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PortSide is more than just a gym, we are a community.  Our community is based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and our staff promotes living a healthy lifestyle through the use of functional fitness in a manner that can be executed by any person at any level of experience. So check us out and join in on the fun family environment!


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Owner, Head Coach, Programmer

Sara Carter, a CrossFit Level 2 trainer and former collegiate women’s basketball coach. She heard about CrossFit in 2012 in Ruston, LA and immediately fell in love with it. With a history in competitive sports, she saw the immediate value that CrossFit brought to everyday life and health. She is a coach by nature and looks forward to coaching not only the elite athlete but also those looking to transform their minds and bodies in a positive way.  Sara is looking forward to sharing her passion with the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


Melinda, a CrossFit Level 2 trainer joined the PortSide team in 2015.  Melinda is an excellent coach with attention to detail.  She is a teacher by day and CrossFit coach by afternoon.  Melinda has a way of pushing you so you can reach your goals. Melinda loved the community atmosphere of CrossFit and found that working out with a group of people was the most beneficial way to stay fit.

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Steven , a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, is a retired military officer and currently a Senior Army JROTC Instructor at Ocean Springs High School.  After years of doing the military “daily dozen” fitness program and a couple marathons, Steven found that CrossFit is the program that can provide a daily challenge and a sense of accomplishment every time you leave the box. CrossFit is a very scalable program to meet the fitness level of each individual so that everyone can participate and receive the life and health benefits.


Cori is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and joined CrossFit PortSide in 2015.  Since that time, she has reaped the personal fitness benefits of elite coaching as well as gained an irreplaceable support system through our gym.  Professionally, Cori is an environmental scientist helping clients across Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana attain environmentally sustainable economic developments.  Cori also likes to spend her spare time running half marathons and hiking with her dogs.

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Kristin came to CFPS in September of 2013. She loved not only the diversity of the workouts and the challenges each had, but the sense of competition that she was accustomed to from her past athletics. The Portside family is her second family and she loves the relationships, knowledge, and growth mentally, personally, and physically that she had made throughout the years. She became a CrossFit L1 Trainer in October of 2017 as a way to broaden her knowledge of the great sport of CrossFit and to assist others in achieving goals themselves. Personally, she is a Physical Therapist Assistant part-time and just recently took on a new career path as an Outside Sales Representative for RJ Young.

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Bio coming soon...

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