We know running can be intimidating—at least at first.
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Jeff’s the guy you see running in the rain, in the heat, in the bitter cold. And while he’s always been motivated to stay healthy, for him, running is much more than that. It’s his therapy. He wants others to feel the way he has - to inhale the benefits of running beyond the physical and the mental and become part of a community - a family - all running at their own pace to achieve their personal goals.
When Ader moved to Chicago a few years ago, he had no idea he'd fall in love with the city, and also with running. Running has come to touch many aspects of Ader’s life—Whether it’s the mental getaway while running along the lake, the thrill of blowing up his physical boundaries, the community he’s joined by leading group runs, or running beyond himself to bring clean water to children in third world countries. Wherever you are on your journey and whatever destination you’re trying to get to, Ader is excited to run alongside you!
Andre found a huge void in his life when he found himself putting in long hours in the corporate world. He missed the competition and day in and day out grind of making his body achieve its optimum level of performance. It wasn’t long before Andre made the change to a full time career in fitness. Andre offers intensity, passion and commitment to anyone that hits his class! Andre will help you find your motivation—the burning drive inside—to help take you to a level you’ve never gone before. Every individual has a different starting level of fitness, but Andre will help everyone rise together.
Cheryl has always loved exploring life's outdoor excitement and adventures. From racing the World Championship Hawaii Ironman to Xterra (off-road) triathlons as well as trail running allows her to see nature at it's best. The work can be tough, so she "turns the pain into power". Cheryl has been helping others do the same over the last 15 years as a running and triathlon coach.
Quan has been training athletes for over 5 years—clients ranging in ages between 15-76 years old. It’s his passion. He’s committed to helping you achieve your goals, safely and effectively. His mom’s battle with breast cancer is truly what motivates him and taught him how to push and face adversity. As such, his training philosophy is "To get what you've never had before, you have to do what you've never done before.”
Joanna is happiest surrounded by trees or water, and frequents her yoga mat to experience that same inner serenity. Just as nature can be powerful but also nurturing, she seeks to incorporate that dynamic fluidity into her classes. She started yoga on a whim while living in Jacksonville, Florida as a way to lose weight. She was soon hooked by the intense workout, incredible stress relief, and endless mind opening opportunities. After returning to her hometown of Chicago in 2016, Joanna completed a 200 hour certification with Bare Feet Power Yoga that same summer. Joanna seeks to inspire others and help them realize their true inner strength. Joanna sees yoga as a possibility for endless learning about oneself, how the body works, and one’s connection to others and the universe.
Janessa’s an athlete, twin mom, and all-around fitness junkie. She became addicted running while training for her first half marathon 10 years ago. She’s since completed 6 half marathons, three full marathons, and most recently a half Ironman. As much as she loves running, she finds even more joy in helping others fall in love with it, too. She’s passionate about making each mile count and will push you to be the best version of yourself!
Joy found joy in yoga. She began practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to relieve stress. She fell in love with yoga not just for the stress management but for the happiness and peace it brought to her life. As her practice grew, she knew that she wanted to share the joy and harmony she found in yoga with others. Joy completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in July 2016 at Bare Feet Power Yoga in Chicago and is a certificated yoga teachers’ assistant. She enjoys teaching a fun and invigorating class to beginner and advanced yogis. Yoga is for everyone no matter where you are. Joy has had amazing teachers along the way and is thankful.
Raised in Kentucky, Lisa brings her Southern hospitality and acrobatic background to her classes. Expect playful poses, friendly interactions, and lots of fun for all levels! Lisa first began practicing yoga to help with a lower back pain but quickly fell head over heels and has learned there are many powerful benefits to a consistent yoga practice. It also helped reduce her anxiety, increase flexibility, and increase personal acceptance. Lisa studied under Barefeet Power Yoga in Chicago and received her 200 hour RYT. She enjoys uniting people together, conducting strength building classes, and educating people on the empowerment of yoga. Whether new to yoga or seasoned, you’ll leave feeling capable and like family!
A lifetime lover of dance and movement, Julie has been hooked on yoga since her first class. With a degree in Exercise Science and Fitness and over 10 years experience personal training and teaching group fitness classes, yoga has presented a greater challenge of connecting mind and body. Julie has her 200 hour certification with Moksha yoga and has studied with master teachers across the US. After graduating teacher training she spent an entire month in India studying with a master teacher, an experience she will forever cherish! Julie teaches classes that are challenging yet lighthearted. Come to her class prepared to sweat and enjoy yourself!
Edith (Pinchy) was a hairline away from a running injury when she started practicing yoga in 2012. Already a triathlete, and 4 time marathoner, Edith openly shares with students her physical limitations that resulted from a brain surgery she underwent as a teen. However, she believes that the limitations do not define her. Instead, she uses them to encourage any self- doubters that yoga is for everyone. Her practice has made her a stronger runner, and improved her physical capabilities. Edith became a teacher to share with everyone the benefits of keeping an ongoing yoga practice. Although she enjoys creating challenging flows, she’s known to crack jokes while you’re sweating, strengthening, and lengthening.
Rachel Jablow Certifications & Specializations NASM Certified Personal Trainer Certified CPR/AED Optimum Performance Training Model (OPT™) HIIT Conditioning/Plyometrics Strength Training Jump rope trainer Rachel is a former competitive figure skater with a love of fitness. While living in NYC, she worked for 15 years in the financial industry on a trading desk but felt her work lacked the passion she felt when she was active and training. She has trained in everything from running to swimming, biking, weight training, yoga, pilates , dance...you name it. However, she has found that jump rope training is the most efficient and effective form of exercise to target multiple muscles groups, simultaneously, in the least amount of time while increasing endurance, stamina, coordination, agility and heart health. And the best part...it's fun! With great music, Rachel brings a challenging, yet fun and encouraging energy to all her clients and classes.
Hillary believes the yoga mat should be a place to let loose and let go - life is serious enough, yoga shouldn't have to be. She believes the more comfortable we become with being uncomfortable and pushing boundaries on our yoga mats, the more prepared and open we become to to pursuing new opportunities and continued growth in all aspects of our lives. As a collegiate spring board diver and competitive gymnast, Hillary also discovered early on that it takes both mental and physical strength to tackle new challenges - and, that things are pretty messy on the first go around, but mistakes are just part of any learning experience. That is why she encourages her students to have fun, laugh and embrace any blunders and missteps they make along the way. Expect Hillary to make you chuckle at least once, as she guides you through a light-hearted, challenging flow that is sure to strengthen your mind, booty, and core.