Trainers

 

Our team of trainers are some of the highest qualified In-Home fitness professionals in Chicago. Our trainers are carefully selected based on their educational credentials, years of experience, communication skills and ability to deliver successful fitness programs to clients. Vitality Fitness strives to be the most trusted source for Fitness Professionals in Chicago. Select a trainer you think would be a great fit for you and send them a message. If your having trouble selecting one, contact us here and we’ll help find a trainer for you! It is a FACT that getting started is the hardest part to any fitness program & we’re here to help make that move a breeze.

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Mark Clark

  • 9 Years of Experience
  • Multiple Certifications
  • Specializes in Weight Loss, Athletic Performance, Powerlifting

 

Mark Clark – (Founder of Vitality Fitness Chicago ) has been in the health & fitness industry for over 9 years. His experience involves health club management, personal training, personal training management, fitness consulting. Mark is a NASM Certified trainer who has multiple certifications and years of experience. During his career Mark has helped over 800 people begin a fitness regimen and achieve their fitness goals. He is an aspiring powerlifter and olympic weightlifter. Marks passion is fitness and what he loves most about his profession is the ability to help people change their lives. From competition prep to wedding prep, from weight loss to bodybuilding Mark has helped hundreds achieve success!

Credentials: NASM: Certified Trainer, NASM: Sport Nutrition Specialist, NASM: Female Performance Specialist.

Continued education in: Kettle bell training, cross-fit, weight loss, endurance training, athletic conditioning, nutrition, injury recovery.

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Jonas Garza

  • HIIT IT! Boot Camp Instructor
  • Specializes in Weight Loss, Corrective Exercise & Group Fitness.

Philosophy  -  Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is beneficial for ourselves and our minds. It is something that takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance but in the end the payoff is priceless. As a person who has previously struggled with weight, I know how important it can be having someone  who is knowledgeable, caring, and understanding by your side. I am here to help guide you in the right direction so that you can achieve your fitness goals and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Jonas has been an avid fitness enthusiast his entire life. He has worked side by side with some of Chicago’s best fitness professionals. Jonas has been educated in Weight Loss, Corrective Exercise, Group Fitness and is VFC’s Boot Camp Instructor. Jonas is not only a trainer but is a living testament of fitness success. His personal accomplishments fuel his desire to help others succeed and to excel as a true fitness professional.

Credentials: UIC: Personal Training Fitness Course

NASM: Certified Trainer

Continuing Studies in; NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM Weight Loss Specialist HIIT IT! Boot Camp Coach

Megan Chappell, Vitality Fitness Chicago

Megan Chappell

  • Nike Yoga Ambassador
  • Chicago’s very own Yoga Expert
  • Named One of the Most Inspirational and Motivational Fitness Entrepreneurs in Chicago                                                                           by TimeOut Chicago.
I’m Megan Chappell, former educator turned corporate ladder climber, turned yoga teacher, turned personal trainer + fitness expert + Nike yoga ambassador, and founder of TruHarmony Yoga, Inc., & TRU by Megan, Inc. Whew…that’s a lot of turns!

But, perhaps you can relate….I spent my entire 20’s exploring ME both professionally and personally, even though I was completely unaware of that the entire decade.I thought that the more I ‘moved to the top’ in my career, that meant more success.

I thought that the more I ‘fell in and out of love’ (aka dating everyone within a 3 mile radius of 60614 zip code) meant THE ONE would eventually show up, right?

I thought that working out at at a gym day in and day out….running on a treadmill, doing some triathlons here and there meant I’d have ‘the best body ever.’  That’s what all 20 something’s did, right?

Well, nearly half a decade later, I look back at those ten impactful years with pure gratitude and honor – for those are some of the most formative years of my life.

Because without those experiences, I would never be in the most intimate and connected relationship with myself like I am today.  Without those experiences, I would never have ARRIVED at my career. NTC_photoshoot_mermaid_pose_PC_edited.jpg

If I hadn’t dated the 20 something’s with a 773 area code, I wouldn’t have LOVED me first and found my soul mate, the love of my life.

Instead of being that hamster on a wheel at the gym every day, I honored a friend’s request to take my first hot yoga class at the ripe age of 29.  And THAT has forever changed my life. 

At the time, I thought….’why workout in a hot box, sweat with strangers, and not hear any music?  No thanks.’

But…as I’m sure you can relate, I was SO OVER the trendy, short-lived quick fixes that I latched onto at the gym, at hippy or gypsy owned yoga studios, and at the franchise box ‘yoga studios’ (aka a gym with yoga classes on the hour every hour 24/7).

 Not my cup of tea!

Low and behold…..I latched on to the hot yoga trend. After all, it got me away from the hamster wheel at the gym and I started to FEEL amazingly strong simply by being able to stay in a 105-degree room for 90 straight minutes (with only two water breaks in between the start and end of class)! And I really loved walking out of that workout drenched in sweat just knowing I was detoxifying and cleansing my entire body.

But…my ADD brain still wanted more….like, MUSIC, inspiration, and some freaking energy!!!  I love Bikram for simply introducing me to hot yoga, but dude….lighten up – have some fun….it’s YOGA…  !!

Mostly, I wanted some sort of spiritual component added into my workout.  I was becoming more in tune with ME, growing wiser and craving a deeper connection with my own self.  Can’t I get all of that while torching 500+ calories and flowing to Jay-Z’s Holy Grail remix?

Couldn’t find anything near all of that. I practiced all over Chicago, Boston, NYC, California, etc..and while I’ve experienced and trained with phenomenal yoga Masters and ambassadors of all things wellness and fitness, I just knew what made me feel AMAZING and it just wasn’t anywhere….EXCEPT WITHIN ME!

Why not create experiences that….

  • nike_event_megan_teaching_PCrequire others to focus on their inner guide as a compass both physically and spiritually
  • empower the best teachers in the city to guide and inspire others to dig deeper?
  • involve challenging the physical body in order to see changes in the physical body?
  • educate others on how to flow through life with confidence and ease?
  • tap into their own spirituality that can be infused in real life scenarios?
  • make others FEEL GOOD & LOOK their best selves?

AND BOOM!!!….TruHarmony Yoga, Inc. and TRU by Megan, Inc. were born!!!

I mean, why not, right?  I can’t be the ONLY one craving these type of real life experiences, right??  And even if I am, well, my TIME WAS NOW – it was my calling to expose this to the masses!  I know it’s transformed my life, so I’ve GOT TO SHARE THIS WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN.

Whether I’m creating, loving, cooking, breathing, teaching, or learning, I’m at my best – I’m LOVING every part of ME and I LONG for others to feel this exact feeling.  Life is way too short to feel anything less than this.

I arrive by planting my feet in anything and everything that makes me happy. If I’ve given it my best and it doesn’t work out, I honor that experience with gratitude as it steers me towards the next path along my journey that requires my navigation.

I’m obviously a lover of yoga and of all things wellness – I love the awareness that movement and mindset brings into my life – not because it’s the proverbial “way of living,” but because of how it makes me feel. Getting on my mat is only part of it, though…it’s getting in my head, heart & soul that truly ‘gets’ me ON my mat.

Basically, I’ve learned that if you can FEEL it, you can HEAL it.  Mind AND body.  So, I made it my mission to share this with others.  I’ve learned that inspiration and transformation is the only way to live life to the fullest.  Loving and respecting you INSIDE and out leaves you no other option but to inspire others to LIVE & LOVE their most fulfilled lives.

Professional Bio:

Megan Chappell  has been an avid yogi for years, but she truly fell in love with the Baptiste tradition of hot Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2008. Megan has experimented with several elements and styles of yoga through studying and training under Master yogi Bryan Kest, Master Jason Campbell, renowned holistic healer, Megumi Sager, and of course, her muse and inspiration, Baron Baptiste. She is a Master Yoga Ambassador for Nike, a Nike Trainer, and a certified personal trainer & coach. She has completed her 500-hour intensive Yoga Teacher Training certification through Yoga Alliance and is a certified AFFA / ACE / ACSMA, PTNC personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Megan has led several yoga workshops, yoga teacher trainings, transformation programs, and seminars nation-wide and across Chicago, and She teaches private yoga, pre-natal, post-natal, rehabilitative & mommy-and-me yoga. Megan can also be found around Chicago teaching her signature yoga classes, including her trademarked tru.sculpt™ & tru.flow™ classes. Named one of Chicago’s mot inspirational and motivational fitness entrepreneurs of Chicago by TimeOut Chicago Maganzine, Megan Chappell is the Former Owner of TruHarmony Yoga Inc. & the current Founder of TRU by Megan. She is Chicago’s yoga expert. She is tough on the mind, strong on the body. She is Megan Chappell.

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Eric Pelz

  • Owner of Pelz Fit.
  • Rated as one of the top trainers in Chicago.
  • Several years of experience as a fitness professional.

I’m in my 30’s and in the best shape of my life. I have been training in the Chicago area since I left the wildland firefighting business in 2008. I have a personal training certification from ACE along with a TRX suspension trainer certification from Fitness Anywhere that I received in 2009. All though I am new to the business aspect of it, training has been a part of my life since 2005. I trained to become of wildland firefighter for 2 years before getting the job in Alaska. In order for me to get that job I had to become both physically and mentally fit for the challenge it brought on a daily basis.

With the training and the certifications I have achieved I have been able to help a variety of people of the years. I can contribute my success in this business to Full-Fitness LLC and to my private clients over the years. I have personally helped women and men of all ages and fitness levels lose weight, tone up, and achieve overall happiness in their own bodies. I will leave you with my fitness philosophy; if you are working towards something and it is hard to achieve, you know you are working towards the right things! The best things in life are worth putting in the effort!

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” ~William Ernest Henley

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Diandra Nicole

  • Crossfit Level 1 Certified
    • Specializes in Woman’s Health
  • Multiple Years of Experience

 

Working as a Personal Trainer for over two years, Diandra Rodriguez holds Crossfit Level 1 Trainer and Functional Movement Systems certifications. She is a Paleo enthusiast and preaches utilizing full body functional movements to help people as young as fifteen to their late sixties improve quality of life and unlock their potential.

BIO

In March 2014, Diandra launched a health lifestyle website, With Vim & Vigour, to provide people with information to take control of their health. She also writes for an online publication, BossFit Magazine, geared towards the busy professional.

Ever the information junkie, Diandra is working on getting her ACSM Personal Training certification. She enjoys paleo-fying recipes and spending time with her fiancé and Australian Shepherd in Northern Michigan.

Say Hi! @DiandraNicoleR

http://withvimnvigour.com/

Specialties: Women’s health

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Gina Narducci

  • MAT Certified (Muscle Activiation Therapy)
  • Multiple Years of Experience
  • Gymnastic & Athletic Background

 

BIO

Gina Narducci is a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute with her diploma in personal training. Dedicated to personal fitness from a young age she was involved in softball and gymnastics and later in life showed an interest in martial arts following in her father’s footsteps. Her passion for this industry flourished when she began working one on one with a personal trainer. The impact her trainer had on her physical and mental well-being was something that she could not wait to pass along to clients of her own one day. After becoming a personal trainer herself, Gina’s passion for the industry increased when she received her TRX certification and grew stronger after becoming a Muscle Activation Practitioner. She continues her education weekly through a private mentoring program and has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from teens to older adults always ensuring a personalized program specific to her clients’ needs and abilities. The proper balance of nutrition and exercise has helped many of Gina’s clients excel their expectations and make strides toward a healthier lifestyle.

Credentials:

NPTI: Diploma, Muscle Activation Specialist, TRX Certification

You can contact Gina for your complimentary consultation today!

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Rick Wemple

  •  17 Years as an athletic coach
  • Holder of Multiple Athletic Records at YALE
  • Coached & Trained Ivy League Athletes

 

Credentials

BS in Biology – Yale University
MA in Exercise Science – Ohio State University
Published in half dozen journal/magazine articles
NASM – CPT, FNS
17 years as college track & field/cross country coach
4 years as personal trainer
All-American Division I Cross Country, 1991

BIO

Rick Wemple is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He brings a blend of running, strength and flexibility training experience to his personal training work, and his coaching and training philosophy is to approach each client as an individual when designing training programs. Each person has different needs and interests in fitness and he works with each client to personalize their fitness plans. To date, Wemple has worked with young to middle-age adults looking to get stronger and/or lose weight; helped high school and college soccer and lacrosse players improve their endurance conditioning; trained a 70-year old woman for competition in the discus, shot put and javelin for the 2007 Senior Games competition; and has helped a 79-year old woman regain daily functional capacity after a stroke. Rick started his career as a track & field athlete at Yale University where he earned a degree in Biology. Wemple still holds school records in the mile (4:04.54) and the 1500 meters (3:42.09) and earned All-American honors in cross country in 1991. Rick earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Ohio State University in 1994 and returned to Yale to work in an exercise physiology lab and volunteer coach for the cross country and track & field teams. After four years, he was hired full-time at Brown to coach the women’s cross country team and the women middle distance and distance runners. In seven years at Brown, Wemple guided the women’s cross country team to three Division I NCAA Cross Country Championships, with their highest finish being 9th in 1999. Athletes there set and reset seven different school records from 800 meters to 5000 meters and won nine conference individual and relay titles. Next stop was Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and his impact was made almost immediately. Three athletes earned five All-American awards in cross country and indoor track and the vast majority of his team members set new personal bests in his first year (2005-06). Wemple’s final coaching stop was Loyola University Chicago as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs. In his 4 1/2 years at Loyola, athletes set and reset 41 school records and won 35 conference individual and relay titles.

My Method

I approach clients on a personal level, getting to know about their work, family, and social lives, in addition to their current state of fitness, and health, abilities, and interests. With that complete picture, we can tailor a plan that works with your schedule and makes fitness fun, challenging, and rewarding. I am available to general fitness clients and runners, – both novice and experienced – and sessions can be conducted at home, an office, the gym, or outdoors. I look forward to working with you towards your health and fitness goals!

 

Personal Training

        • 25-year old woman – 13lbs lost in 5 weeks
        • 79-year old stroke victim – improved mobility
        • 2007 Senior Games Medalist (70-74 yr old) – Shot Put, Discus, Javelin
        • HS/College soccer and lacrosse players – Improved conditioning for pre-season

Coaching

        • 6 All-Americans
        • 9 Ivy League Champions
        • 35 Horizon League Champions
        • 2 Great Lakes Valley Conference Champions
        • 48 School Record Holders

Athletics

        • Division I Cross Country All-American, 1991
        • 6 Ivy League Individual and Relay Titles
        • 4 School Records at Yale – Mile, 1500, 4×800, Distance Medley Relay

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Cristina

  • Northern Indiana NPC Bodybuilding show of 2013 1st place finish qualified for nationals
  • Ballet/Modern Dance Background
  • Over 7 Years of Experience

 

BIO

Cristina is a native from Chicago. She graduated from the only performing arts high school in Chicago (7 in the nation) as a ballet/modern dancer and continued onto the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Cristina graduated from U of I with a degree in Dance and a second concentration in the Italian language. Upon graduation, Walterman chronically injured her hip from overuse and turned to weight lifting to “self-rehab.” Teaching and training others to become stronger, healthier and to better their lives had been instilled in her at a young age. She has been a certified trainer since 2006 and continues to inspire others to become the best they can become. She believes in taking care of your body now because it is the only place you have to live. Cristina stresses strength training, functional training and proper nutrition.

Credentials

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Certifications:

  • NASM
  • ACE Group Fitness Certification
  • TRX Trainer Certification
  • IFPA Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultants

ACE certification for group fitness and through their teaching program; I teach trainees to become qualified and exceptional personal trainers.

I was also ranked in the top 5 for 2013. I was the top female (elite) trainer at my location and 2nd in the company.