About Fitness Formula Clubs

Established in 1984 by Founder and CEO Gale Landers, FFC owns and operates upscale, mid and large size multi-use health, sports, fitness and spa centers in the Chicago area. The company also provides corporate wellness programs, health and nutrition education, the healthy lifestyle CONNECTIONS magazine, signature group exercise programs and numerous individual and group training initiatives.

Each Chicagoland location is dedicated to supporting the local community and equipped with state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment, signature group exercise classes, personal training, nutrition counseling, spa services, massage therapy, and many customized fitness programs. FFC is recognized by the fitness industry for creating a distinct member experience. For more information, please visit www.ffc.com

Mario Dato, FFC Union Station Personal Trainer 

Training credentials: American Black Belt Association, NFPT, NESTA, Power Plate, First Aid & CPR, Barbell & Beyond 

I have been a personal trainer for 9 years; I love continuing to grow in this field and spread my knowledge. I enjoy working with a wide range of clients and changing mindsets/building confidence. This is a journey to a new you! I also have experience training women for figure competitions.

What he’s looking forward to about M4: I'm looking forward to helping these young adults grow in knowledge and have a competitive edge in the fitness realm. I've also graduated from culinary school, so I love helping them with healthy, good tasting and efficient recipes!

Instagram: @mdato89 

Facebook: /mario.dato 

Brittany Ramsey, FFC Gold Coast Personal Trainer 

Training credentials: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Boot Camp Instructor and Kinesiology Specialist 

I am a dedicated fitness professional with over 10 years of experience and my passion is to create healthier lifestyles. I found a love of sports in the 1st grade which continued all the way through up into college, when I was a track and field sprinter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My passion is to transform the lives of others as they become more fit, increase their motivation, self esteem and confidence through spiritual uplifting and encouragement to all. 

What she’s looking forward to about M4: I'm most looking forward to helping the model look and feel their best on stage and with that, helping to bring out the confidence already within them. Because when your body is in your best physical shape, it exudes and shines on stage. 

Instagram: @missfitbritt 

Facebook: /missfitbritt 

Jeremy Gorden, FFC Gold Coast Personal Trainer

Training credentials: American College of Sports Medicine - Certified Personal Trainer

Muscle Activation Technique - Jumpstart Certified, TRX Group Instructor

I started playing organized sports at age 3. When I was 12, my father decided it was time to learn how to properly lift weights. I always enjoyed being able to see the changes that I could make to my body with exercise. When I was in college I was enrolled in the business program and picked up a fitness minor; for the first time in my life I enjoyed going to class and looked forward to learning. Fitness allows me to share my passion for exercise with others and show them what exercise can do for both their body and mind. 

What he’s looking forward to about M4: I'm most looking forward to being teamed up with a model, setting goals, and achieving those goals. Helping them to put their look and feel their best for this competition. 

Instagram Handle: @jagorden2 

Facebook Page: /jeremy.gorden 

Michelle Stratton, FFC West Loop Personal Trainer

Training credentials: Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, NASM-CSCS, NASM-CPT, USA Track and Field Level 1 Certified Coach

I have been involved in fitness since the age of 3, when I joined my first competitive swim team. By age 4 I idolized my coaches of various sports and decided I wanted to be just like them. I would "coach" my friends and myself from that age forward.

In college, I competed as a Division 1 Track and Field athlete. That is also when I began personal training. It was then that my dream of coaching transitioned to personal training- a form of coaching on an individualized level. Witnessing the external as well as internal transformations of each of my clients touched my heart and I knew that there was nothing else I would rather be doing.

What she’s looking forward to about M4: I come from a competitive family and background and I look forward to helping individuals who are competing in this industry, especially since it is new and exciting to me too. I look forward to helping to teach and transform the finalists along their journey and competition.

Instagram Handle: @misch_strat10 

Facebook Page: /michelle.stratton.524 

Austin Head, FFC Union Station Personal Trainer 

Training credentials: NASM CPT, AFAA Group Exercise Certified, Spinning Certified Instructor

I've always enjoyed working out & living a healthy lifestyle, but what really got me into fitness was a trainer at my local gym, Alvan Duckworth. He really took me under his wing & taught me everything he knows. What also got me into fitness was the need to help people. Knowing that I have the ability to completely change someone's life is so inspiring, and is truly why I love the fitness industry.  

What he’s looking forward to about M4: I'm looking forward to helping my client and passing down knowledge that they can use not only during the competition, but through a lifelong fitness journey.  

Instagram: @Austin_Head 

Facebook: /AustinHeadPT 

Jessica Thiel, FFC Gold Coast Personal Trainer

Training credentials: B.S. in Kinesiology (Exercise Science and Health Promotion), University of Illinois at Chicago; AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, RTS 123, MAT Jumpstart Certified Practitioner

I got into fitness because I have always cared for the body we are given. You only get one. I became fascinated with how the body works, how it moves, and what it responds to. I wanted to be a part of this science. I learned that people like sharing fitness information, and I felt like I had something to bring to the conversation. I decided to become a part of this movement. A movement and an industry that helps people better themselves, stay healthy, and live their lives to their fullest potential - I LOVE what I do!

What she’s looking forward to about M4: I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with and progress the contestants along their journey and helping them gain confidence on and off the runway. 

Instagram Handle: @jteezy90 

Facebook Page: /jessica.thiel.54 

Jonathan Denzel Sergent, FFC West Loop Personal Trainer

Training CredentialsPurdue University B.S. Movement & Sports Science, ACE Personal Training Certification

My whole life has revolved around fitness. In high school I played 4 varsity sports (soccer, track, basketball and cross country). In college I ran track, played soccer and was a cheerleader. I even competed on the national level in cheerleading. Striving to be the best can't be done with just raw talent. You have to put countless hours of practice and hard work into whatever you're doing. That's the way fitness works. Anything worth achieving never comes easy. If you want it badly enough you'll put in the time to get it done. That's how I motivate my clients. They've come to me for a reason. They need my help and that's what I'm here for - to help and to motivate. I've always wanted to help and to motivate people. Personal training is a great way to do that via fitness.

What he’s looking forward to about M4: Seeing all the contestants really give it their all. At first, they may seem intimidated, but as they become more comfortable they have more fun. It's not something they dread, it's something they really look forward to do, which in turn creates a habit for them. It encourages them to work out consistently; they see the importance of fitness. 

Instagram: @denzelthegazelle 

Facebook: /jonathan.denzel.sergent