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 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 & junior championships 1990-1998

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, and is on her way to becoming a National Coach. She has a Crossfit Level One Certification, and also decided to get a certification from one of the top Nutrition Companies – Precision Nutrition & Healthy Steps Nutrition. Ayse has been coaching hundreds of people with their weight loss journey, Olympic Weightlifting, and health and fitness journey.

Ayse Sukola is a veteran coach who has dedicated nearly a decade to coaching athletes at all levels. In addition to teaching beginners the skills they need to advance, she has also coached youth and senior athletes in USAW National Championships and the American Open Finals. She is committed to the continued development and growth of the sport of Olympic weightlifting by introducing new athletes to the joy of lifting and helping them gain the skills they need to meet their goals.

Besides coaching at her gym Cherokee Barbell Strength and Nutrition, She is a Board Member for GA WEIGHTLIFTING – WSO, teaching USAW Level 1 Coaching Courses with Rachel Bammocino, coaching clinics, and Co-Partner at Barbell Collective. 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

Macy Lynn


Coach Macy is a sport strength-specific coach. Graduated with a bachelor’s in Science, Crossfit Games regional competitor, two-time National Olympic Weightlifting Medalist. She has been in the coaching industry since 2015. She loves people helping others pull out the untapped potential they have inside and outside of the gym.

Email me: info@cherokeebarbell.com

Nate Kaufman


Nate Kaufman is a former Army soldier, where he first discovered his love for fitness and helping others achieve their fitness goals. After his military service, he enrolled in college and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Human Performance from Life University and is completing his Masters’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Performance at Kennesaw State University. He holds current certifications as a CrossFit Level 1 coach, USAW Sports Performance Coach level 2, and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certificate. Nate has worked with and has had success in coaching individuals at all levels of fitness and lifting experience, from true novices to collegiate athletes to elite professional athletes.

Email me: info@cherokeebarbell.com

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