Meet Our Trainers

Get To Know The Cross Kicks Fitness Team

Meet The Trainers Of Cross Kicks Fitness

Get to know our amazing trainers.

To Be the best train with the best


I grew up on a farm in Iowa where I learned that hard work was often the cause for success. I continued to work hard in all of my ambitions as a young kid, most especially through fitness as an athlete. I was a four sport high school athlete and part of seven state championship teams as an E-Hawk. In Loras College, I played baseball and football, while maintaining my academics with a spot on the Dean’s List. I believe, just as I was taught, that if you can master basic fundamentals, focus your energy on developing your weaknesses into strengths, and challenge yourself to make consistent daily improvements, you will find success.

After conquering my own success as a fitness trainer and published author, I wanted to help others find success through fitness. I became location manager and head trainer at Cross Kicks Fitness™ so that I could inspire people to find joy and entertainment in their fitness endeavors. Many people view exercise as a chore, and my goal was to show people that they can have fun working out and still see real results! I believe success is often the consequence of hard work, but I also believe it’s possible to enjoy the work along the way! I’m determined to help my members find success in their lives through health and activity by displaying a positive and motivational attitude as their trainer and friend.


Fitness Specialist
NSCA Certified
Bachelors of Science in Sports Science – Pre Physical Therapy
Published Author “Get it Right Make it Tight” The Ultimate Guide to a Sustainable and Profitable Personal Training Business


At-home trainer for Season 8 contestant of NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser.”
Behind the scenes trainer for contestant of MTV’s show “I used to be Fat.”
Fitness program design specialist
X-Treme Physique classes/ Elite Boot camp
Founder of X-Plode Athletic Enhancement Program
Accountability coach
Tony – Head Trainer/ Vice President


Ever since I could walk, I have always found a way to revolve my life around fitness and sports. In High School I was a 4 season athlete, but my focus was primarily on track and field. At the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, I participated on the Track and Field Team as a 200m and under sprinter. While track and field fueled most of my athletic career, I was also passionate about health and fitness. Through my determination to enhance my skills as a runner, I began training and working out on a daily basis.

After graduation I moved to the Chicago-land Area and started working with athletes of all ages in a variety of sports. As an experienced athlete, I understand the importance of training, which is why I decided to dedicate my time to helping others achieve their fitness goals. I have worked with every different kind of client, including children as young as 8 with developmental disabilities up to professional athletes. Although I specialize in athletic conditioning, I’m knowledgeable in my experience to help our members accomplish any fitness objectives they may have. As a trainer, my goal is to never treat my members as one of the same, but to individualize each person’s workout so that they can gain the most from their fitness experience.

Cross Kicks Fitness is unlike an other gym I’ve worked at; what sets it apart is that the moment I open the club to the end of my shift, I’m training clients. Instead of helping a handful of clients, like most jobs, I get to personally help upwards of 50 people on a daily basis!


Personal Trainer
NASM Certified
Degree in Exercise Sports Science from UW-La Crosse
Concentration in Strength & Conditioning
Josh – Trainer & Boot Camp Fitness Program Director


I grew up in Elmwood, Illinois and I currently live in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. I am a very simple, and passionate person. I have a background as a competitive athlete. I have been an athlete in various competitive sports since the age of 5. I have also coached competitive sports for many years, including most recently at the high school level. I enjoy how much coaching overlaps with fitness and how I am able to tie them both in together.

I am still currently going to school for my Bachelor’s degree in nursing at the Chamberlain College of Nursing. I have studied Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Nutrition. I have a love for continuing and expanding my learning, and having a great understanding of the complex human body.

What made me want to become a trainer was my passion for fitness, and my love and aspiration for helping people. We have all struggled at some point with staying physically active and fit and I love being able to be a reason that people take that step toward a healthier lifestyle. My other passions include working out, and staying involved with sports. I love keeping busy and staying active so the more I get to do, the better! I enjoy training and pushing myself as far as signing up to run 5K’s as well as some obstacle courses.

I love training at Cross Kicks Fitness because it is a program that truly works! Seeing our members change and reach all of their goals is amazing and very inspiring. I also love what the program has to offer to people as far as the workouts, the trainer involvement, and no class times. It really is a program for anyone and everyone!


CPR/AED Certified
Courtney - Trainer


I was born and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland in an area called Murrayfield. I’ve always been a keen traveler, and traveled manyy places in the UK and Ireland, by car, bike or hiking. I met my American wife after a trip on the northwest coast of Scotland and that’s what brought me here!

I have been in the Fitness Industry since 2009. In my time I have helped many different people from many different walks of life. I enjoy getting to know people well, understanding their world to improve health, reverse ailments, injuries and even disease.

I would love to get to know many more members and clients in the future and I’m sure, in time impact positively on their lives, fitness and well-being goals.


Sports Professionals, RUGBY and SOCCER, Elderly, Amputees, Special Needs, Weight Management and Fitness Physique Competitors.

BSc Sports and Exercise Science (UK)
BSc Sports Injuries + Rehabilitation (UK)
Higher National Diploma Fitness Health + Exercise (UK)
Register of Exercise Professionals Level 3 Personal Trainer (UK)
Functional Fitness + Advanced Training Coach (Cybex UK)
Darren - Assistant Area Club Manager