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OUR STORY

Spouses Kenna and Dylan Johnson dreamed of one day uniting their talents and passions to start a business.  Kenna, a Nike Trainer, yoga instructor and professional dancer had a knack for getting laughs and bringing joy to her clients during sessions.  Dylan, a sales professional and washed up former college athlete/exercise enthusiast loved taking her classes and seeing her work her magic.  This was the genesis of their concept so they got to work on creating a welcoming fitness community; a fun workout environment that was free of judgement and insecurity, that left clients feeling happier and healthier. 

Sona, which is Gaelic for prosperity and happiness, brings this concept to life.  Every aspect of Sona Fitness was created with this Sona ethos in mind.  From our class types, to the design of our studio, every small and major detail is influenced by Sona.  And most importantly, you'll notice this core value is shared by our entire team, creating an experience unmatched by any other gym. 

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MEET THE TEAM

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Kenna

CO-FOUNDER / PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Kenna is a Nike Trainer, NASM-certified personal trainer, and a yoga instructor. She oversees training and program development for Sona Fitness.

She brings a wide-ranging fitness background to Sona Fitness. In addition to lifelong dance training (she dances professionally in the Chicago area), Kenna has extensive experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and yoga teacher, having taught classes all over Chicago and the North Shore. In class design and personal training sessions, Kenna focuses on functional training; training that improves your daily life physically and mentally.

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Dylan

CO-FOUNDER / BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Dylan oversees business operations for Sona Fitness.

Dylan’s fitness journey began as a student athlete. In college, he played football and worked part-time as a performance coach, gaining experience with sports-specific training and weightlifting. After college, Dylan worked in professional sports and entertainment for five years, where his fitness philosophy evolved; fitness became an outlet from the stress of work and functional training became the primary focus. That’s an ethos he brings to Sona today. 

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Alyssa

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Bio coming soon!

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Connor

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Bio coming soon!

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Elizabeth

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Elizabeth is a NASM certified personal trainer who also holds certifications in corrective exercise and is a cancer exercise specialist. 

Elizabeth received her BS in exercise science from North Park University and has worked with clients of all ages and abilities over the past decade. She’s passionate about connecting the mind and body together to help promote the wellbeing of each client.  Along with personal training she also has experience working with the cardiac rehab population. She has a love for helping people and meeting her clients where they are at currently in life. 

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Emily

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Bio coming soon!

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Evan

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Evan is an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer with a diverse training background. In addition to working with athletes on sport specific training, Evan also has extensive experience working with clients in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. 

As an avid golfer, Evan is a NASM Certified Golf Fitness Specialist. Evan studied Kinesiology and Exercise Science at The University of Kentucky.

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Jenny 

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Jenny is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer a specializes in teaching a variety of Yoga Classes on the Sona Online platform.

Jenny received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and while in school she earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Coming from a background in dance, Jenny found a love for yoga for all the ways it supplemented her dancing and helped build mind-body connections. She aims to guide her students through yoga practices that are functional, promote both inner strength and physical strength, and challenge students. She hopes to leave her students feeling restored and curious about their own bodies' abilities. 

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