Timothy Ives

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

I have been a personal trainer and running coach for the past 12 years. In 2005 I founded The Body Project, Inc. to train clients in a studio setting. In 2013 I moved my company to downtown Des Moines inside of a physical therapy clinic called Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy. I have my B.A. in Exercise Science and hold a certification in personal training from the American Council on Exercise. Additionally, I maintain the prestigious CSCS credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I also coach the cross country and track teams at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Since 2009 our cross country team has qualified for the state meet 8 consecutive years. In that time we have had 6 top-3 finishes including state championships in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. I was a competitive distance runner in high school, college and post-collegiate with personal best times of 15:51 in the 5k and 2:39 in the marathon.

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About Me


  • BA, Exercise Science, Dordt College

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: Aug 31, 2020
NSCA - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Expires: Dec 31, 2017

CPR Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Jun 30, 2018

AED Certified

American Red Cross
Expires: Jun 30, 2018

Liability Insurance

  • West Bend Mutual

Additional Information


$53.00 / hr, Average rate for 45-minute session.

Payment Methods

Cash, Cashier's Check, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 12 years and 450+ clients served

Languages Spoken




11 Ratings

4.8 out of 5 Stars

  • by tracy daugherty on Apr 25, 2017

    I elected to search for a running coach to train for the Boston Marathon as I needed a plan specific to me as I was returning to running postpartum and it was less than six months to the marathon. I found Tim and he has been great to work with. He was great developing a plan specific to my needs as I was returning back to running, gave me recommendations during my course of training, and was very responsive answering my questions. With the Boston Marathon only being my second marathon and doing it less than six months postpartum, I am extremely happy with my accomplishment. It was a better experience than I could have ever dreamed.

  • by Jolene Berns on Feb 09, 2017

    If you are looking to get into shape (or are looking to change up an existing fitness regimen) and aren't wanting do to the big gym/fitness center scene. I encourage you to look into The Body Project, Inc. It provides personalized one on one training. I decided to invest in myself for the first time in a long time, so with My husband's encouragement, I began my sessions back in October and I am seeing results. I looked at a picture taken less than a year ago and cannot believe how far I have come in my health and fitness journey . I actually look forward to sessions. Tim took time to listen and created a fitness plan that has set me up for long term success.

  • by Ryan Schweizer on Nov 21, 2015

    My name is Ryan Schweizer and I am a senior at Dowling Catholic high school. Tim Ives has been my coach for cross country and track since I was a freshman. He is one of the best coaches I've ever had and I've learned a lot from him. He relates well with anyone and has great insight on almost any topic. Not only is he a great person to talk to but he is a great motivator. Not only will he motivate you to strive for greatness by he will help you reach this goal and even go beyond it. My high school career has been a good one and I could not have become half the runner and the man I am today if it weren't for coach Ives. He's truly one of the best and we here at Dowling Catholic are so blessed to have him.

  • by Sara Schwendinger on Jun 01, 2014

    When I decided to pursue a lifelong goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon, I went in search of a coach knowing that I would not be able to push myself enough to reach that goal on my own. I stumbled upon Tim through an article he wrote for the Capital Striders newsletter. What a stroke of luck because he has been the best thing that has ever happened to my running.

    Tim and I have been working together for 2 years and in that time I have improved at every distance from the mile to the marathon. I went from running a 2 hour half marathon to recently posting a personal best 1:41.53 half marathon. While I have not yet achieved the Boston qualifying standard time, I am steadily improving and believe that it will happen soon as I have already cut an hour off my marathon time in the time we have worked together.

    While times and accomplishments in races are important, the thing that Tim has helped me with most and has changed me most as an athlete is increasing my confidence. He supports me in any activity I want to try and is up for the challenge of tailoring workouts to help me be successful. His workouts always start from my current state of fitness and move me at an achievable pace toward improvement. He pushes me outside my comfort zone but in a very safe and supportive way. His methods have allowed me to steadily improve my fitness which has helped me become more confident in my ability to compete. He has a very calm demeanor which perfectly offsets my sometimes overly critical and anxious nature. Tim is great about providing feedback and answering questions. His expertise as a coach and his success as a runner himself lends credence to the training plans he creates.

    I would not be the athlete I am today without Tim's guidance. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to improve their fitness and overall health.

  • by Jason Thomas on Jun 30, 2013

    My name is Jason Thomas and Coach Ives has been my track and cross country coach at Dowling Catholic for the last four years. Without him as my coach I am confident in saying I would not be anywhere close to the runner I am today. We have had an awesome relationship all the way through and I have never questioned his training philosophy and in turn it has never let me down. I always told him my ambitious goals and rather than saying we should set them a little lower, he had only encouragement and positive feedback which instilled a lot of confidence for me to go out and get them. He always has a positive attitude and keeps the mood light and relaxed but still serious to accomplish the workout at hand and do it well. I have achieved a great deal of success in my high school running career and there is not a single person who I owe more thanks to for that than Coach Ives.

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