ABOUT US

Valitus Strength and Fitness

Valitus Strength and Fitness is a 5,400 square foot fitness playground.  We opened in 2011 and have built a supportive, enthusiastic community of people who recognize that being fit and healthy makes life more fun and less stressful.

We invite you to stop by, say hello, and check us out.  Joining a functional fitness center is not like being an anonymous member of a large, impersonal gym.  You’ll get to know the other members and the trainers well and will find a fitness community unlike any other. We would love for you to stop by and see if our gym is a good fit for you. You’re welcome to try out a class and meet the trainers and some existing members, too.

Valitus Strength and Fitness is a fully handicap accessible facility.  We are also equipped with family bathrooms as well as showers and locker rooms to make it convenient to come in and work out before and/or after work.

LIZ CASSIDY

As a coach, I want to see you move well, feel good, and have FUN! Fitness is a lifetime pursuit, and it’s a privilege to help you develop the skills and abilities you need to accomplish your long- and short-term physical goals.

Before starting CrossFit in 2016, I loosely called myself a “runner/fitness enthusiast” but stayed clear from any type of strength and conditioning due to lack of knowledge and confidence.

CrossFit provided a supportive, safe, and encouraging community to learn new movements and push my body in ways I never had. With each new skill and PR achieved, I found new strength and confidence. I love that we celebrate all wins, big or small, while leaving space for growth and improvement as an athlete- whether it’s learning a new skill, honing technique, lifting more weight, or training our focus and mindset.

ALEX WILKENS

Coach Alex is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer who found CrossFit shortly after his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 2014. He used this new-found passion to go to school for and graduate with a B.S in Exercise and Health Science at UMass Boston. As a graduate of EHS, Coach Alex uses research supported methods and techniques in improving athlete’s performance. He’s continuing his goal in helping and educating others by pursuing graduate school as a Chiropractor here in GA. Coach Alex has enjoyed working with a variety of different skill level athletes and age groups for over the last 6 years and is looking forward to helping those new and old to fitness reach and exceed their fitness potential!

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2, FMT Basic/Performance RockTape Certified, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) NSCA, Exercise and Health Science B.S, Chiropractic Student at Life University.

HEIDI HOLZKNECHT

Take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t. I started strength and conditioning training in Cambodia in 2015. I started with no physical background; just a deep hunger to BE.BETTER. The unbelievable camaraderie and support along with real and lasting results, saw me go back and back. In every gym since, I’ve found the same friendly, fun, focused environments that give a safe harbour for those who are willing to bring all their effort inside while leaving their egos at the door. As a coach, there is rarely a joy so deep as seeing someone give a workout their all regardless of the leaderboard, push past a boundary, score a new PR, master a new skill, have something finally ‘click’. It is my honour and privilege to help you find your BETTER.

Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

CRYSTAL PHILLIPS

Crystal discovered Crossfit in 2013 when her teammate suggested she check out the Box and has been hooked ever since. She played various sports throughout her life including competitive rugby, and has found Crossfit to be a great addition for any athlete. As a coach, Crystal is motivational and holds athletes accountable for giving 100% every time they enter the gym. If you aren’t pushing yourself in a lift or a workout, Crystal will be the first to let you know. She is the current owner of Valitus Strength and Fitness.

She has a wealth of nutritional knowledge, and is always available to give advice to members. When away from the gym, Crystal works as a BCBA (behavioral therapist) around the Atlanta area.

Certifications: Board Certified Behavior Analyst