My name is Rich Gardner. I’m a personal trainer with 8 years’ experience.
Before my career as a personal trainer, I played professional football for the Tennessee Titans & Seattle Seahawks. I was drafted 3rd round via Penn State where I graduated with a degree in economics – I also finished with 3rd team All American honors.
My professional football career extends to Germany where I signed with Kiel Hurricanes as a player and defensive coach of their junior team. I helped the Kiel Hurricanes win their first German Bowl and coached their junior team to an undefeated season.
I retired shortly after, and began my career as a personal trainer with the idea of a smooth transition into the professional world. I worked two years at La Boxing (now UFC Gym) and Fitness Formula Clubs before starting my own company with a socially driven mission.
During my journey as an independent trainer with a focus of providing health & wellness in under resourced communities – I had the opportunity to work with schools, student athletes, professional athletes & general population clients throughout Chicago and Chicagoland areas.
My experience working within these demographics inspired me to further my socially driven initiative to the nonprofit world.
In November 2017, my wife and I founded Maroon Village (501c3). Our mission is to promote resiliency among student athletes through performance training & yoga. We have partnerships with several organizations that align with our mission –which includes Healthy Hood, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, After School Matters and GoDeep Football.
My background allows me to take these experiences and creatively mold into an organic program that caters to the individual. I’m looking forward to taking this journey with you.
Thanks for your time
I have been a personal trainer since graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2012. I began training athletes, both prep and pro, in Florida at the Institute of Human Performance before moving back to Chicago. Health and fitness has been my passion since high school football and I have competed in bodybuilding, powerlifting, and strongman competitions. I hold the NSCA personal trainer cert, am a Level 1 Precision Nutrition Nutritionist, and hold several other specialized certifications as well. I believe in a well rounded and long term approach to health and fitness and encourage my clients to set multiple smaller, attainable goals to eventually reach their full potential.
I’m 39 years old and I have a passion for health and wellness, fitness and living a pain free healthy lifestyle. I live a very active lifestyle, through proper nutrition and exercise this allows me to live the best life I can. I can move better, perform at a top level, prevent injuries and most importantly I feel great. Let me help you live the life you’ve always wanted.
As a lifelong athlete and science enthusiast, I received a B.S. in Biology & English writing from DePauw University, where I also fell into the health & fitness world. Four years later I'm not only a trainer but a certified Sports Nutritionist as well, and I have aspirations to obtain my PhD in nutritional science someday. I've also worked at LiveLeanRx as a DEXA Body Comp. & Metabolic Technician. I believe trainers must walk the walk if they dare talk the talk, so I'm also a nationally qualified competitive bodybuilder, nationally qualified strong(wo)man, and an elite level raw powerlifter. However, this is not the majority of my clientele! People train with me to grow stronger, (mentally and physically), to lose fat, improve overall health or re-comp their bodies in general. 🙂
What is a written biography these days? One can go to my Instagram, Youtube, Twitter or even Facebook and watch me move and train many types of people over the course of many years (they are all "Excsiguru"). Choosing my company for fitness consulting is about investing in oneself. It will be a quality experience that provides the means to getting real and lasting results. We've helped clients lose over 100lbs...Created and coached programming for youth through high school sports...Taught Pilates and Yoga since before they were mainstream...Brought back professional athletes from devastating injuries to productive and even champion seasons...We also attend conferences yearly to stay current with our certifications and applicable science.
I was born in San Francisco and grew up running, biking, rowing wrestling and skiing (thanks largely to my father, the kind of guy who gets up at 5 a.m. to go rowing.) When I graduated from UCSB with a degree in English Literature I began to become more involved with boxing, muay-thai kickboxing and jiu-jitsu. All of these martial arts required high-levels of physical fitness to be competitive in, so I set-about learning the basics of strength conditioning. My goals in weight-training were never of an aesthetic nature so it was hard for me to imagine becoming a personal trainer, an industry I felt was, and is, dominated by vanity. But as more and more friends came to me for advice I realized I had a talent for explaining the principles of fitness in simple terms and helping people really improve their lives. When I moved to Chicago I received my NASM-CPT training certification and began working with a wide range of personal training clients. Some wanted to look better, some wanted to move better, some wanted to heal from injuries and each one succeeded with my help. I never saw myself in an industry so dominated by fads and hype, but by offering my clients real solutions to real problems and giving down-to-earth guidance for reaching clear goals, I found myself not only in this industry, but happy and thriving in it. I can’t think of anything I’d rather get up in the morning and do.
From Crestwood, KY. Former collegiate soccer player. Physical Education/Health Education teaching experience. Trained at Louisville Athletic Club and East Bank Club in Chicago. Online Transformation Specialist. Instagram: @JoshOwensFitness
Chase is the owner and founder of Incremental Gains, LLC, since February 2016, where he helps high achieving professionals look, feel, and perform better by using the most effective and well-researched health and fitness practices, stemming from the roots of neuroscience. Before starting his own business, he worked at Fitness Formula Clubs in the West Loop and Equinox in Lincoln Park. His approach to health and fitness is integrative and his programs are custom made to the individual, as he recognizes the fact that every human being is unique. Traveling the world, eating great food, and listening to live music are a few of his favorite things to do for fun.
Anthony was intrigued early on, with the human body’s ability to perform amazing feats and the high level of physical performance and conditioning that can be achieved through proper training. He started researching and studying anatomy, workout design, and nutrition at the age of 12. The knowledge he gained, help lay the foundation for the training and health principles practiced at Magnus Fitness and Performance. Anthony has been involved in athletics since an early age. He played baseball on the national level, advanced to the Junior Olympics in track and field, won back to back championships in the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball Tournament (a nationwide event), and a bench press champion in the teenage and men’s open divisions.
Anthony is an Advanced Certified Personal Trainer, through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (a NCCA accredited program), and a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute. He also holds a degree in Economics and a minor in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Through the years, Anthony has worked with a wide range of individuals; the lay person looking to improve their level of fitness and overall well being, bodybuilders, figure competitors, Ironman athletes, and athletes from a wide array of disciplines.
Hi, I'm Darek Kowal! I've been a personal trainer for 5 years, starting in California before coming home to Chicago! I have experience in large group classes and 1-on-1 personal training, working with men, women, and people of advanced age. My desire to be a personal trainer comes from my belief that being healthy is a lifestyle and the smart, healthy habits we create now will help lay the foundation for a happy, active lifestyle as we age.
I'm 45 years old and currently obsessed with traditional strength training and core/calisthenics.
I believe in striking a balance between lifestyle and fitness.
- No quick fixes
- No fad diets
- Let's start where you are
- Develop fitness goals
- Exploit your strengths and improve your weaknesses
- Commit to consistency
- Focus on life-long change
NASM - CES CPT FNS WLS
BA Business CSUSB
20 years in the fitness industry, training full-time for 5.
Dan Hicks is the owner of Iron & Oar, Chicago's indoor rowing studio and in addition to running the studio he loves to work with people 1 on 1 to improve their health and well being. He started training full time in Chicago after receiving his B.A. from Indiana University in Kinesiology and Economics. After working for multiple gyms Dan started his own fitness studio by the name of DHF Lakeview. He transitioned that business into what is now the number 1 rowing gym in the country, Iron & Oar. For a more detailed bio check out danhix.com.
Passionate about what I do professionally. Ukrainian woman that found her second home and family in the USA. Love helping people achieve their goals and feel good about themselves. I believe in more than just physical changes because overall health and long term results are most important.
Former ballet and modern dancer. Current status: Fitness Professional/Mother/Wife. Couldn't take more than 3 month off after welcoming my daughter into this world, that's how much I care about my clients. It's not only my career, its my passion, my calling, my lifestyle.
Diego has over 10 years of Personal Training experience, and over 4 yrs of Massage experience. Diego has trained and prepared a large amount of big UFC stars for competition. Jessica Pene, Jens Pulver, Robbie Lawyer are a few of many high profile athletes trained by Diego.
Diego has won over 111 amateur fights including the Ringside tournament and was nationally ranked at 19. As a Nasm Certified trainer with extensive background in boxing, Diego's training methods and results are considered ground breaking.
Diego hopes that by being openly gay he will be able to provide a sense of comfort and support to the LGBTQ community as we continue to stand as one and reach for our dreams.
Ashley S, owner of Kelli Fierce Fitness Inc, is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, with an extensive background as an all-around sports athlete. She holds a Master of Science in Pharmaceutics from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Tennessee State University. She specializes in fat loss, high intense interval training, strength and conditioning, and nutrition coaching. Throughout the years, she has received much acclaim as a National Physique Committee Bikini Competitor with Top 5 placing’s since 2013.
Ashley’s overall goal when coaching clients is to teach them how to adopt a healthy lifestyle through a gradual transition and NOT a quick fix approach! She believes that the ultimate transformation starts from within. In addition, she makes it a priority to build trusting relationships by actually listening and understanding each client’s goals. Her TOUGH love and positive encouragement always ensures clients learn what it takes to EARN every result while living a balanced and healthy life!
Jerry Yudt graduated from the university of Missouri- Columbia in 2009 with my degree in nutrition and fitness. He moved to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a career as a personal trainer. He quickly moved up the ladder and became a coach at the gym he is currently working at. As he was studying and getting new certifications to get promoted, he found himself listening to podcasts and reading books about self help and motivation a lot! He quickly realized that he wanted to help his clients out with more than just their workouts. He wanted to help them find happiness and sustainability during the whole process as well. So, he decided to rebrand himself as a lifestyle coach more than a personal trainer. His certifications include, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Fitness Service Specialist, ACE Sports Conditioning Specialist, Functional Movement Screen Level 1, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, USA Cycling Level 3 coach. His passion to help others reach their highest potential is unmatched
~ Personal Trainer - 21 years
~ "Venom" on NBC's American Gladiators
~ JOGA Coach (Yoga for Athletes)
~ National Fitness Champion
~ Author of The Natural Way - The Holistic Guide to Total Mind-Body Health and Fitness
Health and Fitness isn’t just what we do in the gym, with a trainer or on our own. It’s also how we live our every day lives to help maximise our results, from our hard work.
We need to put ourselves in the right environment, around the right people to help inspire and motivate ourselves to get the most out of life.
Training, is so much more than just lifting weights, running sprints or doing sit-ups. We need to also train the most important part of ourselves, that controls everything we do. Our mind! Controlling our mind can be difficult for some. I’ve also had to battle the demon inside my head that would say, “Lets stay home and watch Game of Thrones instead of training” or “Its too cold outside to train." Or the one I find the most difficult, “Lets eat a deep dish pizza instead of cooking a healthy meal." (Chicago has too many great restaurants). We all have been there and sometimes it can be hard to climb out of the hole we find ourselves in. I’m not just talking about fitness related either, it could also be the feeling of “where is my life headed?”
One of my favorite quotes from an old Samurai warrior, Miyamoto Musashi: “Know one thing, to know another”. Meaning, if we could really apply ourself through hard work in the gym, we can apply that philosophy in our every day life. Control our MIND. Train our BODY. Strengthen our SPIRT! Health and Fitness is my passion and has been for 25 years. Let me motivate you to reach your goals!