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Toby Sturges

  • Specialities: Strength Training | Weight Management | Functional Training
  • Personal Trainer


Certified Personal Trainer - American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Personal Training Degree - Remington College (Tampa, FL)

B.A. in Sports Management - Florida State University

M.B.A. in Management - DePaul University


Stemming from a life surrounded by health and fitness, Toby has a mother who has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years to a father who has coached youth football, baseball, and even taught Fred McGriff (Former Atlanta Brave and Tampa Bay Devil Ray) how to play golf. He grew up playing baseball, football, and golf as well as dabbled in hockey for a while. While attending Florida State University, he played Rugby on the club team and taught Fraternity brothers the importance of being active.

Toby moved to Chicago in 2013 and began his training career at LA Fitness where he worked for two and a half years. In 2015, he founded Genesis X Fitness LLC. with his brother and wife, training clients in River North. While training, he had the pleasure of working with Collegiate Athletes, Executives, Medical Doctors, and Civil Servants. Toby has trained clients ranging in age from 12 to 75 as well as all manners of health conditions.

2020 was a year filled with highs and lows, where he received an MBA from DePaul University but also had to close his business due to the pandemic. Toby then became a Personal Trainer at The Ray and has continued to train a wide range of clients.

Personal Interests:

He loves all things DISNEY, growing up in Florida. He also grew up watching Disney movies with his grandma which gave me many memories. Toby also loves playing video games, watching movies, country music, and traveling.

Training Philosophy:

Toby believes in educating individuals on the body, how it works and what can be accomplished given time. Educating clients leads to long-term adherence and self-efficacy for a lifestyle adoption that can be enjoyed for years. Teamwork is the key to success, where we work together to solve barriers to success, reducing negative tendencies. Through his own limitations and barriers that he had to overcome, Toby possesses the empathy and sympathy to help others lead the best life possible regardless of the starting and ending points of their fitness journey.