Certified Instructors & Therapists
President/Founder, Prestige Personal Fitness, Personal Trainer
EDUCATION: B.A. Exercise Science, Western Michigan University
CERTIFICATIONS: NSCA – CSCS Certification
About JesseJesse is passionate in his belief that healthy eating and physical fitness are the keys to a better quality of life. This passion was the basis for him creating Prestige Personal Fitness in 2007. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. Upon graduating from Western Jesse obtained a Strength & Conditioning Specialist Certification through the NSCA. He began his career by working as a strength coach which gave him the opportunity to design both conditioning and rehab programs. This allowed him the opportunity to work directly with Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers.
Vice President, Prestige Personal Fitness, Personal Trainer/Yoga Therapist
EDUCATION: B.A. Physical Education, Eastern Illinois University, M.A. Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT), Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500), Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist (TIYT), ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, ACE and YogaFit Prenatal and Post-Partum Certified
About KirstenKirsten Higgins, M.Ed., has a very unique skill set that she uses to motivate and serve her clients. While acting as a Certified Yoga Therapist, Kirsten has also specialized in adult fitness, specifically prenatal/ postpartum women and individuals healing from an injury or working with chronic conditions. She has had a fitness/health-related career since 2006. After several years working in schools, first as a P.E. teacher and then as a special education teacher for students with autism, she found her niche in adult fitness and decided to transfer her skills outside of the school setting. [···]
EDUCATION: B.A. Communications, Northern Illinois University
CERTIFICATIONS: Certifications: NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, NESTA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, NETA Group Cycling Instructor
About EdEdward has been a professional trainer for over 10 years. His expertise is long term incremental growth. His philosophy is based on mastering a balance of physical and psychological elements. Continuing education is at the forefront. Edward is an avid learner and is in a constant state of mentoring and being mentored. [···]
EDUCATION: B.A. Columbia College
CERTIFICATIONS: Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT), RYT-200
About ReneeRenee is a 1000hr Yoga Therapist who joined the Prestige Personal Fitness team in 2014. She began practicing from a book in high school as a way to reduce stress, and expanded her practice in Chicago where she finished her first training 2010. Her desire was always to make yoga accessible and beneficial to everyone in their own personalized way, which sparked a second training with Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2013. [···]
EDUCATION: B.A. Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
CERTIFICATIONS: ISSA – Certified Personal Trainer
About LeRoyLeRoy joined Prestige Personal Fitness in 2016. He received his Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While attending school LeRoy found a passion in the health and wellness field, and he became a certified personal trainer through the ISSA. LeRoy has exceled in many competitive sports including football, track and field and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. [···]
EDUCATION: B.A. Academician Heyrovsky Czech Republic
CERTIFICATIONS: ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, NAFC Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA Pre/Post Natal Certification, Power Plate Certification
About RenataRenata joined the Prestige Personal Fitness Team in 2014, bringing with her 15 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer. Renata believes that the key to being a successful trainer is to make a personal connection with her clients. That's why she takes the time to get to know your goals, habits, and fitness preferences. [···]
EDUCATION: B.A. Indiana University, M.A. Northwestern University
CERTIFICATIONS: CSM – Certified Personal Trainer
About JenniferJennifer Bonner is a National Academy Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Burnt out from a corporate career, Jennifer left her position to focus on gaining a healthier lifestyle and teach others the amazing benefits of fitness. From experience, she understands and can empathize that people are pulled in many different directions with family, career and “me” time, so you need to make your workouts count. Jennifer will teach you the right techniques to start strong and see results. She understands the power of feeling good in your own skin. It can make a dramatic difference in your everyday life, and in your relationships with friends, family and at work. She will help her clients achieve that same feeling through positive coaching and motivation. Jennifer incorporates strategic exercises such as circuit and strength training, plyometrics, flexibility challenges and joint stabilization techniques to achieve long lasting results. She will start with customizing an exercise program tailored to your unique goals and challenges, and educate you on making positive choices that you can use beyond the gym floor.
Personal Trainer & Nutritionist
EDUCATION: Dominican University, Nutrition and Dietetics
CERTIFICATIONS: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NESTA Certified Nutrition Coach
About VictoriaVictoria joined the Prestige Personal Fitness team in 2015. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and a current student at Dominican University, pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her passion for the benefits of nutrition and exercise inspired her to become a personal trainer. Victoria joined the fitness world about 5 years ago, with the sport of NPC bodybuilding. [···]
EDUCATION: Honors Bachelor of The Arts, Indiana University-Bloomington, Northwestern University, Pre-Physical Therapy Post-Baccalaureate, Equinox Academy Graduate
CERTIFICATIONS: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Pre/Post Natal Certification
About AmiAmi joined the Prestige Personal Fitness team in 2015. Ami is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and student pursuing Physical Therapy. Her longstanding passion for movement, paired with her inability to sit still, prompted Ami to join the fitness world over 4 years ago. Since then, Ami has trained and taught in a variety of fitness formats, from dance to strength training. [···]
CERTIFICATIONS: LMT, NCBTMB Certified Massage Therapist
About Ann MarieAnn Marie joined the Prestige Personal Fitness team in 2016. Ann Marie is a nationally certified and state licensed massage therapist. She studied massage therapy in Chicago ten years ago and has been a practicing professional massage therapist for eight years. Having always believed in the power of the body healing through touch, Ann Marie has successfully treated a client base through the chiropractic, spa, sports and in home world. [···]
“Jesse is a fantastic trainer. As a guy, I was hesitant to use a personal trainer at first because I was in decent shape and thought the routines I discussed with my buddies' worked. After the first few sessions though, he kicked my butt. The workout incorporated weights, plyometrics and cardio in one impactful hour. I highly recommend you try him.” Chirag S.
“Jesse is awesome! I have rheumatoid arthritis and he gages all of my workouts around my limited abilities. I have never been a fan of working out, but since I started with Prestige, it's been such a pleasure. I would definitely recommend them. They will work around your schedule and accommodate you.” Amy K.
“I travel often to Chicago for work which puts me in hotels frequently. I wanted to keep my fitness routine, which can be easily disrupted with work travel. I found Prestige during one of my trips to Chicago. They set me up with a trainer that comes to my hotel fitness center. I send them an email with my travel dates to Chicago, and they always have a trainer ready for me. Having a trainer while traveling helps keep my work trips more enjoyable and allows me to stay active which is hard while away from home.” David V.
“Kirsten from Prestige has been our guru for over 2 years. She comes to the house to practice yoga with my husband and I. She is so very good at her job! Kirsten is never late, she brings quotes and notes and lots of props and is able to change her planned routine if our aging bodies are out of sync (we're over 50 and that happens sometimes!). We have learned so much from her. I recommend Kirsten if you've practiced yoga for 10 years or if you are a beginner. She is phenomenal.” Rebecca B.
“I have been working out with Ami from Prestige for almost a year now. She comes to my condo 1-2 times per week and we do a range of circuit training, cardio, strength training and barre workouts. She is always introducing new exercises and challenges. I was hesitant to work out with a trainer after some very bad experiences at some gyms in the city, but Prestige's staff/owners have consistently been very easy to work with and very understanding. After a back and an ankle injury, Ami was amazing in tailoring our workouts to allow me to heal, while still challenging me. I would 100% recommend Prestige for people at any fitness/comfort level.” Melissa B.
“Prestige Personal Training is wonderful. They are very professional, responsive, talented, and prompt. I would highly recommend them. An added plus is that they come to your gym (or home) so it makes working out much easier to fit into your schedule.” Diane L.