Join us this Wednesday at 5:30pm CST for an interview with Chicago’s newest fitness team! Tune in to radio.iit.edu to stream live or listen to 88.9FM Chicago to hear fitness tips and more.
Justin Stasny BIO
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
“Ever since I first stepped foot into a gym at the age of 12 I have been obsessed with fitness. At the time, I read every magazine, every article, and every book I could get my hands on to grasp a solid understanding and knowledge of building a solid physical foundation and performance ready physique. Before this, I guess you could say I was a chubby kid and not exactly the epitome of fitness and I was tired of getting made fun of and ridiculed for my body. As I learned more and more about working out and put my new knowledge into practice, I found out it was about a lot more than just building a better body. I realized early on that with building a better body I learned more about discipline and it built up my confidence and abilities to do everything I set my mind to. This was one of those life changing moments and I already knew that I had to share this new found information and passion with everyone that I could. So, I started building routines for myself and my friends so we could not only be faster and stronger from a competition and sporting standpoint, but it also helped us all develop into better people.”
“I knew I wanted to spend my life educating everyone I could about the benefits of health and fitness so I continued my quest to further my knowledge as much as possible by going to college at Indiana University and obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. I already had a good grasp on what workouts do what, but with my formal education it really helped me gain an understanding of the mechanics of the human body, its’ movement, and how the body’s physiological systems are integrated in the performance of exercise, work, sports performance, and overall well-being.”
“Developing a better body has always helped me compete well in many sports. In high school I was one of only two freshman in a class of about 900 to wrestle at varsity level. I was also one of only two sophomore students to compete at varsity level in football. At the age of 16 I tried my first bodybuilding show and was awarded 2nd place in the teen mens tall division (I was the youngest competitor in the show by 2 years). In college I played volleyball for the mens club team. After college, I started to focus more on my career, but still compete in sports like Mixed Martial Arts and inline hockey.”
“I have been training people professionally at different gyms in and around the Chicago-land area ever since. In 2007 I decided to open up my own personal training studio called The Better You Fitness Studio to allow me to really encompass all aspects of my knowledge and be able to teach new clients without anything holding me back. Since I opened in 2007 we have doubled in size to a full gym and are looking to expand again with a membership base of about 750 people. I continue to learn and develop new techniques and not only follow new fitness trends, but lead them. I am a firm believer that if you put in the hard work, you will achieve whatever it is that you want. I knew what I wanted to do with my life as soon as I picked up my first weight at the age of 12 and I haven’t looked back. I want to teach everyone that I can that building a better body is just the first step into building the foundation of a better life.”