Mike Padua, Jr.


Since he was young, Mike has had a passion for fitness. This led him to earn a Bachelors Degree from De Paul University where he majored in physical education and minored in coaching, and spurs him on to constantly learn and increase his knowledge. Mike has attended several continuing education programs through Harvard, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, International Sports Science Association and the International Youth Conditioning Association.

While at De Paul, Mike was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for several of De Paul’s division I athletic teams under the supervision of the former head strength coach Tim Lang. Mike went on to train athletes of all ages and athletic abilities at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago, Five Seasons in Burr Ridge, several suburban park districts, EFS’s parent company Enhance Personal Training & Athletic Performance, Inc. which offers in-home personal training and currently at Enhance Fitness Studio in Countryside.

For over ten years Mike has taught, motivated and challenged his clients so they could achieve their personal goals of weight loss, better tone and superior athletic performance. Mike’s style of personal training is to encourage and support his clients, and to develop individualized workouts that are scientifically proven and deliver astonishing results. Whether you work out with Mike in the comfort of your own home, during EFS’s “The Total Body Workout” group fitness classes, sports training programs or individually, you will be delighted by his ability to help you develop the body you want.


  • International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Certified Fitness Trainer (since 2004)
  • American Red Cross Adult CPR and Standard First Aid (since 2003)
  • Biomechanics Specialist (NESTA) (since 2008)
  • Personal Fitness Chef (NESTA) (2010)
  • IGNITE 360 Certified Trainer (2013)
  • Physique & Figure Training Specialist (2016)


De Paul University – Chicago, IL 60614 (2003 – 2006)

  • Bachelors of Science in Physical Education/Exercise Science
  • Minor in Coaching

Continue Education Courses

  • Harvard Medical School Lifestyle Medicine: Tools for Promoting Healthy Change (2010)
  • Harvard Medical School: Ninth Annual Sports-Related Conference on Concussion and Spine Injury (2012)
  • International Youth Conditioning Association: Youth Speed & Agility Specialist (2012)
  • Ignite 360 Sports Performance Training Conference (2013)

Work Experience

Fenwick High School Boy’s Swim Team (2014 to present)

  •  Teach dry-land strength & conditioning for the varsity team
  •  Instruct proper functional training progressions for pre season
  •  Instruct in-season training sessions

Hinsdale Hornets Swim Club (2013 – 2014)

  •   Instruct dry-land strength & conditioning for all age groups

 7 Bridges Ice Arena – Woodridge, IL (2007 – 2010)

  •  Off-ice Strength & Conditioning Coach
  •  Athletic Performance
  •  Instruct off-ice conditioning programs for figure skaters

Five Seasons Sports Club – Burr Ridge, IL (2006 – 2010)

  •  Fitness Specialist Sport Performance Training for all levels
  •  High Intensity Training
  •  Youth Fitness

 Metropolitan Club Sears Tower – Chicago, IL (2006 – 2007)

  •  Personal Trainer
  •  Athletic Performance
  •  High Intensity Training
  •  Joint Stability

Enhance Personal Training & Athletic Performance, Inc. – Chicagoland (2006 to present)

  • In-home personal training in Chicago and western suburbs
  • Youth sports performance
  • Youth fitness seminars and conferences

 St. Rita High School – Chicago, IL 60620 (3/2006 – 4/2006)

  •  Student Teacher
  •  Assisted in teaching Physical Education
  •  Coached freshmen boys baseball

 De Paul University Athletic Center – Chicago, IL 2005 – 2006

  •  Volunteer Strength and Conditioning Coach
  •  Assist De Paul’s Athletes in their workout routines
  •  Assess and implement new drills to their workouts

 DePaul University Cheer Team – Chicago, IL 8/2005 – 5/2006

  •  Strength & Conditioning Coach
  •  Created a specific strength & conditioning program for each individual
  •  Periodically facilitated fitness assessments
  •  Continued training throughout season for optimum performance

 Midlothian Mudcats Baseball – Midlothian, IL 2004 – 2006

  •  Coach and Team Trainer for 17-18 year olds
  •  Facilitate conditioning practice twice per week
  •  First Base Coach and Stat Keeper

 Gold’s Gym – Orland Park, IL 1999-2001

  •  Front desk & Personal Trainer
  •  Acquainted new members with the gym and showed them how to use each piece of equipment
  •  Maintained front counter and assisted customers


"I have been training with Mike Padua since 2006 now and this training has been an important part of my life. Prior to meeting Mike I was falling a lot, I had picked up several injuries and was overweight. Mike's training has made me much stronger, thinner and surer on my feet. He took me step by step from weak efforts at balance and strength to full participation at boot camp. I'm grateful!"

Richard C.

La Grange, IL

"Mike is an excellent trainer with a great understanding of the human body. He has provided numerous suggestions for exercises and activities to improve flexibility, range of motion, and strength. We have both lost over 20 pounds by working out with Mike and following his exercise program. We look forward to our weekly session!"

Tom P. & Dave T.

Downers Grove, IL

"Mike is fabulous. He is 100 percent better than any other personal trainer I have ever had because he really understands physical fitness and he makes working out fun. Mike truly takes personal training to a completely different level. His work ethic is second to none."

Paula R.