Hello fitness friends! My name is Josha Krueger and I am a NSCA CSCS certified fitness trainer. I am also a former college and pro soccer player.
I played soccer at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, starting on varsity as a freshman and was part of the team that broke UWM into the NCAA tournament. I loved being a Panther, and I am proud to say my #22 jersey is retired at UWM.
After my college years, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play pro soccer in the women’s W-League. I played in 2000 for the Chicago Cobras, and the next year for the Boston Renegade, winning the league championship with both teams successively. In all, I made five championship game appearances in 7 years (but who’s counting). In 2009 I started Kru Strength + Fitness in Andersonville. Kru draws from my years of experience as a professional athlete and combines with my 10+ years of personal training knowledge to create a new kind of hybrid gym that provides strength training at all levels.
I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of Chicago Now. I want to extend the Krummunity beyond the gym to connect with Chicagoans who are interested in health and fitness. My aim, both as a trainer and a blogger, is to connect with everyone interested in talking about fitness.
I know that everyone can take steps to be more active. You might not go from couch potato to marathon runner overnight, but getting started is the most important and hardest step to making long-term change and staying committed.
Fitness can take all shape and forms. My personal philosophy is that there is definitely no one-size-fits-all workout. I’m not into trendy gimmicks or fad weight loss diets that you read about in a magazine. Being fit and healthy takes hard work, but I believe (with the proper guidance) everyone can do it.
I have worked with all types of clients - young and old. From elite athletes to their grandparents - women interested in weight training, first-time marathon runners, men in their 40s and 50s who want to get back in shape, and I have coached student athletes that just want to go varsity. I have had the pleasure of working with all kinds of Chicagoans: cops, school teachers, roller derby stars, executives, student athletes, and stay at home moms. I love the variety and the people are the best part of it all.
In addition to exercise, we’ll also talk about how to make good choices in your diet (versus “going on a diet”) as well as other topics that affect your health like metabolism, sleep and how to balance your fitness regimen with your work life.
I look forward to getting fit with you Chicago!