I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and still call that home. Naturally athletic growing up, I became a track and field star in high school with the long and triple jump. I declined a scholarship offer to a small school so that I could follow in my dad’s footsteps and attend Penn State University where I graduated with honors, with a B.A. in Psychology. My focus was sport & exercise psychology, mental attitude, eating disorders and body image. I was drawn to this field because I too had struggled with body image problems, disordered eating, an unhealthy obsession with exercise which ultimately led to a stress fracture in my hip, depression, emotional eating, weight gain, weight loss, the cycle continued ...
After college, and a brief stint living at home, I moved to Lubbock, Texas where I began my Personal Training career. I eventually became the Director of Personal Training at the gym where I worked, helped create and teach our in-house Personal Training Certification, and led workshops and seminars around town. In addition, I had the privilege of training Miss Teen Texas, and helped coach her to win the Miss Dallas and Miss Houston swimsuit competition for two consecutive years! But after five years, I had my sights on something bigger and better ... Chicago!
I moved to Chicago in June of 2008 to Schaumburg, IL and began work at Life Time Fitness as a Personal Trainer. I immediately was promoted to management, where I revived and redesigned their Cardio Program. Within 3 months the program soared to the most successful in the nation. As a result, I was promoted to T.E.A.M. Coordinator and managed all the Group Training Programs. I quickly elevated those programs to the top spot in the franchise for many months as well. However, after 8 years of working on the corporate side of Personal Training, I knew it was time to branch out and start my own practice in order to focus on what I love best ... holistic health and fitness.
I moved into the city in January, 2010 and love everything about it! I am now an Independent Personal Trainer and Health Coach, and started Kristin Bozic F.I.T. Functional Integrative Training; an Evolution of Body, Mind, & Soul. My primary workspace is downtown at a private Personal Training Studio called HiFi on N. Orleans, where I work with both individuals and groups. I also train in clients' homes, lead beach boot camps on the lakeshore, offer private and group health coaching, facilitate wellness workshops, weight loss support groups, and provide grocery and health store tours and kitchen clean-outs.
I myself have been diagnosed with a chronic health issue a few years ago after moving to the city and I've been forced to redefine a new normal. Affecting all areas of my life and work, I realized that what I ate impacted how I felt on a daily basis. I am learning to manage it by keeping a positive mindset, learning to pace myself, and keeping my body clean; from what I eat to the products I use. I am passionate about preventative health and the food industry, and truly believe that foods can heal! I also know that how we eat drastically affects our exercise performance, athletic ability, and our capacity to burn fat and gain muscle. Human beings craves sudden miracles. Not fully aware of the actual achievements of natural nutrition, and exercise – which are in themselves miraculous – Just remember: You must earn your health! You cannot buy it. No one can give it to you.
MY MISSION & PASSION
I am thrilled to work for myself so that I can serve my clients better. My mission and calling in life is to help people make positive and long-term changes in their lives—and to provide the support and direction necessary to sustain this mission. I believe that proper nutrition and exercise is the one prescription we can all give ourselves. Our health is a gift and should be treated as such. The body is a miraculous work of art; yet is rooted in science. Working with someone's body is something I take very seriously, and I attempt to provide a better way of living for each and every client by incorporating functional training and corrective exercise along with a plant-based whole foods diet. Not only do I want them to aesthetically look better, I want them to feel stronger and move better without aches and pains. There is a balance that needs to occur between the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of ourselves to complete the picture of wellness. Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of clients, all who have individual success stories. My job is to lead, instruct, coach, guide, and encourage you on this path, this lifelong journey called wellness to create a life that you desire!