David Bostik – Owner
On March 18, 2003 I weighed in at a whopping 346 pounds and decided once and for all it was time to take control of my life. I made the first step by joining a local gym. After wandering around the gym aimlessly, unsure of what to do for the first three months, I hired a personal trainer. Two years later, I had lost 140 pounds but I had regained my confidence and self-esteem. I didn’t set out to TRANSFORM my life, but that’s what happened.
The knowledge and experience I acquired through my personal training experience led me to a career in fitness and the opening of my personal training studio in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of different people in smaller private gyms and in large corporate gyms and now at TRANSFORM. I have met my clients at different and, in some cases, difficult times in their lives. Every individual is unique and comes to me with their unique personal story and needs. I am proud that I have been able to help my clients re-engage in their own personal lives and reconnect with their own physicality because I have never forgotten my own story. I understand the intimidation and self-consciousness that embarking on a journey like this can evoke.
Gerri Bushkovski – Fitness Coach
Gerri began her fitness lifestyle a bit later than most — at the age of 19 she joined a small fitness club in her hometown in Colorado, where she learned the basics of weight training from, yes, a woman! It was love at first lift…
However, it wasn’t until 1995 when Gerri decided to truly get serious about getting fit and exercising regularly. She realized that she needed and wanted to get into the best shape of her life. A bodybuilding magazine in an airport gift shop caught her eye with three amazingly fit, strong women on the cover. A light bulb went off. She realized that her body wanted to be strong and healthy, not just skinny. She decided at that point that she would set a goal to compete one day as a natural female bodybuilder. What better way to get in shape than to have to stand up in front of hundreds of people in nothing but a string bikini?
She gave herself a year and a half to build some muscle and learn what she could. She hired a trainer to help her reach her goal. She competed in her first bodybuilding competition in 1996. After that, Gerri competed for the next four years, completing a total of 9 shows. Her most significant accomplishment was winning the lightweight first place trophy and Overall trophy at the 1998 Prairie State Classic in Illinois.
While training for competitions, Gerri decided that she wanted to help others accomplish their fitness goals the same way she had. She studied and became a personal trainer part-time in 1998. In 2000 she left the business world completely to focus on her training business. She has been a personal trainer ever since, earning her personal training, corrective exercise specialist,and pre-natal certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has also earned certifications in pilates reformer and assisted stretching and a nutrition certification through the Apex Nutrition system.
Gerri became a mother in May of 2003 and now has two children. She understands coming back from long layoffs from exercise and getting back into shape post-pregnancy.
Gerri has worked with people of every shape, age, and size, from high school and collegiate athletes to people post-retirement. While she specializes in balance, stability, and corrective exercise training, her expertise extends into traditional resistance and cardio training and nutritional guidance.
Her motto is “It’s not wrong to be strong!” She can get you ready for any competition and get you ready for LIFE.
Miriam Plotkin – Fitness Coach
An athlete since the age of 6, Miriam has been personal training since 2000. Certified in everything from kickboxing to nutrition to strength and conditioning, she has trained men and women ages 20-80 designing long term programs for weight loss, strength and muscle gain, and endurance. A circuit training guru, Miriam has also trained clients for half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.
Going from a size 12 to a size 6 in her late 20’s, Miriam has managed to stay in great shape into her late 30’s finding a healthy balance between working out and eating right. She wants to help you reach your goals too!
Shannon Maczko – Fitness Coach
Shannon has been physically active her entire life. Starting with dance at age 5 and continuing with it through college- she has tried just about every sport and, thus, has a very diverse background. With a degree in Dance and a Certification in Personal Training, there is no health goal she can’t make a reality. She has been in the fitness industry since 2007 teaching dance and rock climbing as well as personal training. She has worked with everybody ages 5 to 65.
In her personal life, she still dances regularly and competes in road races ranging in distance from 5k to full marathons. She has an undying passion for knowledge, so rest assured that you will never experience out-of-date training!
As a die-hard sports fan, Shannon is very passionate about mixing it up and never lets her circuits get redundant or boring. You’ll see techniques from dance, rock climbing, football, basketball, etc. If you have a favorite sport, let her know and she will add it into your routine. Exercise is a lifestyle, why not make it fun?
Eric-Todd Rushing – Fitness Coach
Having been a dancer for 25 years I know first hand about discipline, hard work and the amazing potential of the human body. With a degree in Theatre and Dance, Certifications including: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, TRX and Vinyasa Yoga I combine many techniques and experiences to create functional, dynamic, challenging and fun training programs. Programs that harness your potential and give you the results that your hard work deserves! We don’t move through life sitting in a machine pushing weight up and down. We move through life bending, twisting, reaching, jumping, lunging and that is how we should train. If you want to have a body like an athlete then you have to train like an athlete.
It is also my great joy to help people who have struggled to loose weight discover the tools emotionally, mentally and physically to manifest their goals into reality. My motto is: Change your MIND. Change your BODY. Change your LIFE! It all starts with what you believe about yourself and what you believe you are capable of. If you truly change your mind the rest will just begin to start happening. Yes, that is a picture of me with my inspiration Bob Harper from TV’s The Biggest Loser!
Goals are achieved, results start to happen, and life will change when you decide that today is that day it happens. It would be a privilege to join you on that journey!