CFV originally started in 2006 and has grown into a large community of athletes. We have over 8,000 square feet of space that we fully utilize daily!

CrossFit Valdosta was the 3rd CrossFit to open in the state of Georgia and was in the top 100 CrossFits to open in the world. Since 2006, our mission has been to keep people as healthy as possible, as long as possible. We believe that CrossFit HQ has laid down a very solid blueprint on how to accomplish this, and we try to follow it as closely as possibly tweaking when needed for our clientele.



Coach Danny Johnson

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids trainer

I grew up in a very small town where wrestling and football were the main focus.  I had worked out my entire life and frankly had gotten tired of always cutting weight.  After graduating, I moved away and got a sales job. I was on the road a lot and got busy with life. After gaining about 30 lbs, I realized I needed to get my life and fitness back together. I moved to Valdosta in 2007 and our business building was right next door to CFV.  I walked over and was actually one of the first members at our gym.  The gym was very small at the time but quickly grew to fill up the building enough that the past owner had to expand.  I met my lovely wife at CrossFit Valdosta, so when the opportunity to purchase and take over the gym presented itself in 2016, we knew it was the right thing to do.  We truly enjoy the friendships we have made along the way and love making an impact on others’ lives.

I still travel with my current job but make it into the gym to coach several times a week.  It is great to have personal bests and to PR on your own workout but there is no better feeling than helping someone push themselves to a new level in their own fitness.  I am a community coach for the Lowndes High School Wrestling team and this gym has opened the door to having our wrestlers come in and get high intensity training that is needed in their sport every day.

CrossFit will forever be a part of my life because it has made huge changes in my daily routine.  There’s just something about CrossFit that keeps fitness fresh and intriguing.  Come join us!

Coach Heather Johnson

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Kids trainer

CrossFit has been a huge part of my life since 2005.  I graduated from Dental Hygiene school and realized I needed to get my fitness in check.  After going to my first class, I knew CrossFit would be something I would do for a lifetime.  Shortly after joining, I met the love of my life who also was a member at the time.  Fast forward to the year 2016 when him and I purchased the gym from our long-time friend. It has been an adventure since day 1 and we love everything about the camaraderie and community that CrossFit brings to our life.  We cannot imagine what life would be like without CrossFit being a part of it.

I completed the Level 1 Course in August 2017 and decided to complete the CrossFit Kids Course in January of 2018.  We started our CrossFit Valdosta Kids program in May of 2018.  We have quickly grown and learned so much about ourselves and the little people of our gym.  We have a dynamic program that focuses on getting kids moving, building their self-confidence, teaching them team work, and most importantly, having FUN.

If you haven’t tried CrossFit, I encourage you to do so.  It will change your life!

Coach Jeremiah Culpepper

Gym Manager
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I was born in Cary, North Carolina on March 23rd, 2001. My family moved back home to Valdosta when I was 5 years old so that my dad could pastor a small church by the name of Pine Grove Community Baptist. I have two brothers and one sister (and yes I am the baby of the family). I was homeschooled my whole life all the way through high school graduation. I began working out with dumbbells in my room at the age of 12 and fell in love with it. When I was 17 years old Mr. Ashley Moore introduced me to CrossFit and I reluctantly gave it a shot (thinking CrossFitter’s didn’t know what they were doing). When I tried it I fell in love and haven’t looked back since. I had the privilege of serving in the Josh Sullivan ministry that Kelly Barcol started at CrossFit Winnersville the past 5 years. In that same time I began working as the janitor and would clean the gym to pay for my membership, which led to getting my level 1 certification and becoming a coach and then eventually to becoming the assistant manager. And now I am very honored and thankful for the opportunity to be the manager of CFV! Everybody here is so welcoming and kind, and I hope to contribute in making everyone’s hour at CFV the best hour of their day! I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and hope to glorify Him in everything I do. I love hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors or sports related. But I especially love spending time with my family and friends, there’s nothing better. 

Coach Janis Lee

Crossfit Level 2 Trainer
Crossfit Mobility Trainer
CrossFit Masters

I discovered CrossFit at age 55 and was hooked immediately.  My daughter talked me into trying it. It is so much fun: the only exercise program that keeps you coming back because you WANT to do it and hate to leave where your time is up.  CrossFit is always challenging and never boring.  It’s exciting to see what new goals you can achieve.  I became a Level 1 Trainer in 2013 and completed my Level 2 Training in 2018.  I specialize in training seniors and anyone of any age who finds entering the gym intimidating.  I can modify any movement to fit your personal needs.  My classes are small and welcoming.  You may have heard it said, “If I’d known I’d live to be this old, I’d have taken better care of my body.”  Well, that’s try for many people!  Don’t let it happen to you!  Live your life to the fullest, even in advancing age.  CrossFit will help you achieve strength, balance, flexibility, and stamina so you can enjoy your senior years.  Come give us a try!

Coach Mark Howell

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer

I started my CrossFit journey eight years ago. I played baseball growing up and I was always in decent shape, but I never followed a regimented fitness program. I pretty much abandoned exercise after high school. My 30th birthday was a tuff one for me. Not that I was overweight, but I just did not feel healthy and I knew I was not getting any younger. Like most folks I started to exercise on my own 3-4 days a week for six to seven years. At this point I thought I was in good shape. Boy was I wrong. One day a buddy of mine that I worked out with challenged me to go try CrossFit and I have been hooked ever since. I cannot tell you how many ways CrossFit has impacted my life in a positive manner.  Now in my mid-40s, I am in better shape than I was at 18.

In the Summer of 2018, I decided to get my CrossFit Level 1 certification. I did not do it to become a “Coach.” I did it to gain knowledge about the sport. I learned a ton during the process which will not only help me in the future but also others that I come in contact with. In a nutshell, my take on CrossFit is very simple. It is about becoming a healthier you and helping others become fit and healthier. It’s that simple. There are so many misconceptions about CrossFit. I have heard all the excuses over the years. I promise you in my eight years of doing CrossFit I have seen many people walk through the doors and I can assure you that CrossFit is for everyone. Whether you are a child, senior adult or anywhere in between you can do CrossFit. There is a program that can be tailored for anyone. You will find me in the 5am class and I fill in helping out where I am needed.  All you have to do is take the leap of faith and walk through the doors for the first time. I promise you will be hooked immediately. Hope to see you soon…

Coach Carly Thomas

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Mobility

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 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!

Coach Kaylee Kopke

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Growing up I was never the one to be involved in any sports or to be incredibly active. Though both of my parents were incredibly fitness oriented, it just never called to me. But, as I got older I decided that it would be good for me to give it a try and find an outlet in it. I tried the “regular gyms” route but eventually I just noticed how out of place and uncomfortable I felt going there. Until I tried CrossFit for the first time. Every day I learned something new and every day I got more confident within myself, which is something that prior to starting I had never felt before. Not only that, but CrossFit has also given me the opportunity to meet and gain true friends. The CFV community is such a special place to be at and has been a saving grace for me, a home. They push me to be the best version of myself, both inside and outside the gym.
Since becoming a CrossFit coach back in 2018, it has been such a pleasure to watch and guide everyone else to be more confident and capable with their own bodies.

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