Lis Saunders - Operating Partner & Head Coach
- CrossFit Certifications: Level 1 Coach, Movement & Mobility, Gymnastics, Football and Kids programs
- Paleo nutrition seminars: Whole 9 Foundations and Balanced Bites
- Master of Education in Sports Management - University of Georgia
- Gold medalist - Raw Open division, 2012 USA Powerlifting Georgia Open
Throughout my 20s, my self-esteem suffered as I yo-yo dieted and exercised constantly to control my weight. As stress, business travel, booze, poor sleep habits and bad nutrition paid their toll on my health, I found myself taking a variety of prescriptions for IBS, seasonal allergies, ADHD, anxiety and depression.
My life changed dramatically when my friend Jenny introduced me to CrossFit in 2009. CrossFit workouts and the paleo diet didn't just help me lose body fat and gain muscle. I also lost the need for prescription medications and doctor visits and gained strength, confidence, and a community of amazing friends. Thanks to CrossFit, a paleo diet and alternative medicine, I'm stronger and healthier than ever.
I've always loved working with people. As a former cheerleading and softball coach, the transition into coaching CrossFit was a natural one. Now I've been coaching CrossFit and personal training since 2010, and I love helping people reach their goals, conquer their fears and develop mental toughness. After coaching boot camps and working in other Atlanta CrossFit gyms, CrossFit Midtown is my dream come true. I enjoy building a healthier Midtown community, one student at a time.
Dan Waterson - Partner & Coach
- CrossFit Level 1 Coach
Like most, I conformed to society and joined a globo-gym upon moving to Atlanta. I grew tired of the same workout day in and day out. Finally I was introduced to CrossFit in October of 2008. My first WOD was “Fight Gone Bad” and it was exactly that. It kicked my butt for 15 minutes; I thought I was going to die and I absolutely loved it. The adrenaline rush and emotional high felt amazing. I'd never pushed myself like that before!
I earned my CrossFit Level 1 certification in June 2009. I love helping people push further than they think possible and achieve goals they previously deemed unachievable. Nothing compares to seeing the look on someone's face when they accomplish something they didn’t think was possible only a short time ago! With CrossFit Midtown, I'm so excited to bring the sport of fitness to Midtown Atlanta.
Coaches bios coming soon:Walter Barber
Assistant CoachesLindsay Bond
Class LeadersUran Piedra - Rowing
Monica Miller - Yoga
Beth Zeigler - Yoga