I have been involved in fitness for 10 years working for Get Fast as the Hockey Specific Sports Performance Trainer then to Bally Total Fitness, and Lifetime Fitness for about 6 years combined. I then moved on to independent training at The Functional Athlete Sports Performance with Master Trainer Steve Mologousis. I have NASM, NFPT, and Exercise Science background that has helped me to develop my foundation of training philosophies.
My Hockey playing background growing up was with Team Illinois, Chicago Mission, and later to the NAHL for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and then to The UHL for the Chicago Hounds. Since my hockey playing days have ended, I have developed even more of a passion for hockey, and working with young athletes. I have spent the last three seasons at Lyons township Hockey as the head coach, skills, and off-ice coach. Prior to that, I coached the Armstrong Falcons HS Varsity Team in Minnesota, The Orland Park Vikings, Infinity Selects Tournament Teams, Hinsdale Central HS Varsity, Skaters Edge Skating School. I specialize in hockey treadmill, and shooting. When I am not coaching or working with athletes I scout for the St. Louis Jr. Blues of the NAHL3.
I am 34 years old, married to Stephanie Nicholson and I have a 18-month-old son.
My name is Sydney Shemanski, and I graduated with a Master of Science in Human Performance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. As part of my Master’s program, I completed a five month internship at D1 Sports Training in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I received my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science/Business at Ripon College in Wisconsin. In addition to my academic education, I have also obtained CSCS, USAW, and Personal Training certifications. I competed in cross country and track during my high school and college years, with running continuing to be a big part of my life today. I love to learn and am excited to be a part of the team here at Fox Valley Fitness!
Grace graduated from Western Illinois University in Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She is a certified Eleiko Strength Coach as well as First Aid/CPR. Grace is also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Batavia High School Cheerleading having competed in the sport all through middle school and high school as well as 2 years at a D1 school. She started to love weightlifting in high school and has always had a love for it. Grace is the type of person to try anything once and will urge you to do the same in your fitness journey!