Here at Powered By Ivan Training Systems we specialize in breaking you out of the boredom of your old workout routine. Whether you are a beginner just looking for a great trainer to help keep you motivated, or you are a serious athlete looking to step your game up, this is the place for you. Powered By Ivan has trained top-notch MMA Fighters, medal winning triathletes as well as members of the Lingerie Football League's Chicago Bliss.
10/8/12 To My TriAthletes:
"I just want to say all of you made me very proud to be your trainer, loved to see everyone push when they had nothing left and to push me when I felt like not going on thank you to all of you so much for making this triathlon a very memorable and enjoyable weekend."
Two of my TriAthletes medaled this past weekend at the Indianapolis Jaguar Triathlon, one competed in his first Tri, and others set new PR's!!! Here are the official results:
May 2013 Athlete of the Month was given to long time PBI'er: Janell
"I have been training with Ivan for many years now and have become friends withmost people in the group. In November, I hit a personal low point and really struggled with depression. I didn’t want to get out of bed, let alone work out. I don’t think anyone knows how low I was feeling, but through the encouragement of everyone I would muster what energy I had to go work out. I was the weakest and most out of shape I have been in a long time which made things even more depressing. The most healing part wasn’t in working out itself, but it was being around the great people who go there every day. Their positive attitude, kindness and goofiness pulled me out of my slump and I have finally gotten to the point where life is looking good and I am stronger than I was before! > Because I have been training with Ivan for so long, I see that fitness isn't about being stronger or faster or thinner (although these are great goals to keep you motivated!). It's a lifetime committment with ups and downs along the way, and having a support group to keep you going is invaluable!! I am looking forward to triathlon season this year and I want to thank everyone for being a steady rock I could count on during a time when my life was upside down.
April 2013 saw our first Couple Athlete of the Month: Mr. and Mrs. B
"We started working out at PBI after we saw the fun our son Corey and his wife Gina were having working out and the physical transformations of them and their friends.
We were shortly thereafter hooked on Ivan’s workouts. We started with two days
a week then went to three days a week. Right now, we’re working out four times a week with Ivan.
With this type of workout you see some really quick gains on strength and abilities.
We’ve been working out at PBI for eight months now. Ivan has a different workout
Planned for every session so you never get bored and your body doesn’t get used to
doing the same thing over and over again.
We love that we won “Athlete of the Month” for April. We named our little trophy guy
Mini B and dressed him in athletic apparel. So, he was our mascot for the month, attending every workout and served as a reminder of our commitment to get fit.
Thank you, Ivan for honoring us with the “Athlete of the month” title!!"
Quote: “We aren’t where we want to be,
We aren’t where we’re going to be,
And we aren’t where we should be,
But thank goodness we aren’t where we used to be”
March 2013 saw the creation of the Athlete of the Month at PBI. Kim Kostecki was our first Athlete of the Month, congrats Kimmy! Here is Kim's story on how she came to train with PBI:
"I first heard of Ivan's class from my friend Chelsea. She always had really nice things to say about it and was getting involved in a lot of different races. She was trying new things and it seemed she has a great support system behind her. Now, I have never really been athletic or a big gym person. Whenever I would walk into my gym all I would feel is overwhelmed and discouraged. I didn't ever know what to do and I was never really that motivated to ever go. It wasn't fun and I would feel very self-conscious.
When I first started going to Ivan's class, I was just going a few days a week. Something that I really liked about it right off the bat was that you never did the same thing when you got to class. And you never had to worry about not knowing what to do because everyone would help you out and show you how. I was really surprised when people were willing to help me out with my form and how patient they were. At the start of the new year, I started going to classes 4-6 days a week. I actually wanted to go, not just because I started seeing results but because I was also excited to hang out with a great group of people. Ivan has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I'm grateful for it. When he told me that I was going to be the first "athlete of the month" honestly I was shocked. I was never good at sports, was always put on the bench and was always picked last for everything. I'm going to be cheesy for a moment and just want to say that I was really honored and excited to receive that recognition from Ivan. I know I 'm not the strongest, fastest, or most fit person in the class, but to be acknowledged for the effort I've put in really means something. At Ivan's gym I have learned what the heck a TRX is, how to properly to do a squat, box jumps, tire flipping, dead lifts, power cleans (don't tell my mom aka my roommate about that one she might take a different meaning from it), and etc. And this summer I am going to participate in my first Triathlon. I'm a little nervous but I got a great group of friends to back me up. Athlete of the Month out. Stay Class, Chicago..."
Quote: "Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it"~Salvador Dali