Kara Madsen

Founder/Owner

Kara has lived in the Irmo/Chapin area for over 20 years. She and her husband Paul have four grown kids (Mitchell- 23, Ian - 21, Jacob - 19 and Emma Grace 17).  She was introduced to the gym as a teenager by her mom, and has been passionate about health and wellness ever since.  She has a heart for women’s fitness, and has seen first hand over many years of working with clients the amazing positive physical AND mental effect that strength training can have on women of all ages.  She loves lifting, spending lazy days on the lake with her family, and never gets tired of watching sunsets.

Beau Wolfe

General Manager & Certified Personal Trainer

Beau moved to Chapin from Michigan in October of 2018 with his beautiful wife Olivia. He got connected with Kara and together they brought Kara's vision of Sozo Family Fitness to life. Beau also has several personal training clients he helps where he focuses primarily on strength training. He believes that everyone should be able to lift weights pain free and realize their true potential! You will always see Beau at the gym with a smiling face and a warm welcome! 

Cody Hill

Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor

To me, you work out for a lot of reasons. You could want to be stronger, or faster. Maybe you just had a break up and need confidence. Or you just wanna lose that weight you put on over the years. Regardless of their reason I am there for that person, through all of it. I put that individual through the paces necessary to accomplish the mission and reach their full potential. Seeing that person change is why I love training.

Emily Goodwin

Certified Personal Trainer

Beau moved to Chapin from Michigan in October of 2018 with his beautiful wife Olivia. He got connected with Kara and together they brought Kara's vision of Sozo Family Fitness to life. Beau also has several personal training clients he helps where he focuses primarily on strength training. He believes that everyone should be able to lift weights pain free and realize their true potential! You will always see Beau at the gym with a smiling face and a warm welcome! 

Stacey Williams

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Personal Trainer (Sozo Personal Fitness)

I’ve been a personal trainer at Sozo for 2 years. I have a passion for seeing people transform inside and out. I like to help my clients see the beauty and strength within themselves before physical changes begin. Realizing that the ultimate goal in getting healthy isn’t all about the number on the scale. I graduated from USC with a BS in Exercise Science and have been personal training for 18 years. I have an amazing husband who is a worship pastor at Seacoast Church and 2 teenage boys that keep me busy when I’m not working. I also lead a faith and fitness ministry called “stepping into His image” for women.

Ryan Willingham

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Certified Personal Trainer

My love for this profession began as a high school freshman when I began playing football. This was just a stepping stone toward my dreams, as I fell in love with weight lifting during our offseason training. This quickly translated to completing the NASM personal training program. Soon after, I found Sozo, and my goal as a trainer is to inspire each and every person that I come in contact with on a daily basis and help them live a healthier, more fulfilled life.

Stephanie Elgin

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Group Exercise Instructor

Stephanie is originally from Greenville, SC, but has lived all over, most recently in Florence, SC for 13 years before moving to Chapin.  She loves group fitness and the way it holds you accountable while getting to have fun with awesome people at the same time.  Stephanie was taking a class from a fabulous instructor when she plucked her out of class and started talking to her about getting certified to teach...and 10 years later, here she is at Sozo.  She has taught everything from Power to Pilates, and loves it all!  

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