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7 of the Best Chicago Fitness Trainers to Follow on Instagram

Here at CHI-SOCIETY, we truly believe that Chicago has some of the most knowledgeable, approachable, communicative and professional trainers in the country. We're proud to bring you the Windy City's very best so you can discover them, too!

If you’re looking for a new Personal Trainer or want to follow some knowledgeable Instructors, we’re helping you discover them! Scroll down and check out 7 of the Best Chicago Fitness Trainers to follow on Instagram. From tips and tricks to workout motivation, these trainers are here to help you through your fitness journey!

Wesley Showalter - @showdub

Wesley Showalter is a strength coach and has more than 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. He coaches 1-1s, groups, semi-private classes, offers online training, and mentors coaches!

Education/Certifications: B.S Kinesiology, CSCS, RKC2, CFSC2, FRCms, Onnit KB specialist, TR

Liz Cuttica - @lizcuttica

Liz is a Corrective Exercise Specialist, lululemon ambassador, guest speaker, and teacher of movement for over 11 years at boutique studios around Chicago. She has a very down-to-business approach while making sure you feel comfortable and welcome in class. After giving birth to her daughter, she became a Certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Knowing how to safely move the body applies to everyone, and Liz will make you work hard while teaching you proper alignment and form. Liz also runs her own coaching business, Milly Grey Movement. She can’t wait to sweat with you soon!

Paulina Kairys - @thewarriorofsteel

Meet Coach Paulina, a Warrior by nature and a passionate mover at heart. Her journey in fitness sparked in her undergraduate years while studying the human body as a kinesiology major and nutrition minor. Paulina was called to focus her passion in preventative care as a Coach who emphasizes a holistic model, after experiencing a disconnect with the mind, body and soul in the rehabilitation field. Three years into her coaching career, she discovered a very special tool in her practice: the steel mace. This unconventional tool has not only changed her life, it expanded her knowledge and curiosity of what is possible when helping people feel connected and stronger in their bodies. When working with Paulina, expect to move in different ways and tap deeper into your mind to body connection. It's time to unleash your Inner Warrior."

Brandon Watts - @1000wattssports

As the founder and owner of 1000 Watts Sports, LLC, Watts’ love for sports began at a young age. He excelled throughout his career in many of the sports he coaches today.

As a graduate from Barrington High School, he helped his football team to a IHSA Class 6A championship vs Wheaton Warrenville South. Watts moved on to played college football at Western Illinois University and North Park University as wide receiver and kick returner and received All American Honors. He went on to serve as the wide receiver and kick returner Assistant Coach and Graduate Assistant at North Park University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Finance. Watts soon found himself as the wide receiver and kick returner with the Chicago Slaughter where he was recognized by the CIFL as an All-Pro Athlete and Special Team player. He took a break from football and coaching to pursue opportunities in corporate America as the Advertising Sales Director at BG+H, a publisher of trade magazines but soon realized his heart remained with sports and coaching. That’s where he found his niche: Program Director with Hi-Five Sports Club Chicago. During his time with Hi-Five, he created curriculums and oversaw all of the sports programming including: NFL Flag Football, Lil’ Heisman and Kinder Club as well as birthday parties. He also currently works with Bizar Entertainment as the most requested Emcee, undoubtedly due to his infectious energy and contagious smile. Being the dynamic individual that he is, Watts also plays the role of Pride on a locally broadcasted children’s TV show on WTTW channel 11, Dr. Cool and Pride: The Big Show. On this show, he delivers positive messaging to children through coaching, fitness and music. He practices what he preaches and maintains his own physical health as a personal instructor with Shred 415 at various locations within the Chicagoland area.

Throughout all of his success and achievements, Watts has always dreamed of the day where he could own and run his very own children’s sports programming company. He finally made that dream a reality when he launched 1000 Watts Sports, LLC in Chicago in early 2016.

Aya Muramatsu - @ayammuramatsu

Aya Muramatsu is a former dancer and has been working in the fitness field since 2014. Raised outside of Boston, she has also spent time working in fashion and living in New York and Los Angeles. Aya has called Chicago home since 2015.

Aya has been teaching at SoulCycle since 2014 where she is a Master instructor and founding Chicago instructor. She has taught in various cities around the country and loves connecting with the community everywhere she goes.

Aya also holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification with the Yoga Alliance. She has been a practitioner of yoga for over 12 years and is delighted to be able to lead yoga classes in-person and virtually. In her class, you can expect to feel stretched, strong, and connected while you listen to a great curated playlist.

In addition to sharing her love for community, music, and movement, Aya is also passionate about body image and mental health. She hosts events and retreats focused on honest conversation in these subjects. She strives to bring people together to speak vulnerably and authentically as well as make movement accessible to all. She is a certified Health Coach through the Nutrition School and has been a lululemon Ambassador since 2015.

Luke Hernandez - @lmh_fitness1

Luke joins the CHI-SOCIETY team bringing his skills as a High Intensity Personal Trainer, Boxing Coach, and Group Fitness Instructor specializing in getting down and dirty in the trenches, building beasts, and kicking ass.

He has been a trainer for the last 5 years specializing in personal training and performance enhancement. Luke is also a USA Boxing Athlete and Coach.

Brent Locey - @brentloceyx2 & @builditathletics

Brent is a NASM Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer, Master Instructor at SoulCycle, lululemon Ambassador, and Precision Nutrition Coach. He is also the owner and operator of Chicago-based Build It Athletics where he trains athletes across the US. Brent founded Build It Athletics in 2016 to help his loyal SoulCycle riders cross-train and create a tight-knit sweat community that motivates and inspires members to live their best life.

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