Personal Trainers

If you are new to exercise, a personal trainer is a must. Even if you are experienced, the presence of a second, more qualified eye will ensure that you are performing the exercises correctly and efficiently. Many people who are self-taught end up developing bad habits or worse, getting hurt. Your trainer can prescribe an exercise regimen that will minimize how long and how often you train.  Great trainers have been in your shoes and know what it takes to awaken your motivation and create the mindset that you need to succeed.  Your personal trainer will hold you accountable for your actions and your results. He or she can also offer support when life’s challenges threaten your progress and you need a coach to get you through the tough spots.

Rates    

                          Member      Non-Member
1/2 hour                $34               $39
5 sessions          $149             $174
1 hour                   $44               $55       
5 sessions          $198             $248
1 hour (couple)     $66               $82
5 sessions          $298             $373
 

Cynthia Alog

Education
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
Related Experience
Cynthia is a powerlifter who has competed in multiple federations. She has also coached volleyball teams at the high school level.
Hobbies
Cynthia enjoys playing all kinds of sports, lifting weights, and spending time with her family

Janis Argianas

Certifications 
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified in Group Fitness
Related Experience
Janis has worked in fitness for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience as an instructor, having taught classes in aerobics, step, strength training, core and yoga as well as classes geared specifically towards seniors. 
Hobbies 
In her spare time, Janis enjoys playing with her grandchildren and gardening.
 

KC Bleuher

Education
Bachelor’s degree in business, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Ill.
Certications
AFAA certied personal trainer and AFAA group tness instructor, body pump, Pilates, spin, pelvicore, RIPPED, WERQ, Zumba, aqua aerobics, working with people with disabilities, Red Cross certified in CPR & AED.
Related Experience
KC has been teaching group fitness since 2009. She specializes in toning and building core strength. She has worked with adults, children and adults with special needs.
Hobbies
KC enjoys swimming, dancing, cooking and gardening, and loves spending time with family and friends.

Charlotte Carter

Education
Bachelor's degree in education, Southern Illinois University—Carbondale and Northeastern Illinois University—Chicago
Certifications 
AFAA Certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness instruction, Les Mills Body Pump, RIPPED, CPR & First Aid
Related Experience
14 years of group fitness experience and work as a group fitness coordinator.
Hobbies
Work hard and play hard!

Kathy Corrigan

Education 
Bachelor's degree in psychology, Southern Illinois University — Carbondale
Certifications 
AFAA Aerobics/Group Exercise, AFAA Personal Trainer/Fitness, Balanced Body/Polestar Pilates Mat (roller and ring), Johnny G. Spinning Instructor
Related Experience 
Kathy has also taught gymnastics, youth fitness and sports here at the Skokie Park District.
Hobbies 
Kathy enjoys biking, ice skating, cooking, and reading.
 

Harvey Edelstein

Education
Two years coursework in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
ISSA Certifications
Personal Trainer, Fitness Therapy, Specialist in Adaptive Fitness, Golf Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults, Specialist in Performance Nutrition
Related Experience
Harvey is a retired marine and has been the personal training coordinator at Fitness First since 1995.
Hobbies
Harvey enjoys weight lifting, reading, movies and listening to the oldies.

 

Kayvon Esteghamat

Education
Bachelor's degree in Community Health and Wellness, Northeastern Illinois University
Certifications
NCEP Certified Personal Trainer, IHSA Certified Coach
Related Experience
Kayvon has competed in wrestling, gymnastics, and soccer. He has also coached wrestling and gymnastics at the high school level. He specializes in sports specific training with an emphasis on wrestling and gymnastics.
Interests
Kayvon promotes an active and healthy lifestyle both professionally and personally. During his free time, he enjoys working out, dancing, participating in wrestling and gymnastics for recreation, and doing obstacle course runs. 

Leslye Jones-Beatty

Education
Bachelor's degree in political science, DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; Juris doctorate degree in law, University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio
Related Experience
Specializes in one-on-one personal training, functional training, women’s fitness, senior fitness, health and wellness consulting, weight loss and is a small group training specialist as well as a Zumba and Zumba Gold instructor.
Hobbies
Leslye enjoys movies, music, reading, dancing and volunteering.

Jerry Murphy

Education 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, Northwestern University — Evanston
Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, National College of Education — Evanston
Certifications
Certified Personal Trainer, National Council of Strength and Fitness
Related Experience 
Jerry has been a personal trainer here at Fitness First since 2003.
Hobbies 
Jerry enjoys reading, biking, walking, coaching, researching holistic approaches to wellness and spending quality time with his wife, Susie and daughter, Grace.
 

Kathie Peterson

Education 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition, Mankato State University — Mankato, Minnesota
Certifications
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Related Experience
Kathie has worked at Fitness First since 2000 with a variety of clients.
Hobbies
Kathie enjoys bird watching, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.