Meet Our Fitness Team

Meet our fitness team! Many of our personal trainers and group instructors are from the Carol Stream area, and some even decided to become fitness instructors after taking part in park district fitness classes. Watch their videos and read their bios to learn more about them and their fit-losophy!

Claude Castro - Personal Trainer

I have always been active and passionate about fitness, and now I have the chance to inspire those around me. No one likes to do boring workouts, so I strive to incorporate workout exercises that are fun yet challenging. I believe that fun is the key to any successful exercise regimen. In order to become passionate about working out and doing it on a consistent basis, you must have fun while you are doing it. With this, hard work, and perseverance, positive results are inevitable. As a personal trainer, my goal is for my clients to achieve theirs.

Education & Certifications

  • American College of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Heart Association- CPR/AED Certified
  • University of Illinois at Chicago- Kinesiology major w/ concentration in Movement Science
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

Specializations

  • Martial Arts- BJJ, Judo/ Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Hapkido, Kickboxing
  • Sports Specific-Soccer, Track and Field
  • General Fitness- Weight loss, Strength and Conditioning, Endurance

Interests

  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Running
  • Outdoor activities- Swimming, Hiking, Biking, Camping
  • Cars
  • Watching Movies
  • Health and Fitness
  • Nutrition

Carol Stream Connection

I have lived in Carol Stream for 20 years and growing up have participated in soccer, basketball, swimming, and gymnastics through the park district. This town has been great to me, so through the years, I have also done some volunteer work to give back to the community.

Nick Henke - Personal Trainer

I have enjoyed participating in sports and working out my entire life. I want my clients to enjoy working out and have a positive experience. Which would help my clients improve or maintain their healthy lifestyle. Each client will have a plan designed for their individual goals. I will do my best to give my clients the tools to be confident when they workout. My goal as a personal trainer is to help my clients achieve their goals.   

Education & Certifications

  • American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Heart Association – CPR/AED Certified
  • Indiana State University – Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Interests

  • Weight Lifting
  • Attending Sporting Events
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Baseball
  • Watching Movies
  • Nutrition

Amanda Wilkinson - Group Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

I love teaching classes, helping to motivate positive change in the participant’s habits that results in transforming their bodies, their health and their lives. It is important to help our participant’s create long term sustainable success. Exercise, proper nutrition and a behavioral change are necessary for them to reach their goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor Certification
  • G.E.A.R: Indoor Cycling
  • Piloxing Instructor Certification (and PIA Member)
  • TABATA Bootcamp Certification
  • Corrective Exercise Specialization Certification
  • CPR/AED certified

Interests

In my free time I enjoy running. I am a marathon runner. I live in Winfield and am married with three daughters. I also enjoy cooking. I teach a music program called “God’s Children Sing” at our church in Wheaton.

Cynthia Ganja - Group Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.  Small steps can yield big results — have fun & enjoy the journey.”

I have a huge passion for doing personal training and teaching group exercise classes.  I enjoy helping others improve their quality of life through exercise & the many benefits it provides.  I am passionate about helping clients develop a lifelong relationship with fitness that will serve them wellness in mind, body, and soul.

My experience has led me to develop a keen eye to proper form and effective movement patterns to ensure clients are getting the most out of their workouts.

Education & Certifications

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • ACE Certified Functional Training Specialist
  • American Heart Association First Aid CPR/AED Certified
  • STRONG® by Zumba Trainer

Specializations

  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Functional Training
  • Corrective Exercise

Interests

  • Anything outdoors enjoying nature with my family.
  • Everything Fitness.

Mark Beshta - Personal Trainer

My fitness journey began back in high school when I became interested in the mechanical and strength side of the human body. I was always fascinated in finding the best ways to improve my athletic abilities in the sports that I was participating in.

My personal story began in my junior year of high school when I weighed about 130lbs and always felt under weight and too weak. That’s when I began my research on body composition and the drastic change a body can undergo through strength training and conditioning. My goal is to be able to share that knowledge with anyone who is motivated to transform themselves.

Education & Certifications

  • Network and Communications Management– DeVry University
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED

Interests

  • Strength Training
  • Team Sports (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, etc.)
  • Mission Trips
  • Cars
  • Major Chicago sports fan
  • Nutrition
  • Swimming

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