River North Gym offers Personal Training unlike anything you’ve experiened before. Anyone can take you through a workout a few times a week. Our Certified Personal Trainers are here to do far more than that, and it starts with understanding your goals and wanting them just as bad as you do. Whether you are looking to get stronger, lose weight, improve performance, or address ongoing physical limitations or injuries, River North Gym has the right trainer for you. Our diverse team of fitness professionals are here to make sure that you succeeding in all of your fitness and wellness related goals, both inside and outside of the gym. Meet our team and welcome to the RNG family!



Bernie LeCocq B.S. CSCS: Personal Trainer & Owner

“Every good rep makes you better and ever bad rep makes you worse. Let’s move better.”

Bernie is a leader in the fitness industry with over 35,000 hours of Personal Training experience.  He is the owner of Exercise Endeavors INC, as well as River North Gym.  His extensive background in health and fitness has earned him the respect of fellow peers in the fitness industry.  Bernie is well known for training other certified trainers, a testament to his breadth of knowledge and unique ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. Currently, Bernie is focused on educating members and his team at River North Gym.  He emphasizes the safest, most effective, and innovative exercises, maximizing results in a short period of time.  Bernie truly cares about every member’s experience at River North Gym. While Bernie is currently not taking clients, he does enjoy working with our trainers on Continuing Education. 



Andrew Richards: Personal Trainer

“If you do the simple stuff correctly & consistently while focusing on strength, everything else falls into place.”

Andrew first began lifting weights back in his freshman year of high school, and through a sport career of soccer, wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts, he developed his passion for improving strength and performance. This passion has led him into powerlifting, where he has competed successfully over the last two years. His Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, combined with his NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification, ensure that his methods are based in science and lead to steady, consistent progress for his clients.




Taylor Panfil: Personal Trainer

“Keep it simple, get strong, and stay functional.”

Taylor’s passion for fitness was discovered through strength and conditioning for soccer in high school. Her enthusiasm for strength training and performance enhancement intensified during her collegiate years in which she pursued a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. Combined with being an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and years of intensive strength training, this gives her the knowledge and experience to get clients the results they want safely and effectively.




Emily Spence – Personal Trainer

“Heart pumping, sweat dripping, muscle-burning workouts. Let’s work together to find your inner athlete!”

Emily started lifting because of her love for peanut butter. Her dance background & love for all things anatomy during college helped her choose this path. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Services, and is a NASM certified personal trainer. On top of that, she’ll kick your butt in a workout, just to make sure you got a good sweat in. She loves being able to dance, and is a Barre Intensity instructor. Using her creative mindset, she can create a plan for your needs, and you’ll probably do a few exercises you’ve never done. She loves training athletes & thinks there is an athlete in each and every person she meets.





Riley Hextell: Personal Trainer

“With correct technique, dedication and consistency, I will pave the path for you to go far and beyond your fitness goals.”

Riley first discovered his passion for weightlifting while playing high school football. While pursuing an active lifestyle and gaining more interest in exercise, he then enlisted in The United States Navy. Riley’s experience in the Navy, partnered with his NASM Personal Training Certification, makes his training style dynamic and exciting. His work ethic, attention to detail and high levels of motivation will push you in pursuing your fitness goals.


Jordan Prewitt: Personal Trainer

“Changing your life isn’t easy but with the right form, the perfect amount of push, and endless determination, together we will build an unbreakable foundation.”

Jordan played sports all his life, but after falling out of shape and at the lowest part in his life, he found reconciliation in life and fitness. Specializing in bodybuilding techniques with a strength and conditioning twist, he practices what he preaches and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with anyone and everyone. If there is one thing you’ll get out of hist training, it’s the feeling of each muscle working and functioning correctly.