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Julie Albrecht

Julie's been in the fitness industry since she graduated from high school. She started as a group fitness instructor at Chicago Health Club and it didn't take long for her to see how fitness could positively impact your life.

Julie continued to gain fitness experience adding Personal Training, Power Pilates, and Stott Pilates on the machines.  

She has been at Active Souls since 2012 and everyone who has taken a class or trained with Julie is infected with her positive attitude and love for fitness. 

Julie wants to see everyone improve their lives through fitness.  Check out one of her group fitness classes or schedule a private or semi-private session with her.  You will leave feeling better than you did when you started.


Lise Gorajski

Lise is a self-proclaimed exercise “junkie”.   She left the corporate world of technology to focus on helping women achieve their health and fitness goals.  One of my inspiring heroines, Tina Turner, said, “I believe if you just stand up and go, life will open up for you!”  My focus is women that refuse to age.  Whether your goals are getting off the couch (and I do have “couch sitting” routines!), going sleeveless, or getting in shape for your favorite sport, I have a program for you.  I’ve been an avid jogger for most of my life and have run 5K’s through half-marathons in recent years.  Bicycling and hiking are also current avocations. 

 Certifications & Specializations:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT).
  • Former Tae Kwon Do black belt and instructor
  • Balanced Habits certified Level 2 Food Coach
  • Specializations in Corrective Exercise, Weight Loss, and Brains and Balance over 60”


Emily goss

Emily has always had a passion for challenging movement and exercise.  It was in 2007 when she discovered Pilates and was instantly drawn to the mind/body focus as well as the science behind the exercises.  She began her instructor training in STOTT Pilates method and is fully STOTT certified.  

Emily has worked with all types of bodies from scoliosis, frozen shoulders, pre/postnatal, etc.  Emily loves working with clients and helping them achieve their goals whether it be rehabilitating an injury, correcting muscle imbalances, feeling better, preventing back pain, and smaller, stronger core is a nice benefit too!


Kim Madeja

Kim has been in the fitness industry for 13 years and she doesn't considered it a "job." She looks forward every day to the opportunity of changing someone's life.

Kim was a high school athlete which sparked her interest in leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Kim has an undergraduate degree in exercise science from Illinois State University and her master's degree in sports management from Northwestern University. She has earned certifications from several nationally recognized organizations including ACE, NASM and NSCA. She has a variety of specializations:  golf biomechanics, pre and post natal fitness, corrective exercise and strength and conditioning.

Kim loves to learn and pass her knowledge along to her clients. "I have a joy and passion for teaching health and fitness to others, and do not limit my clientele. I appreciate working with a variety of people, from athletes to golfers to post rehabilitation and injury to pre and post natal. Whatever you're looking for I can help!"