Our Team: Next Step Fitness

General Manager

Steve Preston


Personal Training Manager

Jonathan Thompson

In my early years in fitness I enjoyed actively playing street football and basketball, and weight-lifting. In 2008 I worked hard to enlist in the US Marine Corps having to cut down body weight, going down 31 pounds in 4 months. Fast forward to recent years, in 2014 I started my journey in a fitness career as a personal trainer, having the pleasure of training clients ranging from 15 to 85 years of age. Hungry for knowledge I added to my certification list, currently holding certifications in NueroKinectic Therapy and CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coaching, and I strive to continue in helping people achieve the unachievable goals that become obstacles to most.

Front Desk Associate

Allyson Casey

My name is Allyson and I have been involved in health and fitness since I was a child. Growing up with a father who was dedicated to bodybuilding sparked my passion for the gym early on, and it has stuck with me ever since. I enjoy many different sports including volleyball, soccer, surfing and swimming. Lifting weights has always been my greatest passion, and since joining the Next Step team I have been able to expand my abilities and explore new ways to fall in love with what we do. I love being able to help people create healthier and more satisfying lives. My goal is to share my love for fitness with every person I meet, and help them to make the choice to take the next step toward changing their lives.

Fitness Consultant

Brandon Charles

Since I was a kid I loved playing football, and with that my grandfather introduced me to the gym. Ever since he started showing me the basics I was hooked. More recently I was pursuing a false dream and life took a turn for the worst, losing someone I loved dearly and still trying to find what to live for, training in the gym has always improved my attitude and to fulfill her wish of me being happy and finding something I love to do, I now train daily, living to inspire and motivate others to live a healthier life to show how amazing this experience is.

Front Desk Associate

Caitlin Lindsey

My name's Caitlin and I believe everything we do makes an impact. I enjoy helping others whether it be people, animals or the environment. In my spare time I like playing the euphonium and sleeping.

Fitness Consultant

Cason Owens

Physical activity has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My youth was full of participation in team sports, primarily soccer. In my late teens I focused heavily on soccer and earned myself a collegiate roster spot at Webber International University. While my collegiate athletic career only lasted as long as my freshman year, my college education continued to see me earn my bachelors degree in Sport Management from the University of North Florida. Today I remain physically active. I was in and out of the weight room as a student, but today am a staple in the gym. This is the result of a car accident in November of 2014 leaving me feeling as I never had before, weak and helpless. With the guidance of physical therapy, I regained my coordination and ability to walk. I train regularly to keep those feelings as far away as possible. I train for my health and because I love feeling strong.

Front Desk Associate

James Olmo

Growing up I was never the most physically active person and that had an impact on my general happiness in life, until one day I decided to change myself for the better. After years of training and many healthy changes to my diet I acquired the physique and level of wellness I had desired growing up. This achievement sparked an interest in myself to not only strive for more but to also help others reach their goals and find their happiness through fitness.

Front Desk Associate

Judy Reyes

My name is Judy and I have never met a stranger! I love finding new ways to stay healthy and active, which is why I am excited to be a part of the Next Step family! I am also passionate about my community, and look forward to finding new ways to help and connect with others. When I am not staying fit, I can usually be found planning my next trip or getting new decorating ideas for my home

Front Desk Associate

Robyn Stalzer

My name is Robyn and I enjoy helping to better the lives of others as well as bettering myself along the way. I am a part of the O.M.B.A and also enjoy taking apart in volunteer work around Ocala in my spare time. I have always had a love for the outdoors and exploring all of the beautiful sites this world has to offer. Personal fitness is a big part of my life and I love knowing I get stronger and better everyday. I believe life is all about balance and having your mind body and soul balanced is the perfect equation for a healthy and happy life.

Front Desk Associate

Stephanie Wilson

My name is Stephanie and I love being part of the Next Step team. I can't wait to start achieving my goal to become a group fitness instructor, and later down the road a personal trainer. I love fitness because it gives me confidence and strength both physically and mentally. There is no better feeling than helping others feel that way as well. I hope that one day I can help you reach your goals and change your life.

Personal Trainer

Will Dooley

I have a passion for fitness and a pure desire to help others to never give up on achieving their goals and develop healthy lifestyle patterns in each and every client I work with. As an Army vet and personal trainer I continue to improve my own overall health and fitness through mountain biking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.