Personal Trainers

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.

Lindsay Bjekich Pearl

Assistant General Manger Personal Trainer & Group Instructor

Certifications & Experience:
  • 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.

Melody Smolik

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!

Minerva B.

Group Instructor & 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.

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.

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.

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
  • Spin
  • Heartsaver CPR and AED
Favorite Quote

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


Plainfield, IL.


Group Instructor & 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 Nate

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.

Ellen V

Personal Trainer

About Ellyn

“I grew up in Aurora with 3 brothers, so hanging with them meant playing sports. Running was my first love. I ran Track and Cross Country in school. Later in life I ran many 5Ks, 10Ks and 2 full marathons. I discovered yoga after an injury kept me off the trails. During my first class, I wondered how far I could get on an 8 foot mat! But I soon fell in love with the poses and the way my muscles felt during and after practice. My health, bone density, spinal alignment, and emotional well being have all benefited from my yoga practice.

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