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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, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist 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.

Dillon Smith

Personal Trainer

"Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You can't build things that stand the test of time without a stable foundation."

Aside from his love for running around, playing and dancing with friends and family, Dillon also played basketball, baseball, football and volleyball growing up. He started his fitness journey in high school, where he focused on athletic performance enhancement for baseball. He continued to play club baseball and lift weights throughout college, after which he moved to San Francisco and developed an interest in distance running. He completed his first marathon this year (2019), and plans do to another. When he's not in the gym, Dillon enjoys doing improv at Second City, leading a small group at Soul City Church and being a student mentor with iMentor, Chicago. His NASM Personal Training Certification, athletic background and lust for life shaped his mindset for a well-rounded and practical approach to health and fitness.

Ash Dunwell

Personal Trainer

Ash’s passion for fitness started through his success in Athletics. Originally from England, he played a single season of basketball in Europe, then subsequently came to the United States as a collegiate scholar athlete to play basketball in the NAIA. During this time Ash obtained an Associate Degree in Exercise Science and a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Sports Management. Following this, he became an instructor at UIC, teaching undergraduate courses in Exercise Physiology while obtaining his Masters in Kinesiology. As a NASM- Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Sports Performance Coach, Ash’s combination of knowledge and experience make him well armed to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

“Today I’ll do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can achieve what others can’t”

Stephanny Chaca

Personal Trainer

Stephanny is a high-energy, performance-based personal trainer. She played high school and club volleyball. In college, she was on a Latin dance team and has also competed in multiple obstacle course races as well as the Chicago Triathlon 2019. While earning her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at UIC, she has spent years working in various rehabilitation settings. She was also an undergraduate teaching assistant in anatomy and physiology and had the privilege to dissect a human body. Her passion for health and fitness led her to obtain her personal trainer certification through NASM. With her extensive knowledge of the human body as well as education in exercise science, she will create a program designed to meet your fitness goals. Her training philosophy blends plyometric movements with resistance training to bring out the inner beast in everyone.

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