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 17 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 Suspension Trainer Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Authentic Pilates Union Member Board of Directors member of the Authentic Pilates Union 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.
Phillys Coleman, RN
Phyllis has always lead an active lifestyle. She has been a competitive runner since her teenage years. After running many marathons, half marathons and obstacle races, she took an interest in Pilates to help her recover from minor injuries and normal wear and tear from running. She immediately fell in love with the method. The changes in her posture and flexibly were amazing. This transformative power of the Pilates work is what lead her to become an instructor. Phyllis wanted to share these amazing exercises with others so they could experience the same things. Phyllis is comprehensively certified through Classical Pilates Education. She enjoys working with people of all fitness levels and seeing their bodies change and get stronger.
When not at the studio Phyllis works as a registered nurse. She enjoys running, skiing, snowboarding and maintaining an active lifestyle with her husband and daughter.
Stephanie has been a passionate practitioner and advocate for the benefits of Pilates over the last 12 years, much of that time with Vitality Method. She has seen first-hand the power of Pilates as she has increased her own mobility, flexibility and strength. Pilates was also incredibly helpful in easing her body’s transformation during her two pregnancies. While trying to achieve better form, Stephanie has completely reshaped her body over the years.
Stephanie became a trainer to help others achieve the same benefits and improved quality of life she has discovered for herself. She especially enjoys how Pilates is not just a uniform and tedious form of exercise, but instead requires a total mind and body connection, while allowing modifications to conform to each individual so they may achieve their goals.
A New Jersey native, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee. She is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor through Classical Pilates Education. When not in the studio, Stephanie enjoys yoga, walking, movies, spending time with her husband, and caring for her two young boys and two dogs.
Heather has always had a passion for fitness. She has practiced yoga for many years and is a certified aerial yoga instructor. After having children, Heather began to add weight training for weight loss. She loved this so much that she became a Certified Personal Trainer with ISSA. She also achieved becoming a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist with ISSA and advocates holistic nutrition with her clients. Wanting a deeper knowledge of fitness, and movement, she began a study of authentic Pilates at the Vitality Method Studio. She immediately fell in love with the Pilates work. The changes she saw in her body, and the quick recovery of a shoulder injury confirmed this is what she wanted to share with her clients. This lead Heather to become a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor. She teaches with focus and care. Heather always provides support for what her clients need to achieve their personal goals.