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


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.

Tim Eilers


Over a decade of experience working with a wide array of skillsets. Regardless of your fitness goals, Tim can help you to achieve them.

Tim is an ACSM Certified Personal trainer who graduated from The University of Iowa with a major in Health Promotion and minor in integrative physiology. Some of his personal fitness experiences include playing football at Central College, playing rugby at Iowa and being a captain of the Trihawks Triathlon team at Iowa. Tim worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach at West Branch High School before being hired by Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids as a fitness trainer and their head trainer for their THRIVE cancer/exercise program, and continued that work with the YMCA in their LiveSTRONG program. Most recently Tim was the Fitness Director for Grand Living where he worked in a senior living facility, where he was a resource for all residents on their fitness and wellness. These experiences opened his eyes to how much positive impact exercise can have on a person, regardless of their fitness level, and it is his true passion working with others to reach their goals, regardless of range.

Ben martens
pta, Nsca-cpt, SFC

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 is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is Senior Fitness Certified. 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.

Sydney McVay

Sydney loves working with all fitness levels and ages. She is passionate about helping clients to not only achieve their goals, but to improve their quality of life while building a personal relationship with each client. 


Sydney McVay earned her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science at Monmouth College where she played volleyball. While still in college, Sydney interned at Elite Fitness for several weeks. She was hired as a personal trainer in July of 2021. Sydney found her love for personal training while working along side the Monmouth College athletic trainers. Her main focuses are injury prevention, building back strength after injuries, and improving clients quality of life through fitness.


Nichole Carlson



Thomas has personal training experience working with clients of all ages and ability levels, as well as Strength and Conditioning for athletes of multiple ages across multiple sports.

Thomas attended Kirkwood Community College completing the Exercise Science program in the first wave of students to go through the program. Thomas works privately or in groups with athletes, and the general public. He’ll design a program specific to your needs that will not only help you meet your goals, but will keep you injury free and feeling great while making progress. He works out of the Lisbon location.

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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.

Other staff

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Katie Andersen


LaMia is a senior at Coe College double majoring in kinesiology strength and conditioning focus along with health and wellness. She is very excited to join the Elite Fitness team. 

Katie graduated in 2020 from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She primarily works in the Mt. Vernon office providing office support. She also helps with athletic training coverage at various local high schools, and helps with classes in Lisbon and Marion. Katie plans to attend Kirkwood Community College to earn her Physical Therapy Assistant degree in the coming years. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as a variety of outdoor activities.


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 - 12:00pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Contact Us today!



999 44th Street Suite 9,000 

Marion, Iowa 52302

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