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 fastest results and utilize the right training methods that are aligned with your goals and what you’re qualified to do. Because USI functions in a private training environment, we can do things here you simply cannot do at a membership based gym.


Personalized Programs

The initial assessment starts the process to developing a training program thats right for you. 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.

The Dullest of Ink is better than the Best of Memories

At Urban Strength Institute we monitor your training so that you continue to see improvement. We know when you’ve adapted to your program, therefore, we know when to change it. At USI we believe in a plan that is tracked by collecting important data.


By collecting data we prove efficacy.

Whether thats checking your body fat monthly, knowing the total volume/poundage 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 and the speed in which you performed an exercise measured in velocity. The image to the right is the software we use to track and monitor your results. Most trainers will simply change your workouts as they see fit without really knowing the outcome they’re getting with you because they do not collect useful data.



Nutritional Guidance

Unless you are a genetic lottery ticket winner there is no training program that will deliver the best results possible if nutrition is overlooked. At USI we provide guidance by looking at what your current diet/habits are and then help you develop better ones.

No Quick Fix Crazy Tactics…Just Nutritional Guidance Made Easy and Sustainable.

We create a folder for you on Evernote that we share together (image on left is an example). It’s very simple…you tell us what you’re eating and we tell you how you can improve (we also share with you any relevant info that we feel can help you). This really comes down to your level of commitment. If you want the help we provide it. See what our clients have to say.


Chris Grayson

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.



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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 1PM on Saturday (closed Sunday). We are by appointment only. It’s best to set up an appointment on our BOOK APPOINTMENT page. If you don’t see that, call us for up to date info regarding availability (312.725.4874).


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