Our Coaches & Staff

No Excuses CrossFit Coaches and Staff

Brandon Brigman

Brandon grew up in Snellville, Ga., where he played a variety of sports growing up. At Shiloh High School, he was a two-year varsity letterman in football and three-year letterman in wrestling.

Brandon played college football at the University of West Georgia where he was a member of the 2000 Gulf South Conference championship team and was a two-year letterman. Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Sociology.

After starting CrossFit in January 2010, Brandon received his CrossFit Level 1 certification a year later. He has experience coaching beginner athletes and high-level competitors. Brandon has been coaching at No Excuses since 2011 and was named the General Manager in March of 2014.  Prior to working full-time at No Excuses, Brandon worked as a sports writer for the Gwinnett Daily Post, covering prep sports.

In Brandon’s own words: “Once I went through my first CrossFit workout, I knew that was the workout regimen for me. It combined all the workouts I was used to and added new, fun, exercises to it. CrossFit allows me to compete with myself, others in the gym and the clock.  I’ve lost more than 60 pounds from when I was a college offensive lineman. Many of my weightlifting numbers are similar to when I played football. The biggest difference is the addition of multiple pullups, pushups and situps to my workouts.”

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Chris Fischer

Graduating from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition, Chris began his career with an internship in sports performance. At XPE Sports, he coached college NFL combine athletes and worked with off-season NFL players in sprint technique, speed, agility, technique training, balance, and core. From here, Chris worked at Lifetime Fitness in the position of Group Training Coordinator where he established an extensive group training program assisting clients achieving goals ranging from weight loss to performance driven.

Chris is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and is the Director of Programming at No Excuses. He also holds certification with National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council of Exercise, USA Weightlifting, and Kettle Bell Concepts, but feels that CrossFit outdoes every one of these.

Chris has been cross-fitting for three years now and has a passion for coaching others in Crossfit: “In applying all my knowledge and experience to date, I have found that this program works and works well. We have the best functional practices paired with the best nutritional information. My job is not just to teach or perform the Crossfit movements but it is to honor God through a module that changes life physically, mentally, and spiritually. Crossfit allows me to do this everyday and I hope has the same effect on others. I couldn’t ask for a better job.”

Chris specializes in Olympic Weightlifting and Kettle Bell techniques and is eager to help you achieve your goals, no matter what they are! Email or call Chris for details.

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Jeremy Edmondson

Jeremy grew up in Duluth, GA and graduated from Duluth High School. Jeremy attended DeVry University and earned a Master’s of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in Computer Information System.

He works full-time as a software developer but helping people of all ages get healthy and fit is his true passion.

Jeremy found CrossFit in 2012 and his life will never be the same again. Since starting CrossFit, Jeremy has earned the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate, CrossFit Kid’s Trainer, and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach.

When asked about CrossFit, Jeremy said: “At the age of 33, I was a heart attack waiting to happen. I was a horrible example of health and fitness for my young children. Then I found CrossFit and my life will never be the same. Not only am I stronger, leaner, and more fit than I’ve ever thought possible, but I’ve found my life’s calling.”

“Now, I want my life to be about helping entire families get healthy, fit, and strong. I want to show them the magic of CrossFit.”

“When describing CrossFit to someone new, I haven’t found the right words to adequately describe how a CrossFit workout can simultaneously feel so horrible and so awesome, all at the same time. But I know for sure that there is no better feeling than seeing the sense of accomplishment on a newcomer’s face after completing their first CrossFit WOD.”

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Adam Reese

A Duluth, GA native and Duluth High School graduate, Adam has grown up around sports, fitness, and education. Adam’s father (a 40+ year High School football and wrestling coach in Dekalb and Gwinnett counties) started teaching Adam the basics of movement and lifting at about 8 years old, even delving into some base-level gymnastics. In high school, Adam played baseball, year-round, and in 2005, with hopes to play in college, Adam began training with and working for Howie McCann (former Assistant Coach at the University of Georgia and Head Coach at Marshall University) at Windward Baseball Academy. In addition to this, to improve his strength, Adam also began training with Caleb Williams (World Champion Powerlifter, National Champion Olympic Weightlifter, Multi-time USAW World Team Member).

In 2007, Adam made the decision to give up baseball and begin training for Powerlifting with Caleb Williams. After a year of training, 2 competitions, 4 Georgia State Records, and a 2008 USAPL Teen Nationals qualification, Adam made the decision to switch his focus to Olympic Weightlifting. During 2007-08, Adam also began coaching his first strength athletes, under Caleb’s tutelage and mentoring, eventually leading him to discover a strong passion for teaching and coaching.

Since 2008, Adam has developed into a barbell specialist, with a heavy focus on Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. In the sport of Weightlifting, Adam has competed in 2 weight classes, qualified for 3 National-level competitions, and has coached a handful of National-level qualifiers in both Weightlifting and Powerlifting. Adam even worked for Team Rohr Powerlifting from 2010-2016.

In 2011, Adam discovered CrossFit, and began working for CrossFit Gwinnett of Buford in 2012. Since then, Adam has worked for as many as 8 CrossFit gyms, holding 3 Head Coaching positions, and 2 programming roles. Adam is USAW Level-1 Sports Performance Certified, CrossFit Level-1 Certified, CrossFit Kids Certified, and MORR (Movement, Overspeed, Resistance, Reaction) Certified. In addition to all of this, Adam prides himself on bringing a level of knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to each of his classes!

Cameron Weeks

Cameron is originally is from Rexburg, Id., where he dabbled in many sports before excelling in the wrestling program, earning a spot on the podium in the state championships. 

As a small farm town kid, he went right to work every summer and after high school in the construction and farm industry, but in his early twenties he attended college at Brigham Young University Idaho, majoring in Exercise Physiology.  He then moved to St Louis, Mo., and attended Logan University, School of Chiropractic.  In addition to receiving his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Logan University, he also obtained a Masters Degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and has held licenses and practiced in Utah and Georgia. 

He has had the opportunity to work with multiple collegiate athletic organizations both in practices and on the sidelines including at the SEC level, worked with nationally ranked athletes competing in Strongman, Powerlifting and Crossfit events; as well as recreational athletes performing in about every category of events from ultra-endurance to traditional ‘4 season’ sports. 

He began coaching and utilizing Crossfit programming in undergraduate school, and formed the CrossFit club that received funding to open a ‘box’ at his campus gym that still operates today.  He has been coaching in CrossFit gyms since 2010, having coached in St Louis, Mo., Sandy, Utah, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

He now lives in Suwanee with his amazing wife, Lize, their beautiful daughter, Luna, and is excited to be a part of the No Excuses family and to help everyone “embrace the suck” that sometimes happens during the workout.  His favorite quote is a popular one in the Crossfit world, coming from Pat Sherwood.

“Make it the best hour of your day, stay safe, turn up the music, high five some people, and blow off some steam.”

Most of us are just looking to feel better, improve our quality of life, and have a good time doing it.  Crossfit allows all of those things, and without you realizing it you notice little things, your stress levels go down.  You sleep better.  Your mood improves.  The list goes on and on…if you’ve never been involved in the community, please don’t let someone’s opinion of Crossfit undermine what you can achieve here.  I look forward to working with you!

Training and Certifications

• Doctor of Chiropractic

• MS Sports Rehab

• BS Exercise Physiology

• Crossfit Level 1

• NSCA-CSCS

• USA Weightlifting course audit

Glen Wilkins

Glen grew up in Albuquerque, NM, where he swam and played baseball in high school. During that same time, he was either on a skateboard, snowboard, road bikes or mountain bike. He raced mountain bikes competitively all over New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona during high school and college.

Glen continued to race while attending New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM and ended up graduating from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a degree in Political Science and a Minor in Communication and Journalism.

After starting CrossFit in January 2013, Glen decided to pursue his CrossFit Level 1 certification in 2018. He has experience coaching his wife and other athletes in the middle of workouts. Glen loves to engage with all of the members and build a personal relationship with everyone who walks through the door.

In Glen’s own words: “I had not been very physically active since racing bicycles competitively. December of 2012 my wife did a CrossFit workout with my sister in Austin, TX and was completely wore out from a fast WOD of air squats, running and kettlebell swings in a neighbor’s garage. My wife was hooked and invited me to attend a class with her at No Excuses. I reluctantly went with her and agreed to join. I was determined to not change my diet, but still workout. After losing some initial weight I realized that diet plays a huge role in a healthy lifestyle. Since then I have lost close to 45 pounds and I’m stronger than I have ever been. I love everything about CrossFit from the Olympic lifts, powerlifting, gymnastic movements to the healthy dietary change. My wife and I were very serious about our two sons being active and healthy, but at the same time we would sit at their baseball games and eat food that was bad for us and get fat. This was a big eye opener for the both of us. The CrossFit Community is a very welcoming community and I want to share what I have learned and accomplished with anyone who will listen.”

Yessica Rojas

Yessica is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia in South America. She moved to Miami Lakes, Fla., in 1998 as an international student where she got her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

Yessica moved with her husband and two daughters to Sugar Hill, Ga., in 2005 where she dedicated her time to stay home and raise her two daughters.

It was in 2014 that Yessica started looking for a new fitness challenge and decided to pursue getting healthy and fit. After trying different gyms and workouts, Yessica found CrossFit the next year while at a summer family vacation in Florida where she was brave enough to try her cousin’s box and try a CrossFit class for a day. She was immediately hooked and as soon as she was back in town started looking for a box close to home and never looked back. Yessica strongly believes that CrossFit is the best program for anyone wanting to improve their health and quality of life. Ever since she started she is not only stronger physically, but mentally. Yessica wanted to pass the same CrossFit passion to her teen daughters. They both began training at No Excuses in the Teens classes.

After nearly three years of training in CrossFit, Yessica earned her CF Level-1 certificate in January 2018.

“Ever since starting CrossFit I see inspiration all around from whatever level, age and ability people come with into the gym. Their desire to do something to make them healthier can make things happen and it does!”

Jeff Kearse

Jeff grew up in Darlington, SC where he played a variety of sports. He got his Bachelors Degree in Biology from Clemson University. He then went on to get a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, he started his career as a strength and conditioning coach. One year working with the football team, and one year with the swimming and diving teams. While working there he obtained his CSCS through the NSCA.

After grad school he went on to professional baseball where he worked for 3 years as a strength and conditioning coach. Two years with the Detroit Tigers and one year with the Cleveland Indians. After that he tried his hand at personal training for 8 years at Bodyplex in Suwanee, GA. He found CrossFit after being encouraged by one of his personal training clients to check it out. His client said, “My son’s rugby team down at Georgia Tech is doing this thing called CrossFit, you should check it out.” From there, he started doing his own CrossFit workouts from the main site every now and again and was hooked. He then began coaching at Suwanee Sports Academy where they started CrossFit Suwanee. He obtained his CrossFit level 1 in August of 2014 when he took over the CrossFit Suwanee program. Jeff  joined the team at No Excuses in May of 2016.

Vanessa Whitten

Vanessa has been a member of No Excuses since 2014. She moved to Georgia from Nashville when she had her first child. After years of providing therapy to children with Autism, she transitioned into staying home with her two children and is expecting a third child in spring of 2019.
Vanessa has been active since a young again, participating in gymnastics for 10 years and karate for four years. She later transitioned to trail jogging, mountain biking and rock climbing.
“Living in a new town, knowing few people, and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I easily slipped into depression. It wasn’t until 2014, a year after having Ava, I decided to start CrossFit. The people, the programming, and the competition turned my life around for the better.
“I had never weight trained in my life, so joining CrossFit was a new world to me. I trained through one pregnancy and have since worked very hard to grow as an athlete.  And now, I have competed in countless CrossFit and Weightlifting competitions.”
“And that is what makes me most excited about coaching others, that anyone can start from any point and make significant progress.”

Stephany Maughon

Stephany was born in Atlanta and grew up in Suwanee, Ga., where she graduated in 2010 at Collins Hill High school. She obtained her associates degree in Health Care Administration in 2012, while living at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga.

Prior to No Excuses CrossFit, Stephany spent the last two years helping couples who struggle with infertility by egg donation. She has helped 6 families in doing so. She worked with a real estate law firm in Atlanta for 3 years before choosing to dedicate her time to egg donations.

She currently lives in Sugar Hill and has twin boys in the third grade. She grew up in a household with both parents as personal trainers, which is where her passion for health and fitness started. Her fitness journey began in 2006 and really took off in 2010 after having her twins and she has always been eager to help other women, especially moms, to tackle their fitness goals and create healthier lifestyles.

Karen Zinka

Karen is originally from New Hampshire where she gained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from The University of New Hampshire. After deciding 21 years of sustaining 7 month long winters was enough, she moved down South to continue on with her education. Karen then obtained a Master of Public Health degree from UGA and finished her required 1200-hour Supervised Practice Dietetic Internship at Mississippi State University. Karen then settled back in Georgia where she has been practicing as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the state for nearly five years.

Karen has experience working in a variety of different nutrition settings with both inpatient and outpatient clients, including working for a Sports Medicine Practice. Karen has a specific passion for Sports Nutrition and has the required skills to teach you how the way you eat can make a huge impact on your individual fitness goals. If you are looking for help gaining muscle, losing fat, and achieving a weight goal she is the person to see. Although there is no quick fix, Karen will be able to give you the tools to develop long term habits to ultimately live a healthier lifestyle.

Karen currently resides in Suwanee with her husband and two cats and was recently married in October. She started doing CrossFit in November, 2016 and immediately fell in love with the workouts and sense of community within the program. Karen is looking forward to working with individuals on their nutritional plans.