I could write a book on how much I love this place, but I’ll keep it short. I don’t know what I would do without Vernon, Caitlin and the community that trains here from all walks of life. It’s more than just a place to “go work out” and you feel how special it is on your first day. Your pushed past what you think are your limitations and gain a new self confidence. Anything I’ve been asked to do in the last 3 years of coming here I’ve never felt that my safety was in jeopardy. You can visually see that the staff cares about your wellness and improving in whatever aspects in life that you share with them. This is the way training should be started and continued. I’ve never felt peer pressured to drastically change my nutrition or start on any fad diets. The changes come little by little with casually talking to the staff. You can NOT find a more individualized coaching staff than at Clandestine. One of the best kept secrets in Dakota county.

– Tyler

People are amazing. Caitlin and Vernon are like best friends. They are very supportive. They motivate you to achieve your goal and make you strong and fit day by day. For me it’s like a free of stress when you go to this gym. It feels good everytime you take up new challenges. I definitely recommend you guys to join the program. They are very flexible and they keep track of every resource doing the job. Very happy to be part of this team. I would give 10/10.


One of the most surprising things that I’ve learned about myself is that I’m stronger than I look. I’ve also learned that I’m able to push myself more than I thought. I’ve been known to give up easily if I’m not good at something, as I’ve not thought highly of myself in so many years, and this honestly made me see myself in a different light. It showed me that I’m strong, I can persevere, and that there’s always room for improvement, one step at a time.

– Nicole

Phenomenal! The workouts are tough but take into account your abilities; comes with a lot of encouragement and support. This is a don’t miss opportunity for those who like to workout as well as for those who are just starting out. It’s like having a personal trainer every time you come to class.


Vernon and Caitlin are the very best. Dedicated, devoted, knowledgeable, tough but kind and most of all want the very best for their clients. Clients become part of the family. There are no favorites here. There is generosity and knowledge. Come and experience this for your self. Oh ya and if you want to be in killer shape… this is the place to go!


Best gym ever!! Amazing results! Great people, it is really more than a gym – more like a family! I used to hop around from gym to gym, never finding one I loved but I’ve been at this one for over 2 years now and will never leave! The coaches are brilliant – not just in workouts/lifting but also in nutrition, sleep and injuries – they can and will modify workouts for you!


Great place to workout. Vernon is an amazing trainer. Very knowledgeable and spends time explaining how not-to-do exercises. Workout sessions have been very motivational and I’ve come across wonderful people working out here!


Great place to work out. Vernon and Caitlin have the perfect blend of strength, mobilization, and injury prevention all under one roof. Whatever your fitness goals are, they can help you!


Top notch training, top notch atmosphere, top notch company. Can’t say enough about this place. Take it from a health professional, [Clandestine Strength] not only knows what they’re talking about, but they truly care about helping individuals meet their goals. Don’t miss out, join the pack.

Dr. Mat

I am beyond thankful for the sense of community. I have found that having a support system when things may not go the way you want them to, is so incredibly important – whether it’s for for weight loss, increasing your physical fitness or going through a season of change. Having people there to encourage you and support you to keep going really gets you through the rough patches that everyone is bound to go through.

– Danielle

I’ve written a review before but it was way too long ago so here I am again with a new perspective. Just over a year ago, I found out I was pregnant. I was able to workout at Clandestine for my entire pregnancy with some helpful modifications. The coaches are more than happy to work with you at whatever stage you are in your fitness journey! With Vernon’s programming I am amazed at how much strength I was able to maintain. I am now a little over 5 months postpartum and thankfully am feeling more myself with the fantastic nutrition coaching from Caitlin! I can not recommend it enough! I will admit, it was very rough and rather intimidating starting my fitness journey over again (feeling very heavy, slow and weak not to mention emotional), but the encouragement and support from the coaches and community has been so amazing. I’m still working on my strength but I know as long as I keep working and showing up, I’ll get there!


A great and growing gym with an even better coaching staff. They truly have your best interests in mind from session to session. Even if you’re a fitness freak and “in shape” you will never experience an “easy” workout here! The community they have created is bar none and all levels of fitness are welcomed.

– Jordyn

Clandestine Strength is a amazing place to workout, with warm and welcoming members. Vernon Neal and Caitlin Buckvold are top class coaches. The attention you get from these coaches is equivalent to quality Personal Training. They have well structured workout plan from Beginners to Competitors.


I would most DEFINITELY recommend someone [to Clandestine Strength] because you learn so much and the coaches are amazing; they listen to what your goals are and help you every step of the way. If they were on the fence I would say, if I can do it you can do it!


Been coming here for two years now, and it’s a great experience. Vernon and Caitlin are very knowledgeable and practice what they preach. I joined this gym after being tired of the monotony of planning my own workouts at the gym, and it is a fantastic way to get in shape and continually try something new.


I cannot stress how fantastic this gym has been for my fiance and I. We brag about Clan daily and look forward to going every night. Vernon and Caitlin have invested so much time with clients to help assess, create, and obtain goals. If you are looking to push yourself to new physical heights or simply get active with some fun people, Clandestine is a place you would thoroughly enjoy.

– Keaton

I don’t have the words to express my appreciate for EVERYTHING you guys have done for me. The best coaches in the world. Vernon and Caitlin have helped me reach goals I couldn’t imagine on my own. The ABSOLUTE BEST classmates ever! You all pushed me in every aspect of the word. When I wanted to quit, when I was the weakest member, when I was the slowest runner, you guys pushed me and didn’t leave me behind.

– Ronald

I’m amazed at how Vern and Caitlin always seem to remember what each of their clients is striving towards. Even though classes are taught in a group setting, they still find ways to individually challenge each member. Being a part of this gym puts you in direct contact with others who are working for one goal or another. The environment is great for all levels and the community aspect is what makes it worth the investment.


From the knowledge and expertise of the coaches to the friendly and driven members, Clandestine is nothing short of excellent. There is a constantly varying arrangement of workouts that on days will leave you more exhausted than you ever thought you could be but in return not only build your physical but mental capacity. If you want to turn weaknesses into strengths and fellow members into friends, come to Clan.

– Adam

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