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While attending Illinois State University, Kurt Rawlins managed to play drums in a touring band while getting his degree in Physical Education. After college, he began personal training in 2005 in a small studio in his hometown of Normal, Illinois. Once he moved to Chicago in 2006, he knew he had come to a place where he could live his dream of running a fitness business.

A reformed party-animal, Kurt is a passionate fitness entrepreneur, speaker, writer and coach. Although he is certified to train high-level athletes, he prefers to train busy professionals between the ages of 30-45. He started Kurt Rawlins Fitness LLC in June 2009, and trains over 70 clients at HiFi Fitness in River North. He has held certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine as well as the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is currently a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.




Grant is used to being in a small town as he grew up in Washington Illinois and went to college in Pella.

Iowa at Central College for his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Exercise Science. While attending Central, he found his interest in both training himself and others. This continued throughout his college career as he went on to receive his Masters in Exercise Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (another small town). While at SIUC he taught for the kinesiology department as a graduate assistant. Grant is now a certified trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. In the near future, he would like to become certified in both yoga and massage.

He enjoys anything sport related, but is a huge soccer fan. He played for Central College at an NCAA Division III level and is still playing recreationally on occasion. Strength, agility, and power training are his specialties.

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