Charles Giddens

Charles Giddens


  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
  • CPR/AED Certified


One of my earliest ‘fitness’ memories is of my dad running marathons.  I knew I wanted to be a runner, and while at Brookwood High School I ran for the best Cross Country team in the state of Georgia.  I had a 5k PR in the mid 15’s.  Sidelined from running in college due to an IT Band problem, I gained 100 pounds.  You read that right, 100 pounds.  In three months.  I became sedentary and complacent regarding my lifestyle after college, until I got a wake up call at age 37 from my doctor.  I was 240 pounds, on blood pressure medication, prescribed a new cholesterol medication, and was faced with the reality that I might die before I turned 50.  I remember going home and talking to my wife about that doctor visit.  I told her I was changing my lifestyle.  That started my real journey into fitness.

I did a lot of research on nutrition and started running again.  Nine months later I was 80 pounds lighter and free of all medication.  I focused solely on my running at first, even hiring a personal trainer to help me with strength work so that I could begin to compete again.  I finished in the top 1% of three races, and then I finished 75th out of 11+ thousand runners at the 2012 Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.  I enjoyed the success I regained in competitive running, but something was missing at the gym.  My morning routines had become BORING, as they tend to do in a globo-gym environment.  That is when I found CrossFit.  One WOD and I was hooked.  I signed up for a membership the next day and haven’t looked back since.

I believe that I have been called to help others achieve the best version of themselves possible.  My personal life experiences give me insight into both the highs of victory and the lows of self-defeat.  This calling led me to become a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and open CrossFit Altius.  I’m always seeking to learn and become the best version of myself possible, including CrossFitter and Coach.  I look forward to helping you achieve ‘A Higher Form of Fitness’.

Just go. Getting out the door is always the hardest part.

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