Tonia is a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Health Coach, and Personal Trainer with more than 20 years experience in the fitness industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from Bradley University in Peoria, IL.
Tonia currently services the active adult that is interested in the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, that needs encouragement and motivation to attain their wellness goals. Her specialty includes women 45 years and over, and some of the issues they encounter. Tonia's current clients include those suffering from Diabetes, Hypertension, Parkinsons, Fibromyalgia, as well as otherwise healthy adults interested in body fat-weight loss, or strength & conditioning programming.
My favorite client story
One of my favorite clients include a woman that hired me months before her 50th birthday. Her weight was up and down and it was becoming more difficult to lose and keep the weight off. Three years later, she's reduced her body fat and weight, toned and firmed, dropped 3 dress sizes, and she has seen a reduction in stress.
My favorite exercise
My favorite exercises are body weight, and includes squats and planks.
My favorite quote
"It's not about how you look, but how you feel"
My training philosophy
Tonia's mission is "to inspire, nurture and improve clients' quality of life through health and fitness.” She wholeheartedly believes that no two clients are exactly alike, which is why she focuses on each individual's personal needs and abilities.
My training experience
Tonia has been training for more than 23 years in the fitness industry. Her experience includes developing corporate health and fitness programming and leading fitness classes, as well as personal and small group training. Tonia began teaching group fitness classes at the local YMCA, in addition to Wright Junior College, Quaker Oats Corporation, Executive Sports & Fitness, and Gottlieb Hospital. Her desire to work with individuals led to her contracting with the Ritz Carlton Chicago, and the development of her fitness company, 2 Be Fit Fitness Training. Tonia and 2 Be Fit provides on site health and wellness services for those striving to attain their health and fitness goals.
Areas of Expertise
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
- Injury Prevention
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Who I Especially Like Working With
Cancer Survivors, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Rehab, Seniors, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Arthritis, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Breast Cancer, Diabetes, Diastasis Recti, Fibromyalgia, Joint Pain, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Piriformis Syndrome, Postural Issues, Sciatica
Training Areas Served
Virtual or Outdoor Personal Training
7515 Madison St
Forest Park, IL 60130
Session Surcharge: $10
Tonia, is an excellent trainer! She pushes you hard yet gives you training that meets your exercise level! She has transformed my body in ways that I would have never been able to do on my own. She is dedicated to her clients sending me exercises even when I travel! If you are going to invest in a trainer, choose Tonia!
I've been training with Tonia for several years and I find our sessions very rewarding. She consistently presents challenges that enables me to strive and meet my fitness goals one day at a time.
I work out with Tonia every Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. I find it fun to work with a fitness expert and to learn to challenge my muscles in new ways. The workouts are varied and stimulating, and I never get bored with the routine. I’m always learning some new exercise or new way to work different muscle groups. It’s a great way to begin my day and my whole week!
Tonia is a wonderful trainer and motivator. Under her guidance, I've learned now to target specific muscles that need extra toning and definition. I'm more fit, more flexible and much stronger in my upper body. She's also taught me about choosing the right foods to help me get my weight to where I want it to be.
Having a chance to get a "virtual workout" with my regular trainer Tonia Ward is a godsend. We’ve been working together for many years in a variety of settings, but this takes the cake! Using FaceTime we’ve meet twice a week for 30 minutes. I have a ball, weights, a roller, and a yoga mat up in my attic. With this simple equipment and her coaching, I’m able to get a satisfying and cardio-producing workout just as if we were in the same space. In this crazy COVID-19 crisis, working out every Monday and Friday feels like the most normal thing I’ve got going!