Where We're From

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Charlie Bausman - Owner & Coach

Charlie has been actively engaged in coaching strength and conditioning since 2009. His first experience was coaching at Lowcountry Crossfit until graduating from the College of Charleston and entering the United States Marine Corps. 

He then continued his involvement in strength and conditioning as an Infantry officer in the USMC, planning and conducting physical training for up to 200 Marines through deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Following five years of service, Charlie began working for Mountain Tactical Institute (MTI) in Jackson, WY. MTI is the parent company to Military Athlete and Mountain Athlete which focused on mountain professionals, military forces, law enforcement, and fire/rescue personnel.

Charlie has designed and implemented training programs for Olympic athletes, mountain guides, pro skiers, law enforcement, fire/rescue, and the full spectrum of military personnel. 

As an athlete, he has competed in boxing, brazilian jiu-jitsu, mountain triathlons, mountain biking, ultra-marathons, and college football. He also competed in the South East Crossfit Regionals as an individual competitor.


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Mountain Tactical Institute Advanced Programming Course (Military Athlete and Mountain Athlete)
  • Power Athlete Block One Methodology Course
  • Crossfit Level I
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Tech - Basic (EMT-B)

Kellie Rongo - Coach

Kellie recently relocated to the Charleston area from Upstate, NY where she owned a personal training business, coaching people from the age of 12 all the way up to age 75. She has a strong passion for overall strength & conditioning, powerlifting, kettlebell training, mobility, as well as nutrition; certified by National Academy of Sports Medicine as a PT and currently working on a Precision Nutrition L1 certification that will be completed by the end of 2018.

She specializes in 1-on-1 training, small group training, sport specific training, indoor/outdoor boot camps, and online coaching for each. 

Kellie is a former athlete of soccer, basketball, and softball and has coached each of those at some point in her life.

You will hear Kellie’s laugh in the entire gym (literally), but know that she puts her head down and gets to work- which means so do her athletes! She is dedicated to being a LEADER in helping others live a healthier, longer and happier life, both mentally and physically, and can’t wait to continue to do so at LOD Athlete!


The end state is to provide the best in-person training in the Charleston area and provide online training plans and resources for those around the globe. 

Can't wait to get started. 

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