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Robert Miller

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Phone: (773) 983-3888
Chicago, IL
United States 60611
9.61 out of 10 (23 reviews)
 
When we give our all, we realize we had more to give. It seems I'm only relaxed when I'm moving with intention. My mind is clear, my instincts are sharp and movement is seamless. For me it has never been about anything but finishing the job. Whether the job is to tackle the ball carrier, split the pile of wood for winter, or swim 1000 meters in the thirty foot seas to rescue a man. The body must perform when needed. As a Aircrew Naval Search and Rescue Swimmer I was taught to be ready "SO OTHERS MAY LIVE." I was, and still am, ready and I still serve my fellow man. Preparation is the key to freedom. HSL-48 Vipers Naval Search and Rescue Swimmer (1997-2002) ACE Certified Personal Trainer (2000-present) Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Certified (April 2009) RKC II (June 2009)
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10/10 Thank you for helping me with my pistol squat
 
By Navin H / Washington DC, USA

Rob is fanatic!!
He cleaned up my sticking point of my pistol squat.
He is a great dude.
Appreciate your help Rob.
See you next time I am in Chicago.

 
10/10 Ex Division 1 Athlete. Best trainer I've worked w
 
By David Theriault / Chicago, United States

I'm an ex division 1 athlete who has been trained by the best in the business when it comes to strength and speed training, and never have I worked with a personal trainer who is so in tune with how my body is feeling before every workout. He will work with your aches and soreness by implementing a workout specifically for you, even with a class full of others training, all while still attending to everyone else's needs. Every class feels like a personal training session.

Rob is attentive and extremely encouraging. He will listen to the goals you have set out for yourself, push you a little further past that limit you've set, and hold you accountable in a very understanding and health conscious manner. He's very in tune with his students on an individual level no matter how many are in attendance.

For me, attending Rob's class has become a necessity. I leave every session with tired muscles (the BEST feeling after a workout) and an encouraged, confident mindset. I'm so thankful to have met Rob. As long as I'm in Chicago, it's Rob's kettlebell class for me!

 
10/10 Rob Miller: Best Trainer in Chicago
 
By Sam Palace / Chicago, United States

I wouldn’t have been able to push myself to the same extreme without Rob’s help.

I met Rob in 2013 and was in a situation where I was looking for something to step up my work out routine. I had just completed my season playing AAA baseball for the Washington Nationals. The past 4 years my scripted work outs became monotonous and were no longer giving me the "push" I desired.

Rob's extensive background and expertise in kettlebell training was exactly what I needed. I came to Rob and identified my goals as a member of the Washington Nationals baseball organization; to be in top shape for Spring Training. Rob tailored a workout regiment SPECIFIC to my needs and goals. I let him know my concerns being a throwing athlete and he adapted a regimented that put me in the position I am, to be as strong in my core, legs, and shoulders as I possibly could be.

Through kettlebell training I was able to do things with my body I had never done in the past and push all new limits. His program was more functional for me, being a Catcher, than I ever could have hoped. Robs training goes beyond lifting weights. I absolutely benefited from Rob's background as a Navy rescue swimmer as well. He discussed mentality and and mind set of being an athlete which allowed me to gain confidence to tackle any barrier. He helped me define where I want my baseball career to go. He even went into depth on health an nutrition and and gave me a plan that helped get me as lean as possible.

Rob took the time to focus on my technique and put my body in correct positions that would allow me for success in my field. The training was very difficult at times, but he knew exactly what it would take to allow me to try and separate myself and make a team with the club this season. I am so thankful for his time and effort. Can definitely say, I left a better athlete after training with Rob Miller.

 
10/10 Rob Miller will give you results!
 
By Michael Neumann / Chicago, United States

I am 53 years old and was going the wrong direction with my fitness. . I had worked with trainers in the past ( at Bally's) but I felt all they did was watch me lift weights etc. and look at their phone. Not impressed so I was skeptical trying another trainer. I could not be more wrong with Rob. First of all he is very hands on and committed to me. He took into account a few of my past injuries (shoulder) and using his kettle bells and overall physical fitness regimen, has me dropping weight ( 1.5 lbs. a week) and physically stronger than when i was 35 yrs old. I have so much definition in my arms I have my wife and friends impressed.. In addition, he has introduced me into yoga stretches that have helped eliminate muscle ache and stress. Rob is results orientated and with his kettle bell emphasis will bring you results for better fitness and health. I only wish I had started with him instead of wasting money on other trainers,

 
10/10 You Want Guns and Pistol Squats? See Rob Miller.
 
By Bea Rodriguez / Chicago, USA

In April 2012, I started using Rob Miller’s YouSwoop deal. When I walked in, I already felt strong. As a beginning rock climber, I asked him if he could make me stronger. He nodded and said, “That’s why I do kettlebells, so I can get weaker.”

Don’t be fooled by his sense of humor – he is serious about helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be. That first week, My 5’2” and 111-pound frame could only do the following, with less than ideal technique:
*goblet squat with a 16 kg;
*swing a 16 kg 25 consecutive times;
*do a Turkish Get-Up with 8kg;
and I couldn’t even snatch an 8kg properly.

By November 2012, I was able to do the following, with good technique:
*goblet squats with a 24 kg;
*swing a 32kg 25 consecutive times;
*do a Turkish Get-Up with 20kg;
*snatch a 12kg 116 times in 5 minutes.

All of this I’ve done without getting bulky; I’ve maintained my feminine frame! What’s more, I can now do pistol squats -- with a racked 10kg. I didn’t even know what they were until he started teaching me. I’ve already progressed so much, yet I am still motivated to keep getting better and stronger under Rob’s expert coaching.

What makes him an expert? Aside from all his certifications, he has extensive knowledge about physiology and kinesiology; he has natural talent in clearly communicating concepts to diverse individuals; and his years of experience has afforded him the wisdom to teach and motivate people from all walks of life. I’ve had many coaches in my lifetime, and Rob is one of the best I’ve had. He supports my growth through and through, and has succeeded in helping me become stronger -- physically and mentally.

Not only is kettlebell workout super fun, Rob himself has a fun personality. Rob brings the same level of enthusiasm and positive energy to each class, day in and day out. Knowing that I was going to be challenged AND feel good during and after his workout, I consistently went to his 7am class three times a week. The result? I’m now a certified badass, with guns and pistol squats and all :)

If there is anything that exceeds Rob’s passion for using kettlebells for fitness, it is his sincere desire to help his students succeed. Whoever you are, whether you’re a novice or an advanced athlete, Rob will know how to bring out the best in you.

 
10/10 Best all around workout I have ever had
 
By Mike Terranova / Chicago, USA

I have been exercising and working out regularly for the better part of fifteen years. Throughout those years I have tried several different forms of exercise like power lifting, cross fit and I even ran half a dozen or so triathlons, but I am writing this review to tell you that working with Rob in these kettlebell classes has given me the best all around results I have ever had. In the past, in order to gain strength I needed to sacrifice flexibility, and vice versa, but not here both my strength and flexibility have seen huge improvements.

The format of Rob's classes keeps me honest and his style of instruction keeps me working hard.

I will admit it took me a little while to get the hang of some of the movements and exercises, however once I started to understand the techniques and principles, I started to see results and fast.

Rob has changed the way I will exercise for the rest of my life, so Thanks!

 
10/10 Best Trainer!!
 
By Lori Kirsch / Chicago, USA

Rob is the hands down, the best trainer I have ever worked with. I am a long distance runner, and I thought i was in relatively good shape. I started taking Rob's kettlebell classes in October in order to gain a little bit more strength. His class is amazing!! I feel much stronger and I also feel like the kettlebell classes are improving my running as well.

Rob truly is great at what he does. He is very patient and extremely knowledgeable. My technique has improved greatly and I have watched him transform other beginners as well. Rob is by far the best trainer I have ever worked with and I would and have recommended his class to anyone who is serious about reaching their fitness goals.

 
10/10 Excellent Kettlebell Trainer and Instructor
 
By Amar Rehal / Chicago, USA

I learned about kettlebells with Rob at his kettlebell class. He was thorough teaching the basics like the “swing” and “Turkish get up.” He showed how the hips, glutes and hamstrings work together to provide power for the rest of the movements. He’s always available to answer questions and stay after class to talk. He keeps the atmosphere loose and fun, so it never gets tedious. Don’t be fooled, however, his training sessions will leave you drained but in a good way.

He implements other techniques in his classes, such as stretching, yoga, bodyweight exercises, unilateral and bilateral movements for a balanced workout. This is a great way to keep your body and mind engaged but also to learn something new and add to your own program. Another key is he’s able to gauge your progress, asking me to add more weight when I had my doubts, but then surprising myself.

I was excited when Rob asked me to train with him. I learned how he definitely practices what he preaches, using several kettlebell movements in his workouts, mixing in strength, speed and power through circuit training and ladders. Most impressive was his perfect form, making the lifts look easy, helping me with my mine several times, his experience apparent.

Personally, kettlebells have helped me correct muscle and strength imbalances along with gaining a tremendous boost in my conditioning. I’ve noticed my grip and forearm strength has improved, the thicker kettlebell handle causing those muscles to work harder. The power I’ve gained easily transfers to the playing field, like basketball and football. Besides the physical benefits, I feel connected intuitively working with a kettlebell. Having it in my hands is almost like an extension of myself, making the workout focused and fun.

If you’re even slightly curious about kettlebells, I would highly recommend a trainer. A hands on approach is safe, preventing injury, and will also save you time and wasted effort learning on your own. And then ask for Rob since he’s the best.

 
10/10 Thanks, Rob
 
By Nia / Chicago, IL

I?ve been fortunate enough to train with Rob for 4 years and counting, even before he became RKC-certified. He already had knowledge and skills to spare, so when he decided to focus on KB training, I knew that it must be for a good reason, and I followed along with him. I?ll leave it to Rob to explain why KBs are an incredible training tool because he is the real expert, but I can vouch for the results. In the last 4 years, Rob has helped me make nearly uninterrupted progress in strength and conditioning, which has translated into better performance in both athletic activities (which are a big part my life) and just about anything else. He has both the tangibles and intangibles that make a great coach: the focus on safety and technique and the ability to make you want to work hard.

 
10/10 Best trainer I have ever worked with!
 
By Karen / Chicago, IL

I've been working out with Rob for about 2 years now, and I am constantly challenged and motivated by his style of training. As a competitive athlete throughout high school and college, I have had a host of different professional trainers. However, Rob is hands down the best trainer I have ever worked with. He tailors each workout to my fitness goals, and is constantly pushing me to get stronger.

I have a bad back, and so was concerned that Kettlebells might not be the right fit for me. However, Rob's knowledge of proper workout techniques has made me stronger and less inclined to injury.

I've introduced many friends to Rob and each have been impressed with his training style and knowledge of Kettlebell workouts.

I think Rob's strength is that he empowers each person he trains to achieve results. He will provide world-class instruction, but he will also require that you put in the hard work to achieve your goals. If you truly want to change your lifestyle, lose weight, become a better athlete or increase strength, I would highly recommend you sign up with Rob.

 
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Dragon Door Interviews RKC Team Leader, Robert Miller

When I found Dragon Door, I knew I wanted to be an RKC. Going to the RKC was an enlightening experience—I realized I had to go back to the drawing board.

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