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Personal Training

Benefits of Personal Training

Everyone knows that exercise is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Exercising with a Personal Trainer can change your life. Our trainers provide knowledge, accountability and motivation. They can create exercise programs specifically designed to help you reach your goals. If you have a history of starting and stopping exercise programs, personal training is a great way to help you develop consistency. If exercise is already part of your lifestyle, Personal Training can take you to new heights.

“Did you know that 75% of people who exercise are not getting the results they want? But out of the 25% of people that are getting results, 90% of them are working with a Personal Trainer” (IDEA). Your time is valuable and the world is full of conflicting information regarding exercise. Our trainers have the knowledge and skills to maximize the use of the latest exercise techniques to help you reach your goals, whether you’re trying to lose a few pounds, compete in a triathlon, or just get healthy.

All of our trainers are nationally certified and/or have a degree, with several years of training experience improving the lives of a wide variety of clients. Make the most of your exercise time. Contact the Healthy Living Director to find out how your goals can be reached with the help of a Y personal trainer!


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Types of Personal Training

Individual Training

Been struggling to achieve your goals? Bored with the same workouts you’ve been doing forever? Your body deserves a NEW, unique fitness plan, designed for you! At the Kishwaukee Family  YMCA you can attain the goal you have been striving for by using a personal trainer. They can be your coach, motivator, educator and inspirational leader on your fitness journey.

A personal trainer will help determine your goals and design a program specific to your needs. They are certified and knowledgeable on a variety of topic and training regimens, allowing for flexibility, fun and ultimately progress!

30 Minute Sessions

45 Minute Sessions

60 Minute Sessions

Partner Training

We know it’s hard to make a change alone, so we have taken the stress away by adding Partner Training Sessions! You can have your 30, 45 or 60 minute session with your best friend, mom, brother or daughter! This 2-on-1 method still makes it easy for you to get everything you want out of a personal trainer, but you are able to have a partner.

30 Minute Sessions

45 Minute Sessions

60 Minute Sessions

Small Group Personal Training

Class times don’t fit your schedule? Grab 2-5 of your friends for our cost-effective personal training PODS. You and your friends work with a certified personal trainer who is committed to helping you improve your physical fitness, health and overall quality of life. All sessions are catered to the groups’ needs to help everyone achieve maximum results and meet their fitness goals!

30 Minute Sessions

45 Minute Sessions

60 Minute Sessions

TRX Training

Suspension Training exercise techniques are designed to intentionally displace one’s center of gravity, which activates the core in every exercise. In addition to offering a range of intense movements targeting the abdominal muscles specifically, significant fore strengthening is integrated into each back, shoulder, chest, hip and leg exercise as well. Learn More

30 Minute Sessions

45 Minute Sessions


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Meet our Trainers


Dana Baars

QUALIFICATIONS: I.T.S Certified Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist

EXPERTISE: High Intensity Interval Training

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: Life is too short and never take life for granted. It’s never too late to become a better person. Stay Positive.

Fred Harris


EXPERTISE: Personal Training,Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Senior Fitness, Youth Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Strength and Conditioning

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: Make it fun!  Treat clients as you would want to be treated! Do no harm.  Keep an open mind!   Progressions, modifications & options are a must – encouraging all to listen to their own bodies and make the best choices for themselves.   Address general needs & goals.   Continuous education and exploration – not only for ideas/fun/variety – but also for more effective ways to train. I will never have you do anything I couldn’t do.  Know the limits of my clients, but challenge them to move SAFELY past them.

Kayla Heimmerman

QUALIFICATIONS: NETA-certified personal trainer; experienced group exercise instructor, with background in cardio kickboxing, yoga, and barbell weightlifting.

EXPERTISE: Running. I am a five-time marathoner and five-time half marathoner.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: “Don’t fear moving slowly forward. Fear standing still.” I also believe that exercise should be a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for something you did to your body.

Tracy McGee

QUALIFICATIONS: WITS personal trainer certification

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: I believe everyone can improve their fitness level no matter their age or what their physical condition may be. I feel workouts that are functional and mirror your lifestyle will make daily life more enjoyable and can improve your quality of life. I like to make your workouts challenging and interesting so you have fun while staying focused.

Tim MacPartland


EXPERTISE: Strength Training

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: I believe God gave us our bodies and that they are not to be idolized but it is our job to take care of them.

Amanda Peck

QUALIFICATIONS: National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC), BOSU Certified.

EXPERTISE: Full Body Workouts, Queenax, Running

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: Working out is more than just looking good. You should feel amazing inside and out. Stay active and keep going!

Dawn Rivera

QUALIFICATIONS: American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer

EXPERTISE: Women’s total body strength; Adult fitness; HIIT training; Total body resistance exercise (TRX); Road race training; Triathlon training

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: My philosophy is that everyone has an inner strength that will help us meet or even exceed our potential no matter our age or physical conditioning.

Sharon Smith

QUALIFICATIONS: NETA Certified Personal Trainer, AEA Arthritis Program Leader, YMCA Group Exercise Certification, Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid Certification, Water In Motion Certification.

EXPERTISE: I was a professional ballerina and have been teaching ballet (ages 3-adults) for 21 years so I have a unique background for stretching and balance work.  Along with teaching dance, I have taught strength and conditioning for dancers, Pilates and adaptive dance.  I have worked with children and adults with special needs and teach several different water exercise classes.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: I believe health and exercise is a means to improve many areas in life including physical, emotional and intellectual. Everyone has a story to tell, listen and learn.  Make exercise fun and encouraging.  Stress proper form and body function.

Mike Sweeney

QUALIFICATIONS: AFAA, CPR, First Aid, Honorary Russian Master of Sport in Powerlifting (no one outside of Russia has one of these)

EXPERTIES: In the sport of powerlifting, I am a multiple World Champion and World record holder and I have inspired others to successfully achieve like-results …in my life I have been in three different National Championships, winning two (powerlifting and all-round in gymnastics) the third sport was judo…in swimming I was awarded multiple varsity letters and held multiple records. I have run marathons, half-marathons, and races of less distance. I have competed in most organized sports at an organized level, which gives me a very complete and unique understanding.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: At the YMCA we focus on Healthy Living, this is REAL!….anything else is just a hobby.

Karen Villano

QUALIFICATIONS: Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science from Roosevelt University, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer from W.I.T.S., Certified Queenax Functional Training Movement Design and BLS Certified from American Heart Association

EXPERTISE: 10 years working at Harper College including teaching healthy cooking classes, 6 months working at Palatine YMCA After School Program, 20 years working at NIU including adjunct faculty and planning healthy menus and events, 30-hour internship with YMCA

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: Inspire people to have a better quality of life.