BUILDING PERSONAL COURAGE,

FORGING MENTAL STRENGTH

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.

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Coach Jordan Taylor

Owner/Head Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
CrossFit Movement and Mobility
USAW Level 1 Sports and Performance Coach

Why CrossFit? That is the question that is posed by many coaches and athletes throughout the CrossFit community. I began CrossFit In January 2011. Since my first intro class/fit test, my idea of fitness has evolved. Prior to joining CrossFit I had participated in numerous other workout “fads.” I was tired of the same workout routine every week. I wanted something fun, challenging and competitive. I discovered CrossFit through a co-worker in the Air Force. Since the second I walked through the doors of my first CrossFit gym, I have never looked back. I have chosen CrossFit as a part of my daily health regimen because of the community and mental toughness forged by every workout that I have ever done, not to mention the unspoken truth of why everybody really does CrossFit (to look good naked).

Coaching/helping others quickly became a passion. Not only do I want to perform and do my best every day, but I also want to see each and every person that I am honored to come into contact with push themselves and become the best they can be. Helping to forge mental toughness and physical transformations that the athletes undergo are rewards that will last me a lifetime. It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing community at CFV, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you.

Coach Abbey Wilkins

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Trainer

I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases’ military affiliate. I had been looking for a workout program that would fill the void after retiring from gymnastics in 2009. After trying my first workout, “Dirty Thirty”, I was hooked. I loved the challenge and community that was associated with CrossFit. Within a month, I was competing in my first open, followed by my first regional team competition. Three months later, I went for my Level 1 Certification and have been a volunteer coach at gyms across the country over the past six years.

Before finding CrossFit, I was an NCAA Division 1 gymnast at the United States Air Force Academy where I won numerous titles including AFA’s Female Athlete of the Year, Women’s Gymnastics MVP, Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete of the year, and NCAA Scholar Athlete. During my first few years after graduating, I also volunteered as a coach at local gymnastics gyms in North Carolina and Ohio. The military moved my husband, Ken, and me to Valdosta about two years ago, and we love everything about CrossFit Valdosta. I’m a four-time regional competitor, with the most recent appearance in 2016, where I placed 25th in the Atlantic Regionals. In 2017, I placed 28th in the Southeast Region Open once again, but it was one spot short of qualifying for Regionals this year. Our military life moves us every few years, but regardless of where we go, our CrossFit community and friends have always made us feel welcome!

Coach Scott Gardenour

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

I had done the whole normal gym routine for years, and had done the whole couch thing for years also…neither served me very well. I was introduced to CrossFit the same way most are, by a nagging friend who thought I may enjoy suffering alongside him. (He may have been on to something.) I quickly went from “I can’t believe I pay for this” to “I would pay a lot more for this”. I believe in the methodology and science behind CrossFit and love every aspect of it, especially the strong community and circle of friends I have gained because of it. I have been in the Air Force for 15 years and have never found anywhere that has made me feel more like I was at home than the group of people at CFV.

I am passionate about knowledge. I am passionate about gaining it and about sharing it. I do not believe knowledge should be a kept secret. My favorite question is “why?” I do not ask why in an attempt to buck the system or question authority, I do it to gain insight and understanding. Doing or teaching something becomes easier for me when I know the “why”. I wanted to know why I had amazing results with CrossFit and what it does for me physically, mentally, and emotionally. The answers to those questions continue to come to me – they are not finite. My knowledge in the area of CrossFit grows daily and I became a trainer so that I could help share it. I truly enjoy coaching CrossFit and helping people with their physical goals, as well as being a part of the great family at CFV. It is a great feeling as a coach to help someone do something they once thought was impossible. I believe in the philosophy that there is no, “I can’t” just “Not yet”.

Coach Brent Kyzar

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

I have always been a competitive person playing football, baseball, and swimming while in high school. I was fortunate enough to continue my baseball career at Georgia Highlands College until I was injured and my baseball career came to an end. A few months later I moved back home to Leesburg, Georgia. I was in search of something to satisfy my competitive nature and that’s when I found CrossFit. Immediately, I was hooked with the encouraging, yet competitive atmosphere, the taxing workouts, and the community at the box (gym).

CrossFit has changed me in so many ways including my physical strength, my mental toughness, the way I look, feel, the way I eat, and my attitude about any obstacles faced in life. As a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, I enjoy showing up every day and helping our incredible hard working athletes with their fitness journey. I love everything about CrossFit, and I plan on doing it for a very long time.

Coach Janis Lee

Crossfit Level 1 Trainer
Crossfit Mobility Trainer

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 when 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. 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 true 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!

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