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The ritualistic rhythm of our daily lives can sometimes cause us to make frequent quick, short-term decisions without the foresight of what negative fundamental long-term consequences could arise. The instant, temporary gratification of allowing yourself “Oh, just one more cocktail” or telling yourself “It’s ok, I’ll work out next week,” can and will accumulate to a lot more than tighter pants. A mediocre diet and a casual fitness routine can also keep stress levels high and even increase your health care costs. You’re busy. I get it. Unfortunately, whether you're in a state of transition or if you work sixty hours a week, physical fitness is one thing that cannot be ordered, delivered and unwrapped on your doorstep. Start making more pragmatic short-term decisions that can better your health long-term. And what a great place to start? Train with Lisa Payne Fitness.

Growing up, I was a string bean who was very shy and didn’t have a lot of self-confidence about myself or my body. Becoming more physically active connected me to a stronger side of myself that I previously didn’t know existed. After high school, I gained a college ten pounds, then gained another ten after college, and yet another ten when I moved back to Chicago. And all the while I was working out! I was frustrated to say the least. Becoming a fitness professional made me realize exercise was more than spending endless hours on a cardio machine. Adding strength training to my routine helped me lose six pounds. Eventually, with a combination of a nutritionist prescribed diet, yoga and smarter cardio, I’ve lost another seventeen pounds, have had a decrease in body fat by 9%, and I’ve gone from a size 31 jeans to a size 25 with an overall total of 12.5 inches lost! More than one light bulb went off and I realized I wasn’t the only one who thought cardio was the be-all end-all to lose weight. Strength training is key to getting you a strong, lean body. And a strong body can lead to a strong mind.

I am an ACE-certified (American Council on Exercise) Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, and I am also a Fitness Writer. I am a functional trainer and believe your workouts should be core-based, time-efficient, fun and safe. Originally from Chicago, I have a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa. I also have a Post-Baccalaureate degree and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While completing my Master’s degree, I began teaching fitness classes and started personal training to help pay my student loans. After having a pivotal conversation with a client who’d lost over thirty pounds while training with me, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love inspiring others and educating them on how to better their lives. And now I get to do that with my clients and by writing about fitness!


  • American Council on Exercise – Personal Trainer
  • American Council on Exercise – Group Fitness Instructor
  • American Heart Association – CPR and Defibrillator
  • Schwinn – Spinning
  • Hit It Kickbox™
  • WillPower & Grace™
  • Powerstrike!™


  • Women's Health Magazine
  • Prevention Magazine
  • Crain's Business
  • Refinery29
  • TimeOut Magazine
  • Today's Chicago Woman magazine
  • CheekyChicago.com
  • Pause Magazine
  • VitalJuice.com
  • Illinois Counseling May 2011 Newsletter


  • NBC
  • ABC 7 Chicago
  • WGN Chicago
  • TodayTVLive.com
  • EverythingHealthyTV.com