At REPS we pride ourselves on having a diverse team of both class instructors and personal trainers. Come in and let our team help you reach your full fitness potential!


At REPS we pride ourselves on having a diverse team of both class instructors and personal trainers. Come in and let our team help you reach your full fitness potential!

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Personal Trainers


Broderick Edwards

Sports Conditioning, Functional Movement, Strength Training

Broderick started his education at Harold Washington Community College and then went to Concordia University in Chicago where he played football. He is a certified American Sports Fitness Association Personal Trainer. Broderick loves training people and changing lives one person at a time, even his own, with hard work and positive energy. His training landed him in a program called “Put Illinois to Work” for 10 years working with kids that have special needs.


Mike Merrit

Athletics, Strength, Weight Management

As a football player from Harper College, Mike has been dedicated to fitness and health all his career. He saw the extraordinary ability to transform the body and mind, by strength and conditioning. He is passionate about taking his clients to their full potential. Whether you are an athlete or not, it is his strong belief that anyone can reach athletic conditioning and results.


Matthew Duffy

Specialties: Powerlifting, General Strength, Bodybuilding

Matt is a trainer whose fitness journey began through practical means, preparing for work in construction. Though upon finding a passion for lifting, he turned his career around on a path to helping others begin a fitness lifestyle. His own lifting is geared towards powerlifting, he has experience and knowledge about most forms of fitness, from bodybuilding to sports conditioning. Training with Matt, you will find increases in strength, energy, and overall health. His focus is always on technique and efficiency, ensuring safe and effective training. Some of his other passions include: Film, Tattoos, Reading, Soccer, and Board Games.


Christi Gallagher

Sports Specific Conditioning, Corrective Mobility, Interval Training

Christi is a detail-oriented, qualified fitness enthusiast committed to the overall safety and success of every client. Certified personal trainer, yoga, cycling, youth conditioning and USA Track and Field. Coaching and wellness has always been a part of her life. Many years of experience and certifications in the health and fitness industry (working with college football players to soccer moms to cancer survivors) has allowed Christi to bring many diverse approaches to instruction.

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Yoga Instructors


Stephanie Lyons

Stephanie Lyons has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and believes that yoga is for every body. Specializing in beginner teachings, yin, hatha and vinyasa style of yoga, she enjoys finding ways to make her students feel empowered, strong and focused. She is a West Town resident, enjoys teaching yoga in her evenings, designing workplaces during the day, gardening, traveling and exploring the beautiful city of Chicago on the weekends.


Owen Gourley

Owen Gourley took a Kundalini yoga class at the University of Alaska in the '90s as a fun class, and has practiced it and other styles ever since. His classes integrate the tricks he's learned in Kundalini, Traditional Hot yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Pilates, dance, and more. His goal is to have you leave the class feeling better than you came in.

Boxing Instructor


Santiago Bueno

Boxing, MMA, Wrestling, Muay Thai

Santiago began his lifestyle with boxing from an early age of 8 years old, learning under his grandfather, an undefeated champion and goes way back to a bloodline of 4 fathers before him. He has played sports his whole life and always welcomed the responsibility of a leader. His primary focus is to bring out the most in everyone while discovering their why! “All it takes is effort.”

Training for going on over 20 years and coaching for 10 strong. His approach is “to push until the heart stops” and “to challenge to the max only to break it down and build it new!” Some academic standouts are being featured in music videos , nationally ranked Greco Roman wrestler & this year his pro MMA debut !

Zumba™/Dance Instructors


Yaara Sandowski-Schwartz


Originally a fashion designer from New York with a serious love for fun I am a Zumba instructor. I have been teaching for 3 years and have been certified to teach both the basic and secondary rhythms.

My love for dance has always been a side hobby whether taking semesters of dance classes in college (Afro Caribbean Rhythms or Belly Dance) or just dancing on my own. If I’m not at the gym you can find me at the bridal salon where I am stylist or chilling at the dog park with my dog. Health, maintaining a good energy and positive attitude has always been something I have been extremely passionate about. This comes after being a liver transplant recipient and not being able to walk on my own. I love to help people maintain a positive attitude and keeping active in the funnest way possible

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Yaara Sandowski-Schwartz

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Chicago native, Missy Paramo, has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. She has been brought in across the country to educate and train young movers as well as set choreography. She also held her own professional adult classes at Los Angeles dance studios, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio and Movement Lifestyle.
She is educated in ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop from the wisdom of renowned choreographers like Jennifer Hamilton, Lizzie MacKenzie, Eddy Ocampo, Jackie Sleight, Christian Vincent and many more. On scholarship at Chicago’s professional dance studio, Visceral Dance Center, Missy continued her training with expert instructors such as Mike Gosney, Laura Wade, and Nick Pupillo.
Missy has appeared as a principal dancer in Jessica Sutta’s (Pussycat Dolls) concert and SOUL by Ludacris ft. musical artist CeeLo Green & Miguel. Missy has toured nationally with LA Dance Magic as an assistant in classes of more than 1000 students, in approximately 40 cities across the United States. As well as, taught convention classes for Infinity Dance Project with classes of more than 100 students.

Cycling Instructor


Carolyn Rachel

As someone who was told her whole life "you're just not that athletic," Carolyn never thought she'd be the type of person to take group fitness classes, let alone teach them. The supportive, challenging, and fun class environment turned her into a die hard fan and a passionate advocate for helping others find their inner athlete, no matter what that looks like.

Teaching spinning, bootcamp, HIIT, and strength classes since 2010, Carolyn works hard to develop classes that are always changing and evolving to prevent boredom and predictability. She also strives for a balance of strength, cardio, and flexibility so that members are getting a well-rounded fitness experience that helps them meet and exceed their fitness goals.