Meet Our Team
Growing up in Boise, James enjoyed all the outdoor sports the wonderful state of Idaho has to offer. Witnessing people that couldn't enjoy those sports due to poor health and fitness motivated James to never let fitness be a reason he couldn't enjoy life. When he and Christine first met, one of the first activities they did was workout together. Once they were married, it was an early dream of theirs to work as trainers together and help people through fitness.
Don't be mistaken by his jovial and carefree personality. He is incredibly dedicated and pushes himself to his limits both physically and mentally. He is extremely goal-driven and thoroughly enjoys helping people accomplish short-term and long-term fitness goals that seem out of reach. James specializes in strength training, motivational coaching, functional movement training, and high-intensity interval training. One of his favorite quotes is, "The proof of desire is in the pursuit."
Christine Kling is co-owner, personal trainer, group instructor, and bookkeeper of Body Basics and privileged to share the business with her husband, James. Her passion for health and fitness began as a teen playing sports (basketball and tennis) and dancing, which led her to become a personal trainer and group exercise instructor at the age of 17. Struggling with a thyroid disorder and adrenal fatigue from an auto-immune disorder (Hashimoto's), also increased her love for helping people in the area of fitness and nutrition. She's experienced first-hand how diet and exercise can beat the odds! Youth Fitness, Pre-natal/Post-natal Fitness, Functional Movement, Senior Fitness, Mat Sciences, and Indoor Cycling have been her areas of continued study and experience. A favorite quote of hers is "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you"!
Joy has been a Personal Trainer with Body Basics since 1999. Before that, she came to Body Basics as a client needing help with the 30 extra lbs. she'd gained from her desk job. She could hardly recognize herself in the mirror. Joy was used to being in shape from playing sports and keeping up with her brothers. Something needed to be done. Not only did Joy lose all the weight working alongside a personal trainer, but she was stronger and healthier than ever before. This motivated and inspired her to help others in the same way. As a Personal Trainer for over 16 years, she says the best part about her job is the enjoyment from giving her clients a great workout experience while providing them with the tools and drive to achieve the goals they want to reach and beyond!
Leah is a Personal Trainer and Group Class Instructor at Body Basics. She originally became a personal trainer because of her love for fitness, weight lifting and athletics. All her life she's struggled with being chubby and found working out to be the way to increase her confidence, increase her energy and maintain a healthy, lean body. She grew to love being in gyms and thought it would be awesome to be in one all day long! Now after years of training, she's still loving her role, but has also grown to love helping people achieve their goals and overcome unhealthy habits. Some of her favorite exercises are bodyweight exercises or anything with a kettlebell (Certified Kettlebell Instructor). She specializes in Functional Movement Screening assessments and instructing mobility classes and fast paced, fun bootcamps. Her personal hobbies are hiking, basketball, volleyball, camping, serving in her local church, and her own health and fitness.
Katie Carpenter has been a personal trainer for 8 years and comes to us with a wealth of experience in fitness, nutrition, and supplementation. Katie describes herself as passionate and intuitive. She has a genuine desire to serve others through health and fitness that is inspired by the loss of loved ones to health-related illnesses. She believes and knows that health and fitness are an ever-evolving, individualized process, and she is here to help you with that journey. Katie loves a great challenge!
She specializes in kettlebell and strength training, corrective work, and interval training (HIIT). Katie has been married to her husband Jeff for 11 years and has two beautiful children, JJ and Sunny. As a family, they like to camp, hunt, fish, play sports and be active! Katie's favorite inspirational quote is "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is about having the courage to continue that counts most."
Tommy has been an athlete since age 8 beginning with the game of soccer. Cycling and swimming also became a necessity and love after experiencing a serious knee injury. Mountain bike racing has been a sport Tommy has excelled in since 1994, so much so that he acquired his Level 2 & 3 USA Cycling Coaching Licenses. Tommy is also well versed in golf training including golf thoracic mobility, core stability, and balance required for club speed and accuracy. He also specializes in TRX Training (having many TRX Certifications under his belt) and Massage/Neuromuscular Therapy, and he received his Personal Training Certification from the well-known Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX. On the weekends, you may definitely find Tommy out in the foothills or riding his bike up Bogus, and one of the things you might hear him say is, "Fitness is a journey, not a destination."
Kara has been in the fitness industry since 2008 and has had the great opportunity to work for the prestigious Northwest Personal Training in Vancouver as Director, Personal Trainer and Group Instructor. What made her most excited about joining the Body Basics team is not just their amazing trainers and programs, but also the warm and friendly culture they’ve fostered where everyone knows your name. She enjoys working with all varieties of clients--from young to vintage, inexperienced to highly developed. Her strengths are in weight loss, strength training, toning, general fitness, and post-rehabilitation. She also specializes in indoor cycling, Indo-Row, and ShockWave. During the weekend, Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids plus doing anything that involves being in the sun! “WHOLE—The thing that I am most passionate about in life is influencing people to become WHOLE.”