Nate Taylor, Coach & Owner

Nate had always been a competitive athlete so when introduced to CrossFit in 2007, he never looked back!  “This seemingly less superficial or organic approach to fitness is what grabbed my heart.  I loved knowing that the aspirations were to improve speed, strength and just to be a better athlete.” In 2008, Nate took a complete leap of faith and opened the 10th CrossFit in the state of Georgia…. CrossFit Paragon.  Recognizing that group exercise was accessible at a number of different gyms, Nate has made it his goal each day to provide his members with the most knowledgeable staff in the business and to have more fun in class than ANY other gym around!  When not coaching, you’ll most likely find Nate twerkin’ on the dance floor..what what? Nate competed in the 2017 CrossFit Games and as a team member of CrossFit Paragon at CrossFit Regionals in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Burgner Olympic Lift
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Carl Paoli Gymnastics
  • International Sports Medicine Association
  • EMT-B/ G-Paramedic TC
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt KB Taekwondo
  • USCF cat-2

 

Maryam Tabassian, DDS

Maryam found her passion in fitness in her late thirties.  In search for a solution to address the fatigue from the physical demands of her profession as a general dentist,  Maryam found Crossfit.  Simply after one month, there was no turning back.

“Crossfit truly changed my life.  Having a caring, knowledgeable,  and inspiring coach as well as a community to push me, motivate me, and hold me accountable for my fitness was what got me hooked on Crossfit.  Now this is my opportunity to give back and to make a positive lasting impact on other people’s lives.  Fitness is a journey and a privilege for all to truly enjoy.”

Certifications:

  • Crossfit Level I
  • Crossfit Level II
  • Crossfit Olympic Lifting
  • Crossfit Gymnastics
  • Carl Paoli Gymnastics
  • OPEX Program Design
  • OPEX Nutrition
  • OPEX Life Coaching
  • Bergeron Business of Excellence
  • CPR Certified

 

 

Brian Merrell

As a former Collegiate athlete, Brian has “Worked Out” for most of his life.  It wasn’t till he found Crossfit in 2012 that fitness became FUN!  “Using fitness as a way to stay active, mobile, and energetic has really made a difference in my life! The social aspect of walking into the gym each day, has been an added bonus!!”  When Brian is not at the gym he enjoys playing and watching almost every sport imaginable, College Football being the most important.

“ My Main goal as a Coach is to help people achieve their fitness goals, learn proper technique, be safe, and most importantly HAVE FUN!! “

 

 

Michael Maclean

Mike is a Crossfit Level one certified coach, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Before coaching CrossFit, Mike competed as a Division One Track athlete at the University of Rhode Island. Here he entered as a 400-meter specialist and trained up to become a Decathlete. Mike has played a variety of sports including varsity football, basketball, and lacrosse. Mike has turned his need to train for something competitively to Crossfit, as he has competed in several competitions in New England in both individual and team categories. Mike recently moved down to Georgia to attend Life University, and begin their chiropractic program. He enjoys all Boston Sports teams, running, board games, and music.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer

 

Nathan Kaufman

Nathan was born and raised in north Georgia, and throughout his childhood was athletic and played many sports competitively. Shortly after high school, he enlisted in the Army operating in linguistics and intelligence collection and analysis. It was while he was enlisted that he found joy in exercise and staying healthy, leading him to join his first CrossFit Box in Tacoma, Washington. While deployed in Afghanistan his exercise regimen consisted of Crossfit and functional fitness training, when he wasn’t on mission that is.

He moved back to Georgia after his discharge from the Army, and enrolled as a student at Kennesaw State University–studying Exercise Science. Around the same time he joined CrossFit Bound, where he was a member for over two years. Early in 2018 he took the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar and decided to continue to pursue the path of being the best coach he possibly can, as well as transferring to Life University to pursue a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree. And thus far, his path has brought me to CrossFit Paragon.

 

 

Katy Galli

Katy Galli is a member of the leadership team at the Corporate Business RadioX® studio in Atlanta, and is proud to assist the BRX® team in their pursuit to tell 1 million positive business stories. Katy is an entrepreneur and advocate for the student-athlete. She is the creator, host, and producer of the Keep Moving Forward podcast where she interviews former professional and collegiate athletes about how to make a successful career transition out of the sporting world and into “the real world.” Katy is the Assistant Track and Field Coach at Oglethorpe University (USATF Level 1 certified) and is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer.

Certifications:

  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USA Track and Field Level 1
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