I started with Train With Ron in June 08, with little insight into or experience with personal training. And honestly, I was skeptical.

At this time, I had just been accepted into the FBI Special Agent Selection process… which was great, except for one small detail. Part of the selection process included a fairly intense physical fitness test that I would need to take in September. I did a self-assessment based on the scoring scale the FBI provides… and the results.. not good. With the exception of the long distance run, I was below threshold in all other events.

I explained my goal to Ron, DB & Matt, and they assured me that with their training I would not only pass, but would score highly on the test. With their assurance, I started my training. Whoa, was I surprised. I worked hard.. VERY hard.. was at TWR 4-6 times a week being challenged beyond what I ever thought I could actually do. And their approach was something I had never envisioned. In an hour session I was working cardio, all muscle groups, and doing “moves” that are so unique and keep your body guessing. No two workouts were ever the same! And then.. results. My situps & pushups soared, I was pushing around weights that I never thought possible for me, and my endurance was better than it ever was.

Anyway, fast-forward to the test. Not only did I pass, but as Ron, DB & Matt predicted, I did very well, I had the highest score for Chicago. My training with TWR has not only helped me pursue a career opportunity with the FBI, but has also dramatically improved my fitness level, and changed my outlook on keeping in shape… I want to do more and get even better. TWR provides a fun, motivating environment, without any pressure.. just support and encouragement. If you have fitness goals, or are just looking to make a change in your lifestyle and need support, instruction and motivation, TWR is your best bet.

KTMFBI Agent Candidate

This training facility is wonderful. The trainers, Matt and DB, are awesome. Every time I go the hour is completely different, we never do the same workout twice. Also, unlike most trainers in the city, these guys actually listen to you and your goals. Whether you are looking to just tone up or to build muscle mass, they don’t have you doing some prefabbed routine.

I would really recommend this place to EVERYONE!! They are great for beginners all the way up to advanced athletes.

Escape C.

I had always thought of myself as being in “good shape”, but the reality was that I was gaining weight and becoming less active with each passing year. After I hit my 30s, I had been perpetually stuck in the cycle of starting a training program, quitting it because of some injury and then starting it up again. I had good intentions, but I wasn’t really making any progress. Shortly before my 37th birthday when I hit my heaviest weight of 235 lbs with 29% body fat percentage, I found Ron and started training with him 3 times a week. Within 6 months, I’ve dropped 15 lbs off of my weight and reduced my body fat percentage by 10% and become stronger now than when I was 27.

Here are the top 10 reasons why I will continue to train with Ron:

  • If you go you will see results!
  • Your weaknesses will soon become your strengths.
  • The workout routines are always different so you never get bored.
  • You get a mix of aerobic and strength training.
  • You get a full body workout in every training session.
  • Ron and his trainers, DB and Matt, will always get the most out of you every session.
  • There’s always healthy competition to take it to the next level.
  • You get individual attention when you need it.
  • Ron always makes himself available to answer questions.
  • There is a great team atmosphere where everyone is encouraged regardless of their fitness level.
Eric R.IT Professional

I agree with everyone that has reviewed these guys already. I have been going to Train With Ron for about four years now. My weight has gone up and down, but these guys help me get though it every level I am at. The trainers, Ron, Matt and DB, are tough, but good. They all bring something different to the table so everytime feels completely different. I would also recommend this place to EVERYONE!! They are perfect for the beginners and I’ll let you know about how they are with advanced athletes once I become one in a couple months of training.

Stephanie U.

Unsolicited letter from Holly Clark to Chicago Magazine:
I recently read in your magazine that The Bar Method was considered one of the best workouts in Chicago. I do the Bar Method classes and they are good. But, I must tell you they do not compare to my other workout. The best workout in Chicago is hands-down, Train with Ron. As a girl who grew up in Southern California – I know how to stay in shape and have spent most of my life in the gym. This workout is by far the best and most exhilarating workout I have ever experienced, and to my knowledge there is nothing like it in Chicago.

Since beginning my workouts with Ron, my body has changed DRAMATICALLY. I have been working out with him for six months and have never looked better, felt better or been in better shape – period. For your next BEST edition you really should check out this gym. One thing I find very interesting is that other trainers workout with him before going to their clients. That alone is an amazing reference. You can find more information at the website: www.trainwithron.com. The workouts at this gym are not one-on-one workouts but rather small group workouts which push, challenge and motivate each participant. They have changed the way I think about working out. You would be remiss not to include this gym in your next BEST edition.

Thank you,
Holly Clark 40, School Administrator

Holly ClarkSchool Administrator

I was introduced to TWR Spring of 2008 and really was looking to get in shape for my wedding.  I had no idea what I was getting into, but honestly these are the best trainers I’ve worked out with ever.  I’ve tried trainers at my local gym and also tried to workout on my own, but nothing/no one has pushed me as hard as the trainers at TWR, Ron, DB and Matt.  They keep it interesting and push me to work harder than I every have before.  It’s been almost 2 years and I’m still going strong and love it.    I would definitely recommend training with these guys!  No matter what level you are, you will get a good workout at TWR.

Carry F.

After many unsuccessful attempts to get in shape and lose weight over the course of 10 years, I finally decided on a different kind of personal training than what is typically offered at the local gym. I was tremendously lucky to find Train with Ron. The experience I have had at TWR has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined and the results have been incredible. TWR’s workouts are the most challenging out there and get you into excellent shape. I have gone from struggling to run one mile to being able to easily do eight. But what I think really separates TWR from anything else out there and the reason I was able to stay committed is the staff. Ron, Matt, and DB all motivate you in a positive way and they take great pride in your progress. They foster a family-type atmosphere in the gym, and it makes me look forward to coming in, and I’m someone who has historically dreaded working out. They continuously change up the workouts to keep things fresh and make sure you are consistently progressing. It is easy to tell that they genuinely care. So, after less than six months of enjoyable workouts, here are the results: 25 pounds lost (with a lot of added muscle), four inches less in the waist, and more energy than I’ve ever had in my entire life. Thank you Ron, Matt, and DB for helping me achieve something that I had come to think was impossible!

MitchSenior Equity Analyst

If you give Train With Ron a chance you definately will NOT regret it!  I have been going there for a couple of months and I feel like its a good investment for what I am trying to accomplish.  The trainers are knowledgeable, friendly and very motivating. What I love about Train With Ron is that the trainers have a way of making challenging workouts fun.  The facility is fully equipped, the trainers are great, the clientele is friendly…definately check them out, this place is the real deal.

Cindy V.

In April 2008, I realized that I needed a serious jump start to get back into shape and lose weight. I had my second baby in July of 2007 and was still struggling to lose the stubborn pregnancy pounds. My goal? To celebrate my eighth wedding anniversary, which was coming up in September, by losing 25 lbs to get back to my wedding day weight. A friend of mine had recently started working out at Train With Ron (TWR) and said it was the best workouts she had ever had. I met with Ron and after hearing about the program and seeing the clients in the gym, I signed up immediately. The first several workouts were really tough, it had literally been two years since I had been at the gym. But, Ron, DB and Matt were great- so supportive and motivational that I felt like I could keep with the workouts. And it has completely paid off, within four months I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight and by Sept. 2nd, I was able to fit back into my wedding dress! It is not just the weight loss though, my energy levels are high, almost at the same levels at my three and a half year old…and I feel great. The fast paced training style at TWR will increase your cardio endurance as well as your muscle tone, it is truly a total body transformation. This is the best shape I have ever been in and I owe it to the three fantastic trainers at TWR. Thanks guys!

Karen A.Financial Analyst and Mother of 2

Whether you’re a high school athlete trying to make it to the next level, a professional athlete, a young professional, a law enforcement professional, or a retired senior citizen, these trainers will make any of your fitness goals attainable!  The staff are professional and friendly and there is a lot of camraderie among all who train here.  This is a sports performance facility, not a gym.  There is no waiting for equipment.  You get incredible workouts to push you based on your ability.  There is no feeling of being lost in the crowd as you workout with a trainer and up to 3 other members.   I have no personal or professional affiliation with the owners/staff and have not been promised anything for writing this review (I just train at the facility!).  Bottom line is this is the best place to get you in shape, meet great people, and is reasonably priced.  Try one session at TWR and I know you will validate everything I’m saying!

Doug A.