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Kirstie Cantrell

Jeff Payne

  • When and why did you start at Panhandle CrossFit?

  • I started in March of 2016 after being very curious about crossfit. I've done Insanity and P90X a few times but felt something was missing. After having a rough few years battling some back issues and after talking to a friend who knows Adam and Kirstie, I signed up and love it!!
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  • What is your favorite WOD or movement(s) and what is your favorite activity outside of CrossFit?

  • I enjoy weight lifting, deadlifts are one of my favorites mostly due to the fact that I have seen great increases in my strength and the deadlifts feel great for my back. Outside of crossfit I love to travel with my wife and also enjoy riding my Harley and working on my muscle car project.
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  • What words of encouragement/advice would you give to new members?

  • Trust in the process and the coaches. Don't get discouraged and keep attending. Don't think about it, just sign up for the WOD and get to the box. Do your best and don't worry about how fast or strong the person next to you is. You can do anything you set your mind to. One of my favorite quotes : Do you remember the guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.
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  • Who/what inspires you the most?

  • In general, people that fight for what they want and never give up inspire me. The brave men and women who protect us and serve us here and abroad inspire me the most. When I am having a rough day or a tough workout, I often think of those that are away from their families protecting our freedoms and it helps inspire me to finish what I am doing.
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  • How has Panhandle CrossFit affected your life?

  • In the short term, it has given me more energy and has ignited something inside of me. In 5 more years I will be 50 and I plan to turn 30 on my 50th birthday!!! J
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  • What is your Favorite thing about Panhandle CrossFit?

  • The support and camaraderie is amazing. The similarity between crossfit culture and my company's culture is astounding. Everyone at Panhandle Crossfit (and even some drop in gyms I've attended) is super helpful and encouraging and even a bit weird (which I like).
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  • Short Bio

  • I grew up in NW Indiana where I attended Purdue University and met my wife, Melonie. After college we owned a small pizza shop and I worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp as a millwright for 10 years. My wife and I along with our Daughter Heather moved to Panama City in June of 2006 and launched a new career in Real Estate Sales. We own the Payne Group at Keller Williams Success Realty and also founded and own The Five Doors Real Estate Network, the #1 expansion team currently in the Keller Williams Realty International and Ranked #21 in the Wall Street Journal Real Trends report for sales in 2015. We have a cat named Oscar (that we later learned is a female but kept the name anyway) and a grand dog Boston Terrior named Lala.

Matt Presley

  • When and why did you start at Panhandle CrossFit?

  • I started at Panhandle CrossFit in January of 2016. Why? The why is a bit more involved. They say that "self-pity is the only thing that smells worse than four days' worth of road sweat"...funny and true! Towards the end of 2015, I really wasn't content or happy with my eating habits and level of physical activity. I knew something had to change in a big way. Thankfully, my CrossFit superstar wife Diem had been telling me (for about five years!) about the wonders and glories of CrossFit. With her persistent 'encouragement', I finally decided to listen to her and give it a try. And I am so very thankful I did! I absolutely love it which is ironic/ridiculous because I always always swore that I would never EVER do CrossFit.
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  • What is your favorite WOD or movement(s) and what is your favorite activity outside of CrossFit?

  • I can't honestly say that I actually have a favorite movement or WOD. I really find most of the movements and WODs to be really terrible and not at all fun....but I absolutely love doing them! It's sort of complicated I guess. Drop me off at a regular gym and tell me to work out and I'll find an elliptical where I can watch movies for an hour. Which is sort of 'fun' and I did that for about 20 years (I'm old!)...and I absolutely hated going. Like I said, it's complicated, but now, I try and workout at Panhandle five days a week. If I have to miss a day, I'm really not happy. That's about a 180 degree turn around for me I'd say. Oh, and now I actually workout when I work out rather than just watch Netflix and chill. I seriously sweat more in 45 minutes at Panhandle than I did in 10 years on the elliptical at the globo gym.
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  • What words of encouragement/advice would you give to new members?

  • I've only been doing it for 6 months, so I should probably hush it with the advice. As for encouragement, I'd say like others did, just keep coming. Don't worry about getting blue buttons or red buttons on your WODs...they are really pretty but be content without them. I'm regularly last, not only in my class, but last in every class! And I really am good with that. Please just enjoy the awfulness of the WOD, embrace that terrible feeling and learn to be comfortable with uncomfortable...and be cool with not being Matt/Sarah Berry! (Though some are starting to call me the next Matt Berry...)
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  • Who/what inspires you the most?

  • My wife, though she's tiny, is the biggest/hugest inspiration for me! She has battled through some really tough stuff in her life and has been a CrossFit superhero for about five years now. She wakes up every day at some ungodly hour (I'm still sleeping!) and goes and brings her best to each workout. I was sort of sitting on the couch with the kids going "huh, more popcorn?"...So, yeah, she has definitely inspired me to get off the couch (which is so comfy!), start eating right (macros are wacros!) and whip this mortal coil into shape.
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  • How has Panhandle CrossFit affected your life?

  • Well, the answer to this is rather oniony....multi layered and liable to bring tears to the eyes! Since we're all trying to stay hydrated in this heat, I'll give you the short (non-teary) answer: it's been a huge change for the better. And it's kind of cool now that if I 'accidentally' flex my biceps at work, my shirt totally rips. I have to be careful....and keep spare shirts around. And I can totally crush cans with my pecs....so there's that as well.
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  • What is your Favorite thing about Panhandle CrossFit?

  • There are so many awesome things about our gym! We have fantastic coaches, my beautiful wife, amazing athletes (looking at you PM peeps!), my pastor (Fr Mike!) and a beautiful location overlooking the bay. But I still have to say that my favorite thing about Panhandle is the community! E pluribus unum-out of the many, one. When I started CrossFit, everyone (except for maybe Bill ;) ) welcomed me with open sweaty arms and made me feel right at home which was really nice. And I've received extra encouragement from folks as I've struggled to complete WODs which is sooo cool! My fellow CrossFit friends are so much fun that I don't really want to work out without them (#PMTEAM4LIFE!)....some of them even live next door! The community at Panhandle is really fun, encouraging and supportive-they can't be beat! (And thanks so much to Ann and Ronnie for being my Saturday partner for like 4 months straight-y'all are awesome!)
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  • Short Bio

  • Matt is husband to Diem, father of five (still don't know what causes that!) and a drug dealer (pharmacist). He is a former international male supermodel (currently modeling for KiloPounds!) and has an uncanny resemblance to the famed actor Matthew McConaughey. He hates running but he likes stylish hats, the Pope (he wears great hats too!), long walks on the beach, puppies, world peace and playing the bongo drums.

Ann and Ronnie Yessman

  • When and why did you start at Panhandle CrossFit?

  • We started in January after my son encouraged us to give Crossfit a try. He had been helping us with our macros and told us that Crossfit would complement the progress we were making with our diets. So we decided that we would give it a shot!
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  • What is your favorite WOD or movement(s) and what is your favorite activity outside of CrossFit?

  • Ann: My favorite movement is, deadlift and kettle ball. My favorite activity outside of crossfit is ridding my horse, and going on bike rides with Ronnie.
  • Ronnie: I like Back Squats, Dead Lift and rowing. I enjoy golfing and anything that involves spending time with Ann.
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  • What words of encouragement/advice would you give to new members?

  • Don't cherry pick WODs. Go and do the workout even if it has a movement that you hate and leave your ego at the door and don't be intimidated! Take your time and start lifting lighter weight and build from there. Its hard watching the younger people lift heavy weights knowing I used to be able to do that when I was younger. The good news is we are getting stronger every day!
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  • Who/what inspires you the most?

  • Ann: Our kids inspire us to keep going when We want to stop. I don't want them to ever say "my mom was a quitter". I want them to have a good example of a healthy, fit lifestyle. My sister inspires me. She has been doing Crossfit for 5 years and I hope to be as dedicated as she has been. I am also inspired by Ronnie he tried Crossfit once before and said he wouldn't ever do that again! Well now he loves going and hates it when he has to miss because of work. He has lost about 30 lbs has more energy and hasn't looked back! GO Ronnie!!
  • Ronnie: Ann inspires me! She always says she is so proud of me and how good I look. She works out all the time when I'm at work and on my days off I enjoy going to the gym. I really enjoy when we are able to got to the gym together. She inspires me and pushes me to keep going and not give up! I am also inspired by my Panhandle crossfit family who cheer each other on and help each other work out. I love that we all work out together yet you can do your own thing with out dragging anyone down if you happen to be slower.
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  • How has Panhandle CrossFit affected your life?

  • Between us, Ronnie and I have lost 40 pounds. We have more energy and find ourselves engaging in more outdoor activities.
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  • What is your Favorite thing about Panhandle CrossFit?

  • The programming and the ability to scale even the most difficult workouts. The people are so encouraging and supportive too.
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  • Short Bio

  • We are both born and raised in Miami. We moved to Panama City about 29 years ago. Now that we have raised our kids, we are looking forward to active retirement. Ann enjoys ridding her horse and hopes to spend more time ridding and going to the gym with Ronnie. Ronnie hopes to spend more time on the golf course!! And we both hope to spend more time traveling and enjoying our 2 beautiful granddaughters.

Jessica Jordan

  • When and why did you start at Panhandle CrossFit?

  • I started at Panhandle in November of 2012. I had just finished training for (and snail-pace completing) a half marathon, so I was looking for something new and exciting to try. I've always been fairly active (globo gyms, group classes, personal training, workout DVDs...if you can name it, I've probably tried it), but I hadn't found anything I loved enough to commit to for more than a few months. When my running buddy mentioned trying Crossfit for the tenth or so time, I finally caved. But I have to say, I wasn't even a little excited. I had googled Crossfit. I had seen the barbells and the intense workouts. I had gawked over the chiseled bodies. And I was convinced that whether I hated it or was just too intimidated to ever come back, Crossfit just wouldn't be for me. And we all see how that worked out.
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  • What is your favorite WOD or movement(s) and what is your favorite activity outside of CrossFit?

  • I love any WOD with a barbell, especially ones like DT and The Incredible Hulk. I also enjoy chipper-style workouts and rowing. (Basically anything that doesn't involve bodyweight movements or too much coordination is fine by me.) Outside of Crossfit, I love reading, writing, games nights with friends, attending concerts and music festivals (or just seeing live music in general), laughing until my ribs ache, and spending hermit time with Casey and our fur child, Belle.
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  • What words of encouragement/advice would you give to new members?

  • Just keep coming! And don't even look at the WOD if you're the type of person to psych yourself out about it to the point you don't show up. Putting on your workout clothes, driving to the gym, and walking through the door is half the battle. Yes, it can all be very intimidating. Yes, there are days you'll hurt so badly you'll wonder what kind of sane person pays for this level of torture. And yes, there will be moments when you don't PR, or when you get frustrated because you're not progressing as quickly as you'd like or because your progress has stalled. I'm almost 3 years in and I still feel that way sometimes. (Gymnastic movements are my nemesis, and nothing has the ability to break my spirit quite like double unders.) When those thoughts enter your head, just remind yourself of why you walked through those doors in the first place. Remember the goals you've set for yourself and how it feels to achieve them. Think of how much progress you've already made and the potential you have if you keep pushing through. And never forget to celebrate your own personal victories-large or small.
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  • Who/what inspires you the most?

  • Anyone who has overcome physical adversity and managed to not only keep a positive outlook on life, but also to stay incredibly strong. Through the wonders of the Internet, I've seen a child with cerebral palsy finish a triathlon, taking the final steps without his walker. I've seen a man confined to a wheelchair complete a warrior dash, and I've seen another string together muscle ups. If you're not inspired by that kind of strength and tenacity, you may be broken. ;) (For a music video that'll make you feel the feels and help you get into the gym on a rough day, check out Renegades by X Ambassadors.)
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  • How has Panhandle CrossFit affected your life?

  • I don't even know where to begin with this one. When I first started at Panhandle, I was a serious yoyo dieter who always wanted a quick fix, and who couldn't commit to a nutrition or workout program. I was also a hot mess in my personal life. I was fortunate to complete On Ramp at Panhandle (the beginner's program at the time) with amazing coaches and with friends who helped me to feel comfortable in a very foreign environment. And the existing members were all so welcoming, many of them stopping what they were doing to help me out with form or technique. It wasn't long before I felt like I'd found a space of my own. It's hard to explain until you've been through it, and some of my friends still think I'm in a cult. But I don't give a damn because through Crossfit, I've found some amazing friendships, a boyfriend who I love the heck out of, and muscles I never knew existed. I'm also down about 30 pounds since starting Crossfit, and at least 50 pounds from my heaviest weight. While I still have a lot to learn and a lot of progress to make, I'm the lightest I've been in nearly two decades, and the strongest-emotionally and physically-that I've ever been. (Even my family, who's always considered me "the princess" or "the delicate one," now includes me in heavy lifting projects.) I will forever be grateful for all the pieces that fell into place and led me to walk into Panhandle "just for a free fitness test" that first day.
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  • What is your Favorite thing about Panhandle CrossFit?

  • The people, hands down. Not only did I meet my boyfriend, Casey, there (who is everything I love about Crossfit bound up into one amazing person), but it's also where I forged some of my closest, strongest, and healthiest friendships, with people I may never have met otherwise who hold me accountable when I don't feel up to doing it myself. It's where I developed a second family.
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  • Short Bio

  • I'm a Florida girl, born and raised. I grew up in a tiny town not far from Panama City, where kids rode their bikes in the street without adult supervision and made mud pies, and where some of the best watermelons I've ever had were only $2 straight from the field. My accent was so strong when I was younger that my boss wouldn't let me clock out for lunch without teasing me because of it. (Apparently, words like "five" and "nine" are only one syllable, and you shouldn't drag out your "I's" for 5 seconds.) I attended a tiny high school (my graduating class was 44 students), a relatively tiny undergrad, and a tiny law school. Once upon a time, I had a mullet and it was glorious. On paper, I'm a lawyer for the state. In my heart (a magic land where bills and debt and humidity and calories and sunburns aren't real things), I'm a music-loving hippie who lives in a beach bungalow, writing and reading, dancing and laughing, eating all the glorious food, and playing the bongos naked because that's what Matthew McConaughey would do. (Just kidding about one of those things.) I love my family. I love my friends. I love my boyfriend and our fur child. And I freakin' love Crossfit.

Jenn and Bill Loyd

  • When and why did you start at Panhandle CrossFit?

  • Jen: I started CrossFit on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, in an on-ramp class that I had to beg my friend Nichole Chandler to attend with me. She reluctantly agreed, and well, here we are, at most classes together. I have to say a BIG "Thank You" to Mary Sittman for making it so easy to join. And I joined because I was tired of walking around with extra weight on me for too many years.
  • Bill: I started cross fit when my kind, gentle, encouraging PE coach wife said "get your fat a$$ in the gym". I had sporadically worked out, jogged, swam etc., but I was heavier than I liked. Jen started earlier, liked it, and managed to avoid the ER, so I started with the zone challenge in early January 2016, jumping in with both feet.
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  • What is your favorite WOD or movement(s) and what is your favorite activity outside of CrossFit?

  • Jen: My favorite movements are the 400m block run (that is heaven to me), box jumps, and the only bar movement I like is a split jerk. My favorite things to do outside of CrossFit are: running, yoga, camping, and hanging out with my friends and kids on the boat.
  • Bill: Pull-ups are probably my favorite activity, but most movements that avoid that dang run around the building are just fine. Let Jen do the running. Outside of CrossFit, I love to fish.
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  • What words of encouragement/advice would you give to new members?

  • Jen: "Oh my gosh, there is nothing like CrossFit. Give it a chance. Don't be afraid (like I was!). Everyone is so welcoming and so nice and really wants you to succeed. The CrossFit family is made up of amazing people. There is nothing harder, but nothing more rewarding when it is over!"
  • Bill: never, ever, ever, try to keep up with the 5:30 a.m. jackrabbit lady cyborgs, and do not get too discouraged when they lift more than you do. Seriously, you took a very big step, starting... let the program work, listen to the coaches, do what you can, watch what you eat, and the results will follow. Do not get discouraged, the workout you are doing today, even if its slower and less weight than the person next to you in the gym, is WAY more than the vast majority of the people you will see outside of CrossFit.
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  • Who/what inspires you the most?

  • Jen: My daughter, Cameron, inspires me every day to run faster or farther, or just to be the best person I can be. No obstacles, no excuses, no drama, just do it!
  • Bill: Now that my son is at school, I am outnumbered with two incredible, driven ladies. There is nothing they cannot do.
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  • How has Panhandle CrossFit affected your life?

  • Jen: When I joined, I asked Adam if this could help me lose weight, and he said, "Yes!" (but I didn't really believe him). After getting through the pain of those first 6 weeks, I took the Zone Diet challenge and I lost 12 lbs. I believe Adam now. CrossFit has made me a stronger person in general, and a faster runner. And I have met so many incredible people.
  • Bill: I am hovering between 28-30 pounds less than when I started, and feel great. I have learned to manage food intake (most of the time), and am getting over my fear of different movements, like dead lifts (the name is appropriate) and squat cleans. I still struggle with overhead squats, but am not discouraged.
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  • What is your Favorite thing about Panhandle CrossFit?

  • Jen: The coaches! You all are the most supportive, encouraging, motivating, fun, positive people and I love arriving at the gym and seeing who is coaching that day's WOD. Adam does not accept the words "I can't do this" and helps you get through it. Kirstie knows when we (Lorna, Bill and I) are capable of more weight and calls us out on it! Kristen, from day one, reached out to us (Nichole and I) and made us feel welcome in a place where we were definitely out of our element. Bri is just a badass. Craig kept us on track in the morning classes when all we really wanted to do was just chit chat. Taylor is always such a good sport and lets us laugh at/with him during class. And Cody, in his quiet, low key way, gets us through the workout and makes us feel good about ourselves when it's over.
  • Bill: The 5:30 a.m. experience. Mary Sittman warned me about the 5:30 a.m. crew, and cautioned me not to try to keep up with them. They are all SO fast and strong, especially Kelsey, Diem, and Justine. Even though they could finish, drive home and eat breakfast before I can usually finish, they are always there encouraging anyone struggling to finish. The coaches always find the right mix of instruction and encouragement. The whole "vibe" of the 5:30 class makes this a great way to start the day, even though I usually struggle in the coffin corner near the jump boxes, and hope Kirstie will not pick up my weights, add to them, and show me how its done.
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  • Short Bio

  • Jen: I am from Miami, Florida, and I have three sisters, one of whom is my fraternal twin. I am a P.E. teacher at Holy Nativity Episcopal School where I have been teaching/coaching for 16 years. I think it is the best job in the world!
  • Bill: I grew up in Auburn, Alabama, and my family is all here in P.C. I have been a banker all of my career and am currently President of SmartBank Florida.
  • We both graduated from FSU with Finance degrees. We have been married for 22 hilarious years and we have two great kids, our son, Trae (20, at Auburn University), and our daughter, Cameron (17, going off to college in the Fall).

Nichole Chandler

  • When and why did you start at Panhandle CrossFit?

  • My first fundamentals class was November 18, 2015. My workout buddy Jennifer Lloyd convinced me to try Crossfit for at least two weeks. I won't lie, I did NOT want to do Crossfit. I did not understand it; I didn't want to lift heavy weights. I KNEW I was going to dislike it....but then I drank the Kool-aid. Within a month I was going 4-5 days a week, was completely addicted and I am still loving it!
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  • What is your favorite WOD or movement(s) and what is your favorite activity outside of CrossFit?

  • I like it when we build to a maximum weight, mainly because I have no idea what my max will be. It's like a little surprise each time! As far as WODs go, I love a longer, 25-30 minute WODs. At the time you think you might actually cry or die, but when you make it to the end (without crying or dying) you feel like the Queen of the World! My favorite activity outside of CrossFit is yoga. I usually practice 3-4 days a week. Yoga calms me and helps me with patience and acceptance. It also teaches me how to accept where I am physically and mentally while still working towards more.
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  • What words of encouragement/advice would you give to new members?

  • Don't compare yourself to anyone else; It doesn't matter if can only lift the bar. You aren't in the gym for anyone else except for you and everyone has to start somewhere. It won't be long before you look back, and remember when your body couldn't do what it just did!
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  • Who/what inspires you the most?

  • I am inspired by all strong women, but especially Jennifer Lloyd! She is constantly encouraging me and a myriad of other people to exercise, push ourselves and live a healthy life. Her positive attitude and love of hard work is infectious. Having people in your life that encourage healthy habits and positive attitudes will help inspire you to keep working toward your goals every day!
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  • How has Panhandle CrossFit affected your life?

  • My yoga teacher always ends class by saying 'Take a second to thank your body for all it has done for you' and I just love that! CrossFit has helped me feel comfortable in my own skin again and appreciate what my body can do and does for me every day. Since starting I have lost 25 pounds and almost 8 total inches, but it's about more than just losing weight. Now when I look at my {not as skinny as I wish they were} thighs, I can see beyond the imperfections; I can see strength. When I notice the flab that still hangs on my arms, I also see muscles that grew enough to do real push-ups for the first time! We will always be able to see our own imperfections, but CrossFit has helped me look beyond them to appreciate what my body can do and not focus on what it can't do.
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  • What is your Favorite thing about Panhandle CrossFit?

  • The positive atmosphere and the coaches! I love the positive atmosphere. I remember being able to hit Rx for the first time and getting high-fives and congrats from everyone! I love how it is almost proper etiquette to hang out once you have finished your WOD and encourage and cheer on those who are still working. I always leave in a better mood than I came in with. I think the coaches are just the best of the best! It is like having a personal trainer in a group setting. They are always encouraging, watching, pushing and congratulating you!
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  • Short Bio

  • I am originally from Quitman, Georgia but I moved to Panama City 15 years ago to train birds at Gulf World. I worked at Gulf World while earning my BS in Social Science Education from FSU-PC. After graduation I taught history Holy Nativity Middle School for seven years. I left the classroom two years ago to become a trainer at NantHealth. I still teach, but now I teach people how to work with different medical software systems the company develops. I just celebrated my one year anniversary with my husband, JR on February 13th. We have two fur-children. Xandor, a 6 year old German shepherd and Buck, a 9 year old yellow lab. We love boating, paddle boarding and FSU football.