Our private facility is home to a small synergistic group of independent professionals, that are Chek Institute Certified. These elite and established Trainers and Coaches have similar philosophies that incorporate the importance of “whole” body training for maximum holistic results. We strive to create a healthy environment for clients through strength, flexibility, mobility and mind body practices. We do not sell memberships.
Deb Giordano – Fitness Director – Trainer
I am a fitness coach and nutrition enthusiast, who is passionate about informing people how training and healthy eating can enhance their lives, not control them. I believe in a balanced approach to a healthy, strong and happy body.
I fell in love with exercise and eating healthy years ago when I started working in the fitness industry as an aerobic instructor. A lot has changed since then and as fitness and nutrition evolve, I have made it my goal to keep up with the ever changing industry. I will help you to put training, good eating and healthy habits into your demanding and stressful everyday life with my strength training programs and nutritional guidance.
John Welch – Trainer
The art of body movement has been a passion of John’s since he was a young child, even though he had no conscious awareness of it at the time. As a multi-sport athlete through high school he never missed a game due to injury; however, his joints hurt constantly for reasons that were only a mystery to the medical community. During his final year at UW-Whitewater he decided to have Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction on his left knee after yet another “blow out” playing volleyball. Such experiences kept him continually focused on the trends of pain and how his body responded to exercise.
John spent his first seven years post-graduation developing a business career and, six months prior to turning thirty, decided to make an evolutionary shift into the field of personal training. It was time for him to follow his passion for health and wellness by coaching others to overcome perceived obstacles.
John feels the human body is a system of systems and everything is connected in one way or another. He will emphasize that exercise alone will only take you so far and it is essential to consider the impact of water, food, and the environment in relationship to your rate of change. He will ask you to modify certain habits based on conclusions you arrive at together. John speaks of your body having an infinite wisdom to direct you through lifestyle changes by a process of exploring self-awareness.
Sherry Oliphant MS, LMT, CP1 – Trainer
My fascination with the human body and how it operates as an intricate network of systems began in my first physiology class 15 years ago. I believe that the human body was designed to be healthy, and how we treat it is indicative of how we feel and move through life. Upon graduation from Benedictine University in 2001 with a graduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, rather than work in a hospital practicing cardiac rehab, I decided to focus on helping people avoid the hospital or rehab in the first place. By teaching those at risk of developing typical and widespread diseases and chronic pain syndromes (heart disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, osteoarthritis, chronic back pain, etc.) to alter their lifestyle, they could absolutely, nearly 100% of the time, alter their fate. How we live, what we eat, and how we move through life has a greater impact on our health and well-being than any other factor.
In 2007, I started Executive Wellness, my holistic lifestyle consulting business. I am a licensed massage therapist, and have been educated in Thai Yoga massage, trigger point, and myokinesthetic therapies. I currently hold the following certifications from the CHEK institute:
• Corrective Exercise Coach
• CHEK Practitioner 1
• Holistic Lifestyle Coach 1 & 2
Additionally, I am also an Advanced Metabolic Typing/Detox Advisor. I use every aspect of my extensive wellness background in exercise, massage therapy, and holistic nutrition to develop all-inclusive lifestyle programs for my clients. These programs are individually designed to create strength and balance within the body, reduce physiological load (stress), increase energy, boost mental clarity, promote weight loss and maintenance, and increase vitality and quality of life.
Kari Pavlatos – Pilates
Kari’s passion for fitness and wellness started in college when she realized if she didn’t make changes in her own lifestyle, she would be riddled with the same health issues that have plagued her family over the years, such as heart disease and cancer. She decided it was time to get off the couch and get outside. She quickly became an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys camping, gardening, running, hiking and snowshoeing with her dogs.
She holds certifications in Group Fitness and Personal Training from the American Council on Exercise, and instructs for the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid courses. She received a Pilates Mat, Standing Mat and Apparatus certification from the PhysicalMind Institute, and a Pre and Postnatal Pilates Specialist certification from The Center for Women’s Fitness. Prenatal and postnatal training have been a passion of Kari’s for the last 7 years, as she has had the privilege of training over 30 women through their pregnancies both with Pilates and personal training.
In her training, Kari applies the principles of stabilization, control, concentration, efficiency of movement, full range of motion, and breath to help clients reach challenges in their bodies more effectively, as well as create ways to deal with life’s physical and emotional stresses.
Peter Spengler – Boxing
Peter’s passion for physical fitness started early through organized sports. Having been an avid and successful ice hockey goaltender for over 12 years, some of his athletic achievements include back-to-back Indiana state hockey titles as well as multiple 1st place finishes in regional Silver Sticks Hockey Tournaments. These victories earned invitations to compete in the international versions of the tournament. His dedication to health and exercise continued into college where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University. Upon graduating in 2004, Pete moved to Chicago’s North Shore where he began working as a personal trainer in various local gyms. Wanting to further expand his exposure in the field, he started Spengler Fitness in 2009, allowing him more freedom to quickly implement the exercise industry’s newest and most innovative concepts while blending his own style of fun and challenging dynamic movements. Also unique to his practice is the incorporation of various boxing techniques. Pete has enjoyed boxing as a way to stay fit for over 10 years. His drills combine speed, grace, and power into an amazing workout that requires concentration and total body awareness. It’s not about competing in the ring, it’s about bringing his clients to an elite level of fitness that can only come from hard work, commitment, and sweat.