BS, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USAW Level 1 Coach (Michael Cohen), Movement and Mobility Certified (Kelly Starrett), CrossFit Powerlifting (Shane Sweatt), CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer, Currently Working on OPT CCP Certification and Precision Nutrition Certification
“I got my start training a little more unconventionally than most, I was 26 and 350 lbs before I started taking my health seriously. Crossfit for me has meant a transformation that I didn’t think was possible. I started Crossfit in Brunswick, Ga. I completed my first WOD in a 10×20 storage unit in the 95+ degree South Georgia heat. The WOD was 3 rounds for time: farmers carry, overhead lunge, KB swing and a 200m run. I felt absolutely miserable after it was over but knew something was different about this way of training. My trainer was the high school quarterback of my graduating class and had always been in shape. He was very encouraging and I told him what my goals were, mainly to lose weight and be healthy. He put me on a paleo/primal diet and a schedule of working out 5 days a week and the weight starting falling off. After losing 60 pounds in the first 2 months I was hooked. After 9 weeks of Crossfit and diet I could; do a kipping pullup, had increased my deadlift from 415 to 450, and I was signed up for my first 5k run. Fast forward to today and I have lost 115 lbs and can do 35+ pullups unbroken, have over a 500# deadlift and have run several long distance races (and running is my nemesis). Without hard work and Crossfit this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Laura Brannen, BS, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer, Former GSU Track Athlete
2014 CrossFit Games Open 203rd Worldwide
2014 CrossFit Games Southeast Regionals 17th Place
2014 NPFL Combine Finalist
“Ever since I can remember I have been competing and playing sports. At the age of 4, I started gymnastics and continued on until I was 13 years old and a level 9 gymnast. At that time, I decided it was time to move on and try something new and different. My next sport of choice was tennis. I then played tennis and traveled around the Southeast playing in junior tournaments for next few years. At age 16, I tore my rotator cuff and had to have surgery to repair it, ending my tennis career and for the first time in my life I was unable to do anything athletic. It was a very slow recovery process and was very discouraging. I gained 20 lbs and I knew I couldn’t continue down that path so I decided to start eating better and running. The last two years of high school I ran cross country and eventually was offered a track and cross country scholarship to run for Georgia Southern. I competed four years at Southern and set two school records in the 800m and 1500m. After graduating, I continued to run and “stay in shape” but grew bored of doing the same thing over and over each day.
In July of 2012, I had a friend invite me to come try CrossFit. I went in with the mind set of ” I will give this a try, but I don’t think this is for me”. Little did I know that all it would take was that one workout to become hooked, it was exactly what I had been looking for in a gym. I was missing the competition that I had always known and the camaraderie of a team. It was all there in CrossFit. I have since seen increases in strength, decreases in body fat, and an improved everyday lifestyle. In March of 2013, my husband and I both went and got Level One Certified for our 1 year wedding anniversary. CrossFit has changed my life and changed it for the better. If it can do that for me, it can do that for anyone.”
Hamilton Brodnax, Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer
“I love CrossFit, plain and simple. There is no other program out there that blends such a fit lifestyle with an unbreakable community. A perfect display of those aspects can be found in good ‘ole Statesboro, Georgia at CrossFit Boro. My journey with CrossFit began around May of 2012. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life. Being an ex-fatty hitting my peak of a whopping 305lbs, I learned to appreciate the body and health that God gave me instead of stuffing it with sugar and fat inducing foods. CrossFit became the perfect outlet to pursue my ideal fit lifestyle. Thus, I decided to take the next step and become Level 1 Certified. This has certainly become my “dream job” and the improvement of our client’s wellness and health is taken very personally by me. I have been coaching at Crossfit Boro for a little over a year now and have been competing for about 6 ½ months. My main goal, of course, is to compete at The Games and eventually be a part of the Crossfit Level 1 Seminar Staff. None of this however would be possible without the support of friends and my family or my sponsor, Sports Emporium of Statesboro. I try and live by a great quote from my Grandfather is “Success is achieved only by pure, hard work. Failure is not definite; it is simply a poor display of your character and a lack of desire.”
Jeb Brannen, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Former GSU Basketball Player
“I grew up an athlete. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t shooting, throwing, or kicking some type of ball. Although I love to compete in anything, my passion was always basketball. That passion carried me to play college basketball at GSU. After graduating (and not making the NBA haha), what had been my passion for so many years was over. Finding Crossfit helped fill that void. It allows me to come work hard everyday and push my body to its limits. It challenges me to reach new goals every single day and be the best that I can be. It keeps me dedicated and always wanting more which carries over in to other aspects of my life. I am stronger and in better shape now than I ever was playing at the college level.”
Kacie Lanier, BSFCS, BS, M. Ed., CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, USAW Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Kids, Positive Coaching Alliance Certification, CPro, AED, First Aid
I have been an athlete my whole life. I grew up playing every sport possible before settling on softball, basketball, and tennis. After high school though, I was no longer playing sports competitively, so I had to find some way to stay active. While at UGA, that meant going to Ramsey and having the regular gym experience. However, when I came back to Statesboro for graduate school in May 2012, I found CrossFit Boro. I still remember the very first workout I did: 3 rounds of 3 minutes to run 400m and an AMRAP of push presses. Even though I was so sore that I could barely move the next day, I immediately knew CrossFit Boro was for me because I liked not only the competitive atmosphere, but also the group setting where everyone cheered each other on.
A year after joining CrossFit Boro I decided I wanted to become a trainer, so in June 2013 I went and got my Level 1 Certification. In August 2013, I began my internship at CrossFit Boro, and became an official CrossFit Boro trainer in February 2014. Even today, I am still seeing gains in my strength and overall fitness with a highlight being finally achieving a muscle up after 3 months of hard work and practice. I still enjoy the competitive and family atmosphere that CrossFit Boro offers. It has been especially unique for me because it has allowed me to work out with my mom and youngest brother.
Trey Burdette, M.S. in Kinesiology, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Before becoming a member of CrossFit Boro, I had been following HQ programming for about a year and working out on my own in a small gym. I had to modify most workouts because of equipment issues. In January of 2013, I had my my first official WOD. It was “300″ which consisted of 8 movements totaling 300 reps. My second WOD was 10 rounds of CIndy with 3 burpees EMOM. Those two days were an eye-opening introduction to official WODs in a box. Luckily for me, CrossFit Boro was amazing. The coaches and fellow members cheered me on as I struggled to finish. But I did and have been trying to make others feel as welcome as I felt on those two days. Being a coach allows me to fulfill a calling of coaching others, and now it happens in CrossFit instead of traditional sports.