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Matt Minuth Owner, Trainer
2,702 lbs total
2018 WPO Middleweight World Champion
3 time WPC World Champion
3 time Arnold Classic XPC Champion
15 years experience in the fitness industry
Squat- 1102 lbs
Benchpress- 923 lbs
Deadlift- 765 lbs
Christiana Bailey-Green Owner, Trainer
ACE Personal Trainer with CPR/AED and First Aid certificationCurrently pursuing a certificate in Sports Nutrition and her credentials as a Girls Gone Strong Level 1+ coach with specialization in women’s medical issues as pertains to personal training
Competed in 6 bodybuilding shows, 2 of which were pro qualifiers
Group fitness instructor since 2009, including Zumba, Metabolic Bootcamp and various strength formats, using her fitness knowledge and dance background to better serve clients
Trained clients of all ages and ability levels, working at the Geneva Park District and in private settings since her certification
Christiana is enthusiastic about giving her clients the tools they need to be empowered in their fitness journey
David Keilman Owner, Trainer
Named most fit soldier during Army basic training and Sergeant schoolCompeting in powerlifting since 2010, including numerous “best lifter” awards, numerous national 1st place finishes in weight class, and competing in world championships
Personal training at Eco Gym in Naperville, RebL Fit Studio in Plainfield, and Champions Barbell Club in Plainfield
Owning and operating Champions Barbell Club in Plainfield since January 2017
Dan McColgin Trainer
From the age of 15-55, my life has been dedicated to all aspects physical fitness and strength training.
I started lifting at 13 in my garage. From as early as I can remember, strength sports like bodybuilding, Powerlifting and the martial arts always fascinated me. As early as 5 years old my dad would take me to the YMCA in Aurora, Illinois and I watched strong men being coached by the great Ernie Frantz, The Godfather of powerlifting. Later, my family moved to California. At 15, I got my first gym job at Clancy Ross ‘Mr. America Club’ in Walnut Creek, CA. Clancy Ross was 1945 Mr. America and 1948 Mr. USA. I couldn’t afford the membership of 150 dollars per year, so Clancy made me a deal that if I came in on weekends and cleaned the gym, I could train there for free. I jumped at the opportunity, and I rode my bike four miles each way to the gym every day after school.
This is where I first met Arnold Schwartzenegger, who in May 1977 did at a seminar at Clancy’s, which had a huge impact on my life. For the next several years, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to train under the supervision and guidance of many great bodybuilders and powerlifters, and I was dedicated to the point of being a fanatic. At 17, I entered my first bodybuilding contest, the Teenage Mr. North Bay and took 4th place.
At 19, I won my first contest: the “Teenage San Francisco Bodybuilding Championship.”
Held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. My coach was Steve O’Brian , owner of Golds gym, Walnut Creek and a former natural Mr. America and Mr. California. Steve was a monster back in the day and one of the greatest coaches I ever had the honor of working with. From then, I worked at Gold’s Gym Walnut Creek, Gold’s Gym San Francisco and City Gym San Francisco for a number of years. I moved up to manage World Gym Marin County from 1991-1996, and had my own personal training business as well.
In the mid 90’s I moved to Venice Beach , California and began working at Gold’s Gym Venice, the “Mecca of Bodybuilding,”
where I spent every day training with and alongside many of the top bodybuilders and celebrities in the world. Also during this time I was deeply immersed in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was training under the legendary Carlson Gracie, of the Gracie family. The Carlson Gracie Team, aka “The Champion Factory,” was world famous for producing many of the top Jiu-Jitsu and MMA fighters in the world: Vitor Belfort, Mario Sperry, Rey Diogo, Murillo Bustamante, Ricardo Liborio, Wallid Ishmail, and many more great MMA champions who went on to become some of the top UFC and Pride fighters in the world. While training and competing with these greats, I also became the strength and conditioning coach for the team. It was a truly memorable experience working at Golds Gym Venice and simultaneously being the strength coach for the Carlson Gracie Fight Team.
At this point in my career, everything started to explode and I was hired by celebrities, pro athletes, pro wrestlers, and many of the Hollywood elite as their personal trainer. It was an adventure that gave me opportunities I’d never imagined possible. In 1999, Joe Gold, founder of both Gold’s Gym and World Gym, hired me at World Gym in Venice Beach as the general manager of World Gym international headquarters. I shared an office with Joe as well as operating my own training company. Joe founded the Original Golds Gym Venice and World Gym Venice, and is singularly responsible for creating the hotbed of the Southern California bodybuilding scene. The atmosphere there was amazing. On any given day the legends of the body building world could be found training in World Gym. Arnold Schwartzenegger, Franco Columbu, Tom Platz, Lou Ferrigno, Dave Draper, Robbie Robinson, Frank Zane, and many of the great names from the golden era of bodybuilding. It was an amazing experience to be part of it all. I worked under Joe Gold until he died in 2005, a truly sad day for the bodybuilding world. I remained with the company as general manager until 2007, when the franchise was sold and closed. It was the end of an era.
From there I moved to Las Vegas where I was offered a position as the head strength and conditioning coach for Wand Fight Team. Owned and operated by the Wanderlei Silva, Pride and UFC fighting legend. I coached Wanderlei and the amateur and professional teams, both men and women. In 2010, Wand Fight Team was ranked as the #1 MMA gym in the world. I coached several world champion UFC fighters and Pride champions as well as many up and coming young men and women fighters. It was an awesome privilege to work with athletes of this caliber.
During my time there, I was bitten by the competition bug and felt compelled to compete in powerlifting. I had always trained heavy and hard but I met a few Powerlifters who motivated me to get back into competition again. In 2012, I won the Nevada state and National Powerlifting championships (USPA), setting state(Continued…)
and national records in the masters division. In 2013 I won the US Powerlifting Association World Championships, setting world records in deadlift, squat and total for ages 50-54, and winning back-to-back world titles (USPA and IPL). I trained with many of the greats, including Stan Efferding, Eric Spoto, and Stephanie Powell.
I then became a strength coach for Syndicate MMA and Dominate Your Game, two outstanding organizations in Vegas and continued coaching MMA athletes for another year. Then, due to a serious health issue, I retired from MMA strength coaching in 2016.
For the next 2 years, I traveled to different states working as a strength coach for powerlifters, high school athletes and as a personal trainer. I eventually ended up back in my hometown of Aurora, Illinois.
While driving down Highland Ave. in Aurora, I saw a gym called Barbell Central and decided to stop in. The energy was amazing. It was crowded with top level lifters. Over in the corner were the famous Lilliebridge family squatting on a monolift. The legendary Ernie Frantz, The Godfather of Powerlifting, was there, though now in his 80’s, and still coaching some of the top lifters in the world. I knew I had found someplace special. The best gyms are like that. They have a quintessential feeling that is hard to define but you can feel it in the air. It’s powerful and contagious and undeniable.
I lifted there for over a year, training with some of the greatest lifters in the world. I had the opportunity to work with Ernie Lilliebridge Sr. as well as his sons Ernie Jr. and Eric, Ernie Frantz, Corey Miceli and many others. Sadly, Barbell Central closed, and much of the powerlifting community was scattered to different gyms.
I started my own personal training business out of several gyms, finally finding a home at Surge to New Levels, a new and recently expanded gym in Carol Stream that caters to strength athletes.
I have built my current client base of athletes, powerlifters and people who are focused on becoming stronger, fitter, faster and happier through a positive lifestyle. A current client, Nikki Merson, started training with me two years ago. She was 45 years old, a mother of seven children and had never lifted weights in her life. In less than two years as a powerlifter she is now AAPF World champion, masters and open divisions.
My clients are athletes of all experience levels—from champions to new lifters, and from all walks of life—from musicians to moms to first responders. We work out of one of the best gyms in the area, complete with top-of-the-line equipment and a high-energy environment that makes it an exciting and fun place to train. Whatever your goals, I will work with you every step of the way to help you achieve them. From program design to all technical aspects of training to motivation, I have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.
Feel strong. Be strong