Meet The Trainers

Meet The Trainers
Victor Zavala

IYCA High School Youth Conditioning Coach
CrossFit level 1 Trainer 

Victor Zavala is a fitness coach who wants to make health and fitness a reality in as many people’s lives as possible. He strives to help his athletes experience the great benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Growing up he was always active in sports; playing basketball into his college years, Victor has continued his passion for basketball at St. Ben’s high school as the Varsity Boys Basketball strength and conditioning coach.

Sylvia Lopez

Bachelors and Masters in Accounting

"For as long as I can remember I have always been active, playing sports, and enjoying every minute of it. Being an athlete introduced me to training and conditioning at an early age and because of it I took this love for fitness and joined Victor on his journey to opening Victory Training. Although I am not training as much, I am very much involved behind the scenes and will pop in to help train when needed. Being healthy, to me, is not only about looking great but feeling great too. I’m here to encourage you and motivate you any way that I can to help you achieve your personal fitness goals."

James Choi

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • Illinois Department of Public Health Licensed Emergency Medical Technician Basic
  • American Heart Association BLS CPR/AED Certified
A former EMT, James always has had an interest in, and enthusiasm for, helping others. His clients range from novices who want to build muscle and gain strength to advanced clients who are ready to take their current fitness program to the next level.
James excels at developing a customized fitness plan based on each client's specific health and wellness goals. He makes a point to adapt and adjust a client's program to ensure fitness longevity and overall physical wellness.To produce the most optimal, personalized results, James partners with his clients and integrates strength, muscle development, and cardiovascular training.

Recently, he set and exceeded a personal strength goal: James placed 1st in two nationally recognized Chicago powerlifting competitions.

Jonathan Rodriguez

  • Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • FMS 2 (Functional Movement Systems) 
  • ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization) 
  • Weight Management Assessor
Jonathan Rodriguez has been coaching at Victory Training since August 2015. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Athletic Training with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning. Jonathan also has his Master’s degree in Athletic Training from Ohio University, where he was heavily involved in evidence-based research in Sports Medicine, orthopedic assessment of the body, therapeutic exercise application, and strength and conditioning. Jonathan's recent experience ranges back to when he worked with Ohio Valley University’s Women’s volleyball and Men’s basketball team as their strength and conditioning coach. He has also coached and continues to coach various youth athletic development classes, adult fitness classes, and HS/College aged athletes. Jonathan has certifications in FMS 2 (Functional Movement Systems), ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization), and as a Weight Management Assessor. He also works for TCBoost, a Sports Performance Company in Northbrook, where he specializes in athletic development for speed, agility, and fundamental weight lifting.

Pat Tupa

NASM Certified personal trainer
Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from DePaul

I started my fitness journey when I was 12 years old and have only become more passionate about training and assisting others in reaching their goals. I specialize in Hypertrophy based training, the goal here is to get stronger and grow the muscle as much as possible. I also focus a lot on nutrition and what each athlete should eat based on their goals.
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