Trainers

trainers_NeilNeil Khant
Head Trainer – CrossFit Level 1 Certified
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certified
CrossFit Football Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified
Movement and Mobility Certified
CFNA Owner
Neil@CrossFitNaperville.com

Neil@CrossFitFootball.com
630-452-5148

I have lived in Naperville since the early 1980’s. I attended Licoln Jr High, Naperville Central High School and have two degrees from Northern Illinois University. Today I am still living in Naperville with my wife and three children. My ties to Naperville run deep as my parents, three brothers, brother and sister-in-laws and many of my friends also live in Naperville.

Many years ago I was competitive in gymnastics, wrestling and diving. I spent many years after college trying to find ways to maintain my competitiveness. I joined soccer leagues, did a couple of triathlons. Nothing really stuck. I was looking for ways to maintain my fitness that was not a complete chore. After a while, life got in the way. I got married had kids, worked all day. The last thing I wanted to do was work out. But I kept trying to get back into it. I hit my thirties and the metabolism dropped and I began gaining weight. So back to the gym…Again. I did the typical run on the treadmill or jog and body building style isolation exercises. I was getting stronger and had great cardio, or so I thought. Then I found CrossFit. I didn’t understand the scaling aspect and jumped in head first. I couldn’t even finish my first workout. I began doing as much research as I possibly could into this fitness program. With encouragement from CrossFit Headquarters and others with the CrossFit community, I became certified as a CrossFit Trainer. I opened CrossFit of Naperville in December of 2008. I am over forty and I’m in the best shape of my life. With CrossFit it has been fun, no longer a chore.

My goal here is to assist you in meeting your fitness goal. I believe that CrossFit is the quickest way to get truly FIT. I look forward to delivering a fun and exciting atmosphere for you to discover new levels of fitness and achieve goals you never thought possible!

Justin Wilhoit
Trainer – CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Football Certified
CrossFit Mobility Certified
Justin@CrossFitNaperville.com
(309)287-2509

Hello, I’m Justin and welcome to CFNA.  I’m from a small town in Southern Illinois.  Growing up I spent most of my time outside playing sports or some other outdoor activity.  During my freshman year of High School I moved to a bigger town in Central Illinois where I continued in athletics.  While in High School, I was fortunate enough to be able to play “both ways” on the football team.  I also ran as fast as I could on the track team and enjoyed Olympic Weightlifting.   After High School my original plan was to go to college, but decided not to and joined the US Air Force instead.

For the next 4.5 years I got up way to early in the morning, got yelled at a lot, learned how to shine boots and fold t-shirts, matured, worked out a lot (meaning ate a bunch of food, took all the latest supplements and lifted heavy weights to look good, but wasn’t really in shape…Basically, a wanna be body builder), got my hands dirty working on aerospace equipment, and traveled all over the world.

Then, Uncle Sam let me go back home…Shortly thereafter; I started my college life at Illinois State University.  While at ISU, I continued to think I was in the best shape of my life while flexing in the Rec Center mirror doing barbell curls and tricep extensions.  The fact was, I couldn’t have been more out of shape.  I realized this when a good friend of mine introduced me to a program called CrossFit.  Wow!  My eyes were opened to the world of fitness and for the first time, even after going through the military, I realized the true definition of being “in shape” and the true potential of the human mind and body.

After College, I moved to Naperville and have been here ever since.  My passion for CrossFit has continued and needless to say, I have been pursuing this lifestyle ever since.  I am very passionate about helping others achieve a happier and healthier life.  My goal is to partner with you in achieving and surpassing your personal and fitness goals so that the rest of your day outside of CFNA is better because of it.  Changing lives for the better is what inspires me, but what keeps me coming back are the clients, trainers, and wonderful community we have here at CrossFit of Naperville.

Air Squat_1Bob Cahill
Trainer-CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Football Certified
Bob@CrossFitNaperville.com

Hi, my name is Bob I am one of the trainers at CFNA, I will give you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Wheaton, moved there when I was eight years old, and spent the majority of my life there. I attended Wheaton Warrenville South High School Class of 99′. I was a 2 year Varsity Soccer Player, I was a starter as a Junior and Senior. I played Defense, mostly Stopper, a position I moved to only in my Junior and Senior year. I now live in Aurora, and work in Sugar Grove. I have always had ties to the area and always will, with a ton of family living in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. My parents still live in Wheaton and I have a younger brother who lives in Wheaton also.

I have always been active playing many sports as a child, I played soccer from age 5 until a few years ago, due to the fact my men’s team disbanding. I played baseball until about middle school, still play in a men’s softball league every Thursday night. I played basketball only because my parents thought I would be good at it because of my height, yes white men can jump. I grew up with a pond in my backyard, so I am a HUGE HOCKEY FAN…play in a men’s league with a bunch of firefighters in the area, and golf when I can. I still do many sports today and will continue to do so until I can’t walk, or my heart stops beating. I also spent my fair share of time staying in “shape” by traditional standards of lifting weights, on machines, cable machines, free weights or whatever the popular trend was at the time. I also spent time running because that was the hip thing to do to stay in “shape”. Why am I telling you all this, because they were all trends things I did to stay in shape. I never did them out of pure enjoyment. I would spend a few weeks here and a few weeks there working out to better my overall fitness, but I was so one dimensional. I never achieved my goals. If I did they were short lived.

Fast forward to 2011 I had been searching for years what I could do to get into shape, feel stronger, faster and just look better let’s be honest we all want to look good with our shirts off!! I know I do. So I was introduced to CrossFit by a co-worker. I remember his words to this day…” Just do one workout with me. If you don’t like it I will never bother you again to workout with me!” So all I can say is about 400 workouts and lots of sweat and grunting later, I am now a Level One Trainer in CrossFit and I am the one pushing people to find their limits. I became a trainer in August of 2012, and have not looked back since. One of the best weekends in a long time spent learning about CrossFit. Everyday I fall more in love with CrossFit and feel it is the one thing that changed my life. I wake up anxious to go to the gym and get a good sweat on with everyone else. I know the challenges ahead will always be changing, and hitting those goals always make the hard work worth the challenge. So I leave you with this comment, “Come to CFNA and try one workout, if you don’t like it I will never bother you again!”

John Duncan
Trainer-CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Football Certified
CrossFit Mobility Certified
John@CrossFitNaperville.com

Mason Oliver
Trainer-CrossFit Level 1 Certified
Mason@CrossFitNaperville.com

Andrew Hiller
Trainer-CrossFit Level 1 Certified
Andrew@CrossFitNaperville.com

Arianne Baroody
Yoga Instructor
CrossFit Endurance Certified

Arianne@CrossFitNaperville.com

Tom Kinsella
CrossFit Football Certified

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trainers_LukeLuke Summers

(Currently works for CrosFit Football and manages CrossFit Balboa in Huntington Beach, CA)
Lead Trainer – CrossFit Level 1 Certified
USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certified
CrossFit Football Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified

Growing up I was always involved in youth sports. I went to high school at Naperville Central, and I committed most of my time there to football and also competed in gymnastics for a year. As many of you who participated in High School sports can attest to, a huge focus on strength conditioning became part of my life. I graduated from NCHS in 2001, and attended North Central College in Naperville where I remained active, and continued strength conditioning. I graduated NCC in 2005, and just like 95% of the people out there who are “staying fit” I continued my conditioning exactly how I was introduced to it. My work outs consisted of 2 hour “back and bi” days, “chest and tri” days, and all other sorts of combinations that included back/chest/bi/tri/legs/abs/cardio all segmented into their own special “day” that I thought they deserved.

Fast forward 4 redundant years of basically the same three week cycle that I would fall in and out of because workouts became repetitive and boring. I decided to run a triathlon. This required me to focus my training on endurance in swimming, running, and biking, and ditch the super sets of 315lb bench press. It was a nice change of pace, and after the triathlon I felt like I was in the best shape of my life. That’s when I was introduced to CrossFit by a friend at work and decided to take it head on. After my first workout I realized that I WASN’T in the best shape of my life, and that this was just the beginning.

Fast forward (again) through 4 months of CF workouts 1 – 3 times a week, to joining CrossFit of Naperville in January 2009. I started working out 4 -5 days a week with Neil, weighing in at 225lbs of “good weight” of course, and feeling fit. The days have gone by and I dropped about 30lbs and I am stronger, quicker, more flexible, and have better wind than I ever have before. I would not be where I am today physically and mentally if I had I continued on with my original workouts.

I’ve become part of a community and workout that I truly believe in and I look forward to “enjoying” every single day, and my goal is to help you experience what I went through. I want to expose you to your true potential, and help you break out of your rut and not only achieve but exceed any fitness goals you have set out for yourself.

Mark Mitrovic
(Currently owns and operates CrossFit Sycamore in Sycamore, Illinois)
Trainer-CrossFit Level 1 Certified
CrossFit Football Certified

Welcome to CFNA!  I grew up in a small town north of Chicago and have continued to live in the Northern Illinois area.  As a kid, I was always active in sports and that continued through high school where I ran Track and Field.  After graduating from Lake Forest High School, I left to attend Northern Illinois University to pursue a degree in education.

During my college years at NIU,  I stayed “fit” by playing pickup basketball and lifting 3-5 days a week.  I was constantly battling nagging injuries and mobility issues that I couldn’t seem to figure out how to solve.

After graduation, I was simply stalled out and bored with my normal routine.  I started looking for something more diverse and intense.  During one of my searches, I stumbled across the CrossFit main site, and I immediately knew that this is what I had been looking for!  My belief was further strengthened when I attempted my first CrossFit workout…. and couldn’t even finish.  As I lay on the ground at the local YMCA trying to regain some semblance of consciousness, I realized I had found the most effective way to become truly “fit.” I dug deep into the CrossFit Journal, and became a sponge.  Trying to learn as much as possible about CrossFit methodology,concepts, and movements, I continued to do WOD’s and began to feel stronger, more fit, and my nagging injuries had disappeared.

CrossFit brings about observable tangible change that you can see and feel.  Not only will you become more fit, you become apart of something larger than yourself.  The community of people at CrossFit of Naperville is strong, supportive, and always has room for more!

My passion for CrossFit has manifested itself into one clear goal.  To help others discover what I found more than a year ago.  CrossFit can, and will teach you how to push your body further than you ever thought possible, and give you the mental focus and fortitude to take your body there again and again.  You will always have the support of myself, the other trainers, and everyone at the gym, because when you succeed, we all succeed!

Darren Kevloh
Trainer-CrossFit Level 1 Certified

As the youngest of seven children with five older brothers and one older sister, I am no stranger to competition.  My parents didn’t exactly teach or insist on competition with each other, but I felt it necessary to do what I had to in order to ensure that I was never overlooked.  I’ve lived in and around Naperville my whole life.  I’ve taken in the bad, but more importantly the good, of this great town.  I went to all Naperville schools growing up and graduated from Naperville North High School. I was a gymnast in high school and participated in football as well.  Upon graduation, like anyone who was athletic growing up, I wanted to continue to exercise.  Unfortunately, I quickly became bored with the same old thing day in and day out. Or should I say every other day. Which turned to every two days, then once a week. Eventually, I reached a point where I realized I’d had fallen off my entire routine. It was very hard for me to stay focused on maintaining my physique when I didn’t feel or SEE results.  Ultimately, my routine had failed.  Throughout the next four to five years, I would go through little spurts of exercising.  I wasn’t getting results and I wasn’t exactly eating well either.  I needed something but I didn’t know what.

CrossFit came into my life unexpectedly. Through a chance meeting, I came across a CrossFit trainer who was more than happy to share with me a brief overview of CrossFit. After his short description, I became interested, and about a month later I was enrolled in the Elements program.

After my first CrossFit workout, the corniest way to explain it is to say that I was in love.  I can’t say that I found CrossFit. What I can say is that it found me.  I was hooked!  I caught myself doing workouts at home even when I wasn’t at the gym.  I was going five days a week and getting stronger, faster, and more flexible than I ever was before. Pounds of excess weight were flying off of me and there wasn’t anything stopping me.  Within the first three months after my enrollment in January 2010, I had shed 25lbs.  Getting better and better as I continued the WOD’s over the next few months, I had a thought.

Considering my dedication to physical fitness and love for CrossFit, what was the next best thing?  I decided I wanted to share my knowledge and love for CrossFit with others. I want other determined people to see the true potential in themselves.  If they have trouble finding it, I want to help them dig deep into their core and help find the WILL to get what they deserve.  CrossFit has changed my life for the better in every way.  I’ve shed blood, sweat, and tears with my CrossFit family.  Are you willing to give it your everything?