Brian Donovan Fitness, LLC

Brian Donovan Fitness, LLC

5.0 (14)
1 employee
12 years in business

About this pro

Brian Donovan is the head coach at Brian Donovan Fitness, LLC, a Chicago personal training service that serves clients both in-home and at private studios in the Chicago suburbs of Lisle, Hinsdale, Naperville, Downers Grove, Wheaton, and Glen Ellyn as well as the neighborhoods of Andersonville, Bucktown, and Lakeshore East in the city of Chicago.

He is also the founder and head coach at Online Fitness Coach, LLC, where he helps clients all over the world lose weight, build lean muscle, and improve the quality of their lives through his one-on-one online fitness and nutrition coaching program.

In 2014, Brian Donovan was voted Best Chicago Personal Trainer by Chicago Reader magazine, Best Of Chicago edition.

He has been featured in a variety of media publications such as Muscle & Fitness, The PTDC (Personal Trainer Development Center), Bach Performance, and Voyage Chicago.

Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Business. He is also a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Poliquin BioSignature Practitioner, a CrossFit Certified Coach, a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition, and a Certified Online Trainer through the Online Trainer Academy.

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Lisle, IL 60532
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14 Reviews

5.0

  • Doreen Levy

    I have been working with Brian for several years and cannot say enough wonderful things about his programs, his professionalism, his knowledge about fitness AND nutrition and his responsiveness. He is an amazing trainer, extremely motivating, and can work with all kinds of people and help you achieve any of fitness goal. I have scoliosis and also tore my rotator cuff doing martial arts and he developed programs for me that adapted to those challenges and have made me stronger. Brian responds to any questions I have quickly and thoroughly... even though we work online, it seems like he is in the room because he finds a way to always be there when I have questions. I've worked with many trainers in the past and Brian is one of the most knowledgable, friendliest, thorough and caring of the bunch. He's just a great person and amazing at what he does. You won't go wrong working with him. Good luck with your goals!

  • Kevin Graham

    Over the last year and a half I’ve trained with Brian on a regular basis. Brian loves fitness and knows how to make every workout different and challenging. He is constantly switching things up and keeping it interesting. Brian is very skilled and knowledgeable, but what I like about Brian is that he is also very down to earth and fun. This is why we have also 'clicked' and become friends outside of our days of training. I HIGHLY recommend Brian for anyone looking for strong nutritional guidance, a great fitness program, and just a darn solid individual to train them! There was a reason he was VOTED BEST OF CHICAGO!

  • Nathan Dey

    I've been seeing Brian for 4 months now and have lost 16 pounds. Those are results that speak for themselves but there's more to the story. Brian is extremely knowledgeable and educates as well as encourages. He isn't the "in your face" trainer some would expect, but rather someone that encourages and supports as one makes the journey to meet their goals. He's flexible with scheduling and has monthly competitions amongst clients to help keep things fun. Workouts are varied in style and intensity as to keep your body from getting too used to any one particular movement. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is serious about getting into great shape. Be willing to make a commitment and work hard but it will pay off!

  • Bryan Johnson

    Started working out with Brian a few months ago with the goal of losing weight and toning instead of becoming bulky. Brian is a soft spoken but tough trainer which is what I like and needed. The workouts were varied and always were difficult and I was extremely tired afterwards. I’ve worked out for years but now I realize that my workouts are nothing compared to what he provides. Working out different muscles each time helped me lose weight. I ended up going from 200 lbs. to 185 lbs. over a 3-month time period. I am very happy overall and my workouts now are harder than they used to be because of my experience with Brian so my weight is relatively stable now.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Your first session is free. Before getting started, we will chat over the phone, Skype, or via email to discuss your goals, any restrictions, previous injuries, or health conditions I need to be aware of, and cover any questions you may have regarding how my process works. If we agree we may be a good fit for each other we will set-up the free trial session. In this session, I will take you through a workout, starting with a movement screen, warm-up, the actual workout, and cool down. After our trial session, we will discuss how you felt it went and talk about whether you would like to move forward.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Brian Donovan has been a full-time personal trainer and nutrition coach in the city of Chicago for over a decade. 

In 2014, Brian Donovan was voted Best Chicago Personal Trainer by Chicago Reader magazine, Best Of Chicago edition.

He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Business. He is also a graduate of the National Personal Training Institute, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Poliquin BioSignature Practitioner, a CrossFit Certified Coach, a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition, and a Certified Online Trainer through the Online Trainer Academy.

Brian's fitness and nutrition articles have been featured in a variety of media publications such as Muscle & Fitness, The PTDC (Personal Trainer Development Center), Bach Performance, and Voyage Chicago.


What types of students have you worked with?

Even split between men and women. Weight loss clients ranging from losing 20 pounds to losing 120 pounds, busy professionals, entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, and former athletes. All fitness levels - beginner, intermediate and advanced.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Here are some quick dos and don’ts when it comes to hiring a personal trainer: ● DON’T hire based solely on price (more on that below!) ● DO get referrals and do pay attention to reviews, testimonials, and word-of-mouth ● DON’T hire the first trainer recommended by a gym or private studio simply because it’s the easiest choice ● DO ask lots of questions. And most importantly… ● DO listen to your gut! Ultimately, you want to hire a personal trainer who: ● Is experienced helping people like you get the results you’re after ● Is a good fit personality-wise ● Will push you and challenge you to be your best, even when you “don’t feel like it” ● Will be there for you when you need it most and hold you accountable ● Truly cares about you ● Provides a good value for their time and expertise ● Practices what they preach


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1. What are your goals and does your potential trainer’s experience and background match these goals? 2. What are their qualifications (certifications, education, years of experience, background, etc.)? Do they continually invest their own time and money into ongoing education in order to deliver the best service and the most up-to-date information to their clients? 3. Can you validate that they have actually helped other people get results besides themselves? Do they have video testimonials, before and after photos, written testimonials with clients faces and names, screenshots from happy clients posting on social media, and/or real client reviews posted on reputable review sites such as Yelp or Google Reviews? 4. Do you feel like their personality is a good fit with your personality? Will they be able to motivate you? 5. Do they train where you want to train? 6. Are they available at the times you want to train? What is their cancellation policy? 7. What services do they offer as part of their program? Nutrition coaching? Online coaching? Progress evaluations? 8. And finally, how much does it cost? Remember that your health is an investment, not an expense. After carefully considering factors 1 through 7 above, are you confident that this person is the right fit for you and can get you your desired result? Are you willing to invest in yourself in order to look and feel your best?