Ayse Sukola

Ayse Sukola in Fitness Coach at CrossFit Garage in Woodstock GA

Ayse Sukola



I was born and raised in Turkey – Ankara and moved here after my earning my degree for my internship program for Food and Beverage Management and Hospitality at 2001 age of 21. I was hooked on the USA after meeting my wonderful husband. I found my love of sports through swimming. I started at age of 5 and continue swimming till I was 18 years old and even then i had an intense training program. I have been athletic my whole life and was always a member at some gym. But my career was totally at the opposite side of the spectrum, I was an Executive Chef for over a decade at high stress restaurant, late nights, early mornings, shifts over 14 hours long and all the while cramming food in your mouth when you find a moment. This constant leaning over in the kitchen started me down the path of serious back problems. This coupled with gaining about 80 pounds during my first pregnancy, I decided that I had to get healthy again and gain back my confidence not just for me but for my child. After back and forth with global gyms, failed diets and crazy work schedules, I joined the Garage to try out crossfit in March 2013 …..and that’s where all it began. In April 2014 I started Olympic Lifting as a sole focus. I have found my new passion, love and joy through Olympic Lifting. I followed this passion and made a career change from restaurants to Health and Sports. I have earned my CPT (Certified Personal Training) and CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) through NASM and USA Weightlifting Sports and Performance Level 1. I competed at Pan-American Master in June 2015 at 75kg class and Masters National 2016 at 75+ …brought bronze back home from both events. I have been coaching Olympic Lifting and the Barbell Club at The Garage since August 2015.

  • Bachelor’s Degree Food & Beverage Management – Ankara/Turkey , Baskent University
  • 2003-2011 Executive Chef , P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
  • Owner at Owe It To Barbell Strength & Nutrition
  • Nasm CPT ( National Academy Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer)
  • Nasm CES ( National Academy Sports Medicine – Corrective Exercise Specialist)
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1- Sport & Performance Coach
  • Precision Nutrition Coach -Level 1
  • The Garage Crossfit Gym – Olympic Weightlifting Coach
  • Turkish National Swim Team 1992-1997
  • Pan-Am Masters 75 kg Bronze
  • Masters Nationals 75 kg+ Bronze