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
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!