Jesse Kepka.

Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Nutrition Coach and Owner of Elevate Fitness

My job as a personal trainer is to safely and effectively guide you to whatever your personal fitness goals are. As you grow stronger from the inside out, that very strength will trickle into every other aspect of your life, including handling stress with less effort and wear on your body, better sleep, stronger emotional capacity to navigate trials and tribulations, and confidence in your own skin. Physical health and a strong, functional body are just the beginning of limitless possibilities!

Serving the Kansas City area: Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Olathe, Shawnee and Prairie Village

Jesse Kepka

Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Nutrition Coach

  • I have a passion for fitness and helping others, which inspired me to be a personal trainer.
  • That passion is apparently stronger than my introverted tendencies.
  • I have completed two marathons.
  • I’m a mom of two boys and have six brothers (and no sisters).
  • I love my dog, who is also a boy.
  • I have a weak spot for chocolate covered gummy bears.
  • I aspire to play long after my hair turns gray!

Corrective Exercise Specialization, NASM.

I am able to identify muscle imbalances and movement deficiencies, after which I implement an integrated corrective strategy. This plan will include exercise techniques designed to reduce current pain and/or strengthen generally unconditioned systems that cause incorrect movements. Ultimately, you will be less likely to have injury in the future, and you will be stronger.

A Network of Independent Personal Trainers.

To be successful, it helps to surround yourself with good people, which is why I have developed an amazing network of wellness partners who bring their own special capabilities to helping people achieve their goals.

The following professionals are not Elevate Fitness KC LLC employees, but they are a group of people I trust to train in this studio.

Melissa Davis

Personal Trainer, Chronic Illness and Cancer Exercise Specialist

Soulstice Fitness

I am a family gal!! My husband Herschel, and I have 5 grown children and 6 grandchildren. We are both very active, he is a marathon runner and a triathlete and I have completed 5k’s 10k’s, half marathons, both Sprint and Olympic triathlons, played women’s soccer for over 20 years, and I hold a black belt in Karate.

I teach classes for Turning Point, volunteer at SafeHome, volunteered as a CASA worker, coached for Girls on the Run, and for the last 16 years, spending Mimi time with my grandchildren.

Chad Austin

Personal Trainer, Speaker and Creator of The Fitness Reset

Priority Fitness

Chad helps his clients figure out how fitness best fits in their busy lives. He is the owner of Priority Fitness in Overland Park, KS. Priority Fitness was named after Chad’s best selling and award winning book series, “Make Fitness A Priority.” Chad is a regularly called upon fitness and wellness guest expert for local and national media. He was the host of the talk radio show, “Be Fit…For Life, and has been a featured guest on over 50 podcasts.

Chad helped Jesse get into personal training, and the two co-authored a book together as part of Chad’s Make Fitness A Priority series.

Kathy O’Hara

Certified Personal Trainer

Never Too Late Personal Training

After a long and rewarding career in education both as a teacher and an administrator, I retired in 2019. When my personal trainer, Jesse Kepka, suggested I become a Certified Personal Trainer, I admit that I had not thought about doing something like that, especially in retirement! However, I have experienced firsthand the benefits of personal training. I have gained strength and balance and maintained flexibility, which allows me to move and function better in everyday activities … like playing with my grandkids! Also, I have taken over personal care of my husband who is disabled. Personal training has helped strengthen my core so that I can avoid back and other injuries while I am assisting him. This is what has motivated me in my second career — the desire to help others who want to stay as vibrant and active as possible as they age gracefully. It’s never too late.

Thomas Kepka

Certified Personal Trainer

Elevate Fitness Online

As Jesse’s husband, I have the unfair advantage of living with her, so I often get to hear the success stories that make her so happy. Seeing her passion for helping people motivated me to join the effort. However, while Jesse does in-person training, I help those who need some guidance but rather do the work on their own. Using an industry-best mobile app, I create custom experiences that allow people to fit workouts into their schedule.

“Honestly, when it comes down to it, I would really just love to meet you and hear your story.”

What People are Saying about Elevate Fitness

Working out with Jesse is one of the highlights of my week, our session is the best way to start off my week!  She challenges me and pushes me every single session to reach a new level that I didn’t know was possible! She doesn’t only care about your appointments, but she cares about your goals and your desire to better yourself; she does whatever possible to help you accomplish them!

Afton P.

I feel strong. She is the cure for my Monday morning hangovers… I feel safe; I don’t have to worry about little silly injuries that were happening at CrossFit.

Scott B.

Jesse is the most compassionate person, who never stops believing in me, even when I’m certain I can’t do it. She pushes me in a way that is perfect for me. If it weren’t for her unwavering belief in my abilities, I might have given up long ago.

Abby O.

If there’s one thing I know about Jesse, she’s the one you want in your corner. She truly derives joy from helping someone else achieve or heal or overcome. Even if it seems like the tiniest baby-step, she’s there celebrating. That’s why I’m keeping her.

Yvonne B.

Who knew exercise could be so much fun?! Jesse creates a gillion variations that keeps my mind focused on the present challenge. A sharper mind, improved coordination and balance are effects that I never expected. The strength and wholeness I feel at the end of a workout feel so wonderful!”

Julie B.

My training experience has been nothing less than amazing, challenging and rewarding. I have enjoyed learning about the different ways to improve my eating, exercise and my overall health. If you want to take control of you life and your overall health, Jesse is a great place to start. She will get you focused on the right aspect of your health journey. Thanks Jess.

Jemale H.

I have been working with Jesse for about 5 months and couldn’t be happier with the results and experience! Jesse is very dedicated and extremely passionate about what she does and truly enjoys helping people and it shows.  Jesse is a great listener and makes sure all my workouts are customized for my specific needs ( and there are many) she always has an upbeat positive attitude, finding a way to make it work with patience and support.

Thank you Jesse! You’ve helped me become stronger, firmer and more confident! I look forward to the future and reaching my Goals!

Kim M

Personal Training

The Story of a Balloon

When I was little and learning to pray, I liked to put all of my requests, battles, petitions and thoughts of gratitude into a basket. Then I would tie on a ribbon attached to a balloon and watch it float up to the Heavens. Today, as I still come face to face with battles, I remain constant in my filling baskets.

Fitness became a life-line for me very quickly, when I realized how much it aided in lessening daily anxieties with motherhood stressors, social phobias and shyness. At each training session with my own trainer, Chad Austin of Priority Fitness, I found myself able to leave everything at the front door, answer only to myself, and simply beat sets. The peace that came from the physical win (and even a loss every now and then) transferred to mental and emotional strength beyond what I had ever known before. When I feel like I want to quit, I can fill my baskets right in the middle of a set, then win, making the suffering I endure that much more powerful. Full body connection from inside to outside.

Here’s what I know to be true: Our bodies are built so intricately and powerfully beyond our comprehension. They are meant to run efficiently, effectively and with joy. And we are given daily opportunities to encourage and inspire each other. Why not find out how strong you are? Why not chase after your possibilities, dreams, goals and wonders? And when you succeed, because you got this, go show somebody else and tell them they can do it, too. I’m convinced we are capable of so much more than we believe of ourselves. Come find your strength. You were built to elevate.

Jesse Kepka: Owner, Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Nutrition Coach

Fitness became a life-line for me very quickly, when I realized how much it aided in lessening daily anxieties with motherhood stressors, social phobias and shyness.