The Team

Personal Trainers


                                   Mike Klaus


Mike was shopping in Famous Bar looking for a new button down shirt. He found one to his liking and picked it up. From across the store the sales man shouted, “That’s not for you, sir.” He had in his hand a slim fit shirt and Mike was not slim. Mike walked away angry that he let himself get to that point. Later that year Mike ended up in the hospital with an appendectomy. These events motivated Mike to make his health a priority. After packing a gym bag for months with the intention of working out, he finally went to the gym. Training soon became his passion.  Wanting to make a career change, Mike became a personal trainer. He soon decided that he wanted to open his own place and Forward Fitness became a reality. Mike will not let you coast through a workout. He will challenge you and be an honest supporter.  He knows what it is like to be unhappy and wants to help you succeed. He is constantly making himself better through continuing education and mentors.

Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach for the St. Louis Amateurs and AAA Youth Blues Hockey
  • Russian Kettlebell Certification- Level II
  • Functional Movement Systems
  • Restorative Breathing Coach
  • St. Louis Gaelic Athletic Association Hurling League Captain and Traveling Player
  • CPR Certified
  • PATI Certified

                                      Nick Lape


Sitting in P.E. 210 lecture learning how to teach kids how to play badminton, Nick realized he had no interest in teaching kids how to play this sport. As the class was dismissed, Nick marched into his student adviser’s office and changed his major from Physical Education to Exercise Science. A light bulb turned on as Nick identified his passion was helping people move and prevent injuries. After ending his college baseball career due to a second shoulder surgery, Nick was determined to prevent as many people as possible from losing something they loved due to poor movement patterns.  After graduating from college Nick began his career as a personal trainer. It was only reaffirmed that he was doing what he loved. Engaging with people, making them laugh, pulling out the best in them, and helping them achieve their health goals, Nick was living his passion. He continues to learn everything he can to help people move, feel, and live their best possible life.

Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Movement Science
  • Functional Movement Systems
  • Restorative Breathing Coach
  • Youth Fitness Specialist
  • Speed and Agility Specialist
  • USA Weight Lifting certified

                                     Suzanne Klaus


Suzanne graduated from Mizzou with a Bachelor’s in Medical Dietetics and has a Level 2 Certificate of Training in Weight Management. She continued her education and is  a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise. She passed her RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) and enjoys training with kettlebells. She has a passionate interest in nutrition and fitness and is excited to share her knowledge with others. Each person is at a different part of their health journey. She will meet you where you are and help get you to where you want to be. She is very compassionate and approachable, creating a trusting atmosphere ideal for personalized nutrition coaching and training. Suzanne will teach you how to incorporate healthy eating habits into your daily lifestyle and get the most from your food choices and training sessions.

Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medial Dietetics from the University of Missouri
  • Registered and Licensed Dietitian
  • Certified Personal Trainer though the American Council on Exercise
  • Russian Kettlebell Certification
  • Functional Movement Systems
  • CPR Certified

                                   Cati Davis

Cati Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer Cati, is passionate about helping people make healthy choices and creating goals to help improve their lifestyle. She received her personal training certificate through the American Council on Exercise. Her positive energy and softness helps to create an atmosphere where members feel safe and empowered.  Cati likes to spend her extra time with family, friends, and her two dogs. She enjoys time outdoors and learning new things with fitness and nutrition.

Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise
  • CPR Certified
  • Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification



                                   Maggie Rothney

A lover of music, creativity, travel and communication, Maggie has always enjoyed trying new things. After being in account management for the print and graphics field for almost 10 years, Maggie is seeking to spend the working hours of her day in a way that has a more direct connection to people and community. Putting time and effort into the growth and success of a small business, becoming a trusted member of the team, and seeing members’ achievements and smiling faces every day is proving to be very valuable and fulfilling. Maggie is excited to bring her years of customer-focused administrative, organizational, networking and event experience to Forward Fitness. When not in the gym, Maggie is exploring St. Louis events, figuring out new ways to cook delicious veggies and proteins, and working the occasional shift at UCBC.