Popular Personal Trainer Killed By Train While Shooting YouTube Exercise Video
On Tuesday in Atlanta, Travis "Achilles" Williams, 30, a popular personal trainer, was struck and ki...
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Popular Personal Trainer Killed By Train While Shooting
YouTube Exercise Video
On Tuesday in Atlanta, Travis "Achilles" Williams, 30, a popular personal trainer, was struck and
killed by a freight train.
Williams, a well-known and respected fitness guru, was making a YouTube video at the time he was
killed. Williams often recorded workouts outside for his YouTube Channel. He has around 400
The Daily Mail reports that Williams and a close friend were shooting an exercise video of Williams
jumping rope close to railroad tracks. Williams was not jumping rope on the tracks, but he and his
friend underestimated the width of the oncoming train and the train sideswiped the trainer.
William's friend was not injured in the incident, but he was knocked down by the impact.
William's leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter and a longtime girlfriend. His family and friends
turned to Instagram and Twitter to say their goodbyes and express their pain using hashtag
"RIP Achilles Williams. You Motivated many, many of use to better health," Cedric McCay, a friend of
Williams, posted to Twitter.
"RIP to a great person and awesome trainer - 'The trainer's trainer,'" Dr. Kelvin Brown, a weight loss
Williams ran a private fitness camp called Team Fitness in Atlanta. He had a strong social media
following with close to 30,000 Instagram followers.
Williams used different social media venues to share photos and workouts. Earlier this week, he
posted photos of himself snowboarding and doing a handstand. Travis lived by his motto that "[i]t's
never too late or too early to start living the life you always wanted to live."
A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Williams' family to raise funds for his funeral as well as to
support his young daughter, reports USA Today. The campaign has raised over $22,000 so far.
The GoFundMe page states, "Everyone
knew Achilles *Travis* Williams had an
unbelievable spirit and energy. He lived
his 30 years better than many will live
their lifetime. Travis was truly one of a
kind and his legacy of helping and loving
others will continue. The funds raised
will pay for his funeral expenses as well
as support his daughter and A to Z
nonprofit foundation he leaves behind."
Eerily, Williams' death is similar to
another health icon that took place
earlier this year. George Gregory Plitt
Jr., a fitness model and actor, was
filming a new promotional workout video
when he was killed by a train in Los
[Photo courtesy of the Daily Mail]
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