MEET YOUR CROSSFIT COACHES
Meet the coaches! They have years of experience, multiple certifications, and thousands and thousands of hours training athletes. They’ve been around the block and worked with gyms in the metro area, but lucky for us they landed at Goat and stayed. Each talented coach brings extensive knowledge and their own specialties to the table, and to boot they know how to create a fun, energy filled class environment.
- ABOUT AMANDA
Crossroads Adaptive Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Lifting
CrossFit Movement and Mobility
SPEAR PDR Course
Amanda Greaver is founder, co-owner, and coach at CrossFit Goat. She started training athletes back in 2010 from her home garage, long before Reebok and ESPN came onto the CrossFit scene. She’s been lucky enough to share her love of the sport all around the globe, from Atlanta to Thailand.
Amanda played a few sports in her high school years including being part of a state winning track relay team. She went on to play collegiate soccer, and from there had to learn a hard life lesson of the time balance among work, family, and fitness.
“I was very overweight after having kids. I started progressively getting angrier about it, and one day I decided enough was enough. I made the decision to start CrossFit. I was nervous because it seemed too advanced for my experience, plus the pictures on the web were intimidating, but I was hooked from my first day. People around me started to notice. They asked me to train them, work out with them, and they were relentless about it because they wanted the same kind of results. So, I passed the CrossFit L-1 certification and began training friends out of my garage.”
Garage days soon brought Amanda to a commercial location, and what once was a hobby turned into a fulfilling career. “CrossFit has literally taken me places I’ve never dreamed I’d go. I’ve trained kids in Thailand, Olympic lifted in the 2015 Pan-Ams, and coached athletes to the podium. It’s a life changer.”
Amanda resides in Buford with her husband and their two little CrossFitting dudes. She’s constantly showing her sons how to make fitness a normal part of their life, and you’ll see them in the gym quite frequently. “I say this all the time, but my goal is to extend my quality of life over time, and if I can be a good example for my boys in this area then I know they pass it along to their kids one day.”
- ABOUT JOHN
Coach Burroughs, as he’s known around Dacula, lead his high school football team to two playoffs in his career. He’s competed in six half Ironman Triathlons, a full Ironman Triathlon, the Garage Games, and several team CrossFit competitions.
“I love CrossFit, but what I love even more is seeing a new member walk in the door and turn into the athlete that we saw in them from day one. The magic is in the process….they show up every day, work hard day in and day out. Soon they’re hitting their goals and we’re all celebrating together. That’s what drives me. I really enjoy having a part in helping people get to where they want to be.”
John Burroughs is co-owner and coach at CrossFit Goat. His passion is coaching kids – he’s also a football and swim coach at Hebron Christian Academy, where he teaches. Sport specific training is his specialty and he works with multiple school sports teams at CrossFit Goat to ensure their success both on and off the field.
“Work ethic is something that’s important to me. Teach someone how to move and you’ve helped set the foundation of their quality of life. Everyone needs this, especially our younger generations. The rise of X-Box and iPhones is producing kids who sit all day long, and that’s not how kids were intended to grow up. They need to incorporate a healthy lifetsyle that includes fitness and nutrition as the base of everything they do, which is why it’s important for me to motivate them to move and stay active.”
- ABOUT GREG
Greg Webb is a coach here at CrossFit Goat. He specializes in weightlifting, mobility, and encouraging an abundance mindset. “I’m passionate about believing that we should all begin our day asking who we might serve rather than who might serve us.”
Coach Greg’s start in the fitness world started by way of many competitive sports throughout high school (football, baseball, soccer, swimming, and tennis.) Since then, he has participated in dozens of Olympic distance triathlons, 10Ks, adventure races, and half marathons. At 50, he discovered a hidden talent for Olympic weightlifting through CrossFit and was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2015 Masters Pan Am Games for the 77kg 50-54 age group.
“After a decade of poor lifestyle choices that had me sad, stagnant, and uninspired, I tried CrossFit. The knowledge of the people in the CrossFit community helped me to understand how I could reinvent and teach my body in correct patterns so that training was again a reality. I was hooked on the hard work and the knowledge I was learning regarding human mobility. I have always gravitated to a coaching role in life so once I was hooked on CrossFit, the natural evolution was to get certified, continue learning and begin coaching. I love being a part of a member’s experience in the moment when they achieve something they did not think was possible. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
- ABOUT TAYLOR
CrossFit L-1Taylor Morris has been a CrossFit and Personal Trainer since August 2013. He spends his time learning and growing as much as he can to become to the best trainer possible. He’s extremely passionate about Nutrition and Exercise, and strives to use the two together to better help himself and the lives of those around him.Coach Taylor spent his high school years on the wrestling mat. He chose not to continue wrestling in college, but wanted to find something of equal intensity that would push him both physically and mentally. “I first tried CrossFit at a Gold’s Gym in the Winter of 2012, and the first workout I ever did was Fran. I used 65 lbs. and it took me well over 10 minutes. I remember laying on the ground after for about 30 minutes contemplating life and what in the world I had just done. But I loved it and haven’t looked back since.”Taylor is a Senior at the University of Georgia finishing up his Nutrition Science Degree. He’s also completing the Precision Nutrition Certification. When he’s not in the gym or hitting the books, you can find him outdoors and playing as many recreational sports as possible. He enjoys traveling and exploring new places. “I have a Pitbull mix named Rover, and my favorite cheat meal is Ice Cream and Hot Krispy Kreme Donuts.”
Coach and Community Coordinator
- ABOUT SAMANTHA
Samantha Blahut wears two hats at Goat, L-1 Trainer and Goat’s Community Coordinator extraordinaire. She’s our Georgia Peach and will instantly make anyone feel comfortable in a new environment. Members love her outgoing personality and charm.
“I am so passionate about the people here at CrossFit Goat. I love making people happy and letting them know they’ve done an amazing job. There is no better feeling than having someone notice your hard work. I really enjoy being the kind of person who notices the little things like a new haircut or color. When someone else notices something about you and acknowledges you for that, it makes you feel special. It just brings a smile to anyone’s face and I love being that person!”
Samantha’s day job includes being a paralegal for the law firm FisherBroyles. She loves spending time with her friends and family and cherishes the simple things in life. During football season you’ll find her yelling at the TV and pulling for her Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons.
- ABOUT JAMES
CERTIFICATIONSCrossfit L-1Crossfit Judges CourseCrossfit POSE Method
James Leatherbarrow has been actively involved with Crossfit since 2014. “I found Crossfit at a time in my life where my health was in serious jeopardy. I was extremely overweight. My blood pressure was out of control and my eating habits were horrendous. Crossfit gave me the balanced approach that changed the trajectory of my personal health and wellness. I love coaching because I want to help others experience that kind of turnaround.”“If you are looking for community and programming that will help you on a path to a stronger and healthier you, look no further than Crossfit Goat. Every coach here will help you get serious about your personal goals.”James is the COO at a small non-profit in Buford, Georgia. He is married to Emily Leatherbarrow and currently resides in Lawrenceville with their two daughters, Juliet and Camille and son, Everett.
- ABOUT BRANDON
USA Weightlifting Level 1
Brandon Domingue has nearly eight years of CrossFit experience with about five of those years as a coach and four years as a media member for CrossFit broadcasts as a play-by-play voice for the CrossFit Games and several other events.
After graduating high school and into his early 20s, Brandon was very different while holding steady at around 240 pounds and battling depression and anxiety disorders. However, after making many changes in life he stumbled on a group doing CrossFit workouts on campus of the college he attended in 2010 and never looked back. Since then he is down roughly 80 pounds and in his best shape ever physically and mentally.
Brandon has coached and participated in everything from national level Olympic lifting meets to team and individual CrossFit competitions. He has an eye for details and fine tuning athletes to get to the next level as well as working with day one members to learn the basics right the first time.
“CrossFit to me was a total game changer that came at a time where I needed something to get my life in line. I moved to Georgia from Texas looking for a change on many personal levels and this is one of the first things I stumbled upon and I’m forever grateful. The media part with the sport side is great, but the feeling that I get from throwing down with friends or helping others learn something new or adopt a new or better technique on a skill in the gym is life changing. I know it sounds like the ‘cult mentality’ people make fun of CrossFit for, but it really has been one of the biggest factors in how my life has turned around for the better.”
- ABOUT ANGIE
Angie Jugenheimer’s experience as a coach at CrossFit Goat shows that her number one passion is our community. “My husband and I are both at Goat and we are thankful to be a part of it. The community here is unlike no other CrossFit gym. Growing and educating our community has turned into something I feel very strongly about.” Coach Angie’s specialty within the gym is Olympic Lifting.
Coach Angie, or AJug as we like to call her, found CrossFit after having her first baby and realizing her fitness needed some major attention. Although her sports background was long distance running and softball, she like most of us needed a support system to encourage her to stay consistent. “CrossFit became that addiction that is a continual work in progress for me.”
Angie is a Chief with Gwinnett County Fire. You can find Angie, her husband David, and their two kids camping and hiking the great outdoors in their free time.
Co-Owner, Operations Manager
- ABOUT JENNIFER
Jennifer Bagwell-Burroughs is co-owner and the Operations Manager at CrossFit Goat. When Jennifer isn’t at the gym, she is an Assistant District Attorney (wishing she was at the gym) and spending time with her family.
“I wake up for the 5 a.m. class every morning with a smile on my face. Hands down, it makes for the best way to start your day. My favorite people are here to challenge and push me, and I walk out these doors knowing I have a head start on the day. Most people are still asleep, and my class has already started the day on the right foot.”
Jennifer enjoys seeing members of all skill levels and ages improve their fitness because it in turn improves everything about their lives. “The positive vibes and support in this gym are phenomenal. There is so much built within these doors aside from strength – relationships are built here among the members and coaches. It’s like having a really big family. It’s the best community ever!”