About our Team

About our Team

Our clients want a trainer with experience, expertise, accountability, professionalism.  They’re looking for a trainer who will get people RESULTS FAST!

With our highly trained staff, we can provide you with a personalized program that delivers results, quickly and effectively, so you can meet your goals.

Aaron Palmer, Owner 

Aaron looking sharp while in Italy


  • Degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from University of Florida
  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • Personal trainer for over 12 years
  • Former massage therapist
  • Co-Owner

Aaron has been a personal trainer since 2003.  Aaron’s experience as a massage therapist allows him to approach each client with an understanding of how the human body works and what needs to be done to get it working properly.  As an avid mountain bike rider and Crossfitter, Aaron has competed in several off-road triathlons.  He has been training CrossFit classes on a regular basis since August 2008 and has never felt stronger.  CrossFit training prepares him for mountain biking, triathlons and just everyday life.  When not training, he enjoys a nice day with his dog or a day on the golf course.

Please contact Aaron at aaron@gatorcrossfit.com

Mandi Palmer, Head Massage Therapist and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Nutrition Coach, Co-Owner


  • Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • CrossFit Nutrition certified
  • CrossFit Mobility Instructor
  • Certified CrossFit L1
  • Co-owner

Since 2008, Mandi has gained a well-rounded knowledge of the body and uses the tools of corrective exercise, massage therapy, and nutrition to help clients reach their goals.  Mandi is passionate about fitness, food, life and inspiring others.  She splits her time with the gym working on her passion for food with MandiBar Food Corp., hand crafting artisan MandiBar Energy Bites for the Gainesville area.

Please contact Mandi at Mandi@gatorcrossfit.com

Leslie Twist, Fitness Coach

Simplicity is the best… it reminds us just to love life, love living. .

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Leslie pushing hard on the rings


  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • Certified Gymnastics CrossFit Instructor
  • Certified Mobility Instructor
  • Cardiopulmonary Nurse
  • Marathon runner



I am a 41 year old mom of four and am in the best shape of my life.  One of the things I like about Gator Crossfit is the challenge. Crossfit pushes you to challenge yourself to become y a stronger and healthier person. What lies within us is truly amazing; we just have to tap into it. Gator Crossfit makes the challenge available, so you not only gain strength but a better awareness of your body.  Everything we build, we want it to have a good foundation so it can withstand anything… that’s exactly what this training does for us, our minds, bodies and spirit.

Please contact Leslie at Leslie@gatorcrossfit.com

Mike Vigh, Fitness Coach

Mike working with Bobby on proper knee alignment

Mike working with Bobby on proper knee alignment

  • Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach
  • Certified Gymnastics Coach
  • Attitude National Weight lifting certification
  • Programmer for our CrossFit group classes




Mike has always been active in athletics. Growing up it was rock climbing, and wrestling. In high school it was cross-country, track, and swimming. After graduating high school in 2009 there was something missing. Mike found CrossFit in 2010 and it has been an obsession ever since. After years of being a member at Gator Crossfit an opportunity presented itself and Mike decided it was time to become a coach.

Crystal Hatch, Fitness Coach

Bio coming soon…


Daisy Palmer, Official Greeter of Gator CrossFit

photo 1(3)Daisy has been part of the Official Greeting staff for four years now.  She is a constant source of licks before and after your workout.  Who needs a towel with her around.