Bill Waltzek
President and Owner of ForwardFit | Certified Personal Trainer

Bill Waltzek has a great passion for fitness and learned at a young age the importance of living a healthy life. He modeled his own personal exercise based on the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the golden age of bodybuilding. After being certified as a personal trainer in 2006, Bill got a job at Xsport Fitness in Downers Grove, Illinois and had worked there for 3 years where he learned about functional training. He continued his education by implementing strategies from such great companies as Athletes Performance, IHP, Art of Strength, Functional Movement Screens and many more.

In 2009 Bill started his own company, Forward Fit, Inc and has been helping clients get in the best shape of their lives ever since.

It takes a lot of discipline and determination to achieve great results and ultimately it is the client’s responsibility. But Bill’s techniques, charisma and his extensive knowledge and passion makes the workouts fun, challenging, and a bit different each time.

Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Marketing from Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois.

Bill is certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise, International Youth Conditioning Association Kettlebell, Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified and CPR and AED certified through American Heart Association.

Bill will help you:

  • Assess your physical condition and track changes
  • Set goals
  • Review a nutritional plan and learn better eating habits
  • Learn proper strength training technique
  • Improve endurance
  • Find motivation
  • Improve your appearance
  • Feel better
  • Improve your health
  • Gain muscle and lose fat
  • Tone up
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Reach your goals

I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

-Bill Waltzek
President of ForwardFit | ACE | CPT


Jackie Rowatt
B.S. Exercise Science- Western Illinois University
CPR /AED Certified


Competitive Runner for over 5 years
High School Track and Field Coach
Personal Trainer for over 2 years
Group Fitness Trainer for over 2 years
Strength and Conditioning Coach for middle school, high school and college athletes
Member of the Dick Pond Fast Track Racing Team (Schaumburg)

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Quad-City Times Bix 7 Finisher
2011, 2012, 2013 Quad Cities Half Marathon Finisher
2012 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon Finisher
2013 Tough Mudder Finisher
2013 Quad Cities Triathlon Finisher
2014 Dam to Dam, Iowa’s Distance Classic Finisher


Shannon Flanagan
Contributing Writer | Certified Personal Trainer

Shannon Flanagan strives to make her clients’ dreams come true. Shannon understands that each client is an individual with different desires and motivations. She tailors each program to fit her client’s goals, fitness level, and schedule.

Being an elite athlete from a young age, Shannon had always been aware of the importance fitness played in competitive sports. However, after taking a kickboxing class in college, Shannon realized that in order to truly live a happy life, fitness needed to be a lifestyle.

Shannon earned her personal training certificate through NESTA and began training at XSPORT Fitness in Downers Grove, Illinois. Since then, she has completed AFFA and NETA certifications to teach fitness classes. She is, also, certified in cycle and yoga while working towards a certification in nutrition. In addition to personal training, Shannon teaches body sculpting, yoga, spin, treadmill/strength, and bootcamp classes.

In 2008, Shannon moved to Los Angeles, California to work with some of the top trainers in the fitness industry. She has taught fitness classes at CRUNCH GYM in Hollywood, Aquila Fitness on the campus, Pulse Fitness Studio in Sherman Oaks, and CorePower Yoga in Sherman Oaks. While in California, Shannon has worked with all types of clients ranging from T.V. personalities, ironman competitors, to stay-at-home moms. The fact that her clients continue to re-up for her sessions is a testament to the personal relationship Shannon cultivates. Shannon feels her greatest professional reward is seeing the joy her clients experience with each goal they achieve.

An active, healthy lifestyle is how Shannon lives her life. Sharing her passion with the world is what drives her to be the best.

-Shannon Flanagan

Alexis Ocampo

Certified Personal Trainer

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An Instructor for MidWest Karate-Do Association. Ms. Ocampo has over 16 years experience and holds a San-Dan (3rd Degree Black Belt) in Shotokan Karate. She was recognized as being one of the youngest students to receive her Ni-Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) at age 13. Currently, she is a member of the U.S. National Karate Team. In 2006, Ms. Ocampo competed in the Junior Pan American Championships in Curacao and took home a gold medal in kumite. She presently is a two time WKC Junior World Champion—taking home four gold medals in both kata and kumite for the U.S. Furthermore, in 2011, Ms. Ocampo again became a world champion in both kata and kumite in the International Martial Arts in Tallinn, Estonia. For two consecutive years, she was voted “Best Competitor of the Year,” and recognized as the youngest female to receive this honor twice by Sensei Chuzo Kotaka—Founder of the International Karate-Do Federation in Hawaii. Lastly, Ms. Ocampo is a 10 time AAU State, Regional, National Champion. In 2013 Ms. Ocampo received her certification as a Personal Trainer and is now working as a trainer with ForwardFit.  She is currently studying at Bendictine University and majoring in health science to become a physical therapist.


Amy Pelz -NABBA Figure Pro

Contributing Writer | ForwardFit Client

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Amy graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2004 with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Communications. Amy has been training with Bill Waltzek and ForwardFit since 2009 and has seen fantastic results.  Amy writes for ForwardFit from the perspective of a client that has become a fitness enthusiast while under the training of the ForwardFit system.   “I have a great interest in exercise and nutrition and plan on pursuing further education within this field in the near future.”- Amy Pelz

 Carla Schuit  –  Registered Dietitian with a certificate in weight management and a masters in public health

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A Registered Dietitian with a certificate in weight management and a masters in public health She has spent her career helping people achieve their health goals. Working with dialysis, weight loss, rehab, eating disorder, sports performance and diabetic patients. She has a passion for food, nutrition, metabolism and exercise.

Brooke RodgersCertified Holistic Health Coach

Contributing Writer

Brooke_kitchen 3“Hi My name is Brooke Rodgers and I  currently live in Wheaton, IL; a southwest suburb of Chicago.  I am the owner and founder of Perceptive Wellness Health Coaching:  A wellness program geared toward empowering women and families to take control of their health in a holistic approach-a way to enhance one’s health by looking at all areas of one’s life (including dietary patterns, energy levels, weight management, stress relief, joy/satisfaction in relationships and career).  I am a certified holistic health coach practitioner through The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and received extensive training through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.  Not only do I provide one on one health and lifestyle coaching, but I also offer group health programs, nutrition and health workshops, grocery store tours, 1 hour cooking demonstrations, and I write a weekly blog on my website and send out monthly newsletters that contains information on relevant health and wellness topics, seasonal recipes, health tips, and wellness event updates and news. Before realizing my passion for preventative medicine, empowering and supporting women and children with healthy diet and lifestyle patterns, I worked as a former inner city K-8 wellness instructor teaching fitness, nutrition, and health to children and adolescents.  I’ve always had a passion and interest in health and teaching, but I wanted to take it further and begin my own coaching practice.  My passion grew further inside teaching the importance of how lifestyle patterns, exercise, and healthy eating can greatly contribute to our overall quality of life and physical, mental, and emotional health and resilience!.  My job is to empower, guide, support, and teach others not only how to ignite that same passion, but how to take control of their health, life, and happiness.”

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