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Testimonials

  • Brick Welch

    "Chris Grayson is one of the most knowledgable coaches that I have ever worked with. I have a pretty solid background in fitness and have worked with a lot of different coaches over the years, but without a doubt Chris is the best."
  • Eddie Amado

    Chicago Fireman "I have had some serious gains in lifting and my body composition has definitely improved."
  • Alan Schmuckler

    Actor and musician "supremely knowledgeable, practices what he preaches, and creates an environment that’s challenging without being impossible."
  • Dave Flores

    “Chris has offered the complete package of health and fitness from how he trains you according to your needs, to taking the time to explain his vast knowledge on diet and nutrition."
  • Goran Reljic

    MMA/UFC Fighter - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
  • Veronica Mayorga

    "I never imagined having a 6 pack five months after having a baby!"
  • Elizabeth Guzman

    “I lost about 40 lbs. and about 5 sizes. I feel wonderful and would recommend anyone to try it, you will not regret it!"
  • Jaspaul Gill

    Sanshou Competitor, Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner "Chris immediately stood out to me because of his passion for what he does, his intelligence, and his insistence that I not only do what he says but understand the rationale behind it as well."
  • Adem Redzovic

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and Professor “World Class Strength and Conditioning coach. Chicago’s best kept secret. If you want to get in the best shape of your life, contact Chris Grayson. By far the best I have trained with.”
  • Cliff Hagerman

    “I’ve been training with chris off and on for years. The greatest thing about the Urban Strength Institute is that Chris takes all the “guess work” out of it. If you show up and give your best effort, you WILL achieve your desired results. I’ve worked with Chris for fat loss, endurance training, and strength training and […]
  • Andy Bates

    College Football Wide Receiver
  • Matt Cebulak

    Jui Jitsu Practitioner
  • Benny Acevedo

    Chicago Police Officer and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
  • Narcis Mujkic

    MMA agent/academy owner and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor
  • Haris Usanovic

    Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Jiu Jitsu Professor
  • Sol Kim

    Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
  • Jim Glasgow

    Muay Thai Coach and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
  • Adem Redzovic

    Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and Professor
  • Cliff Hagerman

    Jiu Jitsu Instructor and Competitor
  • Kevin Tate

    "Again, the bottom line is that results don’t lie. If you want to experience improved performance and see your body change before your eyes, head down to USI."
  • Steve Cohen

    "My kids tell me that my shoulders and arms are ripped."
  • Anthony Kalina

    "The best part about USI is that your workouts are tailored to your goals and physical restrictions."
  • Jonathan Glenner

    "All I can say is that I wish I would have met Chris sooner."
  • John Jones

    "If you want real results and are willing to put in some hard work, this is definitely the gym for you."
  • Lauren T.

    "Before going to Urban Strength Institute I would run for my cardio but the results are no where near the results that I got from working with Chris."
  • Eli Levine

    "Not only have I lost over an inch on my waist size, I have gained a lot of muscle. He also put me on a much needed meal plan."
  • Marcin Sikora

    "I trained with Chris to prepare for a jiu jitsu tournament. I have to admit, I thought I was in decent shape, but training with Chris allowed me to take my conditioning to the next level."
  • Pat Agate

    "I owe a lot of it to Chris...I am doing the work, but without him as a guide, I would not be where I am today."
  • Alex Pinto

    "I have seen great results and look forward to coming here every day that I can. The energy and environment here is great."
  • Charlie Jensen

    "Chris is invested in your personal success. He is passionate about fitness and nutrition and can truly provide you with results - if you are willing to work hard to achieve it!"
  • Jeff Taylor

    "Chris' passion for exercise and healthy living is contagious. I have trained elsewhere and have never encountered an individual with a greater knowledge of fitness."
  • Ted Carlson

    "I have been consulting and training with Chris Grayson for nearly a decade. He has always delivered solid training advice. I know of no other trainer today that puts as much time into reading and developing the craft of training as he does."
  • Steve Cascio

    "Chris is a continual learner, and has a wealth of knowledge. When you train with Chis, you're not only a trainee, but you're a student. Chris really wants to impart knowledge to those he trains, but it's also obvious that he wants to listen to you too."
  • Andres Arias

    "Overall I have an enormous trust in Chris and his knowledge. I highly recommend USI to anyone who's serious about setting some goals and seeing them through."
  • Rene D.

    I’ve been training with with Chris for a little over a year now, and it’s a testament to his skill that I’m still at it.  Like many people, I’ve struggled staying consistent with training, usually doing well for about 6 months before starting to slack off due to a combination of life’s stresses and hitting […]
  • Antonio Garcia

    As a 6 year Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner and competitor I can honestly say that I've never felt more prepared and at my physical peak for BJJ competitions than I have training at USI under Chris Grayson.
  • Matthew Chan

    Chris is an extremely knowledgeable and helpful guy when it comes to strength training for athletic performance. He put together a dynamic and effective program to build explosive strength for me as an amateur MMA fighter in the short span of three weeks. Would highly recommend him and looking forward to working with him again.
  • Rachel Bolton

    He's curious, well-informed, easy to communicate with and encouraging. I've never had a better trainer!
  • Zach Larson

    If you want REAL results, look no further. When I was playing hockey, I worked with plenty of different trainers, but Chris was by far the best.
  • Andy Perez

    For me, it's the first time I've ever seen results from training ever. To date, I'm up 10 pounds, and have received compliments from friends and family who have noticed physical changes in my body. My arms and legs are bigger and more toned, and almost weekly during training, I notice that I'm able to lift more weight.
  • Brian O’Neill

    I came to Chris in July of 2016 with some very specific strength and performance based goals that I had finally committed to accomplishing; since I am in the field of Strength and Conditioning and bodywork I was in search of an expert. After doing extensive research on some of the best personal trainers in […]
  • Alex Truong

    I have been training with Chris Grayson for nearly a year now and here are the main reasons I believe USI is an absolute gem: - Chris truly cares about your performance. Your progress is his top priority so he will not hesitate to talk to you honestly even if you don't like it. - He is very knowledgeable.
  • John Teti

    "I recommend Chris to everyone, even nerds like me."
  • Jaime Gamboa – Karate athlete

    Chris is one, if not the most, knowledgeable fitness coach I've ever had. Thanks to USI and Chris, I will definitely be hitting the competition mats again in 2018.
  • John Fonseca – karate black belt

    I can honestly say that Chris Grayson is at the top of his field. I am always impressed by his extensive knowledge, no nonsense approach, and ways in which he challenges himself as a professional to continually learn and improve.
  • Justin Pak

    I have been training with Chris for about two years now and have received compliments from friends and colleagues about how my body is much more defined and trimmer since I started working out with him. Not only can I lift more weight, my cardio has improved greatly as well, and my nutrition and eating habits have changed because of his guidance. I can't recommend Chris and the USI enough- this IS the best-kept secret in Chicago.
  • Elisa Fonseca – Karate athlete and black belt

    "I appreciate his knowledge of sports science and trust his recommendations as a coach."