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Personal training is exercise coaching, which incorporates assessment, goal-setting, feedback and health education. Your trainer will design a comprehensive and challenging program tailored to your needs. In working with your trainer, you'll learn optimal technique in a safe, controlled environment. If you have a chronic condition or injury, a trainer will work with you to build a routine accommodating your situation while still achieving your goals.‚Äč

What are the Benefits of Working with a Personal Trainer?

A few reasons why you'll want to work with a personal trainer at the NCH Wellness Center:

  • Better motivation and accountability
  • Increased energy, decreased stress
  • Improved self esteem
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Increased resting metabolic rate (RMR)
  • Reduced risk of injury

Other health benefits from regular strength training include:

  • Lower body fat
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Increased aerobic capacity
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Improved blood glucose levels
  • Improved bone density 
  • Better function & performance 
  • Improved mental state & cognitive function
  • Stronger immune system
  • Longer lifespan
Types of Training

Personal Training Options

One-on-One Training

One-on-one training provides individualized training to meet your specific fitness goals. Your certified personal trainer will customize your workouts and continually evaluate your progress to ensure that you stay on track and make the progress you desire.

Small Group Training

Small group training provides motivation and results through groups of up to four participants working with a certified personal trainer while fostering a sense of community among participants. Small group training is a cost-effective and fun way to experience the benefits of working with a personal trainer. This support network facilitates success.

Duet Training

Personal training duets deliver the benefits of individualized training in a more cost-effective two-on-one format. Appropriate for families, friends, and any participants who wish to share a workout experience.

Combination Training

We can customize your training package to include any of the above formats.

Meet the Trainers

Meet the Trainers
Michael Brandson

Michael Brandson

Personal Training Coordinator

Level 3 - Personal Coach

mbrandson@nch.org

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National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Integrated Flexibility Specialist

Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, Schwinn Athletics

Master of Science in Exercise & Health Promotion
California University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana


Matt Brauer

Matt Brauer

Level 1 - Personal Trainer

mbrauer@nch.org

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National Council on Strength & Fitness
Certified Personal Trainer

Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science
NCAA Division III Collegiate Athlete 2004–2008
Elmhurst College


Will Brown

William Brown

Level 1 - Personal Trainer

wbrown@nch.org

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American Council on Exercise
Certified Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT)

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Exercise Science
Eastern Illinois University


Lauren Checchin

Lauren Checchin

Clinical Fitness Specialist

lchecchin@nch.org

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American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C)

Master of Exercise Physiology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Miami University


Elisabeth Garza

Elisabeth Gainsborugh

Level 2 - Master Trainer

e1garza@nch.org

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National Academy of Sports Medicine
Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)

American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (ASCM-CPT)

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
Baylor University

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Azusa Pacific University


Jennifer Gale

Jennifer Gale

Level 1 - Personal Trainer

jgale@nch.org

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National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT)

Northern Illinois University,
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Dietetics and Wellness


Blaine Harbourne

Blaine Harbourne

Level 3 - Personal Coach

bharbourne@nch.org

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American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT)

National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)

American College of Sports Medicine Cancer Exercise Specialist (ACSM-CES)

Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
National University of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology
Michigan Technological University


Robby Heimann

Robby Heimann

Level 2 - Master Trainer

robert.heimann@nch.org

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American College of Sports Medicine
Health Fitness Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)

Bachelor of Science
Elmhurst College


Dave Hull

David Hull

Level 2 - Master Trainer

dhull@nch.org

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American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer (ASCM-CPT)

National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)

Bachelor of Education in Kinesiology
Northern Illinois University


Donna Klosowski

Donna Klosowski

Level 3 - Personal Coach

dklosowski@nch.org

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American Council on Exercise
Certified Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT) & Certified Group Exercise Instructor

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT)

Cancer Exercise Institute
Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

Associate of Applied Science in Cardiac Exercise Technology


Mike Kolander

Mike Kolander

Level 2 - Master Trainer

mkolander@nch.org

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National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT)

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Youth Coach Athlete

National Academy of Sports Medicine
Senior Fitness Specialist (NASM-SFS)

CrossFit Level 1 Certified Kettlebell Coach

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
University of Chicago


Jack Nickle

Jack Nickle

Level 2 - Master Trainer

jnickle@nch.org

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National Strength & Conditioning Association
Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology
Marquette University


Sue Piatek

Sue Piatek

Level 3 - Personal Coach

spiatek@nch.org

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National Council on Strength and Fitness
Certified Personal Trainer (NCSF-CPT)

American Council on Exercise
Certified Medical Exercise Specialist (ACE-MES)

American Council on Exercise
Certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist (ACE-OES)

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education


Giovanni Piediscalzi

Giovanni Piediscalzi

Level 2 - Master Trainer

gpiediscal@nch.org

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American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer

National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

National Council on Strength and Fitness
Certified Personal Trainer

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Southern Illinois University


Abby Rodewald

Abby Rodewald

Level 1 - Personal Trainer

arodewald@nch.org

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National Council on Strength & Fitness
Certified Personal Trainer (NCSF-CPT)

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
Baylor University, Texas

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Exercise Science
Grand Valley State, Michigan


Tom Svehla

Tom Svehla

Level 3 - Personal Coach

tsvehla@nch.org

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National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer & Performance Enhancement Specialist

Cancer Exercise Institute
Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
Illinois Benedictine University

Bachelor of the Arts in Physical Education
North Central College


Michelle Tolar

Michelle Tolar

Level 2 - Master Trainer

mtolar@nch.org

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National Academy of Sports Medicine
Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT)

National Academy of Sports Medicine, Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)

Vyne Education
Certified Kinesiology Taping Practitioner

Bachelor of Science in Biology
Judson University


Kim Trinco

Kimberly Trinco

Level 2 - Master Trainer

ktrinco@nch.org

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National Strength & Conditioning Association
Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NCSA-CSCS)

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
University of Dubuque


Lora Troesken

Lora Troesken

Level 2 - Master Trainer

ltroesken@nch.org

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Athletic Fitness Association of America
Certified Personal Trainer (AFA-CPT)

National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Women's Fitness Specialist (NASM-WFS)

Certified Nursing Assistant
College of DuPage

Bachelor of Science in Theatre
Illinois State University


Dan Vockeroth

Dan Vockeroth

Level 2 - Master Trainer

dvockeroth@nch.org

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National Strength & Conditioning Association
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine, Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology
Northern Illinois University


Bob Walsh

Bob Walsh

Level 2 - Master Trainer

rwalsh@nch.org

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American College of Sports Medicine
Health Fitness Specialist

National Council on Strength & Fitness
Certified Personal Trainer

Bachelor of Science in Fitness & Health Promotion
Aurora University