Caleb Williams (Head coach)
I have been and am currently an active competitor and coach in strength sports since 1995. I developed a passion for this at a young age and never let off the gas! In 2002 I decided to help several athletes with their Sports Performance Training and they had incredible transformations! I decided to pick up and move to Duluth, GA and founded Peak Performance Weightlifting where we specialize in Sports Performance Training for tons of serious local athletes!
We are now expanding our knowledge, reach and impact to include Crossfit Gwinnett so that we have the opportunity to continue to grow our fitness family and help you reach your health and fitness goals! Nothing is more rewarding than seeing someone’s life changed and being blessed to have a part in the transformation!
My competitive career began in Powerlifting (Squat, Bench, Deadlift) in 1995. As a drug-free lifter in 12 years I accomplished:
- 2 Time IPF World Champion (67.5 kg/148 lb Class)
- 2 Time IPF World Silver Medalist
- 10 Time National Champion
- World Record Holder (722 lb squat @ 148 lbs)
- Hold 17 American Records
- #1 in World Rankings
- Best Competition lifts of 722 lb Squat, 474 lb Bench, 600 lb Deadlift and 1779 lb Total
In 2006 I left Powerlifting to pursue a lifelong goal….to compete in the Olympic Games. I began training for and competing in Olympic Weightlifting and fell in love all over again. The lifts provided a new challenge and a new opportunity to help others succeed as well. I also met my lovely wife through Weightlifting!! Competing in the 69 kg (152 lb class) I have attained:
- Senior National Champion
- Senior National Silver Medalist
- Placed 2nd in 69 kg class in the 2008 Olympic Trials
- Team USA World Team Member
- Team USA Pan American Team Member
- North American Open Champion
- Best Competition Lifts of 127 kg (280 lb) Snatch and 164 kg (361 lb) Clean and Jerk
Steven Platek (CFG founder)
I’ve been an athlete all my life. As a child I plated competitive ice hockey up through college (Rutgers University). I’ve always been interested in strength and conditioning, but it wasn’t until I injured my back (twice) that I discovered CrossFit. Using CrossFit training I rehabbed my back and am stronger and more fit now than when I was in my twenties. I hold CrossFit Level 1 and Mobility and Movement Certifications and actively coach/train competitive CrossFitters and athletes (e.g., baseball, track, football).
I founded CrossFit Gwinnett in 2010 and opened a small garage gym run out of my house. There I trained athletes, students, and professors from the local college (Georgia Gwinnett College), as well as family, friends, and neighbors. When CrossFit became a household name and the gym became too big for my garage a partnership with Peak Performance was developed.
I compete in CrossFit, usually local competitions, USA Masters (35+) Weightlifting, and Powerlifting. I won silver at the 2012 masters national championships, gold at the Georgia State Weightlifting Championship, and Bronze at the American Masters Championship. Recently, I qualified to compete at the World Masters Weightlifting Competition. In powerlifting I won gold at the Powerlift for Pink meet. Best lifts: Snatch=99kg; Clean and Jerk=120kg; Squat=191kg; Bench=not sure; Deadlift=275kg.
I’m a 21 year old college student in my junior year. I am studying business administration at Georgia Gwinnett College. I found CrossFit at the same time I transferred to GGC from Gordon College where I played one year of college baseball. Before Gordon I played football and baseball at Hebron ChristianAcademy. There I played quarterback and had multiple offers to play at the next level. I chose a baseball scholarship instead to Gordon College in hopes of winning a National Championship. Before graduating high school I won a baseball State Championship which was a lifelong dream. I played center field at Gordon and fell one game short of a National Championship where we took 3rd place in the nation for all Junior Colleges.
After that season I was already burned out on baseball and satisfied with how my baseball career would end with that achievement. I came home to find something else to put my efforts into and that’s when CrossFit came into my life and I was referred to Caleb for his weightlifting experience. I started at CFG as a regular member and after becoming skilled with all the movements and competing I was asked to come on board as a coach and haven’t looked back sense! I have been at CFG since August 2012 and it’s pretty much my home. I love this place with a passion. I get to hang out with my best friends everyday and have built many great relationships with the members through coaching. With coaching I want to help each and every person that walks through our doors to feel better in everyday life, whether that’s physically, mentally, spiritually or emotionally. Anyway I can help some better their life is what I want to accomplish with being in the position. I am extremely glad to be apart of this great gym and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!
My goal as a coach is to help our Athletes strive to get stronger, faster and more efficient with all movements. I am not going to lie here, I love to run! And I am looking forward to helping our Athletes learn to run more efficiently so they can go faster and for longer distances.
CrossFit Level 1(CF-L1) Trainer Certificate, October 2012
CrossFit Endurance Trainer Certificate, January 2013
CrossFit Judges Course Certificate, March 2013
CrossFit Never Doubt Coach, December 2012- July 2013
Fight Gone Bad Home Box Competition, 2nd Place Finish, 2012
Garage Games Competitor, 8th Place Finish at Western Massacre, 2012
Racing Competitively Since 2001:
Run Ruckus, 2012; Finished top-50 overall
Friends of Tuckerman Team Challenge, 2007; 1st place female- run up Mt. Washington, 3rd place team finish
Hi-tech Challenge, 2001; 3rd place team finish
Running Since 1985:
Natural Form Runner since 2010
Participated in over 80 races; 3 marathons,15 Half-marathons; 2008 PR 1:42- 5th in age division, 2 10-mile races; placed 15th in age division, 29 10K’s; 2008 PR 49:32, 30 5k’s; finished top 20 in 6, Bretton Wood Turkey Trot; 1st place female, 3rd overall, 2012
I’m 21 years old and i started CrossFit training in late March early April. Before CrossFit I was doing the old bodybuilding type workouts and fell in love with CrossFit after the first day. I have always been involved in sports. I played basketball and baseball all through highschool, but baseball is what I excelled at. Played varsity baseball for 3 years and after finishing high school I got some small scholarships to play college baseball.
CrossFit is something that I want to do for a while and my goal is to make it to the CrossFit games and hopefully win it. I want to make regionals in 2014 then start setting my eyes on making it to the games after that. Me and my mixed RX team placed first in the South Georgia Throwdown this summer, beating out a regionals team to claim the top spot. I qualified for The Crush Games 3 in Sunrise, Florida through the online video qualifier.
There are many things i wish to accomplish with being a coach at Crossfit Gwinnett. I want to help each and every member accomplish every goal they have. Weather it be to get stronger, faster, bigger or lose weight. Although, crossfit is a great way to get in shape and live healthy and meet new people, i want to do more than help people get fit. I want make Crossfit Gwinnett feel like home to everyone who walks through our doors because we are all a family. I want people to look forward to coming to our gym on a day to day basis! I want to be a positive influence on everyone in the gym and be a good role model for our members.