Group Instructors

Minerva Badar

Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • AFAA Personal Trainer
  • PKC Black Belt
  • Les Mills Body Pump
  • Bosu
  • Ikick
  • Zumba and Zumba Step
  • TRX Basic and TRX Riptrainer
  • PurMotion
Message from Minerva

“I have the privilege of instructing Bootcamp Classes, Body Pump and Zumba here at Hometown. I also coach SGT (small group training)classes and do one on one personal training. Regardless of the classes that I teach or the atmosphere that I am coaching in, I strive to give the members what their looking for- RESULTS!”

Marenda Eison

Group Instructor

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…. not just 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.”

Ellen Von Ohlen

Group Instructor

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.

Karyn Williams

Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • N.P.T.I. (National Personal Training Institute)
  • N.P.T.I. Nutrition
  • Silver Sneakers
  • Water in Motion
  • Spin
  • Heartsaver CPR and AED
Favorite Quote

“pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

Hometown

Plainfield, IL.

Favorite thing about training others:

Seeing the joy and excitement in peoples faces as they reach and accomplish their fitness and life goals…. not just 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 Karyn

“Motivation is key – personal training and group fitness classes keep you going and help make friends. You always have someone to be accountable to.”

Rebecca Bauer

Group Instructor

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

Group Instructor & 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.

Lindsay Bjekich Pearl

Assistant General Manger Personal Trainer & Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • 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.

Jamie Turner

Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Message from Jamie

“Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down. I began my yoga teacher training with the intention to share yoga with my local community and show how it can change a person’s body and mind. Along the way, I also found that yoga should be fun. My classes combine Vinyasa and Yin principles, while also keeping the class lighthearted! Students can feel comfortable asking questions and laughing along the way. I encourage everyone to Be Free, Be Fierce, and Be Fearless!

Vicky Lynch

Group Instructor

Certifications:
  • Mat Pilates
  • Barre Certified Instructor
Message from Vicky

“I grew up in Naperville, graduated from The University of Iowa and have lived in Plainfield for most of my adult life. I’m a busy wife and mom of three boys. I’ve been a member of Hometown Fitness for five years and I love the down to earth feel of the home and the friendly staff and members. This past fall I was excited to study Mat Pilates– one of my favorite forms of exercise– and I’m thrilled to start teaching at Hometown and share it with others.

Brian Hafner

Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • NCSF CPT – 2016
  • Martial Arts Instructor 1993 – Present
  • Amateur Boxing Coach 2009
Bio for Brian:

Brian is from Joliet Illinois. He is a husband as well as a father of two boys. Since 2004 he has been a youth baseball coach for the ages of 4 – 16 years old. He has also been a Martial Arts instructor since 1993. He has always been involved in fitness and coaching.

Message from Brian

I’ve always been into fitness and coaching.

Activities Brian takes part in include:

Coaching, physical activity to include weights/cardio & mixed martial arts

Core Philosophy

Basically, teach them to fish they will never be hungry. Everyone eventually discontinues personal training eventually. If you teach them how to workout, they will train forever. This will also promote the business by word of mouth through customer satisfaction.

Bryan M

Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer

I discovered my interest for physical fitness and wellness in high school and over the years that interest has grown into a passion. I am currently in my senior year studying Exercise Science at North Central College where I play intramural sports. I enjoy exploring the world of physical fitness because it is something that everyone can benefit from.

Message from Bryan:

“Nobody is ever finished growing, there are always new ways to better oneself. I would love to provide you with the tools and knowledge to continue improving yourself”

Ligia Galvan

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

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