McHenry County's #1
Functional Strength Training Center

E.W. Training Workouts involve sweat, heaving breathing, and hard work. We will push your body past its comfort zone, but we promise you...YOU WILL LOVE THE RESULTS! Whether you are training with our Ropes, Kettlebells, Body Weight Training, TRX, Power Circuit, Boxing, or some combination of the above, we will take you to levels of fitness and functional strength that you've never imagined.

We believe that everyone is a could just be on a fitness-leave of absence! Don't worry about not being strong enough...or not being tough enough. Our clients are at all fitness levels - from beginner to intermediate to competitive athletes and special combat forces! Whatever your fitness level, we help you set your goals and then most importantly, we help you realize them.

Now Available - Dietitian Services with Erin Swanson


EWT's most popular class is the 5:15 AM. For a dedicated group, the early morning workout is a perfect start. The cardio-core, circuit training, and kettle bell classes offer an unbeatable energy boost that lasts all day. Everyone is welcome. So why not see what a little sweat in the morning can do for you?

Dani visits EWT of Woodstock, Illinois nearly every day and credits her workouts for staying functionally strong on the job. She loves the challenge of EWT workouts because she loves how they make her feel. 

Our training involves full-body, dynamic motions that incorporate entire muscle groups. IT'S ALL ABOUT MUSCLE CONFUSION! Rather than focusing on one muscle for muscle building, our workouts move your entire body in a way that builds true functional strength, helping you to look and feel great while building strength for real life. Membership at E.W. Training includes:

  • Complete and continuous instruction with all of our tools by certified instructors
  • BMI/Body Fat Testing
  • Video Analysis of Your Form
  • Nutritional Planning
  • Cutting Edge Functional & Tactical Training
  • Accountability Form & Planning

We look forward to helping you in your quest for Fitness Excellence!


For many different reasons, my life was spiraling out of control.  The one thing I knew I could grab the horns of in order to take back control of it was my health and wellness.  On August 1, 2017, at the heaviest weight I had ever been, I started what I call my “Me vs. Me Journey”.  I knew part of “Me vs. Me” had to include working out more often and with more intensity than I had been doing in the past years.  I started working out at home, but I know myself well enough and knew that just working out at home was not going to be enough to keep me motivated and on the right track.  Also, I knew at my age, 41, I had to incorporate more strength training in order to boost metabolism.  Therefore, at the end of September, I attended the open house at Elite Warrior Training (EWT).  I liked what I saw, signed up that day and started attending classes right away.  I am now hooked!  I am so incredibly happy that I took that leap of faith!

Michelle and the members of EWT have created an environment that is so inviting, friendly, challenging, motivating, fun, family-like, and supportive.  In the past, I would get bored very easily with workouts.  There is definitely no boredom at EWT!!!  Between the variety of things done in the classes to everyone’s sense of humor during classes, the classes are fun…yes, even the “very hard days” are fun!  The encouragement and motivation that happens between EWT members is outstanding!  EWT members lookout for each other, and they want everyone to do their best.  All-in-all, everything about EWT keeps me coming back for more!

During a recent conversation with fellow EWT member, Tracy Cubert, regarding my journey, she said something that was spot-on and it has stuck with me and it encourages me to keep pushing forward.  She said, “Lesley #2 is gone and Lesley #1 is here.”  That is so correct!  And, I do not want to go back to the old me.  As much as it makes me physically ill to look at my “before” picture, I force myself to look at it often.  For me, it reminds me of many things…how far I have come both physically and mentally, how strong I am, how determined I am, how I have reached goals, how I am a fighter, how successful I am, how I don’t want to go back…it is a picture that motivates me to continue on with my “Me vs. Me Journey”.

As part of my journey, one of my goals was to lose weight, but I never dreamed my body would transform to the way it is today.  I truly know that I would not have made it this far, been this successful with my workout regimen if EWT was not part of my journey.  EWT became part of my life when I needed it the most.  Many, many thanks to Michelle and to the EWT members for helping me become who I am today!

My journey began August 1st and these are my current results:

Before= 164.6 lbs.
Current= 127 lbs.
Weight Loss= 37.6 lbs.
Body Fat Mass:
Before= 67.5 lbs.
Current= 28.2 lbs.
Fat Loss= 39.3 lbs.
Percent Body Fat:
Before= 40.9%
Current= 22.2%
% Loss= 18.7%
Other Results:
=BMI is now in a healthy range
=waist: 11.5 inches loss
=hips: 7.5 inches loss
=down five (5) pant sizes
=physical and mental improvements: priceless


As an active person, exercising in one form or another has long been a passion of mine.  For 10 years, I have shared my experience and love of running as a certified running coach at The Running Depot. This experience has taken me great distances, literally; running a 50k, marathons, and half marathons. I have made my fitness home at EW Training as a member for the past 6 years.

In April 2017, my fitness journey was altered when a body composition test (Bod Pod); comprised of weight, lean mass, fat mass, and body fat percentage, showed that I was overweight and at risk for health concerns due to my height and age. The result, 37.5% body fat convinced me to make changes that I had previously been putting off.

Though I had been told I had the ability to lift more, I’d had neither the drive nor confidence to do so.  With the advice of Michelle, I began to incorporate more strength to balance the cardio that I had worked so diligently to maintain.  As my weights increased, I continued my tri-weekly runs, but completed shorter distances. Throughout the process, there have been ups and downs, but I can honestly say I am stronger physically and mentally.  I have begun to look at myself in a way I thought I never would.  After finishing my third Bod Test I have lost 10 lbs. and my body fat has decreased to 31%, with a total loss of 14.5 inches.  

With all the challenges that the feminine identity faces in today’s world, EWT has become my sanctuary.  I am blessed to have a place where like-minded individuals are committed to lifting and empowering one another.  Michelle can broaden your limits and push you to achieve and improve yourself.

Tracy O.

My wife and I joined Elite Warrior Training a little over a year ago and we have not looked back since. This whole thing started when I turned 40. I was the largest I have ever been at 242 lbs and I wanted to make some changes. My wife and I were planning on having a child and this was a huge factor for me as well. Growing up, my father was always in at least decent shape, if not good shape. He was more than able to physically do anything with us that we wanted. I wanted to do the same for our child and at that time, I was not in the shape to do so. My goal was to loose some weight and get into better physical shape. That was a little over a year ago and I have lost a little over 30 lbs. The most stunning part for me was that I have lost over 45lbs of fat and I have dropped my body fat percentage from 46% to 30%.  My fat/lean muscle numbers when I started 111.5lbs/130.5lbs to 62.7lbs/146.3lbs where I am currently. Michelle was very candid at the start that this was going to be a 2 year process. Being a year and 2 months in, I could not be more happy with my results and I am excited to see where I end up at the end of the year.
Thanks for pushing me and giving me the tools to accomplish this, I feel amazing!

Mario S.



We’re excited to announce our new partnership with a company called Sweat Angels. Sweat Angels exists to help more people experience the joy of doing good. Through this partnership, we will be able to grow our community by doing good.

Starting September 27, every time you check-in on our Facebook page, Sweat Angels will donate to a great cause. Each month, they will provide a new charity for you to support by checking-in. Check out our Facebook page to see who we’re supporting this month.





We need your help to be successful and make a difference! Here’s what you can do:
• Check-in on our Facebook page every time you enter the facility. If you don’t know what a check-in is, here’s an article from Sweat Angels that explains it all:
• Make sure you use the monthly hashtag in your check-ins. We will tell you what hashtag to use when it changes.
• Add a photo to your check-in—perhaps a selfie.
• Ask your friends to check-in, too.

We are thrilled to partner with Sweat Angels to help grow our community and make a difference just by checking-in on Facebook. We hope you are just as excited to work with us to do good.

To see where we are at for the month visit.

To learn more, visit





24-Day Challenge

Are You Ready to Change Your Mind & Body about Health & Fitness? Are you looking to Lose Weight and Build Functional Muscles? Are you Bored with your current workout or gym? Need help with weight management, energy, overall body composition or overall wellness? Join EWT for the ADVOCARE 24-Day Challenge™. You can start anytime but why wait? Jump start the new year now!
Take the ADVOCARE 24 Day Challenge™ and get 24 days of fitness classes free at EWT.
Check out the 24-Day Challenge™ now.