Our Workout Buddies

Our Workout Buddies

We love tough, ugly workouts. That’s why we’ve teamed up with some of the most innovative instructors to bring you sweaty workouts. That, and because we need someone to spot us in the gym.

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Our Collaborators

ALONZO WILSON

Studio: Tone House

Alonzo is the founder of Tone House and holds a BS Degree in Movement Science Education & Profes sional Instruction from Grand Valley State University, and is also a TRX Certified Instructor. He is currently a fitness model with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency and was a private trainer before opening up Tone House. The team camaraderie and high level of physical and mental conditioning Alonzo achieved during his formative years ultimately shaped his vision for Tone House. ...

Amber Wilkerson

Studio: Every Once In A Style

After holding a variety of jobs in the fashion industry, Amber Wilkerson moved to be closer to her f amily and focus on her true passion of blogging. Through her lifestyle blog, Amber shares her thoughts, obsessions mixed with style and fitness trends and hopes to inspire her readers to follow their dreams. ...

ASHLI KATZ

Studio: Flywheel

Ashli Katz is a Florida native and has been a fitness professional for more than a decade. Her exper ience as a gymnast and dancer as a child led her to further her passion at Florida State University, majoring in Exercise Science. She has always been passionate about movement and its connection to music. Now Master Instructor for Flywheel Sports and certified yoga therapist, she continues to pursue her passion and hopes to bring the same adoration to others. ...

Christine Bibbo Herr

Studio: NYC Pretty

A former New York fashion editor, Christine Bibbo Herr is an independent stylist and widely-followed lifestyle blogger. Christine provides her readers with current fashion, beauty and fitness inspiration and is a style contributor for Today.com. ...

EMILY HUTCHINS

Studio: On Your Mark

Emily has been a trainer for over 15 years and has a background in Exercise Science, performance testing, and biomechanics. Her philosophy is simple: train hard, but train smart. She believes that your body is built on a foundation of four principals: function, endurance, athleticism, and recovery. With these four principals, you can build a lifetime of increased performance no matter how big or small your goals are. Emily is driven by clients who are motivated to learn and are committed to improving themselves.</p> ...

GIDEON AKANDE

Studio: Trifactive

Gideon Akande’s passion for fitness is absolutely contagious. He inspires and elevates peop le of all ages through his high-energy classes, corporate wellness programs, speaking engagements, and charismatic online presence. He brings unmatched energy and expertise to everything he does. A Chicago native and lifelong athlete, Gideon won consecutive Chicago Golden Glove boxing titles in 2013 and 2014 and has been featured in several publications, including Men&rsquo;s Health and the Chicago Sun-Times.</p> ...

HAROLD HOLNESS

Studio: Fast Twitch

Harold is the Operations Manager and Lead Performance Specialist at Fast Twitch in Miami, Florida wh ere he&rsquo;s trained a number of professional, collegiate, youth, and executive clients. He graduated from Barry University in 2012 where he played collegiate baseball for four years and received his Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Exercise Science. He is currently a NASM certified personal trainer and a NASM PES holder. The thing he enjoys most about what he does is changing people&rsquo;s lives for the better, both mentally and physically. ...

HEATHER LILLESTON & KATELIN SISSON

Studio: Yoga For Bad People

Heather Lilleston and Katelin Sisson are the co-founders of Yoga For Bad People. Heather’s been teaching yoga since 2003 and has trained at Jivamukti Yoga as well as Yoga Shanti. Her classes integrate creative vinyasa sequences with meditation, humor, good music, and spiritual philosophy. Katelin trained at Jivamukti Yoga as well as the Advanced Jivamukti apprenticeship program. She finds it valuable to be able to balance athleticism, spirituality, and daily life and her class combines the mechanics of an athlete with the grace of a yogi.</p> ...

JANET JONES

Studio: Vixen Workout

Janet has been dancing since a very young age, but her first professional job was in the NBA with th e Miami Heat before eventually moving to Los Angeles to train in more commercial styles of dance. She went on to open an agency for representation of artists where she worked with some of the biggest names in the game. In 2012, she opened Vixen Workout as a place for women to disconnect from their responsibilities, express their emotions, and have a sense of community. ...

JAYCEE GOSSETT & NATALIE KUHN

Studio: The Class by Taryn Toomey

Jaycee Gossett and Natalie Kuhn are each senior instructors of The Class in New York City. Jaycee is a life-long dancer who believes that how we move is a mirror for how we live and went on to become an international, award-winning competitive Latin Ballroom dancer. Natalie was a dancer for David Byrn and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs before becoming an instructor for The Class by Taryn Toomey. Her classes are vigorous and empowering, and she strives for her students to discover how strong they are both mentally and physically. ...

Jeana Anderson Cohen

Studio: A Sweat Life

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the leader of a team of fitness enthusiasts who encourage readers to live th eir happiest, healthiest and most connected lives. A certified personal trainer and Nike trainer, Jeana can be found coaching group fitness classes and hosting aSweatLife events across Chicago. ...

JORDAN COHEN & NICOLE SCIACCA

Studio: Playlist Yoga

Jordan Cohen is the founder of PLAYLIST Yoga in Los Angeles, California. A former attorney, DJ, and fitness enthusiast turned yogi, Jordan opened his modern, music-based yoga studio with the goal of making yoga more approachable. Originally from the east coast, Jodran&rsquo;s love of 90&rsquo;s hip-hop and NYC inspiration shines through in every class. Nicole Sciacca is PLAYLIST&rsquo;s Chief Yoga Officer and has mastered the art of mixing an incredibly athletic approach to yoga with the meditative process of using music and moments for fine body tuning. She&rsquo;s gained a loyal following among A-list celebrity clients. ...

KATE LEMERE

Studio: Barry's Bootcamp

Kate is a Chicago-based fitness expert and blogger helping those around her pursue a life better liv ed through fitness. She&rsquo;s a Nike trainer as well as a Founding Trainer at Barry&rsquo;s Bootcamp in Chicago and is NCSF, ACE, and TRX certified. She brings technical and challenging programs to each and every class with a contagious energy. Kate&rsquo;s also the creator of The Four Percent, an online resource helping evolve fitness enthusiasts experience a life better lived through workout suggestions and inspiration. ...

Katie Dunlop

Studio: Love Sweat Fitness

Katie Dunlop is a certified personal trainer, fitness instructor and entrepreneur who has created a health and fitness community that inspires women around the world to find their happy, healthy body. Her passion is to inspire others to reach their goals and live a fit, healthy and balanced life. ...

Lauren Duhamel

A certified yoga instructor, Lauren Duhamel has created a program that achieves dramatic transformat ions while bolstering all-around wellness. As a sought after trainer, her mission is to facilitate a fit squad &ndash;a support system based on wellness, motivation, knowledge and exercise. ...

MILAN COSTICH

Studio: Prevail Boxing

Prevail founder Milan Costich began his journey as a passionate student of Tae Kwon Do and Karate over 30 years ago before shifting his focus to the art of boxing over 15 years ago. Milan&rsquo;s extensive knowledge of combat sports combined with 10 years of coaching and personal training has allowed him to create a completely unique fitness-boxing program that is both fun and challenging. Milan designed the Prevail program to empower his clients while improving their physical health in a safe, supportive environment.</p> ...

NED MATHESON & BRAD COOLEY

Studio: Fit36

Ned Matheson and Brad Cooley are the founders of Fit36, a high intensity studio that prides itsel f on efficiency. Ned has been a personal trainer for the past seven years and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Council of Strength Fitness, and National Federation of Professional Trainers. Brad is a lifelong athlete that served the Navy for six years before beginning his career in fitness. He&rsquo;s a certified personal trainer as well as a Krankcycle Master Trainer.</p> ...

NICOLE WINHOFFER

Studio: NW Method

Nicole Winhoffer is a world-renowned fitness expert and dance instructor best known for her creative workout philosophy that&rsquo;s helped shape some of the best bodies in the entertainment industry. Her workout method creates a lean, toned and flexible body coupled with strength, endurance and agility. Nicole believes that fitness is an art and seeks to continuously break the mold of conventional workouts while setting the standard for fitness in the 21st century. ...

PAUL RAHN

Studio: Sweat

Paul is an avid fitness professional who turned his passion for fitness, business, and community into a career as the founder of SWEAT. He spends his time writing heart-racing, high intensity SWEAT workouts, motivating his team of trainers to execute the highest quality group fitness classes, and driving a business built on changing communities one person and one workout at a time. When Paul works out, he alternates between high intensity training classes and his favorite &ldquo;old school&rdquo; lifting routine.</p> ...

Rachael Kester

Studio: Sweat and Repeat

Rachael Kester is a lifestyle blogger sharing fitness experiences and tips to help those who are try ing to mix up their routines and maintain healthy lifestyles. Rachael hopes to inspire others to get stronger and more confident while making new friends along the way. ...

Rachel Rhee

Studio: The Dimple Life

As a cycling instructor and overall fitness enthusiast, Rachel Rhee strives to motivate and inspire others to live their best lives; physically, mentally, and emotionally. She blogs about the importance of personal growth, living a balanced life, and cultivating self-love. ...

STEFAN OLANDER & ERIC WALLER

Studio: Fitness In The City

Stefan Olander is a NASM certified trainer that has been in the fitness industry since 2011. Born an d raised in Denver, he thrives on the energy of community. Whether it&rsquo;s other fitness professionals, local artists, or philanthropists, Stefan is moved by individuals that step out of their comfort zone into uncertainty. Eric Waller graduated with a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Exercise Science and has been a certified trainer for over ten years. He&rsquo;s serviced more than 20,000 personal training sessions and has taught thousands of hours in group fitness classes. ...

Taylor Walker

Studio: Taylor Walker Fit

A fitness model, blogger, certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, Taylor tries to ‘wal k the walk and talk the talk&rsquo; as an ambassador for healthy living. She blogs about fitness trends, healthy cooking and athleisure style to inspire her readers to live the healthiest, balanced and most fashion-forward lifestyles possible. ...

Torey Beerman

Studio: Torey's Treasures

By day, Torey Beerman is an elementary school teacher, but by night she is a lifestyle blogger. Tore y uses her blog to express her love of fashion, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. She encourages her readers to create a passionate and quality life and to celebrate the little pleasures. ...

VANESSA PACKER

Studio: ModelFIT

Born and raised in New York City, Vanessa worked as a fashion stylist before attending the Instit ute for Integrative Nutrition where she became a certified holistic nutritionist. She&rsquo;s the founder and lead nutritionist for modelFIT, a go-to boutique fitness studio in New York and Los Angeles. Leveraging a series of scientifically grounded, focused, and intentional moves, modelFIT pioneered and customized an approach to mindful and dynamic movement that builds graceful strength and confident presence.</p> ...

Whitney English

Studio: To Live & Diet In LA

Whitney English is a nutrition and fitness expert and the voice behind the blog, To Live & Diet in L.A. Whitney holds an M.S.&nbsp;in Nutrition, Healthspan &amp; Longevity from the University of Southern California and is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. On her blog, Whitney shares simple healthy recipes, fun workout routines, and straightforward, evidence-based advice for overall wellness.&nbsp; ...

Will Haley

Studio: Flywheel Sports

Will Haley’s journey in fitness began in the yoga studio, completing a 200-hour certification through UNION/YOGA in Lake Leelanau, MI. Through this endeavor, he found a passion in teaching and motivating, and quickly began expanding his focus into boot camp classes, Lagree Megaformer at CHI50 Studio, and ultimately indoor cycling. Will joined the Flywheel team in 2013 and became a staple on the Chicago schedule with his heart-pumping intervals, dynamic musicality, and dry sense of humor. He took over the Lead Instructor position in 2016, overseeing the staffing, quality control, community engagement, and creative team in the Chicago market. ...

XAVIER QUIMBO

Studio: Speedplay

Xavier Quimbo, Speedplay’s co-founder and lead trainer, is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist through the National Personal Training Institute. With 15 years of experience personal training and five years working directly under physical therapists and doctors, he&rsquo;s helped countless clients with everything from recovery of acute sports injuries to weight loss and muscle building. Before personal training, Xavier spent seven years as a Hollywood stuntman, and his love of incorporating stunt moves into his workouts inspired him to launch ImagineFit, a new stunt-based workout program.</p> ...