Frank “The Tank” Higginbotham brings over 10 years of CrossFit experience to CFJI including certifications for CrossFit L1, L2 and Burgener L1. He is a genie when it comes to fixing poor form and reversing bad habits. He may think he has the best squat depth but his 2-year old daughter will quickly show him up as she effortlessly air squats below parallel to pick up a crayon.

Patrick Brown

Patrick brings a long resume of certified athleticism. Although CrossFit has been part of his life for the past 10 years, he holds professional rankings in golf and water skiing (he won the state championship in water skiing!). An enthusiastic fist-bumper, Patrick will be pushing you until the last second of every WOD, and then be there to celebrate with you when its done.


Don’t let her angelic smile fool you. When Shannon is ready to put in the work she likes angry music and taking verbal abuse. However, when coaching class she is sugar, some spice, and everything nice. She believes teamwork makes the dreamwork and would program synchronized burpees into every WOD if we let her.

peter voOrhees

Peter is a man who has been around the (jerk) block a few times. Holding certificates in CrossFit L1, L2, Weightlifting, Dumbbells and Masters to just name a few, he is our resident expert when it comes to foundational knowledge and movement standards. No matter your age, fitness level, or athletic abilities Peter will keep you on track to reach your fitness goals.


Some call him (grand)Pa-Pa but here we call him Steve. This fire-fighting, cardio king has been involved with fitness since 2012, holding both an L1 and ACE personal training certification. Steve doesn’t like remixes but he does like coaching class through some great warm-ups.

Justin Fisher

If you are looking for a morning workout warrior look no further –you will often find Justin in the gym before the sun comes up. Doing CrossFit for over 10 years, Justin brings tons of experience under the bar (his favorite move is the snatch!). Also serving as our in-house chiro expert you can always go to him with those sore muscles for some TLC. This also means he will keep a watchful eye out for proper form and provide great stretching recos to help avoid injury.

Rachael Dobies

This Connecticut native and Auburn alum moved to Johns island with her rescue pup to live by the water. After being a gymnast for 18 years, she found CrossFit in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. When she’s not at the gym,  you can find her drinking copious amounts of cold brew and adventuring around Charleston with her camera.

Stephanie Little

Stephanie comes to us from Maryland where she started her career as a professional chef. As a lover of the outdoors, she now calls Charleston home where she can boat and hike to her hearts content. When she isn’t coaching, you can find her on her homestead where she raises dogs, chickens and alpacas! Don’t forget to grab a dozen of her chicken eggs before you leave the gym.



Bradley Waters

Bradley began his CrossFit journey right here at CrossFit Johns Island and has never looked back. He has a true passion for seeing others succeed and hit those PRs! Although his fitness background is in powerlifting movements he is now a snatch and clean addict.

Expect a constant smile – even while he’s pushing you to get that one more extra rep!

Paul Phelps


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