Mary Bina

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.

Lindsay Bjekich Pearl

Lindsay Bjekich Pearl

Assistant General Manger Personal Trainer & Group Trainer

  • Certified ACSM Health  Fitness Specialist
  •  Crossfit Level 1 Coach


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


Melody Smolik

Melody Smolik

Group & Personal Trainer


  • Certified as a personal trainer


Message from Melody

I’m  from Downers Grove  originally  but live  in Plainfield now with my family.
Favorite Quote

“Live and let live”

I get caught up in commentating  on other’s  lives and choices. This phrase reminds  me to  live my life, let silly things rolling off my back and also realize  I don’t  know  what  drives people  to do what they do!




Message from  Melody

I  love working at HTF because  the members  and staff  are all so down  to earth. I love the variety  of clients I work with and I love the support I have from fellow trainers.


Favorite thing about training others

I’m  a people person so in addition  to really desiring to challenge and encourage  my clients,  I feel honored that they let me in their lives  and share stories  with me! I train all women  currently  and it’s heartwarming  to see how we are all on this path of life together, trying to keep fit  and take time  for ourselves to be healthy


Biggest obstacle in her own training shes overcame

The biggest obstacle  I’ve  experienced  happened  as soon as I started  training  and realized  everyone  doesn’t  want to train the same way I train  MYSELF!! I love  lifting  weights  and could  do that all day every day. I’ve  been challenged  and personally  motivated to find  and create a wide variety of workouts  that meet the needs of all different  goals. In addition  I’ve grown in  my personal  fitness  life by thinking  outside  my mindset and incorporating new ideas for myself as well.


Minerva B.

Minerva B.

Group & Personal Trainer


  • AFAA Personal Trainer
  • PKC Black Belt
  • BOSU
  • IKick
  • Zumba & Zumba Step
  • TRX Basic & TRX RipTrainer
  • Rip 60


About Minerva

I have been working at Hometown Fitness for several  years.  I started as a Bootcamp instructor because of my background in martial arts.  My goal was to help members reach their fitness goals and to keep the classes challenging.  During the years at Hometown, my passion for my profession grew.  I love the members,  the atmosphere (there is an actual “hometown” feeling), and the teamwork you get from all the other employees .  I have the privilege of instructing Bootcamp Classes, Body Pump and Zumba.  I also coach SGT (small group training)classes and do one on one personal training. 

Message from Minerva

“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!”

Brian Hafner

Brian Hafner

Personal Trainer

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

Bryan M

Personal Trainer

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”




Karyn Williams

Karyn Williams

Personal Trainer & Group Instructor


Certifications & Experience

N.P.T.I. (National Personal Training Institute)
N.P.T.I. Nutrition
Silver Sneakers
Water in Motion
Heartsaver CPR and AED
Favorite Quote
“pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”



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…. 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 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.”

Meagan M.

Meagan M.

Group & Personal Trainer


  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Bachlor’s of Science in Psychology / Pre-Med
  • Zumba Basic 1 & 2
  • Dance background in Hip Hop, Jazz Funk and Aerial


Message from Meagan

Growing up in a sports-centric family, I have long been fascinated by the incredible capabilities of the human body.  My venture into the fitness world began in 2011 when I was offered the chance to teach Zumba  here at Hometown.  Since then I have had the opportunity to teach at many other gyms in the Chicagoland area and New York City.  I recently expanded my area of expertise and became a NASM certified Personal Trainer.  I am excited to offer people an opportunity to explore the astonishing heights their bodies are capable of.