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  • The instructors are so nice and friendly and great at motivating you without being overly aggressive. it is a very welcoming place where you can get a great full body work out in a reasonable amount of time.
    - October 12, 2018 by S.I.
  • Always a different workout!
    - October 12, 2018 by L.T.
  • Quality of trainers
    - October 10, 2018 by H.H.A.
  • Love the trainers, the flexibility to work out when I want, the atmosphere.
    - October 03, 2018 by M.L.
  • Quick and effective
    - August 02, 2018 by Sheri Johnston
  • A quick workout but I’d motivAtes I can do extra rounds.
    - August 01, 2018 by C.J.
  • 1) variations to every day workout routines 2) the all business, no social talk aspect of the workout routine. Get in, get through the nine rounds, get out. No social chatter. Love it. 3) the expertise, the instruction, the attention, and the professionalism of the individual trainers. I particularly like the sparring aspect with the trainer during the freestyle round. Thanks for the interest. I love Evanston 9Round and I go every weekday when I am in town.
    - July 21, 2018 by Chuck Happ
  • Great staff
    - July 20, 2018 by C.R.
  • It’s always a different workout! I love being able to start every 3 minutes, it fits perfectly into my crazy schedule! The trainers are greeat and really get to know everyone!
    - July 12, 2018 by C.K.
  • I love that the workout changes daily and the trainers are amazing!
    - July 11, 2018 by J.H.F.
  • my trainer, Sam, is the best. he really knows what he's doing and cares that we all have a good, safe workout.
    - July 11, 2018 by A.P.
  • Friendly and encouraging staff.
    - July 05, 2018 by C.K.
  • What keeps me engaged and coming back after each workout is the varietion of each 30 mins everyday and energy of the environment. I tend to lose interest in the same routine and this shatters that problem. The staff are always supportive and working to make you better no matter your skill or ability. I will add that the training staff is a big part of what makes 9round special. Having a stable consistent group of trainers allows to develop rapport and relationships.
    - July 05, 2018 by B.G.
  • short but real workout located very conveniently to where I live.
    - July 03, 2018 by Steve Birenberg
  • I like how everyday the workout is different but it’s always challenging and a great stress reliever.
    - June 13, 2018 by S.H.
  • That I’m in and out in 30 minutes
    - June 08, 2018 by J.M.
  • That you can come anytime, that people help you at each station, that you can tailor it to be less in shape and that my family can come together.
    - May 07, 2018 by Nadine Ibrahim
  • The trainers in the morning know how to modify exercises to the needs of the clients.
    - May 04, 2018 by E.Z.
  • I love the lack of judgment and the motivation from the trainers.
    - April 27, 2018 by K.K.
  • The fact that you can go anytime and jump right in.
    - April 19, 2018 by K.T.
  • I love how attentive the coaches are, how I can go at anytime, and how I can see my progression so quickly.
    - April 17, 2018 by H.G.
  • There trainers are amazing! Not only are they knowledgeable, but they are super friendly. They can give you that personal training feel by working with you when you need help, or modifying a workout for you, but will also give you your space if your just doing your own thing. I love that they aren't 'class times' either, so you can start a new circuit a few minutes after walking into the door. Workouts are always new and I don't feel like I am constantly doing the same thing every time I go. All in all 9Round has been the perfect workout for me. I feel more engaged when I'm working out there rather then at your typical gym setting.
    - April 13, 2018 by Sara Chwistek
  • It’s so convenient since there are no class times. It’s a short work out time but it really works. Plus the trainers are nice, knowledgeable and make it fun
    - April 13, 2018 by Susan Iskowich
  • incredibly hard workout. Only 30 minutes. Very fun punching and kicking the pads that the trainer holds. Can go at any time. Sam is a great trainer--very nice!
    - April 11, 2018 by Deborah Lesch
  • The variation from day to day. Mixing the routines is great. It’s all business, no chatter, in and out promptly. No big social aspect. I appreciate that. Plus, Sam is awesome. I love 9Round. Best program I have ever been on and I have done them all.
    - April 11, 2018 by C.H.
  • Quick, intense workout with diversity of exercises and great trainers.
    - April 11, 2018 by A.K.
  • I love the flexible start times, the helpful trainers, and the friendly environment. I love how the workouts change every day. I like that they encourage you to go hard, but absolutely shift if you need an adjustment to the workout. I love that I can get an intense workout done in 30 minutes, or that I can stay a bit longer if I want to work out longer. I even look forward to wrapping my hands and strapping on my gloves each time I work out. It's definitely been the workout program I've stuck the longest.
    - April 10, 2018 by Jennifer Gorman
  • Sam. Sam is the best. He is an excellent trainer, he knows everybody's names, he creates a great atmosphere - there are not many places I like to be at 6am, but 9Round is one of them. I like that I don't have to commit to a scheduled time. The pace is perfect. The more I go, the more I am getting the rhythm of boxing.
    - April 09, 2018 by Katie Hauser
  • I love the flexibility of 9 Rounds, but wish they were open until 3 on weekends. Noon is too early and I can rarely get to the gym because of commitments with my kids.
    - April 08, 2018 by S.L.
  • My regular trainer, Sam. He is patient and knowledgeable. And is personable and fun to work with. I also like the early hours.
    - April 08, 2018 by A.P.
  • I like the variety of each workout. Trainers are always friendly and encouraging.
    - April 06, 2018 by A.W.
  • No class start times
    - April 05, 2018 by S.S.
  • It’s a great and quick workout. I always feel better after punching and kicking. I also appreciate that there is no set class schedule- come when it’s convenient for you.
    - April 04, 2018 by C.K.
  • I love that the workout is different each day and the trainers are amazing.
    - April 04, 2018 by J.H.F.
  • The independence and collaboration of my work out.
    - April 04, 2018 by J.B.
  • For the Evanston location - No pressure just motivation from the trainers! Sam and Connor are great at giving tips or alternatives to get the most out of the workout. They are positive and encouraging. The gym seems clean every time I go. I wish the music is a bit louder most days. I feel great when I’m there and the feeling continues throughout the day! This and healthy eating is the key to my weight loss.
    - April 04, 2018 by S.Y.
  • I love how the workouts are never the same. The workouts are fun even when they are exhausting. I've never been able to stick with a program until I tried 9round.
    - April 02, 2018 by M.S.
  • Different workouts every time so I don't get bored with going to the gym, no reservation needed just show up when you can, 35 minute commitment for 500 calorie burn, it's a sport!, personal trainers to correct my technique with weights, situps, everything.
    - April 02, 2018 by Chris Lewis
  • Love the trainers, the energy, and the workouts! Have ever enjoyed working out as much as I have since joining 9Round! Thank you!
    - April 02, 2018 by M.L.
  • Everything!!! I love the fact that it's close to my home, there are no set "class" times, and that the workout is different and challenging every day. I love the trainers, they are all awesome. But Sam is the absolute best.
    - April 02, 2018 by J.C.
  • I love the flexibility of going at anytime, and also have the personal coaching, they are so encouraging!! It’s really a great workout in 30 minutes! Plus it’s fun and different everyday!!
    - April 02, 2018 by Lisa Gallas
  • People and overall workout and variety
    - April 02, 2018 by Michael Gribble
  • Manageable time commitment but sufficient workout. The manageable time also allows me to work out more.
    - April 02, 2018 by Steve Birenberg

About the team

  • 9Round trainer
    Leslie "Machine Gun" Matera
    Leslie, born and raised in Evanston, has been passionate about fitness and training her entire life. From designing her own mini workouts for her friends in the park when she was little, to playing high level hockey for 14 years through to the collegiate level, to becoming a certified kickbox fitness trainer at 9Round Evanston. During college, Leslie shifted her training focus to boxing fitness resulting in her obtaining a 34 lb weight loss as well as competing and winning her first boxing match. In the future, Leslie hopes to continue her education to obtain a social work/psychology degree and combine that with her fitness and sports experience to help at-risk youth.
  • 9Round trainer
    Sam "The Man" Alicea-Reyes
    Originally from Puerto Rico, Sam grew up a fan of the sport of boxing. His own fitness journey to lose weight and get fit brought him into the world of boxing/kickbox fitness where he lost 45 lbs and eventually trained to compete (and win) in a sanctioned boxing match. Now that he's a trainer at 9Round Evanston, he continues to be a student of the sport, learning new techniques and strategies to improve the training of our members as well as himself. Sam became our 9Round Evanston Manager on January 1, 2018. He was a 9Round Fitness trainer of the year in 2017.
  • 9Round trainer
    Erica "Honey Badger" Rodriguez
    Erica started boxing in college as a way to stay fit and de-stress. While balancing her studies at Northwestern, she started competing in amateur matches and tournaments, eventually taking the position as captain of the Northwestern Boxing Team. After college, she continued to leverage her boxing experience to support her work facilitating youth programs in the city. She is USABoxing certified fighter and coach (also a 2016 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion!).
  • 9Round trainer
    Conner "Ice" Berg
    Evanston native, Conner “The Ice” Berg is a Kinesiology major and passionate about fitness. Starting very young with a heavy interest in martial arts that inspired his fitness philosophies many years ago. Conner’s passion for martial arts and fitness began at an early age with competitive Taekwondo and Karate training, and led into a pursuing a Kinesiology degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With a degree in the science behind human movement, Conner will make sure to use the most well researched methods in order to ensure that goals are effectively reached. With backgrounds in wrestling and other striking arts, he will certainly make sure people not only get the best workout that they can get, but learn a few tactical skills on the side. Conner became our 9Round Evanston Assistant Manager in charge of the grave yard shift on January 1, 2018
  • 9Round trainer
    Chris "Daredevil " DeNardo
    Chris is an Evanstonian resident and newly proud father of baby Ben. He loves to teach and has been training in martial arts for over 15 years, receiving instruction in everything from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Medeival Broadsword. He has recently specialized in boxing/kickboxing/MMA and earned his Personal Training Certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Assoiciation of America.
  • 9Round trainer
    Paul "The Professor" Otake
    Paul Otake was born and raised in Chicago and introduced to martial arts at an early age. As a licensed personal trainer and USABoxing coach, Paul is committed to sharing his love of boxing while also helping people achieve their fitness goals. He believes that physical fitness and understanding of martial arts are a life long journey that can improve anyone’s life.
  • 9Round trainer
    Christy "Quick" Summers
    Originally from North Carolina, Christy begged her mom to put her in kickboxing classes at a young age after seeing Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV. As a teenager, she started training in Taekwondo and Krav Maga. Upon moving to Chicago, Christy got a membership at a martial arts school before even landing an apartment. She took a break from Martial Arts for a few years to travel the US and Canada doing animal rights activism. Christy currently maintains a strict training program consisting of Muay Thai, Sanshou, Wrestling, BJJ (Blue Belt), MMA, and even Wushu (a traditional Chinese performance martial art). She currently holds and 1-0 record in MMA, an intense battle in which she was awarded Fight of the Night honors. She practices and learns something new every day and loves applying her skill set at 9Round and helping members achieve their goals.
  • 9Round trainer
    Ken "Bonecrusher" Battinus
    Meet the owner/operator trainer of 9Round Evanston. Coach Ken is a seasoned professional, with over 15 years in the fitness industry. He is nationally certified as a personal trainer, licensed professional corner man, USA certified boxing coach, Ironman Triathlete, and amateur boxer. Ken holds two degrees, and is a veteran of the United States Army Airborne who served with distinction as a Non Commissioned Officer (NCO).
  • 9Round trainer
    Monique "Downton" Davis
    Monique brings a high level of personal training and specialized fitness expertise to the team. She always raises the energy and enthusiasm level of the gym with her excellent training skills, contagious positive energy, or her impromptu dance moves (when she thinks no one else is looking - we see you Monique!).