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THE Ergo STORY

Ergo Founder

Mike Turnquist - OWNER

I was always active and athletic growing up. Always playing sports and really enjoyed baseball, football and wrestling in High School. We all get older, and start being adults, jobs, kids, life. That all caught up to me.

I had a turning point.

It was on a hike in Yosemite. I couldn’t keep up with my friends. I eventually made it and we took a picture at the top. I didn’t like what I saw and I didn’t get to enjoy the day because I wasn’t healthy enough. That would never happen again. I vowed to never be the person that needed help off the toilet.

The world needs fitness. Our general population is getting sicker and unhealthier every single day. I have had too many relatives pass away, way too early because of the their lifestyle choices and their struggle with their health. While everyone has their own journey, simple things like exercise and nutrition are key. I’ve seen what an impact its been for me personally and I just want to share that and let people know, it’s possible, no matter where they are at now. This is why Ergo exists.

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JANA

COACH

Growing up with sisters who didn't play sports, it took me a while to figure out that I enjoyed them. In 6th grade, I tried out basketball and ballet and loved them both! As a teen, I discovered that I loved running with my dog and martial arts, getting my 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In college and after I kept exploring – playing soccer at my community college, playing basketball at my small Bible college, and then running the Chicago marathon. However, after checking a marathon off my list, I just stopped. I stopped running and stopped working out regularly as I had no goal to train for and life with multiple jobs was already busy. Every time I was on a team or had a goal I loved fitness and was super competitive but I was never consistent and so never the best at anything.

But then I hit a turning point. My husband called me over to watch a Netflix documentary on the 2017 CrossFit Games and said, “These women are so amazing, you could do that!”. As soon as I saw that there was a sport for fitness with outstanding, strong women doing the impossible, I decided it was for me. The moment I tried out my first CrossFit class in Chicago, I was hooked. I went every day and could not get enough! I finally had a specific goal to train for, enough variety to hold my interest, and the perfect venue to apply my mental and physical tenacity.

Three years later, I still can’t get enough and am excited to be coaching my passion. I went from not being able to do a single pull-up to doing 100 pull-ups with a weighted vest and from being scared of a barbell and almost hurting my back on a bodyweight deadlift to a 305 lb deadlift and 130 lb snatch. If you want to work out and learn new skills but have no idea how to stay consistent or how to set goals for yourself then I’ve been there! Born a teacher, I would love to help you get past that in a heartbeat, feel empowered by learning to do things that you never thought possible, and using these skills to lead a healthy lifestyle.

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