Private Training Environment

Because USI functions in a private training environment, there are things we can do here you simply cannot do at a membership based gym. For one, you will never run into equipment being unavailable or people in your way. This allows us to train you optimally for your goals. A coach will be with you every step of the way.

Personalized Training Program

Veronica H. Lower workout (1)

The initial assessment paves the way to a training program that meets your needs. Based on your assessment as well as your goals we utilize the appropriate training methods that are aligned with your needs. We’ll meet you at your starting point and work with you on a program built just for you.

Continuous Progress

At Urban Strength Institute we customize a training program so that you continue to see improvement from month to month. Once you’ve adapted to a program we know what you need to do next. At USI we believe in a plan.

What gets Measured gets Improved

We’ve been asked many times “how do we know if I’m improving?” Very clearly.

We collect data. Whether thats checking your body fat monthly, looking up the total volume or tonnage that you’ve lifted within a given workout or a given week, or seeing what the average weight you’ve lifted was. We can even look at your power output measured in watts or the speed in which you performed an exercise measured in velocity. Most trainers will simply change your workouts as they see fit without really knowing the results their getting with you because they do not collect useful data. We prove your results with science.

Training Analytics

Nutritional Guidance

Food Log

Unless you are a genetic lottery ticket winner, there is no training program that will deliver the results you seek if nutrition is overlooked. At USI we strongly support your nutritional needs by providing detailed guidance regarding what you need to change to get the results you came here for.

Your personal trainer should really be your coach

We like to start by giving you food logs that see what your current habits are. From there we can start to make changes that have a low failure rate because they’re easy to apply. We establish a plan so you know what you should eat or not eat and give you guidance on any lifestyle changes that are necessary in order to accomplish your goals. Most importantly we help you keep those results you’re looking for.

Results Aren’t Guaranteed, They are Earned

HARD WORK. The two most important words when it comes to getting results. At USI we believe in the Kaizen principle… constant and never-ending improvement.
We select the exercises that give you “the biggest bang for your buck” and utilize the right training methods that are aligned with your goals.  Chris Grayson, Chicago personal trainer, is backed by 17 years of real world results and ready to help you.

Meet the Coach


I got into weight lifting in high school to get stronger and gain weight for wrestling. After high school, I enlisted in Marine Corps and my passion for exercise really started to grow. As soon as I got out of the Marines in 1998 I got a job at a gym I was working out at to pursue personal training. Since 1998 I’ve had up to four personal training certificates and I can say that some weren’t worth the paper they were printed on. What I discovered was in order to become a great coach you need to learn from the best and not just pass a test and then spend a lot of time applying what you’ve learned. Over my 17 years in this industry, I’ve spent thousands of dollars on seminars, books, internships, and consultations with some of the best in the industry in order to become the best I could in the field that I love. I also became certified from two of the top strength coaches in the industry.


Free eBook Download

Take Your Results to the Next Level. Take a detailed look at our training process.
Get this ebook for FREE

eBook Download

Common Questions

How much does it cost to train at USI?

The cost is determined by how many times a week you train (2, 3, or 4 times) and ranges from $350 – $550 per month.

What is the design of your programs?

In short, we train you according to what your actual goals are and what you’re qualified to do. We ARE NOT a bootcamp. We DO NOT train everyone the same. For more detailed info, contact us at 312.725.4874.

How long are the workouts?

Depending on what your goals are, training takes roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Just clothing that you’ll be comfortable training in, and water if you’d like.

Can I train at any time?

We are by appointment only.

If I have/had a serious injury or limitation am I still a good fit for USI?

That depends on the severity of the injury and what you injured. We’ve been rehabbing people for years, but calling us to get more information from you would be wise. 312-725-4874.

I’d like to learn more about your gym?

No problem. You can download our free ebook above that provides a ton of info on what we do, or just give us a call at 312.725.4874.

What’s the coaches availability?

We typically work from 6AM to 8PM Monday thru Friday, and 7AM to 12PM on Saturday (closed Sunday). We are by appointment only. It’s best to set up an appointment on our pop-up schedule. If you don’t see that, call us for up to date info regarding availability (312.725.4874).

Contact Us

Have a question about training, nutrition, supplementation, or anything relevant to Urban Strength Institute? Shoot, and we’ll get right back to you. • 312-725-4874

Our Latest Blogs