Trainers

October 27th, 2011
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Trainers

Owner
Andres Schwartz

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  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • SMR Level 1
  • U.S. Navy SEAL
  • U.S. Navy Instructor
  • PADI SCUBA Instructor
  • First Aid/CPR

As a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, Andres knows what it takes mentally and physically to excel in the most challenging situations. He brings this experience, combined with the CrossFit methods, to help you attain your fitness goals. Life is a gift, and it is his passion to bring out the best in others so they can live life to the fullest. A motto he lives by is “do today what others won’t, so you can do tomorrow what others can’t”. CrossFit is much more than a workout regimen, it’s a means to change your life!

Andres has enjoyed an active lifestyle throughout his life particularly through bodybuilding, SCUBA diving and snow skiing. His time in the military took all of this to another level. After getting out of the military he went back to the “old school” ways of bodybuilding and soon found himself getting out-of-shape in comparison that what he had achieved in the Navy SEALs. In 2007 a friend introduced him to CrossFit. This changed everything! At the time CrossFit was virtually unknown and few people had heard of it. It was something he had to share with others. After several years of planning and dreaming, FTX CrossFit was founded in September of 2011.

Head Trainer
Peter Johnson

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  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • USAW Level One Sports Performance
  • ISBE Certified Teacher
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Conditioning (ISSA)
  • SMR Level 1, 2 & M1
  • Travelling Soccer Trainer & Assistant Coach
  • U.S. Marine Infantry with 2 tours in Iraq
  • First Aid/CPR

As an Illinois Certified Teacher and a sports and conditioning specialist, Peter is uniquely qualified to assess individual needs and tailor programs to those needs. His combat experience in Iraq has taught him the importance of general physical preparedness and training in the most extreme situations. This qualifies him to work with military and emergency responders. His classroom work and coaching has prepared him to work with young athletes. Peter’s broad experience ensures adaptability to your fitness needs.

Trainer / Team Captain
Jessica Schwartz

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  • CrossFit Level 1
  • Central Regional Individual Athlete 2015 & 2016
  • CrossFit Lift-off World Champion in Teen Division 2015

Jessica is part of the new generation that has grown-up with CrossFit. She started doing CrossFit at age 10, but got serious about it at age 13. From competing to coaching she has accumulated a significant amount of CrossFit experience, which she enjoys sharing with the entire FTX CrossFit community. She has tirelessly worked with many members to achieve things they thought were impossible. Jessica brings a passion and level of energy to her classes that is motivating and inspiring. As an elite level athlete she is an example to others what dedication and hard work can accomplish.

Trainer
Heather Cisowski

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  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • ATC (certified athletic trainer)
  • CPR-First Aid

As a certified athletic trainer, Heather has significant experience working with athletes of all ages, levels, and abilities, from high school students, to Division I athletes, to senior citizens.  Whether new athletes seeking to get back in shape, or advanced CrossFitters serious about taking it to the next level, Heather is passionate about helping all individuals safely meet their fitness goals.  Heather is excited to share the CrossFit methodology with others, as she believes that it uniquely and effectively prepares people for whatever life challenges they may face. She is motivated by seeing the impact CrossFit has on people.

Trainer
Al Navata

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  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Al got involved with CrossFit in 2011 when FTX CrossFit first opened. He was hooked. It changed his life. Ever since then he has been sharing this passion with members. Anyone that knows Al will right away appreciate this passion. Al has a way to make members feel welcome and a part of the great community that comprises FTX CrossFit. Al is also the owner of BoxRat, which is a mission minded apparel company serving the CrossFit community.

Yoga Instructor
Ryan Divito

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  • 200 Hr. Yoga Certification The Lab Chicago

Ryan has been practicing Yoga for 12 years. In 2014 he received his 200 hour certification to become a yoga instructor from the prestigious The Lab Chicago. He trained extensively with Carmen and Moises Aguilar.

The style of Yoga that Ryan teaches is a very hands on approach with sequences that are challenging and creative. Each class has a particular focus and purpose. The day’s routine builds on itself towards with a focus on safety and pain-free movements.

Ryan has been teaching Yoga at FTX CrossFit for over 18 months. He also conducts a variety of 1-on-1 sessions. Ryan’s education has had a focus on science and biology with an emphasis on human physiology.