Owner, Head Coach
In my experience, there’s no greater modern paradox than pursuing one’s fitness goals. It’s seems so simple, yet so complicated. So rewarding, yet so challenging. So logical, yet so confusing. So attainable, yet so far away.
Over the past 12 years, I’ve listened to hundreds, if not thousands, of people describe the frustration they feel in their pursuit to achieve their fitness goals. I can honestly say that one of the most rewarding aspects of being a coach is leading frustrated individuals to measurable progress.
It’s an incredible feeling to watch the person who knew they couldn’t lose 20 pounds, lose 40 pounds. To see the expression on the person’s face who knew they could never do an unassisted pull-up, pass their chin over the bar for the first time. Helping people set a goal, intentionally pursue that goal, time and again achieve those goals is why I love training so much.
If I wasn’t a fitness coach, I’d still be trying to make a career by helping people.
“Being selective—doing less—is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest.” – Tim Ferriss
Today, I have a few passions in my life that are very powerful that I pursue wholeheartedly: My family, my fitness, my faith.
Growing up in the South West of England, Sport was a huge part of Keith’s life from a very early age. Playing Soccer, Rugby and Cricket throughout Junior and High school kept Keith fit year round. However, it was his love of the racket sport Squash during his late teens and throughout his twenties that forged Keith’s competitive edge for sporting competition, playing in State divisions for his local Squash club.
A snapped right cruciate ligament during a weekend soccer match brought any aspirations to take Squash to higher levels to an end, but ultimately proved to be the turning point in Keith’s career. Lacking the mobility for quick turns and the “start-stop” nature of both squash and soccer, Keith turned his attention to Long Distance / Half Marathon running and the eventual rehabilitation of his damaged knee.
During his enforced sabbatical from sport, Keith helped manage and coach the soccer team he’d once played for, and found that putting together training sessions proved as rewarding as any game he’d ever played in. A 2 year National Diploma In Personal Training followed, along with certifications in Advanced Resistance and Cardio Techniques, Functional Resistance and Sports Specific Training, Nutrition, Weight Management, Active Aging, Advanced Kettlebell Instructor, Metabolic Technician, TRX and his most recent achievements of Level 1 Cross Fit Instructor and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.
Since arriving in America just over 6 years ago, Keith has spent his time building a reputation at multiple high end Chicago gyms and Crossfit Boxes as an extremely knowledgable Personal Trainer and Coach that designs fun, challenging and varied workout sessions for his clients. His attention to form detail and safe body mechanics is his stand out quality and he believes that retraining the body to work functionally as one, and how it was designed, is the secret to overcome any sporting, athletic and lifestyle challenges a person will face, and will ultimately reap the biggest rewards.
Keith had this to say:
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to have been welcomed Into the Precision Training Family. Being surrounded by like minded people, amazing, knowledgeable Training staff and a unique facility such as the one Wade and Joanna have created has allowed me to flourish as a coach and as a person. I love everything about my time here and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue my passion to change lives for the better. Everyone associated with Precision should be as proud as I am to have this as the place where amazing things can happen, not only to their body and mind, but to their lives.”
I grew up in the southern region of Poland, in a small town called Tarnow, where most people didn’t really think about being fit. In fact, the absence of illness and injury inferred that you were probably healthy enough to keep working or going to school, which was all most people were hoping to get out of their bodies anyways. We had the same pop culture influences like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biceps & Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Magazines to project into what could be considered “fitness”, but if you asked people on the street or reading the magazines “what is fitness?” no one could tell you.
When I moved to the States in the early 2000’s, I came to finish college and become an elementary school teacher. What met me almost as soon as I arrived was a culture inundated with exercise options and the pursuit of ones health & fitness goals. Big gyms, little gyms, private gyms, personal trainers, pilates trainers, Bikram Yoga, Bosus, Shakeweights, and Weightwatchers… it was all so overwhelming I was almost convinced bulimia was easier than ciphering through all the options.
I was nearly ready to just relegate myself to a life without feeling and looking fit when some of my co-workers invited me to a free Bootcamp class at a new private personal training studio in Schaumburg. I figured if I went and puked, the only thing I could stand to lose is my dignity in front of my co-workers, which didn’t bother me as much as the thought of one of them beating me in the class. So I went, at 6am, and lo & behold the only girl to go with was a former Division 1 soccer star. The trainer’s name was Wade, and to my surprise, the workout that morning was in a parking lot outside the nice new personal training studio. There was about 15 people there that morning. We didn’t have weights, we didn’t use any of the gimmicky stuff I saw on infomercials late at night. We were doing things with our bodies that I really never thought of doing before as a workout, and it was hard but it was manageable. When the workout was over, I felt great! I couldn’t wait to come back the next day.
Month after month, I kept signing up for those Bootcamp classes with Wade, & little by little we began talking more and more about training, nutrition, fitness, and faith. I can honestly say that Wade helped me wade through the useful and the useless information in the fitness universe. His passion to help people achieve their goals inspired me to want to learn how to live out & lead others to enact healthy habits and achieve a level of fitness they never thought possible. I’ve found that being a trainer is more than writing tough workouts giving a sweaty person a high five. Its never less than that, but its really about empowering people to recognize their own physical potential. It’s about using fitness to bring the best out of people, and to have the confidence to pursue life experiences they otherwise would let pass them by.
“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle