After 20+ years training in classical ballet and yoga, I’ve found a new passion in teaching CrossFit. My main goal for myself is to make sure my class is full of smiles and high fives and to transform my clients into formidable powerhouses who sweat confidence. I greatly enjoy using my knowledge to assist clients with stretching to increase flexibility and to prevent injury or even help those dealing with discomfort. I’m also a black belt in American karate and teach karate to kids and adults as well as kickboxing and kettlebell. I’m at the gym often so if you see me walking around, feel free to ask me questions. I’m always happy to help.
My love for fitness is only rivaled by my love for food – and maybe margaritas! I show up at the gym satisfied that I do what I love and I encourage all of my students to make every day a happy one, inside or outside of AK. My priorities are to encourage everyone to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle physically, mentally, and emotionally. Sometimes punching and kicking with all of your might helps you burn off some steam. Maybe swinging around some kettle bells for a sweat session will release some endorphins for you. Whatever the case, the Atlanta Kick team will help you achieve your goals. At the end of the night, we can also run over to Eclipse and grab a fresh mojito for dessert!
Hello, I’m Andrea! CrossFit has been a way of life for me since that fateful day way back in 2010. I remember walking through the gym door with absolutely no skills, strength, or a clue as to what I was getting into. Despite my worst fears, what I ended up finding was a supportive community invested in helping me to achieve my fitness and wellness goals. As a Coach, my passion revolves around assisting athletes of all fitness levels to learn and overcome personal limitations and reach their aspirations. I place a large emphasis on proper form and learning to lift heavy loads gradually so that sufficient technique can be developed to prevent injury. Outside of the box, I love hiking and any situation where I can put my CrossFit skills to the test.
It’s safe to say I drank the cool aid. I started CrossFit in 2012, and it has changed my life in many ways. I was a gymnast for most of my years so I am very fortunate to still be able to do quite a few of my old tricks thanks to CrossFit. I now also love the sport Olympic weightlifting especially the snatch, no really it’s my favorite lift we do.
I work in IT by day and CrossFit by night. You can also find me on Saturday mornings for the Rowing circuit class. I hope for everyone to find some variation of fitness they love that in return helps them get in shape and live a happier and healthier lifestyle. Come see our incredible coaching staff and awesome CrossFit gym here at Atlanta Kick.
*Ask me where all I’ve lived in the world. I love adventure and travel.
I remember going through my first WOD (workout of the day) and thinking that it would be impossible to do the Olympic lifting and gymnastic movements. I came back for my second WOD and never looked back from there. The support from the community – the coaches and fellow athletes – has been incredible in helping me achieve my fitness goals. As a coach, I like to pay it forward. I take pride in helping my fellow athletes in their fitness journeys. I focus on helping people understand not just the ‘how’ but the ‘why’ of different movements. If you see someone over at Atlanta Kick over-analyzing a workout after a class, that would probably be me. Come say hi and meet our awesome AK community. Outside the gym, I enjoy hiking, a lot of TV and some more TV. Also, tell me your last name, I might know its place of origin.
Tipping the scale at almost 290 lbs, Leo realized he needed to make drastic changes in his lifestyle. With the help and encouragement of coworkers, friends, and family, Leo was able to drop the excess weight and make fitness a staple in his life. Along his journey to fitness, he found boxing and competed as an amateur boxer before finding CrossFit. In 2013, Leo stumbled upon a CrossFit gym and was challenged to a workout. He has been hooked ever since.
In 2016, he moved from New York City to Fort Myers and joined the coaching staff of Hyte CrossFit as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. After coaching there for 3 years, Leo moved to Atlanta and joined our team!
My life’s work (so far) has been about helping people improve themselves physically and mentally. And because of my personal journey-starting karate in the mid 90s as an unfit, uncoordinated, lacking-confidence young woman- I will always have a special place in my heart for any fitness beginner, and hopefully this is demonstrated every day in our gym by making all newcomers feel like part of the family and never intimidated. When I’m not training for powerlifting meets at the gym I may be practicing Japanese Archery (Kyudo), helping to raise money for animals (with our ownPowerlifting for Pups Meet!), or quietly meditating as I contemplate things like the nature of empathy, why my little dog Casper is so adorable, or why Morelli’s Salted Caramel ice cream is so damned tasty. I also enjoy occasionally wearing silly costumes while laughing and dancing with friends,sometimes even on video.
I want to make sure each person that comes in contact with Atlanta Kick or AKCrossfit has a positive experience. I’ve experienced each of our programs as a participant, and it’s my mission to make sure everyone finds the awesome benefits that I did. Contact me anytime about any concerns, suggestions, or other feedback about Atlanta Kick, AK CrossFit or Operation Boot Camp. Much to my friends and family’s annoyance, I can talk forever about our businesses, or business in general. Additionally, if you’d like to hit or kick me, please show up to Karate Tuesday nights at 6:45pm.
I’ve got twins that keep me motivated to stay in shape and on my toes and I pass that motivation and energy on to you when I teach Kettlebell, Kickboxing or CrossFit classes. Ask me about how to integrate your healthy foods into your family dinners and how I met my husband, Mike, RIGHT HERE at Atlanta Kick! Variety is the name of my game-I strive to make every workout different. Come work out with me; I will help you reach your goals, while making you sweat and have fun.
I am a Communication & Cultural Studies Professor at Georgia State, specializing in critical race and feminist theories and white privilege pedagogy. Concerning fitness, I grew up playing competitive soccer, playing on the U.S. Women’s National Team while in high school, before a knee injury that left me in a wheelchair for 7 months. After recovery, while college, I led river hiking adventure tours at Zion National Park and worked as an Editor for The Food Network. Then, in graduate school, I trained bodybuilders and bikini competitors as I studied them for my thesis research. Moving to Atlanta two years ago, I, terrified, forced myself into a CrossFit gym after watching a Netflix documentary on the CrossFit games. Especially coming from an environment that put so much emphasis on appearance, rather than performance and health, starting CrossFit has been one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and my mental health. I haven’t counted a calorie in years, and I’ve never loved my body more. When I’m not working out, coaching, or teaching, I’m cuddling my two golden retrievers and or ranting about politics.
I’m a retired trial lawyer, and have enjoyed a lifelong interest in sports and fitness. I have been teaching CrossFit & weightlifting for 15 years and am one of only four CrossFit Level 4 coaches in GA. I have also coached rugby, the game I love, at Ga Tech for over 20 years, My passion is helping people learn to move safely and correctly with progressions suited to each individual, and teaching them how overcome flexibility and mobility problems that interfere with good movement. I love helping people understand the keys to a long, healthy life. I want everyone in every class I teach to come away having learned something, and to have fun doing it.