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Elaina Sanders

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.

Paola Rodriguez

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!

Andrea Pontones

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.

Devin Ellis

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.

Padhu Sahadevan

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.

Heidi Ziegele

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.

Jeff Thompson

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.

Ali Giannavola

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.

Brooke Beytin

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.

Aislynn Mackenzie

Hello! I’m Aislynn (pronounced eyes-lynn- yes, it doesn’t follow phonetics), and I was a competitive cheerleader and tumbling coach in high school. I quickly lost my way in college and gained more than the required “Freshman 15” and knew I needed to make some changes for a healthier lifestyle. I moved to Atlanta nearly three years ago and stumbled upon Atlanta Kick. A glutton for punishment, I kept coming back despite almost dying in my first several kickboxing classes. Then, I picked up a barbell and have never looked back. I love encouraging other people and challenging them on their fitness journey! When I’m not at the gym, you can find me watching football (WE ARE PENN STATE!) or planning my next adventure (recommendations greatly appreciated).

Nicole Will

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!

Christina Kiessling

All my life I was involved in competitive tennis and was a member of teams. When I graduated college, that long phase of my life was over.  I wasn’t actively playing tennis anymore, and I started grad school and was left to working out by myself. When I joined Atlanta Kick, it was like a breath of fresh air because I finally felt like I was part of a team again. Especially during the hardships of the pandemic, AK became my “third place”. Not only that, but AK helped me transform my mindset. I, like many people, had often worked out because I was worried how my body looked. Through the motivational, progress oriented, fun and team-like environment at AK, I started thinking “what can my body do?” instead. When I work out at AK, I feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. In fact, it is like hanging out with your friends, but at the gym. I am so excited to be part of this team of coaches, and my ambition is to help people feel as good about themselves as I do when I leave AK after my workout.