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Personal Training

Benefits of Personal Training

Sign up for a complimentary personal training session or wellness center orientation by emailing Laci Emmens at

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!

Sign up for a complimentary personal training session or wellness center orientation by emailing Laci Emmens at

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

Sign up for a complimentary personal training session or wellness center orientation by emailing Laci Emmens at


Meet Our Trainers

MaddiMaddison Lawrence

Laci Emmens

Laci Emmens

Dana Baars

QUALIFICATIONS: WITS-certified personal trainer; Queenax-certified instructor; licensed massage therapist

EXPERTISE: Queenax functional training, BOSU training, high-intensity interval training

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

FUN FACT: Dana is the owner of Dana’s Day Spa in DeKalb.

Tim MacPartland

QUALIFICATIONS:  WITS-certified personal trainer; Queenax-certified instructor

EXPERTISE: Strength training

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: God gave us our bodies; they are not to be idolized, but it is our job to take care of them.

FUN FACT: Tim has five siblings and counts among his pets two dogs, Boo and Sully; a miniature donkey, Rosebud; a miniature horse, Jackie; and some sheep.

Amanda Peck

QUALIFICATIONS: NAFC-certified personal trainer

EXPERTISE: High-intensity interval training, TRX, and Queenax functional training running

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

FUN FACT: Amanda is a DIY person. She loves to learn new things and be hands-on. She got this from her dad, who has done just about every project around the house. He taught her to change the oil in a car and how to replace outlet switches.

Mike Sweeney

QUALIFICATIONS: Honorary Russian Master of Sport in powerlifting

EXPERTIES: Powerlifting — Mike is a multiple-time World Champion and world record holder. He has coached several athletes to similar success.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: At the YMCA, we focus on healthy living. This is real! Anything else is just a hobby.

FUN FACT: Mike never listens to music when working out, so he can focus on technique.

Karen Villano

QUALIFICATIONS: WITS-certified personal trainer; Queenax-certified instructor; Silver Sneakers-certified instructor

EXPERTISE: Older adult exercise

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

FUN FACT: Karen is an avid runner and has participated in the National Senior Games.