About Me

John Peters

My Story:

Health, fitness, and exercise have always been a major part of my life. I’ve played sports since I was a kid and throughout high school and college. I started resistance training when I was 15 and have enjoyed its benefits ever since. I’ve also been both an athlete and a coach, so I have plenty of experience on both ends of that spectrum. Finally, I’ve worked in the fitness industry since 2003, doing One-on-One Training, Boot Camps, and just about everything in between.

I’ve dealt with every type of individual you can imagine: teenagers looking to add muscle and perform better in their sport, all the way to people in their 70’s who just want to move better and stay injury-free. Each client brings with them their own set of challenges, and the journey to their goals is not without its bumps in the road. However, every single person always gets stronger, feels better, and becomes more confident. No matter what you want to achieve in your quest for fitness and health, I will help you get there!

Training and Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts – University of Minnesota, Morris – 2001; Speech Communication Major, History Minor, Coaching Certification
  • Certified Personal Trainer – American Council on Exercise – 2003-present
  • Certified Personal Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine – 2004-present
  • M.A.T Jumpstart Certified – 2010-present
  • HardStyle Kettlebell Certified Instructor – 2011-present Athletic / Exercise Experience
  • Springfield High School – Springfield, MN – Football, Track & Field – 1994-1997
  • University of Minnesota, Morris – Track & Field – 2000-2001
  • Morris High School – Track & Field Coach – 2000-2001
  • USA Boxing Certified Competitor – 2005-2009 Personal Training Experience

Personal Training Experience:

  • Certified Personal Trainer – Life Time Fitness – Woodbury, Eagan – 2003-2011
  • Boot Camp Program Lead – Life Time Fitness – Woodbury – 2005-2008
  • Leadership Awareness Course – Life Time Fitness – 2008
  • Assistant Personal Training Department Head – Life Time Fitness – Woodbury, Eagan – 2008-2011
  • Owner – Thrive Personal Training & Fitness – 2011-present Specialties


  • Weight/Fat Loss
  • Corrective Exercise
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Boxing
  • Group Training
  • Sports-Specific Training
  • Nutrition/Lifestyle Coaching