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Meet Our Team 

Maria Istafa CrossFit Coach
Maria Istafa

Operations

Member Relations

CrossFit Lvl 1
CrossFit Kids

Maria is a mother of two beautiful baby girls! Her priority quickly became being fit for her family! CrossFit has not only provided her with a healthier lifestyle but also a passion for fitness. Maria earned her CrossFit Level 1 after 2 years of doing CrossFit, which she states has been life changing. She hopes to help many others get healthier and feel amazing!

HANNAH GRIDER
Hannah Brodnax
Head Coach

CrossFit Lvl 1
CrossFit Gymnastics
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Hannah’s fitness background is in gymnastics and volleyball. Once retired from sports, she began CrossFit to fill the gaps in her schedule, but it quickly became so much more to her. She has her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Her motivation

behind coaching is her drive to help people create a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained overtime.

MARGIE FLORES Crossfit Coach Level 1
Margie Flores

CrossFit Lvl 1

Margie was always involved in sports growing up. From soccer to cheerleading and now, CrossFit. She started CrossFit back in 2016 while she was still in high school and has loved it ever since. She is captivated by the idea that CrossFit allows her to stay healthy, get stronger (physically and mentally), work hard, and keep that competitive side of sports that she’s known throughout her whole life. Her motivation behind coaching is the hope to make even the smallest impact in someone’s fitness journey the same way someone made one in hers!

Caitlin Hensley CrossFit Coach level 1
Caitlin Hensley

CrossFit Lvl 1

Caitlin is a Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Level-1 Trainer. She attended Kennesaw State University where she studied Psychology with a minor in Coaching, while also playing rugby. Her background includes playing rugby in college and being a strength coach for KSU Women’s Rugby team. Her motivation behind coaching is to create unique ways to educate individuals of all ages how to become healthy and strong through functional fitness.

Nick Couch CrossFit Coach Level 1
Nick Couch

CrossFit Lvl 1

Nick is originally from Ocala, Florida and graduated from Florida Southern College where he earned a degree in kinesiology, played soccer, and found a passion for human movement, health, and nutrition. Nick discovered CrossFit in 2019 and instantly loved the competitiveness, variability, and intensity that the sport demands. Above all, he firmly believes in CrossFit’s methodology to pursue health and functional movement across all domains, for all abilities, and all ages.

Emoi Peterson
Emoi Petersen

CrossFit Lvl 1

Emoi has an extensive athletic background. His athletic career started by playing softball in his hometown of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands before moving to Georgia. Since then, he has participated in baseball, basketball, football, and track and field at a competitive level. Through sports he developed an interest in powerlifting, which eventually led him to CrossFit! He has been a member of AxAt since 2016 and began coaching in 2019. His motivation behind coaching is the opportunity to push people towards a goal for greater strength and health.

hamilton brodnax
Hamilton Brodnax

Founder of Functional Versatility Programming

CrossFit Lvl 1

CrossFit Lvl 2

Hamilton started CrossFit 2011 and began coaching shortly after. He has been competing in the sport since 2012 making it all the way to the regional level in 2016. Outside of competing, he loves CrossFit because he enjoys taking care of his body and being healthy, as well as the communal aspect of the sport.

In 2017 Hamilton started developing individual and affiliate program designs because he loved learning about how to make people healthier and enjoyed helping athletes reach their goals. He now owns Functional Versatility (FV), which is the programming service CrossFit AxAt follows. FV’s affiliate programming brings fun, dynamic workouts to affiliates who have athletes at various fitness levels.

Jeff Dercola
Jeff DerCola

CrossFit Lvl 1

Jeff played team sports from the age of 5 all the way through high school. He developed a passion for fitness in high school while training in order to perform better in football, wrestling, and basketball. His passion for fitness has continued, but for different reasons.

Now fitness is about living a healthy life and being able to perform at a high level as a firefighter. He also wants to show his son how important hard work, dedication, and mental toughness is.

Jeff was first introduced to Crossfit while in recruit school with Gwinnett Fire in 2007. He has been doing Crossfit since then but attended CFL-1 in 2016. He loves seeing other athletes improve and reach their goals.

Andre Sangalang

CrossFit Lvl 1  

CrossFit Lvl 2

Andre was born in the Philippine Islands, in the province of Pampanga, where he grew up and competed in Martial Arts such as Kick Boxing and Muay Thai. When He moved from the Philippines to the United States of America, he quickly became obese due to such easily accessed food. After realizing that he was unhealthy and over-weight, he began his fitness journey, which led him to find CrossFit. Andre specializes in functional fitness and Olympic weightlifting. His goals are to show people how to improve their quality of life through functional exercise and nutrition. Andre holds various belts in Taekwondo, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Judo, and a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer.

Zac McClure

CrossFit Lvl 1

Aerobic Capacity Certified

After years of distance running and playing various sports in both high school and college, Zac found a love for CrossFit. He loves CrossFit for its focus on functional movements, community, and constant variability, as well as the versatility of the sport to allow him to keep focusing on his passion for running. Zac is a graduate of The University of Georgia, where he studied Chemistry and Applied Advanced mathematics. After college Zac pursued multiple certifications, allowing him to work in various surgical settings. While he enjoyed working in the hospital setting, he was ready for a new challenge and decided to accept a position with the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services.

Kevin Caldwell
Kevin Caldwell

CrossFit Lvl 1

Kevin has been involved in team sports his whole life. He quickly found a passion for baseball, which he played in high school and college. After baseball came to an end, Kevin was looking for a career in which he could serve others while still being part of a team so in 2017 he joined the Gwinnett County Fire Dept. CrossFit has been a great way for Kevin to continue serving others while staying in shape for the physical demands of being a firefighter. Obtaining his CF-L1 has allowed Kevin to use his passions to help members along with their fitness journey.

holly
Holly Lautzenhiser

CrossFit Lvl 1

Holly played softball her entire life, which led her to start CrossFit in 2013! She loves sharing the things she has learned along the way with others, so she began coaching CrossFit in 2018. Overall, her hobbies include working out, spending time with her dogs, hanging with her fiancé, Adam, and has found a new love for playing tennis!

Dylan Lee
Dylan Lee

CrossFit Lvl 1

Dylan has a background playing collegiate baseball where he worked and trained with different strength coaches and followed different levels of programming throughout his career. He was first introduced to CrossFit in 2012 where his strength and conditioning coach implemented some of the foundational movements of CrossFit into their workouts. Once he graduated college, he missed the competition and team environment that baseball gave him, and he eventually found his way back to CrossFit in 2018. He immediately fell in love with the CrossFit community and has built lifelong friendships over the past 3 years. As a coach, he looks to give back to the community that has been a huge impact on his life, and he is excited to work with current and new members as they strive to better their own personal health and fitness.

Chris Wellborn

CrossFit Lvl 1

Chris found a love in coaching when he coached he kids in t-ball and soccer. He then went on to coach high school soccer and wrestling from 2005-2017. He started CrossFit in 2016 and knew he wanted to apply his coaching skills to the CrossFit setting. He obtained his Level 1 certification in February 2021 and now coaches his children in CrossFit! His motivation behind coaching is supporting others to achieve their goals.

Kayleigh Kozarich

CrossFit Lvl 1

Kayleigh is motivated to help people achieve better health in the healthcare setting and in the gym. She was a competitive gymnast for 11 years then later switched to competitive diving for the University of Georgia’s club team. She has coached martial arts and has her first-degree black belt. With her extensive athletic background, it was only fitting she apply all her skills to CrossFit! She has been doing CrossFit since 2019 and obtained her L1 in 2021. Her overall goal with coaching is to help others fall in love with fitness!

Victoria Sanders Ladd

Founder of Be Tru Studios

E-RYT 500
Pilates – RPYT (prenatal / postpartum
CLC (Certified Life Coach)

Growing up in an active home and being involved in sports + gymnastics at a young age, Victoria continued her love of fitness by helping people achieve their fitness goals. Victoria is registered with the Yoga Alliance and completed her 200hr training at Infinity Yoga. Victoria Ladd, now E-RYT 500 is founder of Be Tru Studios.  Victoria’s goal as a great yoga instructor is to make yoga accessible for all body types and all levels of experience. Victoria’s classes are fun and inviting!  Expect to learn breath awareness with focus on alignment while connecting the physical body to the spiritual body.

https://betrustudios.com/

David Gladden

CrossFit Lvl 1

David’s athletic background begins with soccer and cross country. After a lull in his fitness, he found CrossFit in 2017 at the age of 31. Immediately he was hooked by the methodology and local CrossFit community. He obtained his L1 in 2021 and strives to help others in their fitness journey.

Eric Hicks
Eric Hicks

CrossFit Lvl 1

Eric graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2012 with a Bachelors in Physical Education and a Minor in Leadership. In 2021, he decided to take his education farther and pursue a Masters degree in Physical Education. He played collegiate level baseball, which led him to later coach high school baseball. He is an elementary Health and Physical Education teacher and assistant strength and conditioning coach for 9th grade football. He has been doing CrossFit since 2013 and began coaching CrossFit in 2016. He shares a passion for teaching, coaching, working out, and helping others.