Hi, my name is Andrea Abarca and I am a group fitness instructor here at Reps FNC. I teach Strong by Zumba and occasionally sub for regular Zumba. I've always had an interest in wellness and health. I studied Exercise Science and Dance at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Currently, I'm trying to get certified as a personal trainer. When I'm not at the gym, I'm dancing for the Chicago Bulls, also known as the Luvabulls. Reps FNC is my second home. I am always here instructing, working out, rehearsing, or even covering shifts at the front desk. Feel free to say hi or ask me any questions!
Broderick Edwards Bio:
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.
His interests include old American muscle cars and his family; he donated a kidney in 2010 to his Great Aunt.
Bruce Do Bio:
Peoria Athletic Club is where Bruce began training in the arts of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai. When Bruce was five years young he was old enough to attend classes at a local Tae Kwon Do school in Peoria, IL, following his older brothers. Fourteen years later Bruce has a Chicago golden gloves championship under his belt, multiple amateur bouts and six years of teaching experience from beginners to pros.
Ivan Dilnyy Bio:
While attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I played D1A collegiate rugby. This is how I first got into fitness, which eventually spiraled into a deeper interest and curiosity for pretty much anything remotely related to fitness and athletic performance, particularly Olympic weightlifting. Hence, it makes sense that I am a Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach and also have competed in Olympic weightlifting meets.
Coupled with my engineering background, I enjoy learning all about the biology, physics, bio-mechanics and force-vectors and am working on bringing data analysis to training (yes you can do that).
Mike Merritt Bio:
Mike is certified personal training through International Sports Science Association and NASM National Association of Sports Medicine.
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.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act but a habit"- Aristotle
Mikes other interests include working out, sports, traveling, food.
Christi Gallagher Bio:
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.
She has 3 focuses; Get Fast, Get Started, Get Fit. Her goals are to improve functional/sport performance, to break through plateaus, to educate, to instruct and to inspire.