Lis Saunders – Head Coach
Lis formerly founded and was the Operating Partner at CrossFit Midtown. She has coached at several other CrossFit gyms around Atlanta, and she also owns a personal training and powerlifting coaching business. Lis grew up outside of Tampa, Florida, and then moved to Georgia to attend UGA. Lis lives in Grant Park with her boyfriend Jeff and their rescue mutt Cady. She has lived in Atlanta since 2002.
Here’s a little more about Lis, in her own words:
“Growing up, I was a really active yet clumsy kid. I played several sports (softball, gymnastics, track & field, cheerleading) and also scared my mom regularly with visits to the emergency room for stitches (sorry Mom!). I was thrilled to find CrossFit in 2008, because it helped me develop better coordination and trunk strength, which have made me less clumsy.
I’ve worked in the Atlanta fitness community since 2009, as a CrossFit coach, powerlifting coach, boot camp instructor, personal trainer, and gym owner. My favorite part of coaching is determining what motivates each unique person as an athlete. Feel free to share your goals anytime and I will gladly help you reach them!
I’m also a competitive powerlifter and I have set 8 Georgia state records in powerlifting. I currently hold the Georgia state record in the back squat (USAPL 72kg Women’s Open class). At 152 pounds bodyweight, I squatted 342 pounds.
I LOVE coaching any barbell movement, but especially the squat. I look forward to working with you soon to help you improve your squat technique and maybe increase your 1RM!”