Elite Fitness Marion was formerly known as Ability Fitness, which originally opened in 2012. This small location had set hours of operation, a couple treadmills, ellipticals, nusteps, resistance machines, and some light freeweights. In December of 2018 it underwent a renovation, expanded, and transformed into Elite Fitness. This location now offers 24/7/365 access, a dry sauna, treadmills, ellipticals, stairmills, seated ellipticals, recumbent bikes, spin bikes, NuSteps, 5 power racks, a cable crossover, free weights, resistance machines, TRX straps, plyo boxes, med balls, yoga balls, field turf area, a TANK (push sled), battle ropes, showers, a vending machine, security cameras throughout the gym and much more! We offer no contract and contracted membership options, exercise classes, personal training, and group training. Since we are under the same ownership as Ability Physical Therapy, we have the unique ability to offer free injury consults if needed by any of our members. We are also able to refer our members to a great massage therapist next door at our Marion Ability Physical Therapy clinic! 

Meet the trainers


Joe Klein


Nichole Carlson


Ben martens

pta, Nsca-cpt

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Joe's goals are to help you learn to make the gym a habit for a healthier life style and teach you how to workout in a safe manner to promote longevity. 

Joe is a nationally certified personal trainer. He Initially started with an associates degree of science, but recently graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Science. Joe started weight training six years ago and became obsessed with learning more about the human body and how it works. When he's not in the gym, he can usually be found fishing and enjoying the outdoors.

Nichole not only helps her clients achieve their fitness goals, but helps them be stronger in their everyday life.

Nichole is a nationally certified personal trainer. She graduated from Ashford University in 2014 where she competed in track and field at the national level. She joined the Elite Fitness team in January of 2015 and is now the Elite Fitness Operations Manager working mainly out of the Center Point and Marion locations. She enjoys competing in all sports and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Denver Broncos.

Ben is passionate about helping people unlock their potential and work towards a healthier lifestyle.

Ben Martens graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 2007 and has worked in the outpatient orthopedics since then. He enjoys helping people of all ages return to their normal functional level and helping his clients live a healthy active lifestyle. He specializes in speed development and focusing on form and function.  While not in the office Ben is the quarterback coach of the Linn-Mar Lions football team, and he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children as much as he can.

Other staff

Ashton berberich

Ashton is currently a student at the Marion Independent School District. After graduation, he plans to obtain his CPT and work as a personal trainer while studying to become an engineer in college. Ashton has found a deep passion for the fitness industry, so even outside of work, you’ll probably still find him at the gym.

Bailey Sams 


Bailey is a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Iowa. She graduated from Loras college in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training and kinesiology. She is the athletic trainer at Marion High School. Bailey has always had a passion for athletics and fitness, competing in track and field and cross country up to college. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports and playing disc golf with her fiancé.


Class Schedule & Staffed Hours

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Staffed Hours:

Monday: 6:00 Am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 6:00 Am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 6:00 Am - 6:00 pm

Thursday: 6:00 Am - 6:00 pm

Friday: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Contact Us today!



999 44th Street Suite 9,000 

Marion, Iowa 52302

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