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Tired of not seeing results? Stop “starting over” again and again and let us help you get the body you deserve. Chicago personal trainers at River North Gym have helped their clients lose hundreds of pounds and meet numerous goals over the years. And now, it’s your turn. Our team is comprised of the best personal trainers in Chicago that will provide you with fitness education, nutritional guidance and lifestyle management. River North Gym has set the standard for the best gyms in Chicago by having an elite team of professionals with strong backgrounds in fitness and wellness, including Certified Fitness Specialists, Certified Weight Loss Specialists, Performance Enhancement Specialists, Corrective Exercise Specialists, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, numerous bachelors and masters degrees, and more.

When looking for a gym in River North Chicago, we know you have many options. The comprehensive experience of our weight loss and fitness professionals speaks for itself and we can’t wait to help you achieve your goals. Whether your a business professional, a busy parent or just looking to change the way you look and feel, River North Gym is the local fitness gym that has all the tools and resources you need. Read more about our training team below and how one-on-one personal training sessions can redefine your life.

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Taylor Panfil

Taylor Panfil

Personal Trainer / Assistant Personal Training Manager

“Keep it simple, get strong, and stay functional.”

Taylor’s passion for fitness was discovered through strength and conditioning for soccer in high school. Her enthusiasm for strength training and performance enhancement intensified during her collegiate years in which she pursued a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Combined with being an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and years of intensive strength training, this gives her the knowledge and experience to get clients the results they want safely and effectively.

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards

Personal Trainer

“If you do the simple stuff correctly & consistently while focusing on strength, everything else falls into place.”

Andrew first began lifting weights back in his freshman year of high school, and through a sport career of soccer, wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts, he developed his passion for improving strength and performance. Since becoming a trainer six years ago he has competed successfully in crossfit, olympic weightlifting, and powerlifting, including two first & two second-place finishes. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, combined with his NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification, and an NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. His science-based methodology leads to consistent progress for his clients, helping them become knowledgeable, confident, and above all, stronger than they ever imagined.

Riley Hextell

Riley Hextell

Personal Trainer

“With correct technique, dedication and consistency, I will pave the path for you to go far and beyond your fitness goals.”

Riley first discovered his passion for weightlifting while playing high school football. While pursuing an active lifestyle and gaining more interest in exercise, he then enlisted in The United States Navy. Riley’s experience in the Navy, partnered with his NASM Personal Training Certification, makes his training style dynamic and exciting. His work ethic, attention to detail and high levels of motivation will push you in pursuing your fitness goals.

Shera Strange

Personal Trainer

Shera has had extensive training in anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, fitness assessments, stress testing, and athletic training, which allows her to work with several populations. Shera is most passionate about establishing relationships with the community with a "no excuses" format for physical activity that will result in better health outcomes and promote lasting positive change. Her purpose it to motivate others to improve their quality of life and live every day to the fullest. Shera is an ACE certified trainer and an AFAA certified group fitness instructor.

"My goal is to you moving efficiently, but more importantly functionally. We'll improve your strength, core movement and mobility all while achieving your weight loss goals and improving your endurance. This combination will lead you to a better quality of life and of course, make you a STRANGE fan!"

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Jordan Prewitt

Jordan Prewitt

Personal Trainer / Master Personal Trainer / Personal Training Manager

“Changing your life isn’t easy but with the right form, the perfect amount of push, and endless determination, together we will build an unbreakable foundation.”

Jordan played sports all his life, but after falling out of shape and at the lowest part in his life, he found reconciliation in life through fitness. Jordan is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in bodybuilding techniques with a strength and conditioning twist. He practices what he preaches and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with anyone and everyone. If there is one thing you’ll get out of his training, it’s the feeling of each muscle working and functioning correctly.

Hayden Grove

Hayden Grove

Personal Trainer / Master Trainer

“Using a combination of High Intensity Interval Training and the art of Bodybuilding, I help everyone look and feel their ultimate best.”

Hayden’s passion for fitness started as a high school and collegiate athlete, as a 2-time All-American Men’s Volleyball player. After college, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science, Hayden turned his passion toward aesthetic body building, competing in multiple physique competitions over the past 3 years. As an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Hayden is well equipped to help you reach your fitness goals.

Tommie Westbrook

Personal Trainer

As a former high school and collegiate athlete, Tommie has had a passion for fitness and sports. After playing college football at Illinois State University, he decided to pursue a career as a personal trainer. He has certifications with Action and Asian bodywork. He continues to educate himself, making him one of the best, and brightest in the field of performance coaching. He has worked with clients on all different levels and spectrum's, specializing in speed, power, strength, injury prevention, functional training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Tommie worked with the University of Akron strength and conditioning program. In 2014, Tommie's training career took off and he began working with the likes of Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, The National Football League, Golden Gloves Boxing, and high school sports teams. Tommie has become a trusted source for many athletes, parents and coaches.

Michael Maniquis

Personal Trainer

Michael has been a long time athlete, having competed in high school and collegiate soccer. He was introduced into the weight room during his junior year of high school and what once felt like a chore quickly developed and transitioned into a true passion. Michael’s dedication towards health and fitness inspired him to earn both his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science & Health Promotion and his certification as a NASM Personal Trainer. His high energy and competitive spirit will have his clients testing their limits and have them feeling stronger, healthier, and better than ever after every session.

“Where you start from doesn’t matter. All you need is the determination and hunger to be better than the person you were yesterday.”

Syruss Martin

Personal Trainer

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