Tired of not seeing results? Stop “starting over” again and again and let us help you get the body you deserve. Chicago personal trainers at River North Gym have personally helped their clients lose hundreds of pounds and meet numerous goals for years. And now, it’s your turn. Our team is comprised of the best personal trainers in Chicago that will provide you with fitness education, nutritional guidance and lifestyle management. River North Gym has set the standard for the best gyms in Chicago by having an elite team of professionals with strong backgrounds in fitness and wellness, including Certified Fitness Specialists, Certified Weight Loss Specialists, Performance Enhancement Specialists, Corrective Exercise Specialists, Strength & Conditioning Specialists, numerous bachelors and masters degrees, and more. 

When looking for a gym in River North Chicago, we know you have many options. The comprehensive experience of our weight loss professionals speaks for itself and we can’t wait to help you achieve your goals. Whether your a business professional, a busy parent or just looking to change the way you look and feel, River North Gym is the local fitness gym that has all the tools and resources you need. Read more about our training team below and how one-on-one personal training sessions can redefine your life. 


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. 

Taylor Panfil: Personal Trainer / Assistant Personal Training Manager 

“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.



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. Since becoming a trainer six years ago he has competed successfully in crossfit, olympic weightlifting, and powerlifting, including two first & two second-place finishes. He holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology, combined with his NSCA Strength & Conditioning Specialist certification, and an NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. His science-based methodology leads to consistent progress for his clients, helping them become knowledgeable, confident, and above all, stronger than they ever imagined. 


 Emily Spence – Personal Trainer

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

If you look aroudn the gym and see a girl with a top knot having the time of her life, you’ve found Emily! Besides training, Emily teaches Barre, Spin & The Sweat you can expect to leave sweaty & happy! She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation Services, and is a NASM certified personal trainer. Emily is the happiest when clients accomplish their goals and when they tell her something is “too tough!” Emily can’t wait to take on the gym with you and find your inner athlete that wants to break free! Time to sweat and not look back! 



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.



Maurice Zakhem: Personal Trainer

“A warrior is simply someone who refuses to lay down and die in any and every aspect of their life.”

Maurice is a life long martial artist and athlete having competed at the national team level in Rugby, semi-pro level at basketball and is currently leaving his mark as a professional fighter. Maurice is an ASFA certified trainer whose diverse experience has led to an all encompassing holistic approach to training that ensures long term results in one’s overall fitness. Maurice has experience teaching martial arts, animal/dynamic movement training as well as strength and conditioning, to the elderly, children and high level athletes. Regardless of how you may feel now, training with Maurice is a sure fire way of finding the warrior within you!