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Meet the Trainers



David Poland

David Poland
Owner, Trainer | david@xfitmo.com

I was originally born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I moved to Springfield, Missouri when I was 15 years old and attended Hillcrest High School. Athletics were always a big passion of mine as a kid. After winning a state championship in high school baseball, I decided to keep pursuing my passion at a collegiate level. I attended Evangel University in Springfield MO and played baseball for the duration of my schooling. I graduated with a Recreational & Physical Education degree in the Spring of 2007. During that time, I had developed a passion for fitness and health and decided to pursue it as a career. As soon as I graduated, I became certified with I.S.S.A & N.S.C.A and my personal training career started. This passionate focus for fitness and health opened up a whole new world of growth, not only for myself but for others as well. I have been training full-time for 12 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve been fortunate enough to help hundreds of clients over the years, both in person and online, achieve all different types of goals. From fat loss, building muscle, sports specific goals, improved mobility, rehabilitation, to most importantly, nutrition. Personally, I have competed in 4 NPC fitness shows, the last one being at a national level. I also a fitness advisor for KY3, where I do regular fitness segments with Paul Adler on Fit Life, a segment of Friday morning’s local news. After having a few years of personal training under my belt, I opened up my own private studio in 2010. XFit has been an amazing journey of hard work along with great teamwork from my amazing staff and clientele. These people have made XFit what it is today. I’m excited for many great years to come and hope to be able to help you in the future. 

 


Ryan Stewart - XFit Trainer

Ryan Stewart
Trainer | ryan@xfitmo.com

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.


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Pamela Morris MS, MPA
ACSM Health Fitness Specialist | pamela@xfitmo.com

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. 


 

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Leah Mawdsley
Trainer | leah@xfitmo.com

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!


 

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Theo 
Trainer | theo@xfitmo.com

Degree 
B.S. in Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy

Certifications
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
ACTION CPT
First Aid CPR/AED

Areas of Expertise 
Athletic performance & movement
Weight Loss
Resistance training and Muscle gain
Functional movement
Strength and Conditioning.

Growing Up, I have always been physically active. I didn’t start taking Health and Fitness more seriously until I turned 15 and started to develop my skills as a basketball player for the English Youth National Basketball team back in England. Once I started to exercise more frequently, I really began to think about the ways I could challenge and push myself to be a best version of myself and I truly realized how much I wanted to pursue a future in the Health and fitness industry. I continue to work with strong, motivated individuals of all ages and fitness ability one on one and in group settings, while gaining more knowledge and experiences from other opportunities and industry research. As a fitness coach, I take pride in helping each and every client along their journey to meet their health and fitness goals. I want to truly turn your goals into your motivation and show you just how amazing you are and that you can really transform physically and mentally when it comes to health and wellness. Each and every one of us has a journey that we are on and I take pride in providing support throughout that journey because together, our limits are endless. 

  


 

Andrew Scott 
Trainer | andrew@xfitmo.com 

Andrew grew up in a coaching family with his dad and grandpa both being retired basketball coaches. Because of the need for strength, endurance, and conditioning, physical fitness has always been a part of his life. After graduating from Rogersville High School, Andrew moved on to play college basketball at Missouri Southern State University for a year, and began his studies in Kinesiology. It was during this time that Andrew developed a passion for fitness/bodybuilding, and a desire to help and encourage others to reach their fitness/health goals. In 2020, Andrew accomplished a personal goal, and placed 3rd in his first bodybuilding competition in Houston, TX. Meeting this challenge motivated Andrew to help others reach goals that might seem unattainable. Along wth fitness, Andrew also understand the importance of nutrition, and the part that it plays in achieving overall desired results. As a fitness coach, Andrew's goal is to push others to become the best versions of themselves, whether it be for fat loss, muscle gain, toning up, being more physically fit, or improving one's overall health. Andrew believes that ALL individuals deserve to feel healthy, fit, strong, and confident. 

Now, let's get started! 

 


 
Angie Routh
Trainer | angie@xfitmo.com

Angie has been a Springfield resident for 12 years. She has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition, which led her to becoming a personal trainer. Her style of training focuses on both strength and conditioning to help her clients achieve their personal fitness goals. She has been actively personal training for the past two years, and has taught Beach Body for the previous 15 years. Angie thrives in building relationships with clients and helping them reach their goals. Her drive for personal connection and her passion for fitness has helped her create lifelong friends with her clients.
 
 

 
John Mabrey
Trainer | john@xfitmo.com

Degree 
Graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Movement Science

Certifications
Certified ACSM Exercise Physiologist
CPR Certified

I’m originally from St. Louis Missouri started exercising when I was about 12 years old when I started to take boxing lessons. I trained for competition and I was a boxer for about 4 years. I found my love for soccer when I got into high school and I played striker for 4 years as well. I’ve always cared about my own physique and I was always trying to improve my game. After high school, I put sports aside because I knew education was more important. In college, I got into strength training and I haven’t stopped since. I knew I’ve always wanted to help people feel better. I think it’s important to be someone that helps people achieve their goals. My end goal is to eventually become a Physical Therapist to help people further in this field.

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Amy McCracken 
Trainer | amy@xfitmo.com

Certifications
NASM CPT, CNC and Weightloss Specialist

My love of fitness has followed me throughout my life, starting in highschool with volleyball and cheerleading and has stayed with me as an adult with Crossfit and Physique training.

I believe fitness is a great avenue to help people overcome challenges, whether that's depression and anxiety that have held them back from being their best, gaining self confidence, or just wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. I love the self confidence, strength, and feeling of accomplishment it gave me and I want to pass that on.

I’m constantly learning to create and utilize movements, programming, methodology in training and nutrition to help people reach their goals. No two people are alike, we are like a blank canvas that you can mold and shape to create your best self.

Flexible nutrition is my jam as I believe it is the base of any healthy program. I believe you only grow once you get outside your comfort zone. I will challenge you to be the best version of you.

Prior to turning my passion for fitness and helping others into a full time career, I worked in Retail Management for 18 years. I am a wife and mom of two teenage boys. We are an active family and if I’m not in the gym you will find me at a Wrestling tournament, Cross County meet, or football game.


 

Dylan Wooldridge 
Trainer | dylan@xfitmo.com

I had a dream to join the military and be in the Special Forces, but I failed the test time after time. I eventually joined the military but in a different career and with a sense of failure that loomed over me. It wasn't until my first deployment that I found a group of friends with a much better mindset that invited me to workout at the gym with them. Through the time we spent working out together, they showed me how to dig deep, really push myself and to never be afraid of failure. With a new mindset, I was able to learn from my failures and use them to improve myself. The goals I set for myself at the gym gave me a positive outlet, and seeing my progress manifested my passion towards the fitness industry.

After my deployment ended, I joined a local gym that had experienced trainers that helped coach for fitness competitions, which is how I found my way into the bodybuilding community. The gym community I had there helped to guide me through my physical growth and challenge my mental drive towards my pursuit of bodybuilding. Gaining weight and growing muscle was a struggle for me, and I dealt with several injuries from my military career and other physical ailments that slowed me down, but I chose to never let it deter me. I learned to cope with these injuries by learning new styles of training to continue on my path. Within 2 years, I took myself from about 130 pounds to 180 pounds, and competed in my first bodybuilding competition in 2016.

After the competition, I continued to train myself but also began training my friends at the gym. Their excitement over their results from the training fueled my passion even more. I decided that after my military career ended, there was nothing I would rather do than continue on with this passion to help others better themselves. The gym community and mentors I had continued to inspire me, educate me, and support my drive to pursue a career as a personal trainer.

I received my personal training certification in 2018, and have loved being a personal trainer. There is nothing like the push and drive to better yourself and being in an environment where everyone around you has the same motivation.


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Cole Engram 
Membership Sales | cole@xfitmo.com

I was born and raised in Branson and graduated from Branson High School in 2021. I played sports all through high school and enjoyed weight lifting and strength training. I am currently taking classes to become a Certified Personal Trainer. I'm interested in good nutrition and wellness and have always loved being at the gym. I want to help others, as well as myself, live a healthy lifestyle and stay physically fit.

 


Ben Hoffman

Ben Hoffman 
Nixa Store Manager/Trainer | benhoffman@xfitmo.com

Growing up I was a very active kid.  I skateboarded for 7 years before I decided I wanted to try football and track.  At the beginning I did not have the build for football but with the guidance of my coaches and the weightlifting program I grew like a weed.  That is where my love for weight training started.  After High school at the age of 20 I joined the Air Force and and spent my 21st birthday in Iraq.  During my deployment I found myself helping other Airmen with their fitness goals and was amazed at how they transformed their bodies, mindsets and overall health in a short 5 months!  At that point I was hooked on helping others!  The following year after my 22nd birthday I herniated 2 discs in my lower back and was told by the doctors that I better find a different hobby.  I was crushed to say the least.  This was my life and passion.  That night I made the decision that I wasn’t going to give up.  I was going to rehab my back, get mobile, get stronger, and come back better than I started.  I became a Physical Training Leader for my flight, and my Squadron for the rest of my 9 year military career.  After the military I worked for the railroad for 6 years but I was never fully satisfied.  I have always wanted to get into the fitness industry and help others.  When I resigned from the railroad in Kansas City, MO I relocated back to my hometown of Nixa, MO and got certified as a personal trainer and and have been learning and practicing what I preach daily ever since.  To me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of personal training is getting to know clients and our members.  Everyone has their own unique life story and it’s amazing and also humbling to see how our stories shape our mindset, beliefs, and behaviors when it comes to health and fitness.  I want to know YOUR story, and I want to help you create a new chapter in health & fitness! 

 


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Mallory Keith 
Trainer | mallory@xfitmo.com

My favorite things in life are people, dogs, food, and fitness. Not necessarily in that order. I have always loved being active. I played every sport imaginable growing up, and continued my love for sports all through High School. I started playing competitive basketball when I was 10, and always knew I would be a college basketball player. My goal never changed, until I got really big into track. I was on my way to be a college runner and decided at the last minute to do neither. I wanted to live a life outside of sports, and I wanted to focus on my education. I stayed active in college and spent most of my time in the rec center. Once covid hit, there were no basketball courts or gyms open. I started running again, and running a lot. Without realizing it, I ended up losing too much weight. Once the gyms opened back up, my husband encouraged me to start lifting to put some muscle back on. I had no idea what I was doing, and the idea of being in a gym with machines was terrifying. My husband got me started, and once I was comfortable I was hooked. I love the atmosphere of the gym, seeing results, and the feeling of knowing that you are bettering yourself by the end of every session. I am excited to have the opportunity to help others who were once in my shoes; lost and uncomfortable. I recently graduated from Missouri State University, got certified as a personal trainer, and now continuing to chase my passion for fitness!

  


Cade Smith 
Trainer | cade@xfitmo.com

Hello! My name is Cade. I am a new personal trainer at XFit Nixa. I grew up playing multiple sports, including basketball, baseball, and golf. I remained active in basketball for several years after high school and still actively play and enjoy golf. But it wasn't until I worked with a personal trainer at age 23 that I really understood the importance of proper instruction for weight training. My personal training sessions changed everything for me and I have been weight lifting seriously for over 10 years. I worked for the railroad for 8 years, and to keep up my commitment to weight training I was often up by 3 a.m., throwing together decent workouts in old hotel gyms! Eventually I decided to change jobs, pursue my passion and begin personal training as my career. Now I work as a personal trainer at XFit and manage the front desk. I would love to be your personal trainer and help you meet your fitness goals.

 


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Dr. Todd Nix, PharmaD
Fitness and Nutrition Consultant | todd@xfitmo.com

Degree
Doctor of Pharmacy

Certifications
NACDS Point of Care Testing
BLS/CPR/AED

Areas of Expertise
Athletic Performance
Sport-Specific Training Methods
Body Composition
Sports Nutrition
Nutritional Supplements

I am here because I want you to live a fulfilled life and I believe that the foundation of this is fitness. From a young age I was active and played sports, but I felt a calling for research and the ability to look into what changes can be made to the human body through various modalities. This was further sparked when I was given the opportunity to play college football and subsequently be trained by my mentor and revered strength and conditioning coach Josh Musick in Oklahoma. I have had the opportunity to train alongside, and program training for adolescents all the way to professional athletes. I have been studying supplementation, nutrition and training for over 16 years. I have a thorough understanding of the way our body’s work and the processes that generate both good and bad outcomes to our level of health and wellness. I believe that everybody has a journey all their own. We are all given gifts and we are all given trials, but it’s what we choose to do with the hand we are dealt that sets us apart. I am extremely happy to find a home at XFit to help people achieve their goals, and achieve a healthier and happier life. My goal is to aid the novice in transforming their mind and body to reach their full potential, and to aid the lifelong fitness fanatic to unlock that extra bit of performance not yet discovered, and everyone in between. I look forward to the opportunity to help all who walk through the doors of this facility!

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Will Rogers