About our trainers

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 

  • Degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from University of Florida
  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Competed in Sprint Xterra Triathlons
  • Personal trainer for over 10 years

DSC06219Aaron 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, Co-Owner

  • Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida
  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner
  • CrossFit Nutrition certified
  • CrossFit Mobility Instructor

halloween wod 066Mandi has been an avid CrossFitter since August 2008 and has been training others the CrossFit method since November 2008.  She has well-rounded knowledge of the body and uses the tools of exercise, massage therapy, and nutrition to help clients reach their goals.  Mandi received her degree from the University of Florida in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2008 and her massage license from the Florida School of Massage in February 2009.  In addition, she is also CrossFit nutrition certified and presents a FREE nutrition seminar once per month here at Gator Fitness & Training.  With her experience in these fields, Mandi loves working with people to reach their highest potential and optimal health.  When not training, Mandi’s favorite things are a sunny day at the beach, cooking and enjoying a good glass of wine.

Please contact Mandi at Mandi@gatorcrossfit.com

Adam Muir, Fitness Coach

  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Expert Olympic Instructor
  • Head Coach of Gator CrossFit program
  • Level 2 CrossFit Coach

Being a native to Gainesville, Adam knows Gainesville as well as anybody.  Having trained in a few gyms over the years, he has come to call Gator CrossFit his home.  As a CrossFit instructor, he has a passion to help people achieve their fitness goals at any level.  He works well with beginners to the most advance and can be seen giving expert Olympic lifting advice to anyone within an ear shot distance away.  Adam enjoys playing hockey and is currently studying to become a Paramedic and Firefighter.

Please contact Adam at adam@gatorcrossfit.com

Leslie Twist, Fitness Coach

  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Certified Gymnastics CrossFit Instructor
  • Certified Mobility Instructor
  • Cardiopulmonary Nurse
  • Marathon runner
  • Cross-country bike rider
  • Gator CrossFit Athlete of the Month

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

leslierings 002I 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

Crystal Hatch, Fitness Coach

  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Former Marine


Get strong with weight training right in your back yard

Get strong with weight training right in your back yard

I have an amazing husband, a wonderful step-daughter and I am also a new mom to a little boy that came out doing Burpees in May… I continued doing CrossFit up until the very day he made his appearance!  I can’t wait to get him his first set of CrossFit gear :)  

Most people thought I was crazy, but I enlisted in the Marine Corp in 2005, I have always had a burning desire to serve our Country.  And the way I see things, you either go big or go home!  So for me, the Marines was the only option!!

When I first came back, I struggled to be as active as I was in the military.  I love group training and activities, and to be honest, not a lot of my friends were up for my style of training ;)   ….So I slacked off a little.    That is until I had a training session with Aaron & then another with Mandi.   I had found my passion.  I’ve only been in the CrossFit world for a short while; I started training in January of 2012 and loved it so much, I wanted to be able to train others as well.  They say if you find a way to do what you love, work will never truly feel like ‘work’, and that saying couldn’t be more right!  

Please contact Crystal at crystal@gatorcrossfit.com

Jonas, Fitness Coach

  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Former Army soldier


Bio coming soon



Mike Vigh, Fitness Coach

  • Certified CrossFit Coach
  • Certified Gymnastics Coach
Mike working with Bobby on proper knee alignment

Mike working with Bobby on proper knee alignment




Bio coming soon.


Chase Palmer, Black Lab, Official Greeter of Gator CrossFit

photo 2(2)Chase has been training clients since he was a young pup.  He is one of the first to greet you as you walk in.  Don’t be afraid of him… he approaches you only to say “hello”.  If you get to know him well you will get a smile from him when you walk in the door.


Daisy Palmer, Rhodesian Ridgeback-Pit mix, Junior Greeter of Gator CrossFit

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