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Who We Are?

CrossFit Octopus is not just a gym, but a diverse community including full-time moms, elite athletes, police officers, business executive, members of the military, etc. CrossFit workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements, such as pushing/pulling/squatting/lifting, executed at high intensity.

There are no machines at CrossFit Octopus. Instead, there are kettle bells, barbells, and a huge space outside for running, jumping, climbing, and throwing. Our workouts are scalable, which means completely new beginners and CrossFit elite athletes can complete the same workout with different modifications.

There are many areas of fitness where you will find great improvement once you start at CrossFit Octopus: strength, flexibility, stamina, endurance, speed, coordination, agility, and balance. CrossFit is for you if you want to get into shape, lost interest in your regular gym routine, looking to get faster or stronger in a sport you already do, or just want to look great for the summer!


Team Octopus is home to top-notice trainers, top professional fighters, and motivated members who are excited to learn and share their Martial Arts and fitness experience. We have a great staff of some of the most sought after instructors in Atlanta who have years of professional industry experience. Besides their expertise, they’re the friendliest people around who understand that not everyone is a professional fighter and always try to cater their training techniques to each individual’s skill level. When you take a class at Team Octopus, you’ll know that you’re in good hands. Check out the individual trainer's profile pages to learn more about them, their accomplishes, experience, and training methods.  
Coach Panda CrossFit Joseph Freeman CrossFit
Mark octopus-coach
Cathryn Sessoms Kickboxing Patrick Grundy CrossFit

Coach Panda

Diego Saraiva - MMA, BJJ Coach Panda was introduced to CrossFit through a competition. Without previous experience, and being the only female to compete, she placed and won a membership to Extreme CrossFit. That was it though, she was hooked. There was never enough CrossFit so she was then mentored by her coach and went for the Level 1 Certification. It was still not enough, seeing the need for her female athletes, Coach Panda received her CrossFit Defense Certification from Tony Blauer himself. Having been with Extreme CrossFit for a year, it was a move back home that brought her to Georgia. Panda has been a Coach for over 2 years and an athlete for almost 3 and she still can't get enough CrossFit, taking advantage of every learning opportunity and is driven to one day obtain the prestigious CF-L4. Coach Panda is also part of a Barbell Club and competes in Olympic Lifting Meets. Cookies and Kilos 2015-Gold Medal Masters 75+kilo weight class The HD Classic 2016-Gold Medal Masters 75+kilo weight class

Joseph Freeman

Diego Saraiva - MMA, BJJ Joseph Freeman got his Crossfit Level 1 in 2012 and as of July, has been coaching for 3.5 years. He learned speed and agility training from Tony Villani at XPE Sports and from there his interest in specific training began. Through the years he's expanded his knowledge in biochemistry, biomechanics, mobility, and recovery. He's confident in his abilities to articulate complex movements (Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics) to the common client. His goal for coaching is for people to learn to set goals and develop the mental toughness to achieve those goals.

Patrick Grundy

Diego Saraiva - MMA, BJJ Patrick Grundy has been involved in CrossFit since 2014. He started out as a CrossFit athlete and while he was working out he noticed that everyone came to him for help which made him decide to pursue a career in becoming a CrossFit instructor. He became L1 certified on November 2014. He grew up very active and played various sports throughout his childhood and now he coaches and competes as a CrossFit athlete. In the 2016 CrossFit Open, he placed within the top 5% of male athletes in the region.

Cathryn Sessoms

Diego Saraiva - MMA, BJJ Cathryn Sessoms teaches Kickboxing classes at Team Octopus. Having over 15 years of experience in the Health and Fitness Industry, she is both knowledgeable and passionate, as her aim for all participants is two-fold: to have a highly-charged workout, while simultaneously learning and applying proper form and technique throughout the sessions. Cathryn is a certified personal trainer who genuinely enjoys instructing, guiding, and engaging her students/clients towards achieving their fitness goals.



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Getting Started

You can always read about CrossFit or hear about it from your friends, but you need to experience it yourself to actually know what it's all about! At CrossFit Octopus, we require new members to attend our Free Foundations Class, which we hold at our facility on Saturdays at 10am. Our coaches will work with you and provide intensive instruction so you become familiar with the proper techniques used during our workouts. Please arrive about 10 minutes before class! Two ways to schedule your Free Intro Class: 1. Call us at (678) 368-4331. 2. Drop in to check us out!

More about Foundations Class

Foundations By Greg Glassman

CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness program but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of ten recognized fitness domains. They are Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordination, Agility, Balance, and Accuracy.
The CrossFit Program was developed to enhance an individual’s competency at all physical tasks. Our athletes are trained to perform successfully at multiple, diverse, and randomized physical challenges. This fitness is demanded of military and police personnel, firefighters, and many sports requiring total or complete physical prowess. CrossFit has proven effective in these arenas.
Aside from the breadth or totality of fitness the CrossFit Program seeks, our program is distinctive, if not unique, in its focus on maximizing neuroendocrine response, developing power, cross-training with multiple training modalities, constant training and practice with functional movements, and the development of successful diet strategies.
Our athletes are trained to bike, run, swim, and row at short, middle, and long distances guaranteeing exposure and competency in each of the three main metabolic pathways.
We train our athletes in gymnastics from rudimentary to advanced movements garnering great capacity at controlling the body both dynamically and statically while maximizing strength to weight ratio and flexibility. We also place a heavy emphasis on Olympic Weightlifting having seen this sport’s unique ability to develop an athletes’ explosive power, control of external objects, and mastery of critical motor recruitment patterns. And finally we encourage and assist our athletes to explore a variety of sports as a vehicle to express and apply their fitness.
This article can be found at: http://journal.crossfit.com/2002/04/foundations.tpl#featureArticleTitle

Free Trial

Get a free one week trial at CrossFit Octopus and see for yourself what we’re all about. We’re excited to show you the benefits you’ll get from working out with our trainers and members. Sign up for a free trial by filling out the form below. A staff member will be in contact with you shortly. Please call (678) 368-4331 or email us at for more info.
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