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.
MEET YOUR CROSSFIT COACHES
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Coach James has been involved in CrossFit since 2010. His passion is the overall well being of each athlete he coaches. “I love the spirit and enthusiasm our members bring in the door each day. Their desire to get stronger, faster and healthier is evident, and the greater thing is seen in their desire to see others succeed as well. I love seeing them support each other through the workouts and celebrate in each other’s progress.”
Captain James Jester, as he’s known in the Gwinnett County Fire Department, has always been active; however, he too has experienced how a hectic schedule and love of food can sneak up on you. “A close friend and I were in the exact same situation and decided to give this whole CrossFit thing a try. I was immediately hooked, and though I’ve experimented with other workout regimens over the last several years, I have found absolutely nothing that gives results as CrossFit does. There is no better routine and no better community than what you will find inside a CrossFit box. My love for this sport quickly developed into the desire to assist others in their fitness journey just as coaches had helped me. Coaching allows me to share my passion with others, and being able to celebrate your members’ success as they develop as athletes is joy in itself. I am passionate about placing my faith and my family first in all that I do. I believe placing these items first in my life is key to my success in all which I strive.”
James currently resides in Buford with his two fun loving, CrossFitting boys, who you’ll see working hard in the gym during CrossFit Kids class.
Coach and Community Coordinator
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.
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
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!”