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!
After 20+ years training in classical ballet and yoga, I’ve found a new passion teaching kettlebell and kickboxing. 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 currently working towards my black belt in American karate so 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.
I have a passion for circus arts, yoga and teaching! I’ve been hanging from the ceiling practicing aerial silks for over 2 years. You’ll find my classes welcoming, fun & exhausting – but, you know, in that good way that makes you feel proud of yourself. My classes focus on learning new skills and improving technique. Come meet me on the mat and let’s hang!
I hail from a background of rigorous martial arts and boxing training. Having trained with top notch athletes, I use what I’ve learned to take your fitness and performance to the next level. By integrating functional, resistance and aerobic exercise, you will reach new heights of fitness and athleticism.
Fitness and coaching is not a job to me. It’s not a means to an end or a hobby. It’s my passion; it’s who I am. To me, the greatest gift in life is helping people. Being able to sit back at the end of the day and know that I helped someone take the next step to living a healthier, happier and stronger life is the most gratifying feeling in the world, and that’s why I am here. I know that every person learns and is motivated differently; it is my goal to help train others with a purpose and a passion. I work to make my kettlebell, kickboxing, karate classes and personal training sessions something to look forward to knowing, that at the end you’ll be less stressed and more confident. I promise to make every workout challenging and exciting while educating you about wellness and fitness.
The best thing about kickboxing at Atlanta Kick? It’s the one place where you get praised for punching, kicking, being aggressive, yelling and totally letting loose! I first fell in love with kickboxing five years ago after searching for a workout that would get rid of the Freshman 15 (ok… 20) and haven’t looked back since. My goal is for you to walk away from each class feeling stronger, more confident and less stressed from a workout that you actually enjoy, too! By day, I’m a public relations professional and 24/7 #plantpowered vegetarian, Georgia Bulldog and over-the-top Falcons fan. Can’t wait to see you in class!
Working out was never something I looked forward to. I’d quickly get tired of the same old routine, or I’d just try every type of class offered – cycling, barre, yogalates – you name it! All of that changed when I fell in love with kickboxing. I never dreaded a workout again, and I actually looked forward to getting all my energy out at the end of the day. That’s what I want everyone who takes my class to walk away with – feeling strong, accomplished and grateful for putting in the work! I’m also a social media marketer by day, so hit me up at @danadifurio on Instagram or Twitter!
My goal for classes I teach? Make sure you have fun and get a great workout. I enjoy being a bit ridiculous in my kickboxing classes but I make sure that no muscle is left behind or unworked. I recently earned my 2nd degree black belt. 4 topics I love to talk about: techniques, advanced movements, Dragon*Con costumes (always working on mine), my screenwriting projects and your goals!
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.
Before making the leap into the fitness world, I was a 911 call taker and dispatcher. I left that career when I realized I wasn’t making the kind of impact in individuals’ lives like I wanted to. I’ve gone through my own weight-loss journey and know the struggles that come along with it. I’m here to help you overcome the challenges in your life so that you can go forward with confidence and ultimately living comfortably in your own skin. In the last four years as a trainer, I have worked with people ages 15 to 73 and all in different places of their fitness journeys. We don’t die, we modify! I’m a trainer that’s a jack-of-all! If you have a problem, I’m here to help you solve it. I can help you with working around injuries, aches and pains, body sculpting, toning, strength, mobility, flexibility, weight-loss, diet and everything in between. I understand starting a new routine and new lifestyle can be the most challenging thing you will experience, but it will also be the most rewarding!
I started at Atlanta Kick in my junior year of high school and fell in love with the staff and the community. Outside of martial arts, I am currently attending Oglethorpe University, working on my undergraduate degree in biology. I love to go outdoors, play piano, and be a huge nerd in my free time.
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 truly believe I exist to enrich the lives of others, so it’s my objective to make your experience at Atlanta Kick the very best. You can expect my class to radiate positivity, present a challenge, hold you accountable, and give you the push you need to get you closer to your goals. I was initially drawn to kickboxing because it made working out fun, but I fell in love with Atlanta Kick for their welcoming, inclusive, and supportive atmosphere. Whether you’re a prospective, novice, or skilled member, there is a place for you in my class. I am excited to welcome you to the AK Fit Fam! Outside of kickboxing, I love hosting game nights with friends, cheering on the Dawgs (my alma mater!), hiking in the North Georgia mountains, and watching reruns of Community with my cat, Marvel.