Our Trainers

Jim Barton | Owner & Head Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
  • CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT )
  • CrossFit Kids Coach
  • CrossFit Mobility Coach
  • CrossFit Gymnastic Coach

Get to know Coach Jim: 

I have been a student of human movement for almost 40 years. A few of my training highlights:

  • Jumping off a ten foot porch railing is bad for your knees;
  • Falling to the left when your ankle is pinned to the right under a large guy trying to tackle you is bad foryour ankle;
  • Landing on your wrists thousands of times while falling down a mountain on a snowboard is bad for your wrists;
  • Performing kipping pullups before building the necessary strength to do strict dead hang pullups is bad for wrists, forearms and shoulders;
  • Trying to win a sparring match by using your head to bash your opponents fists is bad for your head!

The point is that I have been active for a long time and my body has accrued the mileage points to prove it. I was starting to feel the pains and aches of my bodily abuse and was beginning to think I was about ready to go to pasture. That all changed when the owners of Carport CrossFit in Birmingham put my wife and I through a baseline workout in our backyard.

I continue to sharpen the sword through constant pursuit of learning more to be the best possible Coach.



Zach Rounsaville |  CrossFit Head Coach & Personal Trainer


  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
  • International Sports Science Association, Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA-CPT)
  • PaddleFit Pro Certified Coach

Zach Specializes in:

  • Athlete Development/Sport Performance
  • Aerobic capacity and Strength endurance
  • Rehabilitative and corrective exercising
  • Gymnastics and body awareness
  • Olympic lifting technique
  • Strength development/ Powerlifting
  • Performance nutrition/ meal planning

Get to know Coach Zach: 

Zach Rounsaville is a multidiscipline athlete and 

waterman.  He has successfully competed at a high level in diverse sports including: Standup Paddling, Rugby, Cheerleading, Wrestling, and MMA. Some of his top accomplishments include: 

  • Top 50 professional SUP athlete in the US  
  • Top 20 WPA rankings (2017)
  • NCAA Division 1 Cheerleader
  • Men’s National league Rugby player

Zach is currently a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, PaddleFit certified coach, and a Certified personal trainer.  Zach thrives on the exhilaration of competition and seeks to challenge himself regularly.  He has spent his life working with different coaches and elite athletes with varied approaches to fitness and nutrition.  Now he wants to share his knowledge to help others to be their best self!


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Dr. Alicia Barton | Owner & CrossFit Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Get to know Dr. Alicia: 

My husband and I own Gulf Shores CrossFit. We both started our CrossFit journey in July 2015. Prior to CrossFit, I had always been involved in sports. My parents instilled a love for fitness and active lifestyle very young.
Competitive juices run though my veins. Basketball, swimming and cross country as a youth. Once I graduated Chiropractic school, I continued my fitness lifestyle with yoga and distance running. That didn’t last too long. My competitive spirit then switched to triathlons.  I also enjoyed lifting weights and tabata interval training.
Then I found CrossFit and everything made sense. All of my passions came together in one package. I could test my fitness doing all kinds of activites, all within crossfit.
I decided to get my level 1 to help my husband with fill in coaching as well as to improve my fundamental understanding of crossfit and my personal crossfit journey.
I love to work along side of my husband. The Full Armor center houses Gulf Shores CrossFit as well as Gulf Coast Family Chiropractic. When I am not at the Full Armor Center, I am at home or playing with our kids.


Celeste Byrne | Personal Trainer & Boot Camp Coach


  • Personal Training
  • Boot Camp

Get to Know Celeste: 

I have loved my career as a personal trainer over the past 19 years. I started my training clients while earning a degree in Exercise Science, which allowed me to apply, test, and internalize new knowledge as it came through my educational journey all the way into a masters degree.

I started off as a personal trainer responsible for my own growth and professional management. I took it upon myself to promote the gym in all aspects which eventually led to becoming a general manager of a fitness facility. After moving to Gulf Shores this year (August 2017), I have been accepted into the Full Armor family as a personal Trainer.

It’s wonderful to be able to restart my career and grow with such wonderful and knowledgeable people. I have high levels of training experience with working with clients of all ages and physical ability. I value my ability to internally motivate clients to make life changes that will improve their long term health as well as their outlook on maintaining these life long changes through a fun yet challenge experience . I approach each client as a unique person with individual needs, from there I incorporate changes and for plans to match their life style along with health needs and set personal goals. I strive to educate the client on their body’s physical needs and explain how my approach will benefit them as well as teach them how to maintain outside of my supervision to gain maximum results.

Knowledge is power!

My goal is to motivate and educate on how to reach personal health and fitness goals in all five components of physical fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. My expertise goes beyond physical personal training, I encourage nutritional changes through various methods including monitoring food journals, nutritional consultations, providing a variety of healthy recipes, and general education on how to make better nutritional choices. I take pride in my high levels of success in helping people obtain their fitness and weight loss goals.

Laura Lankford  | Teen Athletic Development Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)
  • PE Teacher (ALSDE Secondary Education)

Get to know Coach Laura: 

Laura teaches PE at Foley Middle School where she is also a current cross-country coach and former track coach. She earned a bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education. She moved here from Missisippi.  Lives with her husband Josh and two dogs, June & Gumbo.

Laura primarily coaches the teen athletic development classes.  These classes are designed for youth athletes ages 10-16.

Jen Tierney Harris |  CrossFit Coach


  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1)

Get to know Coach Jen: 

I have always been into exercise…mostly I was a runner. My husband convinced me to try CrossFit a few years ago. I originally thought, “I can’t do this,” but I tried it. And it turns out….I could do it and I loved it!! I started my CrossFit journey at CrossFit Zelos (now Ironhouse CrossFit) in Godfrey, Illinois. My husband I vacationed in Gulf Shores in September of 2013, where we met Jim Barton and we worked out at Gulf Shores CrossFit. In 2014, we decided to move to Gulf Shores from Illinois.

CrossFit is by far the best workout that I have ever done. I honestly believe that absolutely anybody is capable of doing CrossFit workouts. I am a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and I love having the opportunity to teach and motivate other people through their CrossFit journeys.

My goal is to continue to refine my skills and to add more CrossFit training certifications to my skill base.