CrossFit programming relies on complex, multi-joint movements that require and develop coordination. Basically, we teach people how to move correctly. Therefore, a trainer's technical competence, having a good "coach's eye" for recognizing and correcting movement faults, is very important. CrossFit is Atlanta takes great pride in the technical competence of its trainers.
Michael Giardina, a/k/a Mike G., is a Level 2 CrossFit Trainer, and a certified Pose Method Running Coach. He also has CrossFit certifications in Olympic Lifting, Barbell Training, Gymnastics, Endurance, Mobility & Recovery, & Nutrition, and is a member of the CrossFit HQ Training Team-a regular lead trainer at CrossFit Level 1 certification seminars. His workouts are often featured on the main website, www.crossfit.com. He also holds ISSA certification, which he deems worthless compared to the CrossFit certifications. Mike became interested in fitness and training while serving in the US Navy, where he was a Command Fitness Leader. He is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Physiology at Kennesaw State. He competed in Triathlons for three years while living in San Diego and Tucson. He was introduced to CrossFit in early 2006 by John Cave, and says, “After being introduced to CrossFit, I never looked back. CrossFit has put me in the overall best shape of my life. It changes lives.” Mike qualified to compete in the CrossFit Games in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Bethanie Harsh Giardina is a Level 2 CrossFit trainer, and also has a CrossFit Endurance and Mobility & Recovery certifications Bethanie is also a member of the CrossFit HQ Training Team, which means that she helps train CrossFit trainers. After playing a variety of sports growing up including competitive cheerleading in high school (she would like you to note that they were national champions 3 years in a row) Bethanie got involved in many different fitness programs that left her bored and dissatisfied. She found CrossFit Atlanta in August 2008 and dove in head first (some might say "elbow first" but that's a whole 'nother story). She is getting her Master's in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Georgia State University where she teaches Criticial Thinking. Bethanie took the silver medal in the 2010 CrossFit Games, Georgia Sectional qualifying.
Damon Mosley Damon Mosley is a Level 2 CrossFit Coach, and has been teaching CrossFit since June 2007. Damon has a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology from GA Southern University and is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.). After experimenting and teaching various types of exercise programs, Damon discovered CrossFit in February of '07. He jumped into the HQ Program feet first and has not looked back since. Damon has accumulated nearly 11 years of experience in coaching and programming and has worked with a wide range of individuals, from pro athletes to grandmothers. He strongly believes that any and all individuals seeking improved fitness, can find it with CrossFit. Damon is not a competitor, but has worked several local (and not so local) CrossFit competitions as a Judge, including the 2010 & 2011 CrossFit Games in Carson, CA.
Leah Polaski is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer, and has CrossFit certifications in Nutrition and Mobility & Recovery, and has attended the CrossFit Coach's Prep Course. Leah was the 1st place winner in the CrossFit Games 2010 Georgia Sectionals, and a member of the CrossFit Atlanta team at the 2010 CrossFit Games. She finished 1st at the Southeast Regionals and competed in the 2011 CrossFit Games, finishing 30th. Leah played soccer, basketball and track in HS then went on to play Division I soccer at the University of Cincinnati. After college she got into running and has run 3 marathons and numerous half-marathons, 15k, 10k and 5ks. She moved to Atlanta in the fall of 2008 and feeling burned out with her post-college fitness routine happened to wander into Crossfit Atlanta in May 2009 after driving by for a number months and wondering what it was all about. Since then, she's never looked back. In addition to being a trainer, Leah also works as a project manager for a New Orleans based real estate developer.
Vasiliy Buharin (Vas) is a former student coach of the Georgia Tech Gymnastics club. Currently he is at Georgia Tech, working on his PhD in Applied Physiology with a focus on motor learning. Vas started gymnastics in high school – much later than normal. Competing with the Georgia Tech club, Vas took silver in pommel horse, rings, and parallel bars, and bronze in floor and all around at the 2005 Gym Jackets Classic; and bronze in pommel horse and rings at the 2007 Gym Jackets Classic. Recently (and after 2+ years away from the sport) Vas returned to the competition scene and took bronze in pommel horse and parallel bars at the 2011 Fantastic ‘Nastic Classic, hosted by Emory.
The gymnasts on tv begin the sport at the age of 6, and maintain their skills as they gain weight with adulthood. Having started gymnastics at a (relatively) older age, Vas has unique personal experience teaching body weight elements to adults. This, combined with his knowledge of human physiology of motor learning, helps him adapt and progress Crossfitters through any of the more advance gymnastics movements they may encounter. Vas is a CrossFit certified Level 1 trainer, and holds CrossFit certifications in Weightlifting, Endurance, and Gymnastics. Crossfitting continuously since the summer of 2006, Vas credits CrossFit with enabling him to return to gymnastics competition.