Coach Carly Thomas
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Carly is a level one CrossFit certified instructor. She has been involved in CrossFit since 2010. In addition to having her level one, she has taken additional courses involving gymnastics and mobility skills. Her favorite workouts are chippers. Currently, she teaches a CrossFit Cardio class on Sunday afternoons. She loves programming workouts that not only get your heart rate up but also focus on core strength.
Carly is a pediatric dentist and has her own practice in Valdosta. She and her husband, Dude, have four children. Carly has been active in fitness most of her life. She has spent time in her past as a gymnastics coach, aerobics instructor, yoga training and running marathons. Carly truly enjoys exercise. She says her favorite thing about CrossFit Valdosta is the community of great people she has come to know.
Coach David Owen
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
I was first introduced to CrossFit in 2011 after graduating high school where I played baseball and football. I’ve always been into fitness and sports, and CrossFit is a great way to combine the two. Since finding CrossFit, it has become a staple in my life. I believe that it has not only gotten me in better shape physically, but also made me mentally tougher.
I have been coaching since January of 2013, and currently have my level 2 certification. I love watching the members of the gym constantly strive to better themselves.
My favorite part about CrossFit is the community. It is guaranteed that you will meet some amazing people inside of CFV! I can also assure you that CrossFit really is for everyone.
Coach Robbie Medlin
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
In my early twenties I had a complete lifestyle change. I decided to get off the couch and start competing in Olympic Distance Triathlons, as a result I went from 238 pounds to 169 pounds! After being exposed to mountain biking, I eventually transitioned to riding single speed and I became completely obsessed. My hometown of Richmond, Virginia is saturated with awesome trails to ride as well as being the host of the 2015 UCI World Championship Road Race
When I moved to Valdosta in October 2017, I was looking for something similar to the Mountain Biking sport/community. I was introduced to CrossFit and soon afterwards I immediately got hooked on the community and high-intensity nature of the sport. I was soon hitting lots of PR’s after consistently going to classes and retaining a coachable spirit. I knew I wanted to do more in the sport so after one year of being an athlete I completed my Level 1 Trainer Certification.
When I became a coach, CrossFit evolved from an interest into a passion. As a passion, I am totally committed to the sport and I don’t make any room for excuses. I also accepted that being a CrossFit Coach is a great accountability tool for myself. In order for me to be an affective leader and influence athletes, I needed to dial in my nutrition and lifestyle habits. Don’t get me wrong, there is much satisfaction in rewarding hard work and I am big fan of training optimally as opposed to maximally.
As a Coach I want to be a role model for the sport, I may never make it to the CrossFit Games but I am delighted when I see athletes smash goals or obtain new skills! It’s definitely a rewarding sport and the emotional connections I have developed are bar none!
I am devoted to inspiring others in and outside of the box, daring athletes to elevate themselves to new levels, and finally using CrossFit as a platform to encourage people to realize they are better than yesterday! They just need to show up and have a positive mental attitude!
My favorite style of WODs are long grueling MetCons, as a former Triathlete I know how to go in the pain cave. I love any kind of Big Hero WOD, especially those with barbell cycling or kettlebells! The aftermath is usually a big endorphin high, lots of camaraderie, and forgetting a personal item at the gym, whoops!
I am esteemed to have the title of CrossFit Kids Coach, as well as leading the Advanced Kids Class. I get excited thinking about their own personal fitness journeys and it is my plan to steer them in the right direction to help achieve their own personal goals.
When I am not at CrossFit Valdosta, I take pleasure in traveling (where I usually visit a new CrossFit Box), practicing Yoga, or visiting new restaurants.
I encourage everyone to try CrossFit, it’s infinitely scalable. There is a great chance that you will make plenty of new friends, you can potentially meet your spouse! Additionally, you will be surrounded with other goal-oriented people who will help you as well as encourage you to be better and grasp things you may have only dreamed of. CrossFit Valdosta feels more like a family and the fellowship you will be exposed to will keep you coming back. Also did I mention kettlebells?
Coach Leslie McGhin
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Leslie has been a CrossFit athlete since January of 2014. She is a former Elementary School Teacher and actively taught school for 15 years. She also coached gymnastics for 5 years. She started coaching CrossFit in May 2018. She has an athletic background and did Competitive Gymnastics for 9 yrs and Cheerleading for 2 years in her youth. This is what she has to say about her crossfit experience:
After working out in a regular gym setting with a personal trainer for 3 years, I realized that I wasn’t seeing the results that I expected to see. I heard about Crossfit from a friend, and decided to give it a try. I was nervous and a little intimidated at first, but soon realized that I was surrounded by a community of people that encouraged me to be the best “me” I could be! After a couple of months of Crossfit I was hooked! I loved the constantly varied workouts, and (of course) all of the gymnastic movements. I began to see results within a few months without even being aware of the changes that were taking place. More than the fitness side of Crossfit, I love being surrounded by a community that has become my extended family!
I was encouraged by my Coach to attend the Crossfit Level 1 Training Course. At 48 years old, this was a huge step out of my comfort zone! After so much encouragement and support from my Crossfit family, I completed the course and received my Level 1 Trainer status in April of 2018. I was very grateful to have the opportunity to learn and grow as a CrossFit coach. My goal is to help others gain confidence in themselves as they begin their fitness journey. I love cheering others on as they set and reach goals!