Dionis Harvey, Master Trainer
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My journey in the field of fitness started nearly 30 years ago. When I was 8 years old my mother and grandparents had the hardest time occupying the energy and heavy-handedness of their very active son/grandson. After all of the board game pieces were lost and toys destroyed; my mother purchased me a gift that I would use to change the trajectory of my life… a concrete weight set.
I was immediately hooked and that one investment was the key that unlocked so many doors for me and others. This introduction to fitness created a competitive spirit which I used in athletics and sports. From track & field, boxing and American Football in high school to collegiate football and obstacle competitions in college, I knew that fitness and competition were a vital part of my life.
My grandmother was the matriarch of our family and was heavily invested in my dreams and goals of working in athletics. During my senior year of college, my grandmother fell ill due to a life of unhealthy addictions to tobacco and alcohol. In 2005 my grandmother died due to complications of her addictions: it was at that moment that I committed my life to educating everyone I could reach on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. My passion evolved from fitness and competition to using a holistic approach to attain healthy lifestyles by improving your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
I committed myself to becoming a resource to all by attaining certifications in Sports Nutrition, Athletic Coaching and Personal Training so that I could make sure that I had the knowledge to impact my family and my community. That commitment led me to become a subject matter expert in areas of fitness and nutrition, which also led to the birth of Chicago Body Shop. Simply put, Chicago Body Shop is a place and space for you to impact your family by improving your health 1 rep at a time. Whether it’s weight loss, weight gain or maintenance at Chicago Body Shop we want you to create the best version of yourself because someone you love needs you here. To my mother and grandparents who thought it would be a good idea to get that concrete weight set, I thank you for the lives your investment has been able to impact and flat out save! As the Chicago Body Shop crew knows very well… If it were easy; everyone would do it.
No matter what your goal is, I will do whatever in my powers to help it occur.