Meet Our Team

We take a team approach to personal strength training. Your personalized workouts are kept track of on Hardpressed’s own custom app so every coach is up to date on your progress. They understand that no two bodies are alike and will work with you to get fit at the right pace.

 
 
 DAN GERACI - FOUNDER

DAN GERACI - FOUNDER

Education

  • MS Exercise Physiology at Eastern Michigan ’05
  • BS Kinesiology at University of Michigan ’02
  • University of Michigan Football Assistant Strength Coach ’03-’05
  • University of Michigan Athletics Student Strength Coach ’01-’03
  • University of Illinois-Chicago Assistant Strength Coach ’05-’06

Get to know Dan
GUILTY PLEASURE: The TV Show UnReal….It is on Lifetime. It is such a good show, seriously. Also, I love Christmas like a 6-year-old.

FAVORITE FOOD: coffee. It makes up 50% of my diet. Steaks would make up the rest if it were more economically viable.

FAVORITE PART OF HP: Teaching people who never thought they could strength train on any level to do so in a way that is incredibly challenging. I believe that most people want to work hard, they just need the tools and instruction to truly do so, which is what we at Hardpressed provide.

 
 KYLE SLAVEN - HEAD COACH

KYLE SLAVEN - HEAD COACH

Education

  • B.S. Exercise Science Ball State University

Get to know Kyle
GUILTY PLEASURE: Watching one tree hill

FAVORITE FOOD: Faith's Enchiladas

FAVORITE PART OF HP: Being able to push each client as far as they can go. Maybe not on each and every exercise, but I will get you at least once.

 
 JOSH SIROKO - HEAD COACH

JOSH SIROKO - HEAD COACH

Education

  • BS Kinesiology University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • CPT, USAW-Sports Performance coach, NASM- PES
  • Intern Strength/Conditioning Coach, University of Illinois
  • Assistant Strength/Conditioning Coach, Niles West High school

Get to know Josh
GUILTY PLEASURE: Ice cream

FAVORITE FOOD: Taco's

FAVORITE PART OF HP: Being able to push people to their limits in such a short period of time.

 
 BRANDON GROTH - HEAD COACH

BRANDON GROTH - HEAD COACH

Education

  • MS Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Intern Strength & Conditioning Coach, UIC
  • Intern EFT Sports Performance
  • NSCA - CSCS
  • NASM - CPT

Get to know Brandon
GUILTY PLEASURE: Finding a new show and binge watching all the seasons.

FAVORITE FOOD: Chinese food

FAVORITE PART OF HP: The Hardpressed community. Everyone, from all of our clients, to the coaches, and staff make being a coach here a very rewarding experience.

 
 MIKE McCLAIN - HEAD COACH/CONDITIONING COORDINATOR

MIKE McCLAIN - HEAD COACH/CONDITIONING COORDINATOR

Education

  • BS- Ball State University
  • Masters in Sports Performance - Ball State University

Get to know Mike
GUILTY PLEASURE: Game of Thrones. I usually take a vacation to go home and watch the season opener every year with my friends.

FAVORITE FOOD: I love tropical foods and flavors. Anything mango, pineapple, coconut etc.

FAVORITE PART OF HP: These clients would run through a brick wall for us! I'm so excited to coach such an amazing community of people.

 
 RICH WAGNER - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

RICH WAGNER - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

Education

  • BS Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Coursework in Exercise Programming, Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Personal Trainer at LA Fitness 2014 - 2015

Get to know Rich
GUILTY PLEASURE: Reese’s peanut butter cups

FAVORITE FOOD: Pasta, just about any kind really

FAVORITE PART OF HP: Being able to coach clients at such a high level

 
 MARIAH CARROLL - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

MARIAH CARROLL - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

Education

  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Trainer Certification
  • Group Fitness Instructor of over 4 years
  • Nationally Qualified NPC Figure Competitor

Get to know Mariah
GUILTY PLEASURE: Traveling and tattoos!

FAVORITE FOOD: Donuts, of course.

FAVORITE PART OF HP: The welcoming community.

 
 PETER TAMULEWICZ - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

PETER TAMULEWICZ - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

Education

  • B.S Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Eastern Illinois University
  • Dynamic Sports Training Intern
  • University of Houston Track and Field member
  • NSCA Certified
  • CSCS Certified

Get to know Peter:
GUILTY PLEASURE: Caffeine (especially coffee and Coca-Cola).

FAVORITE FOOD: Baby Back Ribs and French Fries.

FAVORITE PART OF HP: helping people get to where they want to be physically and mentally and changing lives. 

 
 BRENT O'HALLORAN - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

BRENT O'HALLORAN - ASSISTANT STRENGTH COACH

Education

  • BA Exercise Science at Concordia University Chicago
  • High school varsity wrestling coach at Walther Christian Academy
  • Personal trainer at XSport Fitness

Get to know Brent
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