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  • Craig Garkie, Owner Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 14 Years


    • ACSM-CPT
    • ACSM-Special Populations
    • USAW-LVL 1 Coach
    • USA Track & Field Coach

    Thank you for visiting Fitness Together Lake Forest's page! We are delighted you are considering us for your health and fitness goals. Fitness Together is founded on formulating customized, tailored workouts to meet your personalized needs! No cookie cutter programs or generic templates. We KNOW you will feel the difference working with one of our trainers and encourage you to try us out. As the owner, I take personal pride in creating a family based high-energy studio where the community makes the difference. We look forward to welcoming you to the family :)

    in my free time I like to
    Any and all barbell sports! Hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.

  • Eric Grant, Trainer/Manager

    Years of Experience

    • 13 Years


    • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
    • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

    My passion for training started at a young age when my parents got a set of sand filled dumbbells. As I grew older, I started seriously training to gain strength for baseball. I pitched through college, and through my lifting and conditioning program, hit my goal of throwing 90+ miles per hour. After college, I underwent several shoulder surgeries, which have allowed me to relate to my clients with similar issues and create specific programs for them. My training style can be adapted for any type of client, but I always stick to science-based training principles. What I enjoy most about training at FT is developing healthy, strong habits in my clients and seeing them enhance their lives everyday.

    in my free time I like to
    My spare time outside of work and training is used playing with my 3 young boys. My wife and I spend a lot of time in the backyard with the kids. I am also a gear head and like building/working on mechanical things

  • Kate Borman, Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 12 Years


    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    • Functional Movement Screening Specialist (FMS)

    I have been interested in the field of fitness and nutrition for as long I can remember. I played every sport I could growing up and then went on to play golf in college. My love(s) are doing high intensity grueling workouts and have a passion for helping people reach their fitness goals through many different workout styles. I believe that one’s health is based upon his/her lifestyle choices and enjoy coaching people on how to make slight lifestyle modifications to see beneficial and long term results for overall health and fitness.

    in my free time I like to
    Having “girls nights” with my friends, watching sports on tv and going to concerts. I also love listening to music and finding new healthy recipes to cook.

  • Emmanuel Obeng, Trainer

    Years of Experience

    • 7 Years


    • B.S. Kinesiology
    • ACSM-CPT (certified personal trainer)

    I come from a sports background, where I was a 3-sport athlete in high school. I played football, and baseball, and ran track. I continued my love for sports and fitness by studying Exercise Science at Eastern Illinois University. I was able to work with athletes closely at the university to better help my understanding of training and fitness. Since I’ve started training at Fitness Together, the relationships I’ve built with clients over the years have been sensational. Working with clients of all different ages, fitness levels, and body types has really helped me become a well-rounded trainer. I love creating workouts and plans for my clients that cater to their goals and needs. One thing I love about Fitness Together is that we can cater to all age groups and fitness levels. There is always a spot for you at Fitness Together. In my free time I like to be outdoors and in nature. I like to hike, run, and go for swims at the beach. In my spare time away from being active I like to make music and DJ. I also watch sports and root for the CUBS!

    in my free time I like to
    I love the outdoors and in nature. I like to hike, run, and go for swims at the beach. In my spare time away from being active I like to make music and DJ. I also watch sports and root for the CUBS!


here’s how it works


signature fit evaluation

A complimentary signature process where we learn about your goals, health history, and take you through a mini workout so we have the information we need to begin building your customized program.

full body assessment

A comprehensive fitness assessment to collect baseline metrics that will help us track your progress.

personal training session

Meet your trainer in your private suite (or virtually) for your 1:1 session to begin your completely customized workout program.

progress checks

A comprehensive assessment every 6 weeks so we can celebrate your progress and set new goals.


  • I have been working out at FT for a couple of years and it has made a dramatic difference in my health. I no longer need hip surgery and I am able to dance and hike again.

  • I started working out after having breast cancer and heading to osteoporosis. My primary goal with FT was to increase bone density. I now have normal bone density.

  • Friendly people who care about helping you achieve your goals. FT helped me prepare to hike the Appalachian Trail at age 65. If you have the will, FT will show you the way.

  • The high quality training and nutrition advice at Fitness Together has helped me reach my fitness goals. I’ve lost 20 pounds and have a BMI of 22.8!