Our coaches are the best in the business. They’re experienced, educated, and highly-qualified. They’re also passionate — about fitness, about you, your goals, and providing you the best training experience around. They’ve worked with people of every fitness level and are well-versed in helping you meet every goal, from the smallest (not necessarily the easiest) to the biggest, and most challenging. Meet the Cumming Strength and Fitness training staff.

JILL THORNTON

OWNER, COACH

Jill is an accomplished athlete with a background in softball.  She won 3 state championships with her high school team and went on to play NCAA Collegiate Softball.  Today, she is a competitive weightlifter and a top CrossFit athlete in her region. What Jill loves about spreading her passion for CrossFit is having the opportunity to coach people in reaching their goals and seeing them build relationships through Cumming Strength and Fitness.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • CrossFit L-2
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • Outlaw Weightlifting Camp
  • Carl Paoli – Nakata Movement Seminar
  • 2016- Masters National Weightlifting Champion 58kg
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

HUNTER THORNTON

OWNER, COACH

Hunter has been involved in athletics from a young age; he went on to play soccer for Berry College. Having been competitive all his life, he missed the structure and team environment of regular training and competition when he graduated from college. Hunter found CrossFit in 2006, and the intensity and training protocol immediately completed his active, athletic lifestyle. Today, Hunter enjoys sharing his passion for fitness and community with the members of Cumming Strength and Fitness. He strives to help people overcome personal barriers and obstacles and accomplish what they once thought impossible.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • CrossFit L-2
  • CrossFit Mobility
  • CrossFit Weightlifting
  • Outlaw Weightlifting Camp
  • Carl Paoli – Nakata Movement Seminar
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar
  • CF Judges certification 2015,16,17

ALLYSON CLIFFORD

COACH

Allyson was active and athletic growing up, but a plague of nagging sports injuries halted her competitive career, and propelled her to pursue an education in Sports Science.  After a successful and rewarding career in the physical therapy industry, Allyson found CrossFit and a second career.  At Cumming Strength and Fitness, she is able to combine her experience, education and passion to help others pursue health and fitness.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • CrossFit L-2
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Precision Nutrition Certification
  • B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine

RACHEL HOLDEN

COACH, NUTRITION SPECIALIST

Rachel was an athlete throughout high school and continued to pursue endurance training afterward. In looking further into other training methods, she found CrossFit. She only needed one CrossFit class to know she had found what she was looking for. Rachel hopes to provide the same training experience she had when she first started CrossFit, and to teach others that fitness and nutrition are the path to complete health.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • CrossFit L-2
  • Precision Nutrition
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

STACY LEMONS

COACH, CROSSFIT KIDS COACH

Stacy is an elementary school teacher, and has an athletic background in dance. After spending some time in globo-gyms, she found CrossFit. Through CrossFit she is able to continue her work with kids by teaching them to love being active and gain self-confidence. Stacy is instrumental in keeping the CrossFit Kids program at Cumming Strength and Fitness alive and fun!

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • CrossFit Kids
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

BRENT JOHNSTON

ENDURANCE COACH

Brent loves all things endurance. He has competed in Ironman Couer D’Alene, 8 half Ironman races, even more sprint triathlons, 10 half marathons, and countless 5k and 10k races. Brent also has a passion for CrossFit and has a few team competition podium finishes under his belt. He has an appreciation for the synergy between long races and CrossFit training, and enjoys helping athletes stay injury-free through strength training and technique work.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach

TAYLOR STEVENS

COACH

Taylor’s passion is in being a positive influence in the lives of young people. Through CrossFit, he is able to help student athletes become better, more efficient, more powerful movers. Because of Cumming Strength and Fitness, he is able to work with adults and student athletes alike, and help them realize that they are capable of more than what they think their limits are.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

ALEXA PARR

COACH

Alexa was an all around athlete in school including soccer, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, dance and swimming. In High School she became more focused on soccer and played competitively until experiencing two ACL tears.   Through those experiences she developed a passion for rehabilitation and injury prevention. In college she spent several semesters working with the Strength and Conditioning coaches to help facilitate the collegiate team’s strength and conditioning programs in the weight room.

Alexa worked in a commercial gym for her senior internship and fell in love with training and working with people. She got her CSCS after graduation and started working as a personal trainer. Soon after, the gym owners decided to open a CrossFit gym and Alexa jumped on the opportunity to get involved with the development process of opening the new gym and became a coach soon after opening.

Alexa is passionate about health and fitness as well as injury prevention, particularly in youth sports. She loves helping others reach their goals and achieve things they never thought they could do.

Favorite Quote: “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • NSCA: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

TIFFANI TROBOUGH

COACH

Tiffani has a passion for working with people. She’s been a cheerleader, a teacher, among other things, in her life. At Cumming Strength and Fitness, she’s combined the best of all her accomplishments and now enjoys helping people live better through fitness. She recognizes the many varied needs of each individual athlete. Her personal goal is to meet the unique needs of each member.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit L-1
  • Precision Nutrition
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

SCOTT PATTERSON

USAW CLUB DIRECTOR AND COACH

Scott has an elite athletic background as a former Division 1 baseball player at Mercer University and as a high-level competitive Olympic weightlifter with gold and bronze medals under his belt. He has always been involved in strength and conditioning throughout his life, both as an athlete and coach. CrossFit has been a part of his conditioning regimen for weightlifting and for General Physical Preparedness; he found it to be the most engaging form of training he’s ever experienced. As a coach, he enjoys developing long-term relationships with his athletes, helping them improve mentally and physically, and seeing the positive changes in their overall lifestyles.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • USAW-L1SPC
  • NASM-CPT
  • CrossFit L-1
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

CAITLIN PITTMAN

COACH

Caitlin comes to Cumming Strength and Fitness as a competitive CrossFitter with a passion for improvement. She strives to be better each day for herself, as well as helping others to improve in and out of the gym. As a coach, she enjoys the natural development of relationships she has with the members of Cumming Strength and Fitness. For Caitlin, it gives more meaning to watching people grow and transform physically and mentally.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • MadLab Movement Method Seminar

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