COACHES

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 Sukola

Head Coach

Ayse Sukola was born 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 degree in Food and Beverage Management and Hospitality.

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 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 her clients with either their weightloss journey or Sports performance Nutrition.

Ayse is an L2 USAW Olympic Weightlifting coach in Woodstock, Ga. running The Garage Barbell Club at CrossFit Garage since 2015, Coaching CrossFit classes, teaching USAW Level 1 Coaching Courses with Rachel Bammocino and coaching clinics.

Email me: info@cherokeebarbell.com

Elaine Mills

Coach

Elaine fell hard for the barbell 5 years ago and has never looked back. Not blessed with natural athleticism, Elaine was shocked to learn that she just had not yet found her perfect sport! Through weightlifting, she discovered untapped strength she had not been aware of.

Elaine has a natural love of coaching and helping others master the principles and mechanics of weightlifting. She works hard to cultivate a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are united together through the love of the sport of weightlifting. She loves being part of the journey with athletes as they build the strength and confidence to crush goals!

Elaine brings with her a background in science, as a former lipid biochemist and physics & chemistry teacher, with an additional decade spent in maternal health education and advocacy. With a family that includes 5 kids and a beloved vizsla, Elaine loves to relax by lifting weights, bowling, and talking philosophy.

-Masters of Science in Biochemistry
-Masters of Education in Science Education
-USAW-L1
-CPR/AED Certified

Email me: info@cherokeebarbell.com

Rachel MT Romano

Coach

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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