Joel Crosby Classical Pilates Teacher, Suspension Therapies, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Movement Culture Proponent Joel Crosby has over 25 years experience as fitness trainer and feels strongly that traditional fitness modalities have failed people. He has been teaching Pilates for over 16 years and is passionate about re-educating as many people as possible about how to move and exercise correctly. In an enjoyable way, he precisely teaches how to move dynamically and powerfully without injury. Joel works with a broad spectrum of people, ranging from professional athletes and Olympians to people with special needs. He finds consistently that the original Pilates method helps them all to achieve greater functionality and increased power output. It is this love of helping people and inspiring them to achieve more with their bodies that makes going to work everyday at the Vitality Method studio a joy. Using the original teachings of Joseph Pilates, he teaches techniques that allow individuals to stretch and strengthen in a way that is the most natural and beneficial for muscles and tendons, while developing fluid and balanced muscle usage. His overall focus is on increasing and maintaining flexibility, balance, lean body mass, and cardiovascular efficiency; in turn counteracting the effects of the aging process on these four areas. Ruby & Joel Crosby have 4 beautiful and active children. Graduate of "The Work"; Highly selective Pilates Masters program by 1st generation teacher Jay Grimes Comprehensive Pilates certification from PowerPilates Comprehensive Pilates certification from Sara Marek, Studio Prime, LLC Redcord Active Suspention Trainer Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Authentic Pilates Union Member Pilates Method Alliance Certified Competitive barefoot runner and athlete Creator of the Ariel Fit/Flow workout
Kim was born and raised in Atlanta and was adancer for over 20 yearswhich included jazz, tap, ballet and lyrical dance. She danced with The Atlanta Jazz Theatre, Bo Wagner Dance Company, and Gary Harrison Dance Company. During and after her dance career, she obtained her Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from Georgia State University and worked in the mortgage industry for 15 years. With a fitness background and a love for helping people, she decided to leave the mortgage business to become a Pilates Instructor through Studio Lotus in Atlanta.
Kim is comprehensively certified by PowerPilates and is certified on the Redcord apparatus. In addition to teaching pilates and Redcord, Kim has developed the fantasic Vitality Ballet Barre class.
In her spare time, Kim still loves to dance and backpack with her husband, Todd, and her two dogs, Millie and Charlie.
Ellen is a certified personal fitness trainer that has been working in the Atlanta area for 14 years. She has also enjoyed a lifetime of fitness work as she was an active aerobics instructor for five years. Ellen believes that personal training is just that, and works to customize her fitness program to each person, reflecting their capabilities and their goals. She is dedicated to helping and encouraging her clients to be the best they can be always working on method and process and keeping safety at the forefront. With all of the techniques, equipment and experience at her disposal, she helps her clients reach their fitness and personal milestones previously unrealized. Ellen is passionate about fitness and conditioning and enjoys working with others who share that desire.
Ellen stays active with her church, tennis team and family. She is married and has two daughters that share her passion and her drive for excellence, good health and a positive view of life.
Michael has 12 years experience as a personal fitness trainer. He's been certified through SCW fitness education since 2008. His focus is on the slow motion protocol which keeps the muscles under tension longer by taking the momentum out of typical exercise routines. His combination of fast-paced cardio exercises along with slow motion high-intensity muscle burning exercises make for a great workout experience. Additionally, Michael has had a career in the Golf Industry as a professional instructor with several country clubs and golf Shops. His influence with golf has helped develop specific workouts for those who want to improve their golf game. His workouts help his clients reach their physical fitness goals in addition to significantly improving their golf game.
Debbie Barker, CHNP
Debbie believes strongly in the importance of holistic health, and she continually strives to learn new ways of helping clients meet and exceed their fitness goals. Debbie’s path as a health professional began in 1995 when she first earned her AFAA Personal Trainer certification; since then, she has also earned certifications as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor (from Classical Pilates Education), and Certified Natural Health Professional. Debbie customizes the fitness plan for each client to reach optimal health, whether through physical exercise, diet adjustments, stress reduction, or a combination of these techniques. If you're working out with weights or participating in a Pilates session, Debbie personalizes each workout to suit her clients’ individual needs and desires. She has developed the Women’s Only Weight Class to help women of all ages and abilities build strong muscles and bones. When she’s not working with clients, Debbie enjoys rollerblading, relaxing with a cup of tea, and spending time with her husband and children.
Originally from upstate New York, Lakisha came to Atlanta to study at Clark Atlanta University. With a background in track & field as well as weightlifting, Lakisha began to look for an alternative workout routine that would ease tight, bulky muscles. Discovering mat Pilates in 2002, along with Ashtonga yoga, she was overwhelmed by her changing body. She became mat certified in Pilates and yoga in spring 2003 and in February 2009 completed the Power Pilates Comprehensive Training at Studio Lotus in all Pilates apparatus. In 2010 Lakisha became certified in Redcord suspension training. When not teaching, Lakisha loves being a wife and mother of two young children.
Linda has a background in gymnastics and is an avid equestrian. She originally came to do Pilates because of her love of fitness and she wanted to try something different than traditional sports fitness. She fell in love with the Pilates work and how it made her body look and feel. These were the exercises she had being looking for her whole life. After 9 years of steady Pilates practice she decided to become a Pilates teacher. She was comprehensively certified through Classical Pilates Education. She is a passionate, enthusiastic, and precise teacher. She gets amazing results in her client’s bodies, while making sure they are having a great time.
Witney Caison, BS Exercise Science
Whitney has had a lifelong desire for inspiring people to look and feel their best internally and externally. Whitney spent 9 years in the medical field which led to her interest in preventive health through exercise, diet, and emotional well-being. Whitney has a B.S. Degree in Exercise Science and is a personal trainer. She earned her Comprehensive Teacher Training Certificate from Classical Pilates Education. Whitney is dedicated to helping clients reach their personal health and fitness goals. She customizes each workout to fit her clients' needs and skill level. Whitney is an adventure seeker, nature lover, and world traveler who never grows tired of learning new things, improving her skills, and helping others become the best they can be.
Samantha has always had an active lifestyle. Her love of fitness, dance, and injury prevention lead her to study Pilates. Samantha worked as an acrobat/dancer for Disney where she performed with John Goodman, Hilary Duff, Omarion, Michelle Kwan, and took part in Governor Schwarzenegger’s Campaign for Physical Fitness and Sports. She has toured with the Purrfect Angels, dancing in Easy Rider and World of Wheels shows and entertained the troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan. As an aerialist, she worked shows at the world famous San Diego Zoo, and events with Christian Audigier, Fergie, and Michael Jackson. She stays active with dance and aerial arts by performing many venues with her own company, Smokey Joe Entertainment. She is comprehensivley certified in Classical Pilates by Power Pilates and has now been teaching for over 3 years.
Heidi Chichester PT, MSPT
Heidi has a background as a competitive swimmer and an accomplished dancer. Multiple shoulder injuries curtailed her swimming and dancing careers, but led her into physical therapy. She earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy in 1998. Heidi’s approach to physical therapy is eclectic because she does not feel that one particular form of treatment is good for everybody. She pulls from her knowledge of physical therapy and her continuing education to design specific and unique treatment plans for the individual depending on their history, examination, and goals.
Heidi has worked in many acute care and outpatient physical therapy settings including adult and pediatric sports medicine, orthopaedics and early intervention. As part of her post-graduate continuing education, she has completed all of the manual physical therapy courses offered by the University of St. Augustine. She is also certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling from Mercer University Heidi has also completed Neurac training with the Redcord system. She is also a certified Mat Pilates instructor through Power Pilates.
When Heidi is not doing physical therapy or Pilates, she enjoys time with her husband and two beautiful daughters.