We are a team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Ayse Gizem Sukola

Head Coach/ Owner

Ayse Sukola was born on September 18th, 1980, and raised in Ankara, Turkey. She arrived in the United States when She was 21 to complete her internship after earning her Food and Beverage Management and Hospitality degree.

Originally her sports background was swimming. So beginning at age of 5 she started to swim. For the next 14 years, she swam, living within an intense training program for over a decade. She has placed 3rd 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter medley Junior European Championship in 1994. Ayse has placed 1st and 2nd consistently in National and Local ranking at youth championships 1990-1994

Her new passion, love, and joy through Olympic Weight Lifting became her career. Ayse earned her CPT (Certified Personal Training) and CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) certificates through NASM, USA Weightlifting Sports and Performance Level 2, Crossfit Level One, and also decided to get a certification from one of the top Nutrition Companies – Precision Nutrition & Healthy Steps Nutrition. Ayse has been coaching 100’s of her clients with either their weight loss journey or Olympic Weightlifting journey.

Ayse is an L2 USAW Olympic Weightlifting coach in Woodstock, Ga. She was ahead Olympic Weightlifting & nutrition coach at The Garage Barbell Club & CrossFit Garage from 2015 to 2021. She has been coaching CrossFit classes, teaching USAW Level 1 Coaching Courses with Rachel Bammocino, and coaching clinics. Now she doing all of that at her own gym at Cherokee Barbell. If you are looking to improve your Olympic Weightlifting or become a competitive athlete, reach out and join our team!

Email me: info@cherokeebarbell.com

Rachel MT Romano

Coach / Owner

Coach Rachel is a Crossfit yoga and Olympic Lifting coach. She has a heart for people and their success on and off the platform.

Rachel started her functional fitness and Crossfit coaching career in 2013, coaching middle school, high school, elementary, and children with developmental/emotional challenges.

Shortly after she moved into coaching adult functional fitness and Olympic Lifting.

Prior to her USAW certification and Crossfit Level One, she had a heart for mobility and received her 200 YTT in Universal Yoga with continuing education in Yin Yoga. Today Rachel offers a wide range of services – from individual coaching, assigning yoga protocols, clinics, group classes, programming, goal review, and what did you have in mind?

Email me: info@cherokeebarbell.com

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