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Paul Goodman NHL Strength and Conditioning Coach

Mike is a teacher first and foremost. His approach to coaching is passionate with the purpose of helping you to understand the whys and hows to be better as an athlete. He is extremely technical and delivers the information in a complete and tangible manner. Mike coaches with an intensity and vigor. He cultivates a culture of hard work and fun. He is by far the most approachable coach I have had the pleasure to work with. Most importantly he cares. He wants what is best for his people. Working with Mike will better you as an athlete and as a person. His approach to training and life is contagious.

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Stephanie Dufresne, Executive Director & Senior Communications Coordinator

Chase is the best trainer. I started working with him about a year ago after an extended hospital stay. I was literally just getting back on my feet. Chase was patient and thoughtful and we started slowly. He built my strength and my confidence and today I am stronger, healthier and happier than I have ever been. I am amazed at how much progress we have made together.

He is such a positive force with a true passion for fitness and improving people’s lives. There is not a single session that I’ve ever had with Chase where I didn’t leave feeling 100 times better than when I walked in. He is a true professional in terms of progressing strength but always making sure to correct your form. He checks in all the time, keeps me motivated and I feel very lucky to be able to work with him.

Chase rocks.

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Patrick Guetti, Professional Opera Singer

I gave Chase a bit of a challenge when I approached him about training well over a year ago. I had an ‘ultimate vision’ of what I wanted to feel and look like, but really I had no idea how to get there. I wanted to lose fat, but I didn’t know the most effective ways to do that. I wanted to be stronger, but I didn’t know the first thing about weight training. I wanted to be healthier, but was ignorant when it came to the most optimal ways to feed and nourish my body. I showed up at the gym without any tools or a road map to get me to my ‘ultimate vision’. Not to mention that I also deal with receiving a different work schedule each night for the following day due to my job as an Opera Singer. Opera singing also places very specific demands on the body which need to be constantly considered when training. I thought it would be relatively impossible for me to find a trainer that would understand how to negotiate achieving my vision with the specific demands of my career, schedule, and lifestyle. I was wrong. I consider encountering Chase to be one of the most fortunate things to happen to me since I moved to Chicago. He exudes such passion, drive, and positivity in each session. He is as excited (if not more) about my gains and personal achievements in and out of the gym.

After working with Chase for the better part of a year, I had to leave the country for work for four months. I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what I would be able to do on my own with limited exercise equipment. He created several programs for me based on what I had available and coached me at a distance. I came back and had achieved some goals and was so much closer to others. I gained an incredible amount of confidence in myself. I had to do it on my own – and I could! I had knowledge and tools.

Chase has taught me to shift my focus from my ultimate fitness vision to small victories along the way, leading towards my goals. I feel, look, function, and sing better than ever. I am 150% addicted to this process. Chase’s work with me has not gone unnoticed, to say the least. It has inspired my friends, family, and loved ones to go after their own fitness and health goals – most of them with Chase’s help. I can’t really state what the most rewarding part has been so far as it’s all been such a positive journey. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.

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Vilma S.

My husband introduced me to Sarah around 6 months back, he said that she was really dedicated and passionate about working out and I found that to be very true. I’m gonna list out why I continue working out with Sarah:

  1. She knows her stuff. No BS. She knows her forms and she’s very particular about it, which I love.
  2. She gets in touch with me on a monthly basis to show me my progress, to find out if I have goals different from the previous month and plans my workouts accordingly.
  3. I told her that I love working with the bar and so she’s incorporated that into my routine, it keeps me interested and excited.
  4. She answers all of my hundred questions. I am very particular about form, what muscles a particular exercise targets and breathing techniques. I’m always learning something with Sarah around.
  5. She’s always available to talk to you. She responds within the hour, usually. You can reach her via email, text or call.
  6. If I ask a question and she doesn’t fully know the answer she always follows up and sends me emails. And if she finds an interesting article about an issue we discussed, she forwards it to me (which I love).
  7. And my favorite: she doesn’t overdo the talking bit. I’ve seen trainers who talk and talk and talk with the client and I wonder how the client is able to focus on the muscle s/he is working out. Sarah is friendly, talks the right amount, so she stays connected, but let’s me focus on my workout.
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Jerry Gaudet

First off, let me start by saying … I just signed up for Yelp to write this review. I can’t say I am a yelp fan BUT I am a fan of Sarah’s.

I have been training with Sarah for about 5 months now and I love it. Her energy and enthusiasm helps me strive for more. I especially love the ‘High 5s’ I get after each exercise. LOL

If you are anything like me, and you’ve always wanted to be fit but what forever reason you lose your motivation every time you try, then Sarah is the perfect trainer for you. Since training with her, something in me has ‘clicked’. I am no longer making excuses or getting in my own way. And I am having fun. Because of this the results are really starting to show. I am getting stronger, feeling more energetic, and looking better.

So thanks Sarah for your efforts in helping me with my goals. If you are looking for a health coach/personal trainer, then try her out … You won’t be disappointed that you did.

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Radhika Patel, Global Consumer & Retail Banking

I have been working with Chase for a little over a year now and I could not be happier. His approach to fitness takes into account every aspect of your life, not just what can be accomplished in an hour long session.

In the gym, we set a goal a year ago of getting stronger – I have now achieved a level of strength I could have only dreamed about a year ago. When I signed up for the Bonefrog race in Maine this year, I told Chase I did it last year and it kicked my butt. He had me write up a list of the obstacles I had trouble with and then built a program geared towards improving my performance ahead of the race, and I was amazed at my improvement. Now my strength goals have only gotten loftier but the big difference is I know that with Chase’s guidance if I put in the work, I will get there.

Outside of the gym, we are now working on figuring out nutrition – a year ago I never really thought about the nutritional content of my food but as hard as I am working in the gym, I wanted to see some more results. The thought of learning about nutrition and meal prep seemed like such a daunting task but Chase is breaking it down to basics for me in a way anyone can understand and in a way that seems realistic and possible. This isn’t a quick fix but a search for a sustainable, healthy habit that will aid me in reaching my goals and Chase has taken that into account.

Long story short, Chase is a wealth of knowledge and guidance and I couldn’t imagine a better person to coach me on my fitness journey.

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Ellie Sethness

Wes is a great personal trainer. I have been working out with him for over a year and have noticed huge changes in my body both in appearance and in my strength ability. Wes truly knows what he is talking about and is able to coach me through any exercise. He understands the science behind each movement is always able to answer my questions of why we are doing certain things. I would highly recommend him!

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Peter Switzer

Wes has been, and continues to be the BEST trainer ever. He keeps the routines interesting and challenging. He listens to client needs. And I’ve gotten better results with his guidance than with any other trainer. Ever. Don’t even think about training with anyone else.

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Lauren Woodnorth

I feel like there aren’t enough good things that I can say about Wes! I had been on a search to find a trainer after moving back to Chicago from Los Angeles a few years ago and after trying out a few I finally found a great fit with Wes. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable about the body and how we move and function but he is consistently switching up my workouts and always keeps it interesting. He is an excellent motivator without being overbearing and always gives his full attention during our sessions. I love his unique approach to strength training and look forward to what’s to come with our sessions!

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Rebecca K

As someone diagnoses with a Autoimmune condition, I had to change the way I worked out to reflect the state of my body. Since then, I have been working with Wes on my strength. Wes has customized my strength program according to my body and continually adjusts as needed. I have been able to drop 10% body fat and continually work to get stronger through his individualized program.

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