Our Coaches

Learn To Thrive

The staff at CFSQ is held to the highest standards. Each instructor is required to complete 100 hours of student teaching under a senior instructor, maintain a nationally recognized personal training certificate or hold an exercise related degree and keep certifications in good standing through continuing education credits. Additionally, the coaching staff attends monthly instructor training in-house or under other subject matter experts. Quality results require quality coaching staff. NO exceptions.

Mario Carlomagno

Our Program Director, Mario discovered CrossFit in 2005 during his days teaching kettlebell conditioning classes at the Krav Maga National Training Center in Los Angeles. He currently holds the following certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Russian Kettlebell Challenge RKC Level 2 Instructor, FMS Certified Functional Movement Specialist, USAW Sports Performance Coach, CrossFit Gymnastics Certified Trainer, NASM-CPT, NESTA MMA Conditioning Coach, WKC Kettlebell Sport Fitness Instructor, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, and Black Belt Instructor Rank in Krav Maga from Krav Maga Worldwide.

Ivy Perkins

Ivy is the CFSQ business manager and a senior instructor. She recently finished an 11 year career with the US Army. After several deployments to Iraq, she knew she needed to add more self-defense to her skill set. Ivy became a Krav Maga student in 2008 which led her to CrossFit. She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, a Russian Kettlebell Challenge RKC Instructor, FMS Certified Functional Movement Specialist, a Modern Army Combatives Instructor, a USAW Sports Performance Coach, a Level 4 Krav Maga student, and holds bachelor’s degree in Sport and Health Science.

Eric Lauterbach

Eric ‘LB’ Lauterbach is one of our original senior instructors here at CFSQ. He is a CF1 Instructor, an SFG II Instructor, and a Crossfit Football/Power Athlete Coach. LB also has a Level 3 background in Krav Maga. LB has spent most of his life involved in sport. One of his passions in life is to make himself stronger every day, but most importantly, making the people around him better too. He is an ex-collegiate all-conference middle linebacker, and we love LB for his intensity and encouragement that he brings to the gym and to our clients every day. Named one of Atlanta’s emerging elite by Jezebel Magazine, Eric also works for the Asbury Automotive Group as an Internet Sales Director. He also holds degrees in both Social Psychology and Leadership.

Greg Pellerito

Greg’s athletic background began at the age of 15 when he began climbing. In 2010, he was introduced to CrossFit and he realized that he had some major gaps in his training. He is always looking to increase his knowledge about the human body and the many ways to make it stronger. In addition to being CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, he also has a CrossFit Football Certification, a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Instructor certification and completed the Gym Jones Level 1 certification with Mark Twight. As a trainer, continuing education is important Greg. He is currently working towards completing Rob Shaul’s Mountain and Military Athlete coaching certifications.

Lyndzey Dare

Lyndzey started taking gymnastics at 12 years old and has been coaching for almost 9 years, both recreational and competitive gymnastics.  She was a member of the Georgia Tech club gymnastics team and practiced with KSU’s team. Currently, Lyndzey is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs Alumni team. Lyndzey also played club rugby for UGA and Georgia Tech where she served as the vice president for the women’s rugby team. Lyndzey hosts gymnastics seminars for CrossFit athletes throughout the year. She is CrossFit Level 1 certified.

Vanessa PrettySTRONG Gale

Vanessa grew up a classical trained dancer in New Orleans, Louisiana, practicing all disciplines of dance. Pursuing her love of movement, she received her bachelor of arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Body, Science, & Motion from Marymount Manhattan College, in New York City. She is a USA Powerlifting certified club coach and is the founder and coach of the PrettySTRONG and Life University powerlifting teams. She is also an International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF) certified instructor with a Candidate for Master of Sport (CMS) in Girevoy (kettlebell) Sport (GS). Vanessa is also a competitive powerlifter, coached by USA Powerlifting’s coach of the year and the international coaching committee chairman, Matthew Gary, of Supreme Sports Performance Training (SSPT) in Rockville, Maryland. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University, here in Marietta, Georgia. She also manages PrettySTRONGpowerlifting.com ; a blog and shop promoting the sport of powerlifting, feminism, healthy living, and everything in between. Vanessa coaches our STRENGTH class on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday nights with a huge emphasis on proper movement mechanics of the power lifts (squat, bench, & deadlift) and competition preparation.

David Bell

Dave played high school and collegiate lacrosse at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. After graduating with a degree in philosophy, he began powerlifting in May of 2010. Dave spent four years with Joe McAuliffe, a nationally recognized powerlifter and strength and conditioning specialist, from 2002-2005, learning proper technique in the power and Olympic lifts. Since starting his powerlifting career, Dave has trained under the USAPL World Team Head Coach, coaching committee chair, owner of Supreme Sports Performance Training (SSPT), and USAPL coach of the year (2012), Matthew Gary from Fall of 2011 to present. He attended the Reactive Training Systems & SSPT Powerlifting Seminar (2012) where he learned from some of the top minds in the sport on technique, form, programing, and nutrition. Dave became a Certified USA Powerlifting Coach as of August 2014. Dave enjoys teaching the sport of powerlifting and helping others to reach their fitness goals. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University.

Eric Lichtfuss, LMT

Eric discovered CrossFit while in massage school in 2010, in the midst of adopting  healthier lifestyle.  Through massage school, and his personal transition, Eric began to feel like helping his clients on the massage table was only a part of the equation. As a NASM-CPT, Eric aims to help all his clients in their health and fitness goals with a well balanced approach, focusing as much on quality as quantity.  He believes that with new challenges and new successes in the gym, come new personal growth and confidence.

Kandice Gravedoni

Kandice was introduced to CrossFit in 2011. Shortly after, she realized she wanted to make a few changes in life. In July 2011 she received her CrossFit Level 1 Certification and became a NASM-CPT. Kandice hosts youth athletic camps geared to help children develop proper movement patterns building a strong fundamental base during the summer. Currently, she instructs a youth fitness class in the after school programs at Burruss and West Side Elementary School. In the winter, Kandice intends to continue her training with CrossFit Kids!

Jon Burklow

Jon discovered CrossFit in January 2012. Having been an avid trail-runner, hiker, and mountain biker, Jon was looking for a more complete strength and conditioning program to assist with his various lifetime fitness goals. Since being introduced to CrossFit, Jon has successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (along with some 14ers) in 2013 and has plans for more mountains in the future. He enjoys competing in the sport of powerlifting, trail running, and general CrossFit competitions. Jon is a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and leads the CFSQ Endurance Team. Some of Jon’s recent PRs include: Powerlifting for Pink – 4th place/165lb class, Rock/Creek River Gorge – 6th in 20-29 class/top 15% overall, Mardi Gras 5k – 3rd Place in 24-29 class/top 2.5% overall, Owls Making Strides – 5th in 20-29 class/top 3.4% overall. Mountain Goat Adventure Spring Trail Series – 2nd Place in age group/(Finished 4th, 4th, 9th, & 6th overall among 4 races).

Annie DeCresente

Annie was an all American college wrestler at the University of the Cumberlands and has 3 years of high school wrestling coaching experience. She is an amateur MMA fighter out of Striker Fight Center in Kennesaw, GA. She has won “Fight of the Night” and is nominated for “Fight of the Year.” Annie is currently ranked #3 Pound-for-Pound Female Fighter on GeorgiaFighters.com. She specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing and American boxing.

Andrew Weixel

Andy joined CFSQ shortly after finishing a six year career with the US Army Rangers. Andy led an all-Ranger CrossFit team: 3RCAT (3rd Battalion Regimental Competitive Athletic Team) from Albany to Woodstock to Charleston.  He spearheads the CFSQ competition and advanced skills class. Andy has a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer certificate, CrossFit Endurance certificate, a RAW Ranger Athlete Warrior certificate and holds a degree in psychology from George Mason University.

Mitzi Gresham

Mitzi is the executive administrator at CFSQ. She found CrossFit in 2013 and claims it to be the best find ever! Mitzi was an instructor for a boot camp in Smyrna and plays soccer with CASL and GACSL in the Cobb area. She’s a Georgia Peach, a Florida State graduate, bacon lover, unicorn believer and “mom” and to her rescue pup with drunk eyes, Lucy Beyonce!

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