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50 Satellite Blvd NW, Unit F, Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 880-5637

 

Meet Our Team 

Maria Istafa
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 me with a healthier lifestyle but a passion for fitness. Maria earned my Crossfit Level 1 after 2 years of doing Crossfit and has been life-changing. She hopes to help many others get healthier and feel amazing!

Hannah Grider
Hannah Grider
Head Coach

CrossFit Lvl 1
CrossFit Gymnastics
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Hannah has a background in gymnastics and volleyball. She did gymnastics for 13 years competitively before changing paths and playing volleyball in high school and club ball in college. She has her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

She began Crossfit because it was away to fill the void she had after gymnastics, but it quickly became so much more to her. Her motivation
behind coaching is her drive to help people create a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained overtime.

Margie Flores

CrossFit Lvl 1

“Margie has always been involved in sports growing up. From soccer to cheerleading and now, CrossFit. She currently attends Georgia States Perimeter College as a Nursing major. She started CrossFit back in 2016 ,while 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. She recently obtained her CF-L1 and is so ready to make even the smallest impact in someone’s fitness journey the same way someone made one in hers!”

Caitlin Hensley
Caitlin Hensley

CrossFit Lvl 1

Caitlin Hensley is a Certified Personal Trainer, where she works one on one with clients and teaches Performance Training classes. She attended Kennesaw State University where she studied Psychology with a minor in Coaching, while also playing rugby .

Aside from personal training, she spent 2 years as the strength coach for the KSU Women’s Rugby team where they had 2 national championship appearances. Caitlin is currently an assistant coach for the Atlanta Steam, a professional women’s football team based here in GA. She has coached both men and women’s teams at the collegiate and high school level, kids teams, and has experience for years as a camp counselor!

Caitlin played sports growing up, including soccer and track, and has always been drawn to the teamwork atmosphere. She aims to create unique ways to educate individuals of all ages how to become healthy and strong through functional fitness.”

Sloan Mcbee
Sloan Mcbee

CrossFit Lvl 1

Sloan was a one sports athlete in high school playing football at North Gwinnett. After graduating high school in 2010 his drive for athletic performance didn’t stop there. Quickly after getting a job in Lawrenceville at a transportation company, he joined a Crossfit gym right across the street to offset the long desk hours he was working. Through extensive plyometric and barbell training from high school athletics he quickly caught on to the movements and intensity that Crossfit demands.

After 7 years of Crossfit training, Sloan obtained his CF Level 1 in September of 2017. Earning the CF Level 1 was a something he had wanted to do for several years as coaching and teaching Crossfit’s movements had become one of his passions through seeing the effects that the training methodology had on people in regards to physical change and community/friendship. These inherent traits of the sport of Crossfit are what have helped mold Sloan into the coach and athlete he is today.

JD Pullen
JD Pullen

CrossFit Lvl 1

JD has been involved in sports his whole life. He played collegiate baseball at Chattanooga State Community College and Columbus State University. After baseball came to an end, he started Crossfit as a way to still compete. JD is a firefighter with Gwinnett County and has found that Crossfit is the best way to keep him in the best shape for his job.

JD works well with each member on an individual basis, understanding your goals and working each day with you to obtain them. He has a passion to help each member become the best version of themselves.

Hamilton Broadnax coach
Hamilton Brodnax

CrossFit Lvl 1

CrossFit Lvl 2

Hamilton started CrossFit back in September 2011 and began coaching shortly after he has been competing in the sport as well since 2012.

He loves CrossFit because he enjoys taking care of his body and being healthy. However, he also enjoys the communal aspect of the sport as well. Hamilton also has competed in numerous competitions and went to the Atlantic Regionals in 2016.

In 2017 Hamilton started developing individual and affiliate program designs because he loved learning about how to make people fitter and enjoyed helping athletes reach their goals. This program design service is called the BrodWod. We aid athletes with their programming needs through individual workout designs and coaching. We also develop affiliate programming that brings fun, dynamic workouts for affiliates that any level of athlete can do.

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
Andre Sangalang

CrossFit Lvl 1 | Mixed Martial Art Instructor

Andre 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 (240lbs @ 10 years of age) due to the easily accessed food. After realizing that he was unhealthy and over-weight, he began my fitness journey at the age of 10 years old. He began with the traditional body-building, which led him to compete in powerlifting. After a few meets, Andre was introduced to Olympic weightlifting, and soon after he started CrossFit. Andre specializes in functional fitness and power/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. Andre is currently pursuing B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis of Sport and Nutrition at North Georgia.

Emoi Petersen
Emoi Peterson

Crossfit Coach

Coming Soon

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.

Will Jones
Will Jones

CrossFit Lvl 1

Will is an all-around athlete who brings high energy and motivation to our classes. After his time playing football at the University of West Georgia, he took up Crossfit as a way to bring new physical challenges in his life. Will has the ability to bring out the competitive side in all of our members with his coaching style as well as his “be comfortable being uncomfortable” and “PR every day” mantras. He invests in our members and shows a passion for making others around him feel like they belong.

Jay Miller

CrossFit Lvl 1

Jay studied Exercise Science at Columbus State University and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy here locally at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. His love for CrossFit is because of its values to friendships, community and the challenges it always brings.

He holds a CF-L1, CPT, and Functional Movement L1 Certification and is excited to be able to join our great group of coaches here to help better others!