The Exercise Coach - Arlington Heights

Get stronger muscles, stronger health, and a stronger self with just two, 20-minute workouts a week.

The Exercise Coach® helps people build Stronger Muscles and enjoy Stronger Health, to become their Strongest Self in just two, 20-minute workouts per week. We believe STRENGTH CHANGES EVERYTHING!®️

In such a technologically advanced era, too many people feel far from fit and healthy. At The Exercise Coach®️, our passion is to be the perfect fit for people that conventional fitness wisdom has fai

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(Recipe of the Week) This healthy, creamy taco soup is intensely flavorful and satisfying! It's a one-pot paleo, low-carb, and delicious meal. Whip together this easy dinner recipe on a busy weeknight or as part of your meal prep!

Creamy Taco Soup



•1 tablespoon avocado oil
•1 onion chopped
•3 bell peppers seeded and chopped
•salt to taste
•4 garlic cloves minced
•1 jalapeño seeded and finely chopped
•1 pound ground beef see Notes
•1 tablespoon chili powder
•1 teaspoon garlic powder
•1 teaspoon cumin
•1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•½ teaspoon dried oregano
•2 (10-ounce) cans tomatoes with green chiles
•1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth (no added sugar)
•1 (14 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
•¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
•1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


•Heat avocado oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in chopped onion, bell peppers, and salt cook for about 5 minutes or until slightly soft.
•Add in garlic and jalapeño, cook for 1 minute before adding in ground beef. Cook, stirring frequently until beef is no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
•Add in chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and oregano. Mix to combine spices before pouring in the tomatoes with green chiles and chicken broth.
•Bring soup to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover with lid and simmer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove lid to stir in coconut milk, cilantro, and lime juice before serving.

Note: this dish is approved for the 30-day Metabolic Comeback Challenge. Find all recipes of the week on our Pinterest boards:


"Coaches are great. Knowledgeable, encouraging and supportive! I Love the idea of two days a week. I’ve been able to stick to this schedule since I’ve joined and have seen results , which is so encouraging. Especially with my age, trying to be proactive about my health physically and. nutritionally! Your nutrition program has great guidelines and for me supports a sustainable lifestyle, easier to stay on track. Thank you for this program! I Love how I’m feeling overall."

- Lorraine C., Cranberry Township, PA


(NEW LOCATION ALERT!) Congratulations to Franchise Partner Tom Palmisano and his team on their 2ND LOCATION in now open in Huntsville, AL! 💫


(NOW OPEN!) Congratulations to Franchise Partners Jim & Michele Montgomery on the opening of their 2ND STUDIO in North Frisco, TX! 💫


(NEW LOCATION ALERT!) Big Congrats to Franchise Partners Chaz & Denise Repak and team on the opening of their studio in Mandarin, FL! The Exercise Coach now has 200 LOCATIONS OPEN! 💫


(Recipe of the Week) This easy One-Skillet Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables recipe makes a healthy, quick, and delicious dinner! It’s packed with fresh and organic ingredients and is absolutely perfect for those busy weeknights!

One-Skillet Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Vegetables


•2 lbs. Cooked Shrimp peeled & deveined
•2 cups frozen Organic Peas
•1 red bell pepper chopped
•1 orange bell pepper chopped
•¼ cup green onions chopped
•3 cloves garlic minced
•2 Tbsp Organic Olive Oil
•1 lemon cut into wedges
•1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
•Salt/pepper to taste

•In a large skillet, on med-high heat, add 2 Tbsp. of Olive Oil. Add in 2 cups Peas, red and orange bell peppers, ¼ cup green onions, and minced garlic cloves. Stir frequently and cook for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
•Season 2 lbs. of shrimp with Cajun seasoning, and add to skillet. Toss to make sure that all ingredients are combined and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Squeeze all of the lemon wedges into the skillet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Note: this dish is approved for the 30-day Metabolic Comeback Challenge. Find all recipes of the week on our Pinterest Boards:


"The Metabolic Comeback Challenge was really a great way to reset and refocus my efforts to be healthier. The trainers were all very supportive and provided helpful guidance throughout the month. The first week was the most difficult as I adjusted to a big change in my eating habits but I found that I was sleeping better and feeling better as the challenge continued. I learned to eat a lot of protein and added in shakes using the PurePaleo. It was a good experience that I will definitely do again. I will be continuing my efforts to maintain a healthy balance of food, drink and exercise going forward."

- Josh S., Westchase, FL


(NEW STUDIO ALERT!) A BIG congratulations to Franchise Partners Paul & Amy VanderEyk & team on their Grand Opening in Avon OH! 💫


(NOW OPEN!) A BIG congratulations to Franchise Partner John Hagan and his team on their Grand Opening day in Centreville VA! 💫


(Recipe of the Week) Got leftover salmon? Make this protein-packed dill salmon and eggs scramble that's made with just a few ingredients and delicious seasonal flavors! This dish contains 31g of protein and makes a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Salmon and Eggs Scramble



For the Scramble

4 large eggs
splash of almond or coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh dill minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup leftover shredded salmon ~6 oz.
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
pepper to taste

For the Topping

1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1/2 tablespoon minced chives
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice


Prep eggs by whisking together 4 large eggs, a splash of milk, dill, salt, and pepper until combined.
Then, heat a medium size skillet to medium/high heat and add in olive oil and garlic. Pour in the egg mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes, using a spatula to scramble. Once the eggs have started to cook, add in cooked salmon.
Continue stirring until the eggs have reached desired texture (for about 3ish minutes).
To make the Greek yogurt topping, mix together all ingredients.
Serve scramble with Greek yogurt topping.

Note: this dish is approved for the 30-day Metabolic Comeback Challenge if omitting Greek yogurt. Find all Recipes of the Week on our Pinterest boards:


(NEW STUDIO ALERT!) The Exercise Coach – Zionsville is now open! A huge congratulations to Franchise Partners Phil Gordon and Trevor Junga on the opening of their 3rd LOCATION! 💫

‎FoundMyFitness: #082 The Science of Vigorous Exercise — Should We Train Hard or Train Long? | Martin Gibala, Ph.D. on Apple Podcasts 01/05/2024

An interesting and in depth conversation about the benefits of intense but brief bouts of exercise and the health benefits that are associated with those types of workouts.

If you're looking to maximize your workouts without a huge time commitment, please sign up for our 2 free sessions and see what The Exercise Coach can do for you!

‎FoundMyFitness: #082 The Science of Vigorous Exercise — Should We Train Hard or Train Long? | Martin Gibala, Ph.D. on Apple Podcasts ‎Show FoundMyFitness, Ep #082 The Science of Vigorous Exercise — Should We Train Hard or Train Long? | Martin Gibala, Ph.D. - Sep 19, 2023


(Recipe of the Week) Sheet Pan Meatballs and Broccolini is a cheap, fast, and easy dinner that can be on your table in 30 minutes! It’s kid-approved and keto-friendly as well!

Sheet Pan Meatballs and Broccolini

(adapted from:


1 pound broccolini ends trimmed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
1 teaspoon Magic Mushroom Powder or Diamond Crystal kosher salt
1½ pounds bulk Italian sausage - no added sugar
1½ cups marinara sauce - no sugar added


Heat oven to 425°F or 400°F convection bake with the rack in the middle.
On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the broccolini with olive oil and Magic Mushroom Powder. (If you don’t have Magic Mushroom Powder, you can use 1 teaspoon of Diamond Crystal kosher salt or ½ teaspoon Morton’s kosher salt/fine grain salt).
Arrange the broccolini in a single layer on the rimmed baking sheet.
Grab the sausage and roll out some meatballs! (If the sausage is in links, just pierce the casing with a knife to get to release the meat inside.) Scoop out uniform-size balls with a medium disher and roll out about 24 meatballs that are about 1½ inches in diameter.
Tuck the meatballs in any open spots between the broccolini on the baking sheet.
Pop the baking sheet in the oven. Roast the sheet pan meatballs and broccolini for a total of 15 to 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through and the broccolini is charred in places. Rotate the tray 180° at the 8 to 10 minute mark to ensure even cooking.
While the sheet pan supper is cooking, heat up the marinara sauce in a saucepan on the stovetop or in a glass container in the microwave oven.
When the sheet pan meatball supper is ready, take it out of the oven and spoon on the marinara sauce!

Note: This dish is approved for the 30-Day Metabolic Comeback Challenge provided sausage and marina sauce contain no added sugars. Find all recipes of the week on our Pinterest boards:


Here's to a strong, healthy 2024! Happy New Year from all of us at The Exercise Coach.


"The personalized workouts I get at The Exercise Coach have made a noticeable impact on my strength and overall well-being. The coach’s guidance, attention to detail, and constant encouragement create a supportive environment that keeps me motivated."

- Alonna R., Cleveland Park, DC


(Recipe of the Week) Check out this fresh, healthy, festive platter idea to bring to any gathering. Customize with your favorite veggies!

Veggie Holiday Wreath


1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 bag sugar snap peas
1 large bag broccoli florets
1 cucumber,, sliced into coins
8 red radishes,, ends trimmed
8 cherry tomatoes
1 jar veggie dip of choice


On a large round platter, place a small serving bowl in the center. Cut all veggies before assembly.
Rinse the peppers, and wipe dry with a paper towel.
Stand the red pepper upright. Using a sharp knife, cut off each side. Place each side, skin side down, on a cutting board. The textured inside should be facing you.
Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, stamp through one smooth flat area of the red pepper to get your first bow. (Depending on the size and shape of your pepper, the other heart shape may be cut from the same piece, or you may need to use one of the other cut pieces.) If there's room, use the remnant of the slice for bow tails or center of bow.
To make bow tails, cut two long rectangles from additional pepper sides, and on one long end of each rectangle, cut a "v" to make the tail.
Cut the sides from the yellow pepper in the same manner, and placing them on the cutting board, outside down, punch out shapes using a small star cookie cutter.
Slice the cucumber into 1/4in. coins, or for a fancier touch, use a crinkle cutter instead of a knife.
Slice the ends off both sides of the radishes.


Lay out snap peas side by side around the outside of the platter, like spokes on a wheel.
Mound the broccoli florets around the bowl, barely overlapping the peas.
Evenly disperse the sliced cucumbers, radishes, and cherry tomatoes.
Place the stars on top, and the bow in the front, as shown in the video.
Pour your favorite ranch dressing in the bowl, or make your own. (If you make your own, make sure to do it 2 hours ahead of time so the flavors can meld in the refrigerator.)
Serve immediately.

Note: This dish is approved for the 30-Day Metabolic Comeback Challenge provided that Primal Kitchen or approved ranch is used for dip. Find all Recipes of the Week on our Pinterest page:


"When you are 80 years old, you think your muscle tone is lost forever. As I build my strength, however, I can now walk longer distances without a walker, if I trip, I don’t fall over, I can pick things up from the floor, I can climb up and down stairs, and I can get up from a sitting position much easier. Small successes to celebrate BIG TIME!!"

- Marilyn M., Sandy, UT


"I have been a client at The Exercise Coach for almost 3 years and I will be a client forever. I came because it only takes 20-minutes twice a week and stayed because of the results and the encouraging and knowledgeable team. I have seen my strength increase dramatically and just had an amazing bone scan that verifies that fact. The staff are amazing cheerleaders and coaches and work to get me to do my very best every visit. Everyone should check it out."

- Lisa L., Southlake, TX


(Recipe of the Week) We love quick and easy dinners every day of the week! This lemon garlic shrimp pasta is a summer dinner your whole family will enjoy! It’s got fresh summer produce and will be ready in just about 20 minutes!

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta



2 zucchini, spiralized
1 tbsp avocado oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes, (use more or less to spice preference)
1/2 cup bone broth
1 lb large shrimp
1/2 bunch asparagus, ends removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 precooked sausage links, sliced into rounds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups arugula
2 lemons, juice of


•Spiralize zucchini and set aside. Mince garlic.
•In a large skillet over medium heat, add avocado oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook stirring continuously until fragrant.
•Add bone broth, asparagus, sausage and shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until shrimp turns pink and is done, about 2-3 minutes per side, stirring occasionally.
•Turn heat off, and add spiralized zucchini, arugula and lemon juice. Stir to combine everything and serve! Enjoy!

Note: Note: this dish is approved for the 30-day Metabolic Comeback Challenge provided you are using approved sausage. Find all recipes of the week on our Pinterest boards:


Mark Your Calendar! The next NATIONWIDE Metabolic Comeback Challenge dates have been released. We are looking forward to it! Ask your studio for more information.


Wishing you a Happy Holiday season! We are thankful to be a part of your healthy lifestyle and cheers to a strong, healthy 2024!

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281 North Dunton Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL

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