Meet the Owners


Daniel Stevens

Certifications/schooling:

  • Bachelors of Science in Economics from Northern Illinois University
  • Master of Business Administration from Rockford University *in progress
  • C.S.C.S. - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) *currently studying for
  • CPT - Certified Personal Trainer (ISSA)
  • SPN - Specialist in Sports Nutrition (ISSA)
  • SET - Specialist in Exercise Therapy (ISSA)
  • ISSA Elite Trainer 1 Certification
  • American Heart Association CPR/AED Certified
  • Associates of Arts from Rock Valley College

Titles:

  • NPC Certified IL Judge
  • 2014 IL State Bodybulding Champion (Heavyweight)
  • ON/ABB Sponsored Athlete
  • Fitmark Bags brand ambassador

Areas of expertise:

Diet assistance and programs, weight training, bodybuilding, endurance activities

Biography:

Since a very young age, Daniel has been heavily involved in Athletics. He started off in triathlons, eventually gravitating his way into the sport of cycling. He competed at a very high and elite national level, accumulating many sponsors and awards. In addition, he was coached by the same coaching team (Carmichael Training Systems) as multiple Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong.

As time went on, he became more and more interested in weight training and now is involved in the sport of bodybuilding. In addition to being an NPC competitive bodybuilder, Daniel founded Daniel Stevens Personal Training (one of Rockford’s only private personal training studios) in August of 2008 and started Premier Fitness in December of 2011. He is also an Optimum Nutrition and ABB Performance sponsored athlete and has been coached by the creator of Mountain Dog Training, John Meadows and trainer of Mr. 212 Olympia Flex Lewis, Neil Hill. In the past, he has also been fourtunate enough to be coached by IFBB Professional Bodybuilder, George Farah. To aid in contest preparation and training, Daniel also regularly works with one of Illinois' only IFBB Professional Bodybuilders, Chuck Sanow. Daniel has placed in the top 5 at numerous competitions, including being the current NPC Heavyweight Illinois State Champion.

As for his education, Daniel currently holds three certifications from one of the industry’s leaders in fitness certifications, ISSA. Daniel also has a B.S. in Economics from Northern Illinois University to go in conjunction with his love for the business world and investing. Daniel has also appeared in numerous publications and magazines such as Oxygen Magazine, ABB Hardline, the Optimum Nutrition product catalog, and more.

Claudia Fijal (Stevens)

Certifications/schooling:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED Cetified

Titles:

  • 2016 NPC Mighty Muscle on the Mississippi Bikini Overall winner
  • 2016 NPC Midwest Open Bikini Medium Class winner
  • 2016 NPC Midwest Gladiator Bikini C Class winner
  • CJ's Elite Sponsored Athlete and Glam Doll
  • Pro Tan Sponsored Athlete
  • Fitmark Bags brand ambassador

Areas of expertise:

Female fitness, strength training, weight loss, life coaching.

Biography:

Claudia was born in Krakow, Poland, but moved to Chicago at a very young age where she began modeling at 12. After taking over her hometown’s industry, moving to Los Angeles came naturally. Recently completely changing her body with a healthier lifestyle and competing in bikini, she loves to inspire others to take their health seriously and dedicate themselves to creating the body they want through hard work and determination.

Claudia has been spending time this year between touring with modeling, competing, and spending time with her husband Dan and four-legged son Charles. In the rare moments that she has a little free time at home or in her hotel room, as she frequently travels for work, she loves to read about U.S. presidents, fitness and nutrition. Claudia’s approach on training is energetic, informative and driven by results.