Meet Brian Mahoney, Multi-Certifed Personal Trainer

Bodystar Fitness, Inc. was founded in Wilmette, IL by Brian Mahoney, a multi-certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine, ACE, NESTA, and more). Brian is a long-time North Shore resident and one of the most well-known and experienced trainers on the North Shore.
Brian's work goes beyond strength and fitness. He's a certified Parkinson's Disease Boxing Trainer, a self-defense coach, and Exercise Is Medicine practitioner. He has a lot of experience with special needs and hard to train clients. Brian has also accepted client referrals from therapists and medical doctors to help their patients improve their overall health. Brian has been active in the North Shore community, partnering with groups like Weight Watchers to offer training tips and behavior changing support.
Brian Mahoney Personal Training Certific

Background: Brian grew up on Chicago's North Side. He started lifting rusty old weights as a young teen, then became a varsity wrestler and pole vaulter in high school. Brian evolved into an endurance racer - triathlons, biathlons, and the marathon. He joined the Northwestern University Masters Swim Team to improve his swim times, and rode with pro cyclists who tolerated him for a certain distances.


Brian now trains himself in a variety of modes to keep it interesting. He's a life-long martial artist: he is highly ranked in Hapkido, privately trained in kickboxing with super martial artist Joe Bell, and now practices Krav Maga - the Israeli art of self-defense - at the Alph Krav Maga Compound in Northbrook (highly recommended).


Brian is a former special education teacher. He's a certified Rock Steady Parkinsons Boxing Coach - a boxing method that can help reverse the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. Brian's says "If you can move it, I can train it...and if you can't move it, I'll move it until you can!" Brian also offers specialized training for Stroke Recovery, Cancer, Illness recovery, depression and mental health support (exercise and camaraderie are the best anti-depressants), and elder strength/independence training.


In his previous life, Brian graduated from The University of Chicago, and attended Northwestern University graduate school. He lived in France for a time and misses it. In the US, Brian designed and developed software for companies like Electronic Arts; he wrote literature and history textbooks for national publishers like Houghton Mifflin, and designed and programmed websites for companies like Motorola. One day he walked away from 12 - 16 hour on-screen days to start helping people in real life. And the rest