Staff - XFit

Meet the Trainers

David Poland - XFit Trainer

David Poland
Owner, Trainer |

David is a Recreation and Physical Education graduate of Evangel University. He has turned his life’s passion for health and fitness into a career. He specializes in sports specific training, weight loss, muscle development, increased cardiovascular health, increased flexibility and improved self esteem, He is a licensed through ISSA, and NSCA. He is extremely passionate about fitness, and enjoys helping others reach their personal fitness goals. 

Ryan Stewart - XFit Trainer

Ryan Stewart
Trainer |

I played Semi Pro football for 1 season prior to an ACL knee injury but I have always been involved in sports and have taken interest in human anatomy and kinesiology.Incollege my interest shifted from physical therapy to business then got  involved with personal training while being employed at StJohns Radiology dept. I was employed part time doing both jobs with school in the middle, then decided to take a leap full time with personal training. I worked for a private studio, then with the same local company that opened up a full gym. In 2007 I opened my own studio and employed 10 trainers from 2007-2011. I generally carry a full schedule and currently train 28 people and have had approximately 75% of them over 5 years. I feel that I have kept a great repor and even better relationship with my clients over the years.

With training I find that no 2 people are ever the same and there are generally always barriers and differences with everyone. Some clients may havea dispostion or biomechanical issue but with private training it makes it much easier to identify these things. I have personally worked with clients from the athletic level to the lite rehabilitative level and each individual requires different attention to needs.

Best of health and success.

Pamela Morris - XFit Trainer

Pamela Morris MS, MPA
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist |

Pam is a personal trainer and fitness consultant. She specializes in small group and one-on-one training. Pam has 25 years experience as a Health Fitness Specialist and over 10 years as a nutrition health instructor. Pam has participated in numerous fitness DVD's, infomercials, television segments, and radio talk shows. Her vast knowledge and vibrant personality goes hand-in-hand with her style of personal training. Pam has trained athletes and clients of all ages and fintess levels. Pam's group class specialties include Pilates, Yoga, Interval, HIIT, free weights, and Myo-Therapy. 

Ben Nichols - XFit Trainer

Ben Nichols
AFAA Certified Trainer | | (417) 849-9941

Ben Nichols has been involved in fitness nearly his entire life. His late Grandfather, former Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) Head Football Coach Jim Mentis, started him in AAU track throwing the discus and lifting weights in the 5th grade. In junior high, Ben became interested in bodybuilding upon seeing the movie “Pumping Iron”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and joined his first commercial gym at age 14. He then attended Glendale High School, being named 2nd team All State in football as a junior and finishing 3rd in the Discus, while earning 1st team All State honors as a senior and the News Leader’s “Lineman of the Year”, earning a scholarship to the University of Colorado, while forgoing the track season to prepare for college football.

Ben endured an injury plagued career at CU, after being backup guard and playing in 8 games and the Fiesta Bowl as a freshman, having a back surgery at age 20 and later knee and thumb surgeries, as well a tumor at the base of his brain on the pituitary gland. Due to all those injuries/mishaps, he was granted a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. For his final year Ben started at guard under new Colorado offensive line and later Raiders head coach Tom Cable; with whom he credits most of his football knowledge.

After that mildly successful senior year, he was invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, and in the spring of 1999 signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons, garnering the 3rd highest signing bonus among NFL rookies. While there, he had the privilege of playing under Hall of Fame offensive line coach Art Shell as well as world acclaimed strength coach Al Miller. He moved to Atlanta in May and was cut at the end of camp. He later tried out for the Denver Broncos at their request for a spot on the practice roster, but “blew a sure thing”, as he puts it, by refusing to run the 40yd dash due to a former torn hamstring during his senior pro day. He then played the following summer in NFL Europe for the Rhein Fire, quarterbacked by former Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel, earning a World Bowl ring for winning the league’s championship. He then played for Vince McMahon’s XFL football league on the San Francisco Demons as a guard, with his team again making that league’s championship “Million Dollar Game”, but falling short of a win. After the XFL folded, Ben had his 2nd knee surgery and rehabbed the rest of the year, signing again with Rhein of NFL Europe again the following spring. He reinjured his knee again early in camp and was moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he became good friends with Pro Wrestling legend Kevin Nash, in Birmingham rehabbing a torn quad. Ben interest in both bodybuilding and wrestling was piqued through this meeting and location, and due to his continued knee trouble, signed a Maximum Medical Improvement contract, effectively foregoing his football career in return for a settlement to pay for all future knee care.

After reinjuring his back in early 2003, Ben became a personal trainer and decided to forget wrestling and focus on Bodybuilding, a love since he was a small boy. He bulked up to over 330 pounds late in 03 and then entered the 2004 NPC Northern Kentucky bodybuilding championships at 268 pounds, winning the overall novice division and beating future IFBB pro David Candy. After the Kentucky, He again gained size and pushed his bodyweight to over 350 pounds in early 2005, and entered the 2005 Mr. Missouri at a huge 299 pounds, capturing the Superheavyweight and Most Muscular titles but losing the overall to a best ever Mark Erpelding, who went on a month later to win the Lightheavies at the IFBB North American Championships, which would’ve qualified him for pro status by today’s rules.

In 2006, Ben reinjured his back from an old football injury, requiring surgery at the end of the year. Ben let his bodyweight drop to 280 lbs to help his recovery, leaning out quite a bit in the process. On a whim, he decided to enter the 2007 Mr. Missouri at 7 weeks out, quickly bringing his bodyweight up to 305 pounds and then dropping to weigh in at 290, about ten less than his 05 form. Although the competition was less than 05, he was not at his best either but won the Superheavyweight and Most Muscular, yet again lost the overall by one point.

Since his last competition, Ben has been certified in Personal Training by AFAA and been keeping himself in shape at Extreme Fitness in Springfield, Missouri.

Leah Mawdsley - XFit Trainer

Leah Mawdsley
Trainer |

I'm 36 years old and a mother of 4 boys and 1 girl! I started my fitness journey a many years ago about 1 year after I had my daughter I began the path to being an NPC body building competitor.

I cross competed in my first NPC body building competition right here in Springfield and took home two 1st place wins, the overall in the novice class and the overall win in the entire Figure division. I also took two 2nd place and one 3rd place wins in the bikini division. My second competition I took two 2nd place wins in the bikini division I am nationally qualified and desire to attain my pro card later this 2016 year! I write custom diets and custom training plans for those who want to build more muscle, lose weight or even desire a total body transformation! I am a posing coach for NPC bikini competitors and have been a massage therapist for 11 years.

I love to coach others in their training and overall lifestyle with their diets. I truly believe you cannot have success in one without the other. I myself have had poor health about 8 years ago and I turned to the medical world for help. My biggest mistake! I finally, after many years of being on multiple prescription medications that nearly took my life, decided to take things into my own hands.

I found an amazing coach and started my transformation. There is never a moment where I have EVER regretted my decision! It is the hardest thing I've ever done but also the most rewarding! I love my life and my career and will take anybody else along for the ride who want to change their life for the better!

There are a lot of expensive decisions we make that later we regret and have nothing to show for it...hiring a person to help set a goal, write a custom plan of action and walk through it with you and give support will never be one!

Booty boot camp

A class that is 1 full hour of hard core weight training and body weight training to help build and sculpt a bigger, tighter and stronger butt! Skill level is moderate to advanced.

Saturday mornings @ 9am

8 sessions $90 | 4 sessions $60 | Drop in rate $20


Kyle Powell - XFit Trainer

Kyle Powell
Trainer |

I have been involved in the fitness World my entire life. As a child I was involved in many sports (Soccer, Football, Basketball, Wrestling, and Baseball). I was a three sport athlete in high school (Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse). Now I am currently an MMA fighter, while going to school to further my education in Physical Education. I'm here to help you achieve your fitness goals, and live a healthier and happier life.


Taylor Sturdefant
Trainer |

I first got into fitness by training for sports and being an athlete. I really found my passion for it once I went to college to play baseball. Training became purposeful and I had a drive to get results and researched and tried to work harder and improve every day. After my career as an athlete was over I began recreational lifting. I had no clue what I was doing and met some great personal trainers and bodybuilder competitors and they began to show me how to diet and train properly and I started getting results and I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. I went to Missouri State University for Exercise and Movement Science and I began training and competing in bodybuilding shows. My passion transformed my body and people began to notice and ask for my help. I started out by taking people to work out with me. It developed into writing training plans and nutrition plans for my friends and coworkers. I started doing online personal training and was able to help people achieve results through my guidance and I loved the positive impact I was able to make. Whenever I am able to use something I am passionate about and love in order to help people is an indescribable feeling. I love what I do and get more joy out of helping others reach goals than reaching my own!