© 2017 The Fitness Pursuit


Matt Petersen

BS in Health Promotion and Wellness from UW-Stevens Point

Certified by:

  • USA Triathlon – Coach Levels 1 & 2

  • USA Triathlon- Youth & Junior Coach

  • USA Cycling – Coach Level 3

  • American Council on Exercise – Personal Trainer & Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist

  • Red Cross-Swim Instructor

  • Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist Level 1

Coach Matt Petersen is the Owner and President of Fitness Pursuit, Inc. After overcoming knee reconstruction surgery in 1995, he has gone on to complete many triathlons (sprint to Ironman distances) and races from 5Ks to half marathons.  Through disciplined training, he has been successful in bringing his body fat percentage below 5%. He has won or placed in Sprint, Olympic & Half Ironmans. He has won or placed in 5k, 10k and Half Marathons. He also understands the commitment an athlete needs for team sports as he earned six major letters in high school. He is ready to help you in your pursuits!

Lauri Robinson

Certified by:

  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE)

  • USA Cycling – Coach Level I

  • USA Triathlon -Coach Level I

  • ACE Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant

  • CPR/AED & First Aid

Coach Lauri Robinson has been part of the The Fitness Pursuit family since day one. Always seen as a source of inspiration for the TFP community, she can always be counted on to share her considerable knowledge of fitness and nutrition. After completing her first marathon in 1991, Lauri has gone on to win multiple age-group titles in a variety of distances  and is a 3-time IRONMAN finisher. Married to her husband Jerry for over 30 years, she has raised a family of 3 children, all of which enjoy being physically fit. Lauri will fondly recall the early days of TFP when our team goal was to finish an Olympic distance triathlon. She keenly recalls the hard work, sacrifice & pride the team would feel when accomplishing first time goals. This has been especially helpful when working with newer athletes who are attempting these same goals for the very first time. Coach Lauri’s true passion is helping people change their lives to a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition. There are few things more exciting for Lauri than watching this transformation & helping to create new levels of self-esteem, positive energy & overall good health.

Michelle Petersen

Michelle is a certified Red Cross Swim Instructor. She has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Her passion is to work with youth. She wants to make sure children learn to be safe and enjoy the water. She is available for individual and small group swim sessions.

Michelle’s Availability

Mondays 3:00-7:00pm

Tuesdays 1:00-5:00pm

Wednesdays 1:00-6:00pm

Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm

Fridays 10:30-12:00pm & 2:00-4:30pm

Saturdays 9:00-6:00pm

Sundays 11:00-2:00pm

Please email Michelle to schedule an appointment.

Jen Jacobs

BS Psychology – Northern Arizona University

MA Health Psychology – Northern Arizona University

NSCA Certified Personal Trainer


CPR/AED Certified

Jen Jacobs recently moved to the Grayslake area and has been personal training since 2008.  A three-sport college athlete (basketball, soccer, and javelin), she has always loved sports, fitness, and nutrition.  She has competed in a couple sprint triathlons and loves helping people of all backgrounds achieve their fitness goals.  Jen has worked with government wellness programs and non-profit organizations as well as coached high school girls’ basketball in Arizona and California. Jen has worked with a variety of people from intensive, multi-disciplinary weight loss programs to marathon runners to double knee replacement clients.  Her toddler daughter keeps her busy, and she has another little girl on the way.  Jen enjoys lifting weights, watching sports, reading, cycling, and anything active.  She loves helping people overcome injuries.

Jen’s Availability

Varied depending on day & time of year

Please email Jen to schedule an appointment.

Brenda Brown

Brenda started at The Fitness Pursuit as a client in preparation for a sprint distance triathlon. Since then Brenda has enjoyed participating in various triathlon events including sprint, olympic, and half-iron distance triathlons and running events ranging from a marathon down to a 5k. Brenda likes the preparation and planning it takes to reach a fitness goal and particularly enjoys endurance events. Brenda is always active and a day typically starts with some type of physical activity. Whether it be heading to the gym for weights and swim or heading outside for a bike ride, run or even a walk. She believes when starting out it’s not what you do, but just the fact that you are moving. Brenda is excited to share her enthusiasm for fitness and motivate people to want to become active. She is looking forward to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals at The Fitness Pursuit.

Brenda’s Availability

Varied depending on day & time of year

Please email Brenda to schedule an appointment.

Ieva Scoggin



ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Red Cross swim Instructor

CPR/AED Certified


Growing up very active and being part of the alpine skiing team in Latvia, 5 years ago Ieva rediscovered her love for fitness and racing. Thanks to TFP, she was "Project 2014" and was able to proudly represent the USA in The Triathlon World Championship in the Olympic distance in 2015. She also qualified for the same in 2016.  Ieva also participates in marathons qualifying for the 2017 and 2018 Boston Marathon.

Ieva is very excited to be part of TFP coaching team. She is passionate about fitness, triathlons, and helping individuals to achieve their goals. Ieva promotes the importance of health fitness and truly feels that it is an honor to pass her knowledge and experience on to others.

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Ieva's Availability

Varied depending on day & time of year

Please email Ieva to schedule an appointment.

Mike Cunningham

Coach Mike holds a B.S. in Physical Education and coaching, with a minor in History and Kinesiology from Western Illinois University. He is a life plus Level 3 member of ASCA, a fully certified USA swimming coach, and a Level 2 USA Masters Swimming Coach.  He has coached numerous regional, age group state, and senior state qualifiers in his previous 20 years coaching experience.  As a Level 2 Masters coach he as worked with many tri-athletes and open water swimmers, focusing on their technique and improving their swim knowledge. 


Coach Mike was the 13-18 Zone coach for Illinois in 2005 and 2009, and the Head Zones coach for Team Illinois 2013-2015.  He started Midway Aquatics in 2005, the club grew from 25 swimmers to 170, and developed repeated regional, age group state, central zone, and senior state qualifiers.  He also started Life Time Illinois Swim Team in 2013, and introduced the health club to the competitive world if Illinois Swimming. 


Coach Mike also served on the Illinois Swimming Board of Directors as Coaches Representative, Senior Vice Chair, and currently Secretary.  Along with his love of swimming, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, wake boarding, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

Audrey Craddock

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I first began practicing yoga as a way to reduce the stress and anxiety caused from my demanding job and busy life.  Instantly, I fell in love.  It also became quickly apparent what a beautiful compliment the practice was to my running routine and other physically demanding workouts.  Not only did the aches and pains from being so tense for so many years start to melt away, but I found myself much more in tune with the present moment, able to truly slow down and appreciate life.  As my practice developed, I could feel my anxiety and stress dissolve with each passing day, as my mind and body felt stronger and more alive…cultivating a feeling of

contentment, peace, and strength.

My journey into teacher training felt like a natural one, fueled by a desire to deepen my own practice, along with a good deal of encouragement from my teachers.  I completed my 200 hour training through Blue Sun Yoga with Wendy Dahl and Adam Braun and am a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.  I’ve also completed training through Connected Warriors, an organization that offers yoga to military veterans and their families and loved ones.  I’ve experienced firsthand the incredible healing benefits this practice has to offer and consider such experience a gift.  Teaching enables me to share this wonderful gift with my students just as my many amazing teachers have done and continue to do so with me.  Creating a fun and relaxed environment in which students of all levels can come into and feel comfortable is my goal with each class.  Smiling, laughter and not taking ourselves too seriously are highly encouraged!  My hope is that students are able to find comfort in their own practice and leave class feeling a little more alive in their mind, body and spirit than when they first arrived.

In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, riding motorcycles and listening to good live music.  I run a few races each year, which, in the past, have included the Maui Half Marathon, Rock-n-Roll Chicago Half Marathon, the Elgin Fox Trot 10 Mile and 5k, The Shamrock Shuffle, and a variety of local 5k’s.  I believe that staying active is key to a long, happy and healthy life.

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Jason Ming

I was extremely active and loved playing sports as a kid. I became a workaholic (manufacturing engineering) into my 20s and neglected my health and wellness. I gained weight eventually peaking at 260lbs. 


I woke up between 2004-2009 and developed a new love for working out, running, cycling, nutrition, meditation, and yoga and it changed my life. I qualified for the Boston marathon and am currently training for my first Ironman Triathlon. I love life, all things athletic, and helping other people. I am grateful for all I am able to do everyday.

I became an RYT200 certified through Blue Sun Yoga in 2015. I have a calm teaching style influenced by Ashtanga and Anusara yoga but I teach to the individuals in my class with a strong focus on the breath, mindfulness, and meditation. My specialty is teaching yoga to athletes to compliment their training and improve their lives. 

Jason’s Availability

Varied depending on day & time of year

Please email Jason to schedule an appointment.

Kelly Elfering

Kelly brings a unique combination of healing energy, skill, experience and intuition to her massage work. She specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and Thai Massage. She combines her knowledge in all of these areas to enhance her clients range of motion, flexibility and over all wellness. Her goal as a Massage Therapist is to help people live more comfortably and peacefully in their body, by managing pain, reducing stress and releasing movement restrictions.

Kelly’s Availability

Mondays 5:30-7:30pm

Tuesdays 12:00-2:00pm

Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm

Sundays Varied

Please email Kelly to schedule an appointment.

Allen Walker

Nationally Certified  Sports Massage Therapist

Allen has been serving athletes in the Northern Suburbs and Chicago for the past 20 years, often volunteering his time for CHICAGO MARATHON participants, University of Illinois swimmers and Northwestern students. All of his sessions are based on Sports Massage Techniques which would include body joint mobilizations, active and passive stretching, and tense and relax methods to help facilitate an increase in range of motion. Depending on the athlete’s needs, other modalities employed can range from Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Energy Balancing, Shiatsu, Trigger Point, and Jin Shin Do. Allen resides in nearby Gurnee and is a proud parent of 2 girls, Olivia and Elizabeth.  His hobbies are beach volleyball, running, tennis and music.

Allen’s Availability

Tuesdays: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Wednesdays: 7pm-10pm
Sundays by appointment.

Make Appointment with Allen by calling 847-986-2727

Markay Chamberlain

Markay is a certified massage therapist focusing on sports and therapeutic massage at The Fitness Pursuit. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Robert Morris University and a Certificate of Massage Therapy from the College of Lake County. Her training includes sports massage, Swedish, myofacial release, deep tissue, connective tissue, craniosacral and relaxation techniques. Markay will design a therapeutic massage session specific to your needs. In the session, we can address stress reduction, injury prevention and recovery, pain relief, range-of-motion and stretching. Pre-event and post-event massages can also aid in reaching goals and reducing your recovery time.

Markay’s Availability

Mondays 11:00-2:00pm

Wednesdays 12:00-3:00pm

Friday 8:00-9:30am

Saturdays 9:00-11:30am

Please email Markay to schedule an appointment.

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