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Start Getting Serious

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

Personal Trainer/Assistant General 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, a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM Certified Nutrition Coach 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/Assistant Personal Training Manager

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 four first-place finishes and a best overall lifter award. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, an NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification, and is a 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

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.

Nick McPherson

Personal Trainer

Nick's passion for fitness and health stems from his love for sports and science. As an athlete in his junior years and a trained dancer, he was able to turn his passion into a career by pursing a M.S. in Exercise Physiology and working as Assistant Director of the Saint Mary's College CA Human Performance Lab. With his diverse background working with everyone from clinical populations to athletes, Nick is more than prepared to get you to your fitness goals.

Fun fact: Nick is addicted to traditional architecture and sight-seeing.
Specialty: Strength & Conditioning
Cert/Education: M.S. Exercise Physiology
Quote/Training Philosophy: "Build the body from the base upwards."

Chrystalle Reace

Personal Trainer

As a ballet dancer and gymnast, Chrystalle became fascinated with human body movement and function, and pushed her own to the farthest point of what it could do. After trying different careers and raising twin daughters, Chrystalle discovered a passion not only for exercising, but for also helping others reach their own fitness goals. She decided to return to school, completed an accelerated program and earned an Associates Degree in Advanced Personal Training and Exercise Science from Bryan University. She became certified as a personal trainer through NASM, and also a performance exercise specialist. She is currently completing two more specializations in nutrition coaching and corrective exercise, also through NASM. She enjoys working her clients to maximize their own potential, and deliver them results they never thought possible.

"If it was easy, everyone would do it. It's the tough that makes it special!"

Natalia Vainman

Personal Trainer

After several years of training in dance performance, Natalia began to integrate her passion for dance and movement into the field of health and wellness. This led her to years of studying all manner of movement from yoga to martial arts, cementing her belief that quality movement can play a massive role in healing oneself both mentally and physically. In 2019, she earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Elmhurst University to further her career as an independent trainer and stretch therapist. As part of RNG's team, she hopes to bring that same passion for health and fitness to her clients through a combination of improved aesthetics and function.

Interesting fact(s):
- Natalia is fluent in three-and-a-half languages!
- She is a travel junkie and has visited 16 countries!
- Her specialty is assisted stretching & mobility

"Start your day with gratitude and movement."