Name: Cindi Bonner aka Willis, Granola, Big Momma or CBB
Day Job: Owner of Fitness Onboard LLC
Pensacola Resident Since: I was born and raised in Pensacola. Left for college in 1989 and I returned with my family to our home in paradise in 2001.
Good Eats: For someone focused on exercise and fitness, I sure do seem to eat a lot! My favorites are the Fish House and their strawberry salad; Margaritaville’s Frank and Lola’s gumbo; Peg Leg Pete’s for Key West Salad, while having fun with the kids; and Global Grill for some delicious tapas with friends. The Grand Marlin is a great spot to unwind at happy hour and to stay for dinner at the bar.
Retail Therapy: When time allows, I love to shop anywhere and everywhere! I’m definitely a bargain shopper and always scope out Target, TJ Maxx, and I’m not afraid to admit Wal-Mart, too. Since my job’s “required uniform” is ball caps, flip-flops and shorts, I can find great deals at these places! I am definitely looking forward to the opening of the Fitness Onboard retail shop and downtown fitness location, located above Atlas Oyster House, where a variety of merchandise and clothing will be sold, plus bike rentals, paddle board rentals, private lessons and guided tours, and of course, our fitness classes!
Watering Holes: The Islander and The Break are the best places on the beach to grab the coldest Select 55. They also serve up some other favorites of mine: Michelob Ultra and Bud Light. The setting at Landshark Landing and the chilled Landshark Lager reminds us of how lucky we are to live in this beautiful place we call home. Luckily, the guys at the Lewis Bear Co. (local Anheuser Busch distributors) sure do a great job at keeping all the watering holes stocked with all the favorite beverage products.
Nightlife: When I want to take extra time to recover, there is nothing better than grabbing a few friends—HK, Polly and Big Daddy Chad, to name a few—firing up our light-up tambourines and heading out to see Trunk Monkey at The Sandshaker. For more of a laid back adult night, the revitalization of Palafox nightlife has become a great addition to downtown Pensacola and World of Beer is a must-go-to place.
Outdoors: If I am not on the water, we love to catch a Blue Wahoo’s game with the family. But for me, there is nothing better than to be surrounded by salt water, sand, and sun! My favorite place outdoors is definitely Fitness Onboard. Where else can you find awesome customer service, a one-of-a-kind designed paddleboard, and a unique way to exercise? Fitness Onboard is definitely for everyone—young and old, beginner to expert—they make everyone feel great!
Arts & Culture: Hands down The Pensacola Children’s Chorus is an unbelievable organization allowing our kids the opportunity to exhibit their talents they may otherwise not have known existed. If you have never seen a Children’s Chorus performance, it’s a must see—you will be blown away! This isn’t your typical kids musical recital, it’s more like a NYC Broadway production!
Never Miss Events/Festivals: The Blue Angel Air Show on Pensacola Beach in Little Sabine. SRI Triathalon, is a definite must-do event, although my role of triathlete has transitioned to having Fitness Onboard as part of the water safety team. You will always find us at the Mardi Gras Pensacola style with the downtown parade and beach parade. Look for a light up tambourine—it might be me!