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Ken Hedrich: As the company owner, Ken has over 28 years of experience with resistance training and earned a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from NIU in 2001. His research in energy expenditure was accepted for presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine's Annual Research Symposium in 2001. In addition to participating in over 100 competitive events, Ken earned the title of "Chicagoland's Most Fit Man" in 2005. In 2007 he set two sub-masters national drug-free bench press records and unofficially broke the Guinness Book of World Records push up record completing 138 repetitions in exactly one minute. In 2010, he set the Master's National Raw Bench Record of 370lbs at 165lbs body weght. He is currently working on a fat-loss case study to be published in a future medical journal. This study will outline the implementation of current nutritional research regarding the thermic effect of protein. [ photos ]
Andy Bramer: Andy earned a master's degree in Exercise Physiology in 1999 from NIU and published research in relation to spinal compression and strength training. He has competed in many events including triathlons, strong man competitions, ultra endurance events and earned the title of "National Collegiate Powerlifting Champion" in 1995. Andy is currently pursuing his second master's degree at Midwestern University and will become a Physician Assistant in 2009.
Allison Shaw: Allison earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and Exercise Science from Buena Vista University in 2002 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Secondary Education. She is a full-time mom and manages the main office. In addition, Allison is the Director of Marketing and aids the owner in developing new programs and business expansion projects.
Elizabeth Parrilli: Elizabeth (Biz) is a registered Nurse and personal trainer for Body Evolution. In addition to her extensive background in anatomy, physiology and nutrition, she has been ranked 8th in the nation as competitive gymnast. In addition to her training with our company, Biz is a nurse for Del Nor Community Hospital in Geneva. She is committed to helping patients recover from sickness at the hospital while providing wellness care to our clients at Body Evolution. Biz may be considered the "most-fit" nurse in the Fox Valley area!
Emily Santona: Emily is our newest intern at Body Evolution. Emily is pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Benedictine University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in May 2008. Emily has a passion for health and fitness and plans to pursue a full-time career in our industry. We are fortunate to have Emily serving an internship with our company!
Irene Folkert: Irene is our front desk coordinator who provides information to our walk-in customers. Irene has been accepted at NIU and will pursue her degree in Dance Education. She is currently working with the choreography of our routines for several upcoming drug-free bodybuilding shows. Irene is also an actor and has participated in many live performances including the lead role as Peter Pan at Larkin High School.
Andrew Hedrich: Andrew is our youngest team member who specializes in sanitation of our strength equipment. Andrew began his competitive career at the age of five and set a new Wisconsin State Deadlift record of 65lbs. At the age of six Andrew completed his first 5k running event in just over 55 minutes. To date, he has participated in three sanctioned powerlifting events and deadlifted over 120lbs at a body weight of just 44lbs. [ photos ]
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