Joel started his fitness venture in 2008 and would find CrossFit five years after. He first obtained his personal training certification and went on to train at your local “Globo Gym” and became very knowledgeable on different adaptations that clients would need to improve their fitness. While Joel was in the United States Army he discovered CrossFit from his squad leader. Taking it upon himself to learn the ways of functional fitness he started to go to the local gym on base and try these WODs out. He fell in love with it and would visit his first box while on his second deployment in Kuwait at CrossFit Spartan Shield.
After his return to the states Joel signed up for his Level 1 certification at CrossFit Roots in Boulder, CO. Here he would have the opportunity to get taught by some of the best in the sport, including a couple of Games Level athletes. As mentioned before Joel served in the United States Army for four years and was deployed to both Afghanistan and Kuwait. Joel also has experience coaching competitive athletes at the semi-professional level as well. Being a part of the Southern Amateur Grid League and helped coaching strategies on the South Carolina Titans. Being a competitive athlete himself, Joel likes to compete in local CrossFit competitions, as he too likes to put his fitness level to the test. Joel truly has his passion for the gym but when outside of it he likes to stay active. Hiking, softball, football, swimming, golf, riding four-wheelers are just a few hobbies that he enjoys.
CrossFit Level 1
Pendlay Level 1 & 2 (Olympic Lifting)
National Personal Training Certification
Certified Nutrition Consultant
Semi-Professional Grid League Coach
Anne Marie Rowe
Anne Marie Rowe is a L1 Certified CrossFit trainer who strives to empower others to live a healthy lifestyle through coaching group classes, private 1:1 training sessions and nutritional guidance.
Anne Marie began her CrossFit journey at Tower Place Crossfit in January 2014. As someone who has always been very intimidated by anything remotely athletic, she understands why some people are very intimidated to try CrossFit. CrossFit has been the catalyst for greatly increasing her endurance, both mentally and physically. She also understands the weight struggle that people often have. CrossFit has been instrumental in her changing her dietary lifestyle as well.
She is also a life coach and a sports performance mindset coach, which gives her more tools to help clients reach the goals they set for themselves.
When she isn’t at Tower Place CrossFit, she is coaching clients to live a more on purpose life, improve their mindset to perform better under pressure, or working at the local business which she co-owns with her husband, Adam. She is also mom to a busy 8 year old son.
Anne Marie’s other interest include reading or escaping to her family’s mountain cabin.
Ricky Johns has been coaching since he was in High School. He started coaching Little League Baseball in 1991 taking 3 teams in a row to the State Playoffs. Ricky has gone on to coach youth soccer and tee ball. In the late 90’s he managed and coached several tournament softball teams that won several major national tournaments.
When Ricky attended Georgia Southern he was on the Varsity Cheer Leading Team for 2 years. As you can tell Team Sports are a passion for Ricky.
Having completed 3 Spartan Trifectas and working on getting his Syndicate Medal with the Savage Race, Ricky loves being outside being active. These races help build great team work. Having gone several years with out softball or any major activity he found Crossfit. Ricky has become very active in the Crossfit Community. He began doing Crossift with Tower Place Crossfit in 2013 and in that time he has grown as an athlete and a leader.
In the short time that Ricky has been doing Crossfit he has won several individual and team competitions, he has gained his Crossfit Level 1, worked as a personal trainer, and has decided to go back to school to get his degree in Exercise Science.
Ricky is driven by the refusal to except failure. Ricky believes it is a coaches purpose to help an Athlete find their inner beast, a coach believes in you and knows your ability even when they think they are at their limit.
Ricky is married to Jeannie and together they have 5 children. They live in Sharpsburg.
Melissa began her crossfit journey in August 2013. After years of running 5k’s, half marathons, and playing indoor soccer she decided to change up her daily workout. She was encouraged by her husband to come try a workout and quickly realized this was a better alternative to running. She found that crossfit allows her to accomplish her fitness goals in an hour time span, instead of logging hours of miles.
Melissa grew up playing soccer and karate competitively and found that crossfit gives her that competitive spark back. You can find Melissa competing at local crossfit competitions on the weekend to keep that spark alive.
After 4 years of raising her 4 kids and attending classes on average 4 days a week she decided to get her Crossfit Level 1 Certificate.
When not at TowerPlace Crossfit coaching or training, Melissa is a busy wife and mom. She can been found at the baseball fields cheering on her two boys or at the local cheer gym watching her two girls.
Crossfit Level 1
Attitude Nation Level 1 Weightlifting
River began his CrossFit journey his freshman year of high school and his passion has been growing ever since. Early on in his life he started playing competitive baseball until near the end of high school.
After baseball River strictly started focusing on CrossFit and bettering his leadership skills and overall fitness. In 2015 River gained his Level 1 certificate and took the next step in coaching others to reach their fitness goals. He has also competed in numerous competitions with great success.
River is currently a sophomore at the University of West Georgia studying sports management and plans to continue with a career in the sports field and further his knowledge of fitness.