Meet Our Coaches
According to a study published in the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) Journal, individuals who have an accountability partner or coach are up to 95% more likely to achieve their fitness
and health goals compared to those who try to go it alone.
Thriving Lives Fitness Mission
Thriving Lives Fitness is a boutique coaching experience centered around the goals and needs of each individual client. We prioritize relationships, getting to know what motivates you, and peeling back the layers of how and why you struggle to maintain a consistent, balanced, healthy lifestyle. We do this by taking a comprehensive approach with mental & emotional health, fueling your body with it's particular needs, and creating a movement mindset.
Meet The Team
Head Coach, Founder & CEO
Marcus is an ISSA Certified Sports Nutritionist, Transformation Specialist and Personal Trainer with over 15 years experience in the health & fitness industry; the last 8 of which have been spent coaching over 600 clients under Thriving Lives Fitness.
Marcus is passionate about health and fitness because all of his life he has struggled with a negative self-image due to being the smaller guy; once he found that he could craft the body and life he wanted through nutrition and fitness he was hooked. In addition to his own struggles, he grew up seeing loved ones suffer in their daily lives due to lifestyle choices and lack of prioritizing themselves in a healthy way.
Marcus is exceptional at building relationships and helping his clients build a high degree of belief in themselves; he wants nothing more than to see his clients succeed and thrive in their lives.
Renae is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer with a love of fitness herself, but the benefits she’s gained from fitness go well beyond the gym. After struggling with inflammation, low self confidence, body image issues, anxiety, and a sense of loss of self, she decided enough was enough, wanted to get healthier and lost 25 pounds between 2021-2022. During this time figuring out the strong impacts gut health, mental health, and physical health have on her day to day wellbeing, she was able to evolve into a version of herself that gave her the confidence she’d always desired- because she finally showed up for herself everyday.
Through many gym sessions, constant trial and error to manage gut health, learning to choose healthy foods, and replacing her poor habits with ones that brought her solitude and joy, she found a new passion. Suddenly going to bed was exciting to her because she knew she’d get to wake up, go to the gym, and then come home and make her food to fuel her body for the rest of the day. She had found a new passion in health and fitness.
After months immersed in this lifestyle, she decided she wanted to help lead and empower others to experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Renae highly values mental health, balance, the importance of learning and listening to your body, and the direct link between mind and body health. She believes pouring this into all aspects of your life helps achieve a positive lifestyle that helps you thrive.
The Thriving Lives Story
In 2015 I had my second knee surgery, retired from baseball, decided to move to Maryville, MO to finish my education at Northwest Missouri State, competed in my first bodybuilding competition and started dating the woman that would become my wife 5 years later.
After I competed in my first bodybuilding competition (placing 1st in novice and 2nd overall), I had a lot of friends and acquaintances reaching out to me for help losing body fat and building muscle. At first I was helping a few friends for free while turning down most of the other people. Nikole (girlfriend, later wife) had the amazing idea that since I had no job while she was 4 years into her career, maybe I should start helping these people who were reaching out as a way that I could start affording date nights and the like.
Well, I started helping people and about a year later I officially started, Thriving Lives Fitness. After graduating from college, I went on to teach elementary PE for 5 years and at the end of the 2023 school year I left teaching to pursue Thriving Lives full-time. So what started as a side hustle for some date money has become a full-time business where I've helped over 600 (as of August, 2023) people change their health and the course of their lives through lifestyle & nutrition coaching, and personal training.