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Dawn White
Head Coach

Cortney Johnson
Assistant Coach

Hi there! I’m Dawn, Head Coach for NEXT STEP Performance Training. I am a certified running coach with Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), USATF Level 1 Certified Coach, Certified Race Director with RRCA, and certified in CPR/First Aid. It seems I’ve been some kind of coach all my adult life and have been coaching all levels of runners for over a decade.  I enjoy getting to know each athlete and figure out what motivates them and love sharing my passion of running with them. I don’t look at myself as just your coach, we are partners together in this endeavor! I feel it is important to train with a coach because sometimes it is hard to be objective about your own training. A coach takes the guesswork out and can help you train efficiently. Although I am a coach, I have my own running coach as well! I never ask my athletes to do something I’m not willing to do myself! This includes strength training, cross training, rest days, etc. I’m very excited to have Coach Cortney join NEXT STEP and help me to train you to become the most efficient runner you can be!

Hey running friends I’m Cortney! UESCA running coach and licensed physical therapist assistant with a BS in exercise science. I’m a huge nerd when it comes to all things fitness and mindset. I believe we can all surprise ourselves by what we are capable of, with the right mindset we are limitless!

Exercise has always been a huge part of my life. I started gymnastics at the age of 5 and later transitioned into dance and cheerleading. I actually didn’t become a runner until I was in my mid twenties,  but once I started I quickly became addicted. The running community is awesome and such a great group of inspiring people. I’ve since run 2 50k’s, 3 full marathons, 7 half marathons and a good bit of 5ks. My favorite distance is a half marathon and I absolutely love running the flat roads of Myrtle Beach!

I began coaching gymnastics at the age of 14 in which I Immediately knew coaching and helping others was going to be my thing, my forever. Fast forward to today, I own my own business, Seniors In Motion in which I do in home fitness. I also strength train runners via online or in person.

I’m beyond excited to coach alongside Coach Dawn. She has coached me for my firsts and several PRs. Im looking forward to sprinkling in strength training to not only keep you strong, both physically and mentally, but also keeping you injury free and running happy! Cross training is so important as you add mileage. Can’t wait to meet everyone!!