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Personal Training Studio 225 E Deerpath Rd
Suite 126
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Our Staff

Get to know our friendly Fitness Together Personal Training Staff at Lake Forest

Craig Garkie BS, ACSM, Special Populations, USATF, USAW-L1
Craig Garkie BS, ACSM, Special Populations, USATF, USAW-L1

Craig Garkie BS, ACSM, Special Populations, USATF, USAW-L1

Owner/Personal Trainer

Craig has been involved with fitness and coaching for 4 years. While studying Exercise Science at Western Illinois University, Craig participated in Mixed Martial Arts, power lifting and olympic weight lifting lifting.  Craig has also participated in decathlons, ran track and field and wrestled during his early exercise years. He trained under world power lifting champion Gary Bagley, and also interned with Gary during his time at Western Illinois University. Having participated in so many different athletic experiences, he enjoys incorporating these movements into practical and useful workouts. Craig enjoys working with individuals looking to work hard, and better themselves in all areas of health.” Continuing to learn and further my knowledge as a trainer is my responsibility as a professional. I believe that any one can reach their goals with hard work and self perseverance.”  

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Eric Grant BS, ACSM, CSCS
Eric Grant BS, ACSM, CSCS

Eric Grant BS, ACSM, CSCS

Team Leader/Personal Trainer

Eric has been interested in weight lifting and general fitness for the majority of his life.  Being involved in a large amount of baseball and other sports as a kid and teen has really shaped how he views life in terms of health and wellness.  However he became very passionate about lifting and training when deciding to transfer to Arizona State University to try and walk-on to their baseball team; which is consistently in the top 5 programs in the country.  While training to walk-on, Eric reached his goal of pitching 90+ mph.  Though the quick tryout didn’t go as expected, Eric has continued to train hard and likes to instill this mindset to the people he trains.  At ASU Eric earned a BS in kinesiology focusing on functional anatomy and learning about the fuels we use in our bodies especially while training.  Eric also has a certification through the ACSM as a Health Fitness Specialist, allowing him to train while taking in to account special conditions as well.  He continues to work on other certifications and learn new methods to incorporate into clients’ workouts.

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Kate Borman BS, CSCS
Kate Borman BS, CSCS

Kate Borman BS, CSCS

Personal Trainer

Kate has been a fitness and nutrition enthusiast for as long as she can remember.  She loves helping people attain their fitness and health goals through functional and fun workouts.  Kate has played collegiate golf and is an avid runner, completing multiple 5 and 10ks as well as the Grandma’s marathon in Deluth, Minnesota.  She just recently became very interested in crossfit style workouts and she likes to incorporate them in her own routines as well as her clients. 

Kate is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.  She is CSCS certified by the NSCA and really enjoys working with people who are willing to work hard to see their goals.  She believes that one’s health is based upon his/her lifestyle choices and enjoys coaching people on how to make slight lifestyle modifications to see beneficial and long term results for overall fitness.  “I love seeing how the combination of a healthy diet and exercise routine can drastically change peoples’ lives and how they feel about themselves

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Tyler Volling BS, NASM

Personal Trainer

Tyler has been interested in Fitness and Nutrition for a large part of his life. Tyler has played baseball all his life and played in college. He became passionate about fitness and helping people live a better life after a shoulder injury in high school. Tyler being a skinny guy his whole life decided to start weightlifting his freshman year of college. The more he learned about weight lifting and how the body reacts, decided to transfer to Western Illinois to get his Bachelors in Exercise science. Tyler has also obtained his personal training certification through NASM to help people not only get fit, but also to prevent injuries. Tyler enjoys working with people who want to change and better the life they have. He has gotten into powerlifting more and plans on doing olympic lifting and powerlifting competitions in the near future. Tyler continues to train hard and learn more as a trainer to help all clients.

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Emmanuel BS, ACSM

Personal Trainer

Emmanuel has had a passion for fitness all his life. Growing up he was a 3 sport athlete since middle school. He believes fitness is the key to helping overall quality of life. He continued his love for fitness by studying exercise science and exercise physiology at Eastern Illinois University and has received his bachelors degree. Emmanuel is excited to continue his education and spread his knowledge about fitness to others while helping others improve overall health and quality of life .

 

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