Group Trainers of Hometown Fitness

Charity Benevelli-Zaczek

Charity Benevelli-Zaczek

Group trainer

Certifications & Experience

  • ACE certified as a Personal Trainer
  • TRX
  • BodyPump
  • BodyAttack
  • P90x
  • PiYO

Currently working on another certification in Orthopedic exercise*

Favorite Quote

“Anyone can change their body but if you don’t change your mindset, you will never be happy.”

 

From

Lockport Illinois

Favorite thing about training others

“I love watching them grow as a person.

Its not all about weight loss or muscle gain or even endurance.

I love watching the self confidence grow, the positively about themselves and life and them learning that they have the strenght not only physically but mentally and CAN do anything they set their mind to.”

 

What has been an obstacle you’ve overcome in your very own training?

“Underestimating myself.”

 

 

Ellen Von Ohlen

Ellen Von Ohlen

Group trainer

Certifications & Experience

  • ACE certified as a Personal Trainer
  • B.A. From NIU
  • Yoga
  • Mind-Body Fitness

 

 

From

Aurora Illinois

 

Bio

I grew up in Aurora with 3 brothers, so hanging with them meant playing sports. Running was my first love. I ran track and CC in school, and enjoyed training on the trails with my coach and teammates. I discovered yoga while recovering from an injury. At my first class, I wondered how far i could get on an 8 foot mat! But soon I fell in love with the poses and the way my muscles and joints felt during and after yoga. My health, bone density, spinal alignment, and emotional well-being have all benefited from my yoga practice. I am awed and amazed at the healing power of bodily movement, and yoga especially makes me feel empowered and strong

 

Message from Ellen

Yoga is appropriate for everybody, for every single body, at any age.

 

Rebecca Bauer

Rebecca Bauer

Group trainer

Certifications & Experience

  • ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • Zumba licensed
  • Strong By Zumba Licensed
  • CPR Certified

From

Crest Hill Illinois

 

Favorite quote

“Anyone can change at any time if willing to make the daily commitment to excellence”

Favorite thing about training others

“Seeing them improve their wellness and health.”

What has been an obstacle you’ve over came in your very own training? 

“Lack of time”

 

 

 

Mary Bina

Mary Bina

Group trainer & Fitness Director

Mary Bina

Personal Trainer & Fitness Director

Certifications & Experience:

  • -Silver Sneakers Certified
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Northern Illinois University and a Minor in Health Education,

 

I love to run, but I keep it in perspective.  Music moves me, so I feel that this is why I love to run, and I am grateful to still be doing it after all these years!  Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family! Over 20 years of Personal Training experience. Staring with, Westbank Health & Fitness Center in Batavia, IL, where I mainly performed one-on-one Personal Training sessions.  Self-Employed business owner with “Home-Fit”, In-Home Personal training Business for one year also in Batavia, IL.  Next, one-on- one Personal Training, at Edward Health & Fitness Center in Naperville, IL.

 

Message from Mary,

Always work hard toward a goal and never give up!  We may work harder at times or not so hard at times, but we NEVER give up!

My strengths are:

I enjoy designing safe and effective individualized fitness programs for my clients.  I believe proper form equals desired results, and being a “good” listener equals happy clients.

 

Favorite type of Exercise

Strength training

Favorite quote

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten”

 

Diet tips

“Never overindulge, but don’t deprive! Always practice portion control whenever you can.”

 

Advice to those who are new to exercise

Take it slow and start at a comfortable level and pick a mode you’re familiar with thats aerobic in nature; such as, the treadmill for walking.

Marenda Eison

Marenda Eison

Group trainer

Certifications & Experience

AFAA Certified in Indoor Cycling
Les Mills BodyPump
PurMotion
MOSSA Group Power
WERQ
Group Fitness/PT FiTOUR
Favorite Quote
“pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Hometown

Detroit, MI

Favorite thing about training others:
Seeing the joy and excitement in peoples faces as they reach and accomplish their fitness and life goals…. notjust for fitness but for a healthier more purposeful life.

What is an obstacle you’ve found and overcame with you’re own training?
Over-training and WINE.

Quote from Marenda 

“It’s easier to maintain a healthier lifestyle if you work on making health/fitness a family affair/lifestyle instead of just “your” lifestyle.”

Lindsay Bjekich Pearl

Lindsay Bjekich Pearl

Assistant General Manger Personal Trainer & Group Trainer

  • Certified ACSM Health  Fitness Specialist
  •  Crossfit Level 1 Coach

Bio

Born and raised right here in the Joliet/Shorewood area.  I’ve lived here my entire life except from 2002-2011 when I lived in Iowa City, IA.  University of Iowa Alum, Go Hawkeyes! I am married with 3 wonderful kids.  2 beautiful albeit very strong willed daughters (almost 4 and 2) and a super sweet easy going son who is almost 5 months old.   I am very excited to be working here at Hometown and can’t wait to get to know everyone.

Favorite quotes:

I love quotes but 2 of my favorites:

“Don’t give up because you’ve had a bad day.  Forgive yourself and do better tomorrow”

“Everything is hard before it gets easy”

Favorite part of training

I love working with people and seeing them make positive changes to their life and just start to feel better about themselves inside and out.

Biggest obstacle in your her training:

I can’t think of one specific obstacle, I think we are always overcoming obstacles especially when we get stagnant in our workouts.  Your body thrives on change so anytime I feel myself stuck I just mix stuff up and hope I see positive changes.

 

 

Ligia Galvan

Ligia Galvan

Group Trainer

Group Instructor

 


From: Dominican Republic

 

What is your favorite style of exercise (weight lifting, yoga, jogging, etc)

Aereobic dance format

Favorite quote:

Everything you do do it with love

 

Favorite thing about training others?

I like to see satisfaction, results and happiness in everyone’s face after a class

 

What has been an obstacle you’ve over came in your very own training?

Do not over due it, rest when ever you need it specifically if you are injured