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Best Personal Training in Hyde Park Chicago

Co-Founder + Company Director

SHAKA

Hometown: O’Fallon, Illinois, aka O-Town!! 
 

What attracted me to fitness: I hired a personal trainer to prepare for a national Taekwondo tournament. He had the most annoying laugh, but it was a great experience. Before training with him, I suffered from chronic knee pain for 13 years. After working with him for four months, my knee stopped hurting. This inspired me to learn more.
 

What’s important to me: Family, friends, mentoring/giving back, and maintaining my health.
 

Top Interest: Learning, traveling, dancing (I'm starting to find my swagger in salsa class), biking, sports, anime, music, hanging out with family and friends, etc. 
 

Fun Fact: I got a Master’s Degree in Taekwondo from Yong-In University in South Korea. I lived there for three and a half years and stayed in the school dorms (we had to sleep on bunk beds, but at least I got the bottom bunk).

CLIFF

Co-Founder + Director of Performance + Adjunct Professor

Hometown: Houston, Texas

What attracted me to fitness: My love for fitness sprung from my high school PE teachers. I couldn’t think of anything that could possibly be better than staying active and leaving such a positive impact on students. After college, that quickly developed into an idea to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. And then once I learned how much of a positive impact I can make in someone’s life through training, I was hooked and never looked back. 

What’s important to me: My family (including my two, wild and crazy little ones), mental and physical health, helping others, living a life of fulfillment.

Top Interests: Too many! I love rugby, sneakers, searching for Chicago’s best burger, traveling, music, art, time with friends and family, making enemies draw 16 in an Uno game, and so much more.

Fun fact: My YMCA bus driver (that looked like Otto from the Simpsons) taught me how to backflip in the third grade. 

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KIESHA

Personal Trainer

Best Personal Training in Hyde Park Chicago

Hometown: Chicago (Wicker Park)

What attracted me to fitness: Growing up, my mother always encouraged my siblings and I to be active and take part in organized sports. However, it wasn't until I sustained an injury that required me to do physical therapy when I realized the importance of fundamental movements and strength training. This introduced me to athletic training, and from there I fell in love with corrective exercise. This created a desire in me to help people stay active, while educating them on correct movement patterns, and thus helping others create lifestyle changes.

What’s important to me: Mental and physical health, family and friends, my headphones (commuter so I need entertainment on the go), my two fur babies that are no longer with us but will forever be in my heart.

Top Interests: Any outdoor summer activity, dancing like no one's watching, shopping and hiding the evidence​.

Fun fact: I taught myself how to swim when I was 11, but don't ask how good I am at it.

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MIGUEL

Personal Trainer

Hometown: Chicago (Andersonville!), IL 

What attracted me to fitness: I was first exposed to the benefits of a strength program when I played soccer in college. I saw results in my strength, movement quality, and how I looked in the mirror. I immediately got hooked on the training process and I knew I wanted to impact the lives of clients to help them achieve their goals and improve their health.

What’s important to me: Family, friends, and health.

Top Interests: Sports, traveling, local coffee shops, Netflix shows, and shoes (I love Jordans!).

Fun fact: I am the go-to dog sitter for family and friends!

RAVIN

Member Experience

Hometown: Chicago, IL (Eastside)

What attracted me to fitness: Growing up, I was always playing sports so I was never shy to fitness.  My attraction to fitness grew because I love to achieve results! Reaching my fitness goals motivated me throughout my athletic career.

What’s important to me: Family, friends, making the people around me happy.

Top Interests: Anime, gaming, music, reality tv, hanging out with friends/family.

Fun fact: I play flag football!

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