About Our Team

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!”

Josiah Igidi

I’ve always had a craving for adventure. Some of my hobbies include mountain biking, obstacle races, and paint ball. I’m also a total nerd. I devour books on philosophy, history, and the law of attraction (quantum physics).

I started CrossFitting 6 years ago and my first WOD revolutionized my idea of fitness. It never ceases to amaze me how prioritizing my fitness has enhanced other aspects of my life. I’m happier, more confident, full of energy, and mentally sharp! I became a CrossFit coach to help other people experience the same vitality and quality to life. We are all atheletes and our sport is life. Let me coach you through your fitness journey! Ready? 3-2-1 GO!!!

George Scott

George started doing CrossFit in 2010, looking for a new and fun way to stay in shape after  playing college football at Akron University. He competed in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Southeast Regionals on a team. He has a degree in Kinesiology from Akron, a Masters in Exercise Science from Georgia State, and has his level 1 CrossFit certification. He enjoys Olympic and power lifting, cooking, and playing outside with his dog. George is a Pittsburgh native and a die hard Steelers fan.

Amanda Chamberlin

I am a management consultant with a running and CrossFit obsession.  Since starting CrossFit, I have become addicted to the competition, the camaraderie, and of course the constant sore-ness.  I love working with members to help them reach their goals – both fitness and non-fitness related!

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.

Greta Beasley

I have had a love for wellness/fitness from an early age where I always participated in sports with my family and played basketball all four years of high school. I have a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology and have taught many different fitness classes such as body blast, circuit, tabata, boot camp, and cardio kickboxing. I have been personal training since 2002 as well. I love assisting others on their fitness journeys and tell people “fitness is a journey, not a destination.”

In addition, I am a CrossFit level 1 coach and have been CrossFitting for more than 7 years. I love for people to join in on my journey as it is a passion of mine to help others fight through adversity and come out of it on the other side with a new positive healthy perspective on life.


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.


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.


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.