Founder & CEO
James Thompson aka "JT" is the founder of Evolve with JT and an outspoken Fitness and Nutrition Expert with over 25 years of hands-on experience. In 2020 Evolve with JT was named the “Best Weight Loss Program” for the forth in a row and "Best Fitness Center / Gym" by the News Herald in the Best of Bay Awards. For the last 4 years Coach JT has been the inaugural recipient of a Panama City Living Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award. JT’s larger than life personality coupled with his straightforward, no-gimmick approach to working with clients has inspired and encouraged thousands to achieve permanent changes in their lifestyle. He accomplishes this primarily through educating clients about proper nutrition, exercise, functional movement practices and natural supplementation.
JT is happily married with two children, is an avid outdoorsman and an enthusiastic Mountain Biker. In 2016 JT founded “Urban Donkeys” mountain bike club with his youngest son Michael to inspire kids and families to get out and get active.
Outside of the office JT is an author, a public speaker and podcaster and he also provides corporate wellness services and is known to many as simply “Coach”. JT and his partner and wife, Bethany are dedicated to making Bay County a Healthier and Happier place to live. In 2016 JT and his wife formed Team Evolve. Team Evolve trains and competes in obstacle course races and provides accountability, structure and support to all involved. JT coaches practice for Team Evolve twice per week while Bethany assists and provides much needed support, structure and guidance. JT and Team EVOLVE were featured on Channel 13 Local News, The Determined Stories, The News Herald and currently has a waiting list of applicants waiting to join.