat and Nattles, is a 35 year old (whoa!) CrossFit junkie.  Although CrossFit is her passion, she took a very bumpy road to get here.  First was a passion for running.  All.  The.  Time.  She ran dozens of half marathons, a marathon, and may other races.  Now she complains when she has to run 400 meters…  Then she entered the world of bodybuilding, while still running.  So it was an endless cycle of build the muscle and then run it all away.  There was even a physique competition thrown in there for good measure.  Never again, she will say.  And then, she found CrossFit South.

Three years later she is still at CrossFit South, and will never leave unless they drag her out.  She has big dreams of going to regionals with a team one day.   And she is only getting older, so sooner rather than later would be nice.  At 35, thanks to CrossFit South, she is in the best shape of her life.  Not only that, it has given her strength and confidence.

She love, love, loves coaching others in the sport of CrosssFit.  Sharing that passion with others and seeing them improve week after week brings joy to her big ole heart.

Outside of the box, she has a career in Landscape Architecture.  Some of her hobbies include cooking, eating all the food, visiting breweries and sampling all the beer, dancing (when no one is watching), spending time with family and friends, swimming, and eating some more.

So, last but not least, a little break down of some favorites and not so favorites of CrossFit:

Favorite WOD:  Kalsu (Yes, for real)

Least Favorite WOD:  Isabell (Ew)

Strengths:  Gymnasty, Endurance

Weaknesses:   Rowing, Snatching, Maxing out on any lift (mental meltdown)

 

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Hometown: Griffin, Ga

Occupation: Gym Ninja

Hey!

My name is Andrew Ling, I’m 23 and from a small town called Griffin(40 miles south of Atlanta). I moved up to Athens in 2010 when I started school at UGA. I graduated in 2014 with a Biochemistry degree, hopefully getting into med school somewhere in the future (maybe Fall 2016). Die hard UGA football fan. GO DAWGS! 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

When did you first start Crossfitting?

August 2013

When did you start training at Crossfit South?

August 2013

Favorite movement?

Muscle Ups

Least favorite movement?

Thrusters!! -.-

Favorite WOD?

Diane

Least favorite WOD?

Fran

What is your athletic background if any?

High school Basketball and Soccer

Doing Bro lifts (Bench, Arms, occasional leg day)

How did you get into Crossfit?

I heard about it from a friend and looked up some videos. I decided to give it a try and looked up some gyms nearby and found Crossfit South, got hooked and here I am!

How was your first experience doing Crossfit?

It was very humbling for sure. I was on the floor, out of breath and ended up being sore for days.

What changes have you seen since doing Crossfit?

Not only have I grown in strength and endurance, but I’ve grown mentally. Crossfit has helped me take on challenges not only in the gym but in life and persevere through them.

Any advice for new people starting or contemplating Crossfit?

Don’t be afraid! Come and check us out! You’ll get in shape and have fun doing it!

Hobbies/Interests out side of Crossfit/WODS?

Hanging out, Eating, Outdoors, Cooking, Eating, Sleeping, Sports, Eating, Movies, UGA football, and Eating

Favorite cheat meal?

Pizza and Fro-yo/gelato

What do you want to accomplish by this time next month, 3 months, year?

Lift more, Lift more, and make it regionals 😀

What kind of music do you like listening to while working out?

Rap/rock, 90ds music, early 2000s music, anything I can jam to.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Hometown: Cornelia, Georgia
Occupation: Event Director

When did you first start CrossFitting?
I went to an on-ramp course at a box in my hometown over winter break. I immediately loved it but there wasn’t a Crossfit box near the college I attended so I didn’t have the chance to really learn the correct techniques until moving to Athens and joining CrossFit South.

When did you start training at CrossFit South?
September of 2014

Favorite WOD or movements?
Grace. Cleans and double unders

Least favorite WOD or movements?
Nicole. Burpee box jumps and running

What sports/health background do you have if any?
Played high school sports, college intramurals, and I was the head supervisor at UNG (Dahlonega) Rec Center by the time I graduated.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit?
A brand new box opened up in my hometown owned by a former high school teacher of mine. I was three years into college and getting pretty lazy/bored with the standard globo gym so I took the on-ramp course. I couldn’t touch my toes for three days but it was the best kind of sore and I realized how much I missed being an athlete.

Do you remember your first time doing CrossFit, how did it go?
My first real WOD was 7 minute AMRAP of 7 squats, 7 push-ups, 7 sit-ups at the end of my on-ramp course. I got lapped (multiple times) by a 50 year old banker and I was hooked.

What changes have you seen since starting at CrossFit South?
I’m much stronger and more well-conditioned. There has been a steady stream of PR’s in my lifts and I’m mastering body weight movements I couldn’t even attempt a year ago. More than that, joining CrossFit South has allowed me to invest and be invested in by a community that values hard work and integrity.

Any advice for new people starting or contemplating CrossFit?
Do it. It’s not a fad. It’s not a cult. You don’t have to be diehard. It’s functional fitness, the things you do every day. The only regret I have ever had is not jumping in sooner.

Hobbies/interest outside of a WOD?
I spend a lot of time traveling the country to put on 10K/5K races and basketball tournaments for my job. When I’m not doing that, I love to hike, hammock, and read (so granola, I know). I also enjoy serving at my church, hanging out at Hendershot’s, and playing sports with friends.

Favorite cheat meal?
Queso. Also the Varsity.

What do you want to accomplish by this time next month? In 3 months? Before the end of the year?
I’d like to hit 180# on my clean, string together multiple strict pull-ups, and master the HSPU. I also plan to get my L1 Certification this fall.

What type of music do you like to WOD to?
If it’s loud, I’m down.