Years of Experience: 10
Crossfit Level 1
Crossfit Level 2
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Licensed Massage Therapist
HawkGrips Level 1
Elite Dry Cupping Cert
In his younger years Coach Chris played every sport he could get close to: Baseball, Football, Lacrosse, Swimming, Bowling, and Golf. Needless to say if there's a competitive aspect to an activity he's probably tried to beat someone at it. After High school Coach Chris joined the United States Navy and traveled the world for 6 years. Upon his departure from the Navy he found his passion for helping people in personal training. Ever curious, Coach Chris took different classes for various modalities of fitness. Here he came across CrossFit and the rest is history. Coach Chris has been with SoNo Fitness since a few months after it's opening in 2013. His passion for learning about how the body works drove him to become a licensed massage therapist where he's been practicing for 4 years. For our members he is the first line of defense against nagging soft tissue issues. Coach Chris utilizes his athletic background, Naval experience, and knowledge about the body and how it works to create a stimulating and structured program that will help you improve your performance.
CHRIS “BRICK” BRICKHOUSE
Years of Experience: 4
Coach Chris "Brick" Brickhouse is an athlete born in Crossfit. His athletic journey started 6 years ago at Crossfit Sono which lead him to be be a coach.
Chris's fascination with fitness came from his studies at DePaul University. Part of his curriculum was the study of "Feldenkreis" which is a method of movement that focuses on the organization of the body for longevity of use. Once his study was complete, he wanted to take it a step further into fitness and health. Chris discovered that Crossfit was precisely what he was looking for; strength and fitness but with form and functionality.
Now, Chris is a Coach at Sono Fitness where it all started for him. Since, he has coached hundreds of athletes beginning their own journey into fitness.
When Chris is not Coaching at the gym, Chris is an aspiring filmmaker and local actor who had appeared in dozens of commercials, indie films and web series and was featured on the NBC drama Chicago Med.
Crossfit Level 1 Certified
Former DI College Athlete and Coach
NCI Level 1 Nutrition Certified
NCI Certified Mindset Specialist
NCI Certified Hormone Specialist
Crossfit Level 1 Certified
Former college baseball player
Rich played baseball in college, overseas in Europe, and coached in Uganda for Little League International during the 2012 season when the Ugandan 12&Under team went on to represent Africa in Williamsport, PA during the Little League World Series.
Upon finishing his baseball career and moving to Chicago four years ago for a summer residency at the Steppenwolf Theater, he wandered down Halsted one day into SoNo/Chicago MMA; and the rest is history. Since then he’s competed at the amateur level in a variety of CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, and kickboxing events representing the SoNo/Chicago MMA family. After training under Lopez and Big Z for two years, Rich began coaching in the summer of 2017.
A CrossFit Level 1 Coach, Rich holds additional certifications in Gymnastics and Olympic Weightlifting. He also serves as director of the SoNo youth program, working with local schools to help kids foster a positive relationship with movement and community.
He’s eternally grateful for the generosity of knowledge and spirit afforded to him daily by his coaches and training partners at SoNo/Chicago MMA, and hopes to be a part of others self-development in kind.
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Certification, CPR / AED
Megan grew up playing soccer, and continued playing throughout college at Vanderbilt University. After graduating and completing her career as a soccer player, Megan felt a bit of an identity crisis – who was she if she wasn’t an “athlete”? That is when she found the wonderful world of fitness. She loves competing against herself to get stronger and unleashing her inner-athlete. She eventually realized this was more than just a hobby, but a passion she wanted to pursue – which is when she started studying for her group fitness certificate and coaching classes. She has been coaching since December 2017 and has loved every minute of sharing her love for fitness!