#TEAMSONA

MEET THE TEAM

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. 

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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Brookie

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Brookie is a 3x bikini bodybuilding champ, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, group fitness instructor and wellness advocate.

Brookie's life mission is to help others feel good inside and let it outwardly shine! She lives by the mantra, "investing in yourself is a daily routine."

She's a Jersey girl that's been living in Chicago the past 1.5 years. She loves reading books, listening to K-Pop and analyzing music videos. Her favorite Chicago things to do are wandering around Chinatown, drinking bubble tea and Lake Shore Drive walks and bike rides!

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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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Marcus

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Marcus is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a Pain Free Performance Specialist.  He teaches a variety of cardio, strength, and HIIT classes on the Sona Online platform.

Marcus is from North Carolina who has always been involved in sports from his youth. He ran Cross Country and Track & Field at the collegiate level. Marcus is also a professional dancer and instructor whom has had the opportunity to perform and coach many companies in the Midwest. Marcus combines all his experiences into his programming. 

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Tori

PERSONAL TRAINER / CLASS INSTRUCTOR

Tori is a Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist in Chicago. 

She comes from a diverse athletic background and competed at the Division I level playing Field Hockey in College. Tori specializes in sport performance and works with both adults and high school athletes, developing body awareness, stability, and strength and conditioning training to become a fully functional athlete. She uses her energetic personality to reach clients of all age groups and ability levels and has spent the last 14 year developing her coaching/training style to maximize the full potential of her clients. If Tori isn't coaching or training clients you will find her out on the lakefront running or biking and if it is the weekend she will be at the local farmers market walking the city.