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At Woodside, we are proud to bring together a team of full-time, dedicated and passionate training professionals who must complete a minimum of 100 hours of classroom and practicum training to be Ortho-Kinetics certified. Our trainers work tirelessly to help their clients reach their goals and live the fullest, healthiest lives, whatever that looks like to them. Learn more about some of our trainers below. To schedule your free hour, click here



Tom was born in Saint Paul, MN but has lived in Kansas City most of his life. HE has worked in the fitness industry for over a decade. When he is not at Woodside you can find him playing guitar, cooking, resistance training, spending time with his two children or cheering on the Cheifs.

What motivated you to go into a career of training?

I have a great belief in the power of people to transform their lives and I wanted to do something that required me to have dynamic relationships with people. Personal training matches those goals because through applied effort, you really can overcome mental obstacles, transform your life, your health, your look and the way you feel about things.

What is your favorite part about your job?

There is great energy around potential and helping people uncover their constructive feelings about themselves and teaching them new skills. While many of us may think that exercise technique should be intuitive but there is a lot that really needs to be explained, demonstrated, practiced and improved upon. Certain lifts such as the squat and dead lift for example aren’t intuitive at all. They are however, very safe lifts when performed with proper technique and an appropriate weight. So, transferring the ideas that were taught to me and that I’ve found so valuable is a really fun component of the job. Also, taking someone who may feel intimidated by the weight room and its occupants and guiding them over time to a place where they feel comfortable and competent is an amazing journey.


How would you describe your training style?

I’d want them to know that wherever they are on the fitness spectrum, it is a perfectly good place to start. I had a huge health setback in life — I lost a lung to lung cancer and with the help of my fellow Woodside trainers and the Woodside community I was about to build myself back into excellent health. I learned a couple of things from that experience. First, coming back from an injury, a surgery or even a pregnancy is hard and doesn’t always take a linear trajectory and second, that if you start over and are encouraged, informed and committed, amazing transformations are possible.




Thane grew up in a small town in East Tennessee called Elizabethton. He grew up playing baseball and went on to play in college in Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas. He played professional baseball for two seasons in Southwest Kansas. When he is not at Woodside you can find him hunting, fishing or enjoying the outdoors. He is also a fan of reading and watching history documentaries. 

What motivated you to go into a career of training?

I was overweight in high school and somehow got a JV scholarship to play college baseball. There, I started to lose weight but was doing so in the wrong ways. I would practice long distance running and wouldn’t eat much. It wasn’t until my senior year that I got into weight lifting and exercise and learned how to become healthy the right way.  After my professional baseball career was over I wanted to get my certification and start helping people move better. Learning from my mistakes, struggles and obstacles coupled with a constant hunger for knowledge will allow me to propel people on the path toward successfully achieving their goals. 


What is your favorite part about your job?

Helping others achieve their goals and empowering them in one or numerous aspects of their lives. There is no better way to spend the day than helping others invest in and create better versions of themselves.

How would you describe your training style?

I know the struggle,  I have been overweight I have been intimidated by the gym. I assure you that the obstacles on the climb only make the view at the top of the mountain that much sweeter. I will be there to motivate you and support you every step of the way.




Dylan is from Parker, CO. He has been in the industry for a decade. When he is not at Woodside you can find him watching movies, reading comic books, music and spending time with his daughter. 

What motivated you to go into a career of training?

Since I was a teenager I have been invested in using my body as a representation of who I am. I wasn’t an athlete, I was a theater kid who wanted to look like and athlete. Thus, my passion for fitness was born. I moved from Colorado when I was 23 and began my work at Woodside as a trainer. For two years I believed I would eventually move back to Colorado and find a job I was better suited for, as succeeding in training was hard to come by for me at the time. In 2011 Woodside invested in Ortho-Kinetics program and for the first time I was introduced to career trainers who were able to teach me more about the body and how it works. I learned more than I ever could have dreamed of. Once I had the opportunity to learn and work at the same time, I was all in. I am invested in Woodside, Ortho-Kinetics, and training for the long term.

What is your favorite part about your job?

Coming to work! I love the relationships I have with my clients and seeing the evolution of their goals over time. Some of  my clients have worked with me for 6-8 years and I have been able to see a lot of positive change.  Every trainer I work alongside makes my life better and so do the clients I’ve gotten to know over the years.

How would you describe your training style? 

It is near impossible to be a master of training and fitness. There is so much to learn and every body, mind and personality is different. I will listen and collaborate with you towards creating the most optimal version of your physical self possible based on the reality of your lifestyle and goals. While there may not be such a thing as complete master in my field, I am the closest thing to it and will invest my time learning what best suits you.





Simon grew up in a small country in Australia called Bowraville on a farm and just a small drive from the beach. He has been training for close to a decade. When he is not training you can find him running, rock climbing, golfing, reading crime fiction novels and competing in Spartan Obstacle Course Racing. 

What motivated you to go into a career of training?

I was in the Australian Army Infantry Corps when I first became interested in fitness. Once I had fulfilled my tenure, I was looking for a career option outside of the military. Healthy lifestyle and sustainable living are big passions of mine and I wanted to learn how to show others how to live in the same way. I sought out a certification to fulfill that need and I love the ability to have in person conversations and build relationships. I find joy in assisting people to build the foundations they need to live healthy, pain free and sustainable lives.

What is your favorite part about your job?

I don’t consider it a job.  I enjoy that the Club is a very positive environment to create life long friendships and teach a wide range of people how to achieve their goals whatever they might be.


How would you describe your training style?

I am a very well rounded trainer with almost 8 years of experience. I train people between the ages of 13 – 80, male and female. No matter what your goal is, strength training for a sport, experiencing pain, want to lose body fat, coming back from injury, gain more muscle or working on stability, I will ensure that I give you the most professional and worthwhile experience to get you there. I am very passionate about providing you with knowledge of where your body is at and how we can put a road map together to get it where you want it to be.

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