When it comes personal training, Ron has no peer. His winning combination of world class know-how and likability actually makes it fun to push yourself to utter exhaustion. I know from my own research Ron incorporates the latest health science into his regimens. His gym has the feeling of a community, an extended family of sorts so that you’re always surrounded by people who support the right habits. I cannot think of better way to seek fitness, regain lost youth and live longer than to cast your lot with Ron.

Dan Buettner, author of New York Times Bestseller, The Blue Zones: What the Longest-lived People Teach us about Living Longer

Dan appeared Dan appeared with Dr. Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show November 25, 2008. Dan has also appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America and is an Emmy award winner for his documentary Africa Trek.

Dan Buettnerexplorer, author, public speaker, producer, and world record holder for endurance bicycling.

What would you do if you were an over-50, cancer survivor, unfit, overweight woman? If you were me you’d Google for a personal trainer in Chicago and find Train with Ron. This was back in June, 2007. Seven months later, I’ve already lost over 40 lbs, I have more strength and endurance than I did when I was 30. And if I didn’t have to work I’d probably be training with Ron and his trainers DB and Matt every day. They have actually make fitness fun. Don’t get me wrong, it is hard work — but the motivation they provide, along with the education on both a fitness level and nutrition level is remarkable. I have never run a day in my life — until I started training with TWR. I’m actually starting to run and love it. My knees were a mess. But they were patient and helped me strengthen the muscles below and above the knee and now I’m even doing lunges. I was a little nervous when I first started because I am older and was really out of shape, but everyone there (including other clients) has been supportive, encouraging and challenges me to do my best. I can’t say enough about Train with Ron, except if you want to get back in shape…or just want to improve your fitness level, you can’t go wrong working with Ron and his team. My goal for the next six months…run a 5k race, and take off another 40-50 lbs! As long as I’m training with TWR I actually think I’ll make it.

Part 2 – It’s September 1, 2008 and it’s been 1 year and 3 months since I first walked into TWR. The good news—I’m now down 65 pounds and best of all … I’m off blood pressure medicine! My doctor is amazed what great shape I’m in now. I even completed my first 5K race — which would have been unbelievable a year ago. I admit I did hit a plateau, but Ron, DB & Matt wouldn’t let me give up. Nor would other clients! It’s such a great environment for those who are serious about becoming or staying fit. The camaraderie is unlike anything I’ve experienced in any other gym. I know the last 35 pounds are going to be even tougher to lose, but given the motivation and encouragement I get from TWR I’ll do it. Don’t get me wrong — it’s really hard work. But these guys find a way to make it fun. Stay tuned for Part 3!!!

Bonnie K.Comp. & Benefits Manager

TWR plays an integral part in my wife and my life. Although she is there more often than I am, we both look forward to seeing the guys over there for a couple of reasons.

  1. They are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and know how hard to push you. Hard enough, where you are getting one of the better workouts of your life but no so hard that you are punishing your body…although you will be sore if you don’t go often.
  2. For the money, you cannot find a better workout.
  3. The facility is top notch.
  4. The workouts are different every time that you go in.
  5. They have established an environment that is family-like.
  6. Most importantly, if you decide to use them, you will see changes.
Phil W.

Hi Ron,

I want to tell you how happy I am with the training so far, and even happier with the results. There is such a drastic difference in my endurance and stamina from when I started, and I definitely have more energy. I can also fit into clothes that have been tucked away in the back of my closet for a long time! Another advantage about the training is that although I am conscious of making healthier food decisions, I certainly do not feel deprived in any way, and generally eat what I want in smaller proportions. To be honest, I am surprised at how quickly by body has transforming. Your staff is wonderful and they do a terrific job. Thank you so much for all of the training and encouragement that TWR provides!


Caroline S.

I started at this place after I met Matt online. I was looking for a trainer on craigslist and that’s how I started going there. He listened to me and helped me set a realistic plan to achieve my goals. I started a routine (going several times a week) and after about 2 1/2 months I convinced myself it was too far for me to travel and I could find a place closer to home. I tried other places, but was not getting the results, nor were they fun or seriously working me out. I came back to TWR and have been going regularly for the past 4 months. I really see great results and wish I had never left. They will get you in shape, overall good shape. Great for beginners to advanced fitness levels.

Grant S.

I have been active in sports continuously since childhood. I was a respectable high school halfback, an laughably undersized guard in basketball, an undisciplined sprinter, an IM junkie, and a terrible college wrestler (I mean awful). Now, at 42, I am transitioning from what I worked when preparing for a specific sporting event to more of a balanced fitness-lifestyle program that will keep me in top shape and is manageable with my work schedule. I have trained under every kind of workout regimen imaginable and find no match for the whole-body fitness program at TWR. The creativity of Ron’s 30ON-30OFF philosophy, Matt’s PURE STEEL power program, and DB’s Triathalon/Crosstraining regimen offer a variety of activities that keep me enthusiastic and engaged. Having known Ron for decades and DB and Matt for the last several years, I wholeheartedly vouch for their character. You will not find trainers more interested in you, as a person, as well as your fitness success.

GAHStartup Biotech Scientist and Regulator

This year marks my 4th year hitting it at TWR and my 22nd year of enduring “annual physicals” at The Cooper Clinic in Dallas, TX. This year’s results: Treadmill Stress Test improved 02:31 year-on-year to 21:47, which puts me in the low end of the “excellent” cardio-vascular condition for my age group. The Body Mass (calipers + weight in the water tank) test results year-on-year were equally outstanding: dropped 14 pounds of fat /added 19 pounds of muscle. So rolling out for those 6:00am work-outs on cold winter mornings ….worth it. Thanks guys.

Greg Taucher

I started going to Train with Ron in late 2007 based on a friend’s recommendation and years later, I am still hooked!  Every workout is challenging, fun and unique.  The trainers (Ron, DB and Matt) are great guys who encourage you and work with you to set fitness goals.

Prior to TWR, I tried out personal trainers at both Cheetah Gym in Bucktown and the West Loop Athletic Club.  I had such terrible experiences with these gym trainers that I nearly gave up on personal training.  I am glad though that I gave TWR a shot because it’s a totally different experience.  There are no bored, apathetic gym trainers here!  I have realized great results in terms of endurance, strength and weight loss.  I’ve also found that it is more affordable than gym trainers and clients have the option to either purchase a package or pay-as-you-go.  Make an investment in your physical health and contact TWR for an appointment today!

Kelly M.

As someone who was a “lifelong athlete” playing 5 sports in high school, soccer in college and post college I never felt like I needed help staying in shape. So when I started to prepare for a fitness test with the FBI I wasn’t too worried about it. And then I got injured and hit a rut. I was not in bad shape by any means but I felt I was struggling to get the scores I wanted and was worried that I might not pass in one of the events…so I turned to Train With Ron upon the suggestion of a friend.

Ron, Matt and DB assured me that they would be able to get me where I wanted to be in all of the events and with that I started training. I was at the gym with them 3 times a week and worked as hard as I could every time I was there. When I thought I couldn’t do anymore their encouragement kept me going and their approach to training kept me wanting to come back for more. Training was always an adventure because every workout is different from the one before which keeps your interest and keeps your body guessing. When I got to the FBIAcademy, I scored the second highest number of points in my class of 44, the highest for a female and scored 9 out of 10 in 2 of the 4 events. I implemented some of the programs they use while I was there and continued to improve scoring 3 more points in the 2nd fitness test I had to take. It was a great feeling, especially since I was one of the 4 oldest people in the class.

Train With Ron not only helped me pursue a career with the FBI and improve my fitness level, it made me really enjoy working out again. While my career as taken me away from Chicago I will always stay in touch with the TWR team because I know even from afar they will continue to motivate me and give me ideas on how I can improve my fitness level. They truly provide a motivating environment with lots of support and encouragement. The structure of workouts creates such a great team atmosphere that rather than working out never knowing the person next to you, you find yourself encouraging each other to constantly improve and do more. If you are tired of being in a rut and dreading a trip to the gym then it is time to go to TWR!!

Amy D.Special Agent, FBI

I heard about Train with Ron from a friend over five years ago.  From my first session there, I was hooked.  I am easily bored by formal workouts and that is never the case at TWR.  Each time I go the workout is totally different but always incorporating cardio, core and major muscle groups.  When I started at TWR I could not even do one regular push up and now I do them effortlessly.  Ron, DB, and Matt are all so encouraging and motivating as are the other clients.  I have made many friends at TWR and really look forward to my sessions there.

Constance P.