My wife and I have been clients of FITPRO WEST in the West Loop for 4 years now. Prior to meeting the owner Carsten Beckmann, I had never thought of joining a private fitness facility and starting a personal training program. I always considered myself fit because I did a great deal of recreational walking. My wife convinced me that I was missing some critical elements of fitness by not working with weights so I decided to sign up for some personal training sessions with Carsten Beckmann. Before long, it became clear that I needed to add so much more to my fitness regimen and I owe so much to Carsten for his hard work and guidance with me. He has worked with both me and my wife and we can sum up the results with the phrase that adorns the carry bag he gave us “ Sore? Tired? Sweaty? GOOD! Carsten possesses a highly desirable set of core competencies that include professionalism, diligence, compassion, providing encouraging real time feedback, teaching the science of fitness and using a sense of humor that demonstrates his humanity. I dare you to try to not like him!
The fitness equipment is technologically at the top of its’ class and FitPro West is always adding additional equipment to augment the workout experience. However, what truly makes Fit Pro West special is the team of personal trainers that Carsten Beckmann has made available to his clients. I have never met a more committed, dedicated and nicer group of people than the staff I have met at FitPro West.
My wife has been working with Holly MacDowell for a couple of years and they have a great relationship. Holly is very encouraging and a wonderful cheerleader. While I have worked mostly with Carsten, I have added Ross Read and Shayne Jansen to my rotation. I learn a great deal from both of them and enjoy the unique approaches that they bring to my personal training sessions. Ross has a special warm up session that prepares me for the rigors of the workout while protecting me from the risk of any injury. Shane has an uncanny ability to read my mind both before and while I am involved in a training exercise. He will make modifications on the fly to help me get the most from my session.
At its’ core, FitPro West delivers what a professional gym and training facility should… state of the art equipment, an accessible and easy to navigate facility, professional staff dedicated to enhancing the workout experience and a plan to fit everyone’s budget. Speaking of core, on the premises is CORE PHYSICAL THERAPY. Expert help is always available with sports, occupational and “age” related physical therapy needs. See Allison Betley for a comprehensive evaluation.
To sum things up, my wife and I feel like we are home when we visit FitPro West each week for our personal training sessions. We drive in from the NW Suburbs, a round trip drive of about 60 miles. While personal training options exist much closer to our home, we know that FitPro West is what we need and want. We highly recommend them without any hesitation.
Bob & Evy Miller