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
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten”
“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.
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
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.
Personal Trainer & Group Instructor
Certifications & Experience
AFAA Certified in Indoor Cycling
Les Mills BodyPump
MOSSA Group Power
Group Fitness/PT FiTOUR
“pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
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
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.
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
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.
“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.