We’re going to work hard, but we’re going to have fun doing it (I promise)!

Hyatt Training Portland personal trainer Kevin Root


Personal Trainer (he/him)

Personality: Fun-loving, analytical, extrovert, genuine

Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Precision Nutrition 1, Functional Movement Screen 1, The Ready State Movement and Mobility Specialist 1

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Communications from James Madison University

Proudest athletic achievement: I am proud (and very happy) to still be playing competitive soccer after all these years and injuries. I can easily credit exercise and fitness for literally keeping me in the game!

About me

I’ve spent the last nine years working as a personal trainer in San Diego, splitting my time between La Jolla Sports Club and Bird Rock Fit, where I was lucky enough to help people and have fun doing it.

I thoroughly enjoy working with clients who try. If you walk through the door and can deadlift 200lbs, but want to hit 300, that’s amazing. If you walk through the door and want / need help with your shoulders, knees, hips, etc., I’m equally happy. I love figuring out—with you, as a teammate—how we can progress together towards your goals.

Teamwork is important. It’s something I live by, both personally and professionally. We’re in this together, and I’m not going to let you down.

I will be present in our sessions, making sure you’re lifting correctly (and probably heavier than you think you can). When we’re not together, I’m still a supportive component in your life, sending links of something we discussed, tips that could help or just a dumb joke I heard from my buddy.

One of my favorite personal training stories involves a breast cancer survivor. When we first met, her body was pretty depleted and her confidence was crushed. She’d often joke ‘I have noodly arms! Just look!’ We started small, building upon achievable goals and just getting her excited to walk through the door. She eventually chose a deadlift as her major milestone goal. Over the course of our time together, she ended up blasting through that goal and doing way more than she ever thought she could. When we were saying our final goodbyes, she thanked me for helping her overcome some pretty dark times by being a constant, supportive bright spot. I think about that statement a lot.


Endurance and strength training, fitness for golf and tennis, injury prevention, rehabilitation, muscle gain, boot camps, sports-specific training and confidence building.


I want you to be the best version of yourself. Daily. Small improvements day-to-day lead to big changes over time. Creating personalized programs and approaching training from a team point of view has led my clients—with no experience to special needs to endurance athletes—to accomplish their functional, aesthetic and emotional goals.

Outside the gym

As an Air Force kid, my family spent time in a few southern states, then Germany for five years, Maryland for eight, college in Virginia and then off to explore California for 20+ years, with a year living abroad in New Zealand, Thailand and Australia sprinkled in.

My fantastic partner, Caitlin, and I have two pups: Kona, a 13-year-old MinPin, and Gordon, a one-year old Frenchie. The couch is always full of fur and fun. When I’m not training, you’ll find me surrounded by friends, traveling, exploring new music, surfing, sailing, snowboarding and getting dirty on the soccer field.