Results Well Earned

What USI Clients Have Said About Training Here.

Steve Cascio

“The impressive thing about training at USI is that Chris stresses nutrition as much as he does strength training. I would say nutrition is the one area that Chris has helped me with the most. The thing about Chris is that he is interested in helping you holistically because he knows that fitness goes beyond just cardio or strength training, but extends to other disciplines in your life.”

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John Jones – Jiu Jitsu Competitor

“Since training at USI, I have ranked in multiple high-level tournaments and have seen my athletic ability climb to its full potential. I feel amazing, look amazing and can perform to the best of my ability.”

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Lauren Trifunovich

“Before going to Urban Strength Institute I would run for my cardio but the results are nowhere near the results that I got from working with Chris.”

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Andy Perez

“To date, I’m up 10 pounds and have received compliments from friends and family who have noticed physical changes in my body. My arms and legs are bigger and more toned, and almost weekly during training, I notice that I’m able to lift more weight.”

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Pat Agate

“When I finally started really listening to what Chris was saying, I really started to get lean, strong, and healthy. I can honestly say I feel great and am in better shape now then when I was in High School.”

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Dave Flores

Chris has offered the complete package of health and fitness from how he trains you according to your needs, to taking the time to explain his vast knowledge on diet

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Ted Carlson – Strength Coach

“I have been consulting and training with Chris Grayson for nearly a decade. He has always delivered solid training advice. I know of no other trainer today that puts as much time into reading and developing the craft of training as he does.”

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Jonathan Glenner

I have been training with Chris Grayson for about close to 3 years now. Before I came to USI, I thought I knew what I was doing. Then I met

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John Fonseca – Karate and Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

“As a personal trainer, former team captain of USA Karate, and now internationally certified coach, I have had the opportunity to work with many top strength and conditioning professionals over the years. I can honestly say that Chris Grayson is at the top of his field.”

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Alex Truong

“Chris truly cares about your performance. Your progress is his top priority so he will not hesitate to talk to you honestly even if you don’t like it.”

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Livia Cook – USMC Officer

“I am unrecognizable in pictures (in a good way) having gained 30lbs of muscle; I am objectively much stronger (Chris writes down every session so you can see and compare your own progress); and I went from doing 0 to 8+ consecutive pull-ups, which was a BIG goal of mine.”

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Rachel Bolton

Chris is a consummate professional, dedicated to putting together the program that is going to best meet your goals. I’ve been comfortable with and trusted him from the start. He’s

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Matthew Chan – MMA Fighter

Chris is an extremely knowledgeable and helpful guy when it comes to strength training for athletic performance. He put together a dynamic and effective program to build explosive strength for

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Eli Levine

“I have been training at USI for 4 months. It has been the best experience. Not only have I lost over an inch on my waist size, I have gained a lot of muscle.”

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Jaspaul Gill – MMA Competitor

“He is the most intelligent, well informed, and possibly most motivated strength and conditioning coach I have ever come across and I cannot think of another business that I can more confidently endorse than USI.”

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Charlie Jensen

“The confidence you get through your athletic success and body can change so much in your life. The changes that Chris has provided has made my life infinitely better.”

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Rene D.

“Mission accomplished.  Chris has done a fantastic job putting together workout programs that satisfy my checklist.  Chris is one of the most knowledgeable trainers I’ve worked with.”

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I've bounced around gyms in Chicago over the last 3 years and I'm very happy I came across USI. Chris is extremely knowledgeable, highly motivated, and an awesome person to be around. Great insights into diet and plans to get you to your goals. All the equipment is new and the gym is always clean.
Ronan Mangan
I've been working with Chris for about 9 months as of this review, and I only have positive things to say. I first came to USI because I'd never been taught how to properly lift weights, and in an effort to improve my overall fitness and health, I thought working with a personal strength coach was the best place to start. The first thing you will notice about Chris is his dedication to his craft, shortly followed by his want to help people be the best version of themselves. When Chris isn't training at his gym or spending time with his family, he has his head in a book, is watching or listening to interviews or talks online, or reading articles the ensure he is always working with the best information available. After all, science is an ever-evolving subject and we want the biggest bang for our buck, right? In the gym, Chris is attentive to your needs, solicits feedback to ensure you're training program fits your goals and accounts for any limitations (e.g. injuries), and strives to keep you motivated. I'm a very inquisitive person myself, and I don't think I've asked Chris a questions he hasn't been able to answer. We've talked about topics ranging from biology and body mechanics, all the way to dietary needs and mental wellness; Chris is a fountain of knowledge just waiting to be tapped. He has motivated me beyond what any friend, trainer, or coach has ever been able to accomplish. If you're willing to put in the time and effort, he will be there with you every step (rep) of the way to help you reach your goals.
Max Bordenkircher


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