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
  • Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine

Get to know Dr. Alicia: 

Alicia is co-owner of Gulf Shores CrossFit and owner of Gulf Coast Family Chiropractic. Both businesses are located in the Full Armor Center.








Celeste Byrne | Personal Trainer & Boot Camp Coach


  • Personal Training
  • Boot Camp

Get to Know Celeste: 

Celeste has several years of personal training and boot camp coaching experience.  She recently relocated here from Montgomery with here husband, Patrick Byrne.









Laura Lankford  | Teen Athletic Development Coach


  • PE Teacher & Coach
  • Mississippi College: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education
  • Currently pursuing CrossFit L1

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 moved here from Missisippi.





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.