All of our trainers are Nationally certified, which means they’ve put in the time to hone their skills and learn their trade. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to get fit at the right pace.

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Rhuben Williams

Rhuben has been working in the health & fitness industry for over 15 years, helping people improve their quality of life through movement & lifestyle change. Holding a degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley combined with , 2x All American Honors in the Shot Put, Rhuben takes a "Keep is simple" approach to health and fitness focusing on getting his people results by training SMARTER....NOT HARDER!


  • Level 2 StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor "BEAST TAMER"

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

  • CPR, AED, & First Aid, American Heart Association


I was born and raised in Los Angeles California where I played football and competed in track & field at Eagle Rock High school. I earned an athletic scholarship for track & field to The University of California at Berkeley graduating with a degree in Integrative Biology with an emphasis in Human Bio-dynamics. Once I graduated it was either continue on to medical school or pursue my dream of making a U.S. Olympic Team. Upon graduating, I had the opportunity to come to Athens Georgia to be coached by Coach Don Babbitt and train with Adam Nelson & Reese Hoffa. 

After graduation I worked through the summer to save money. At the end of October 2005 I sold all the furniture in my room, packed everything else in my 1995 Honda Civic and drove across the country to Athens Georgia. I have lived here ever since working to serve the Athens community by helping people improve their  health & fitness through functional strength & conditioning to improve daily life.


Michelene Hearn

Michelene is a Boston native who studied Psychology and Communications at FIU in Miami, before moving to Athens to pursue her masters in nursing. She is currently working as a RN at PARMC Emergency Department and as a Middle School mentor at Athens Church of Christ. She has been practicing yoga since 2009, and studied yoga teacher training at a residential program in Morocco through YogaWorks. She hopes to further her education  in the future, as she aspires to help people emotionally, physically and spiritually as much as possible. She believes in the power of gratitude, and striving to connect with our inner light and spreading that light and love to the world. 

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Wes Gresham

Wes has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years. With a degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia, he has an extreme passion for helping clients reach their goals in an effective manner. From injury rehabilitation, sport specific training, weight loss programming, and coaching boxers and endurance athletes, Wes has a broad knowledge base for obtaining results and improving clients’ lifestyles each and every day. Taking the approach that “Any Goal without a plan is a Wish,” Wes helps lay the foundation for your success every step of the way. 


  • B.S. Exercise and Sport Science

  • ACE Personal Training

  • ACE Sports Conditioning Specialist

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED


Born and raised in Georgia, I have been a Georgia Bulldawg fan my whole life. Upon attending UGA as state ranked Pole Vaulter, I was badly injured in a boating accident and was forced to undergo an extensive rehabilitation program where I found my interest in exercise science and sport rehab. After graduating college in 2010, I pursued a NAVY Special Operations Contract while I did personal training on the side. Two years later, I was declined entry into the NAVY SEAL program because of a medical issue, so I continued pursuing my passion with personal training and small group instruction. Now, as a father to incredible little boy, and a mentor to a high school small group through Athens Church, I continue to serve my Athens Community impacting lives through health and fitness.

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Zach Gray

Zach is currently a volunteer assistant track and field coach at the University of Georgia.  Prior to moving to Athens in August, he spent two years working as a strength and conditioning coach at Burke Mountain Academy, a boarding school exclusively for Alpine ski racers.  Graduating in 2016, he received a degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also competed in the Javelin for the Tar Heels track and field team.  As an undergrad he interned with sport performance programs in the collegiate and private sectors.  Zach believes in being brilliant at the basics, and employs a holistic approach to training athletes and clients.


  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

  • USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

  • CPR, AED, & First Aid, American Heart Association


Annie Marcum

Annie Marcum received her 200-hr yoga teaching certification in September of 2012. Since then she has been studying and learning from different instructors throughout the country and abroad. She found iRest, a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditation, in November of 2015 and has been so grateful for the events in her life that brought her to this practice. She is currently enrolled in her 500-hr yoga certification at Asheville Yoga Center, continuing her education and love for learning.

Annie first met Wes and Rhuben in 2014 when she started teaching the boxing/yoga combo class, and it was love at first punch! Annie loves the combination of boxing, strength training, and yoga; how it makes her feel strong, capable and flexible, not only in body but also in mind. Annie hopes to share some of the tools she's received through yoga with everyone at Strength & Strike Fitness. She loves the camaraderie and support of this community and can't wait to lift/punch/stretch with you soon!