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Now is the perfect time to get in shape!

You can achieve your fitness goals! Work out one-to-one with a patient, knowledgeable trainer with 25+ years of experience with clients of all ages and fitness levels, from complete beginner to conditioned athlete. Chicago in Shape is a well-equipped private training studio serving Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, River North, Streeterville, Mag Mile, and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Jim Tribolet founded Chicago In Shape in 1993 out of the desire to share his passion for helping others commit to a healthy, rewarding lifestyle. He realized that many people feel more comfortable and motivated working one-on-one in a smaller studio rather than a gym environment. Since then, Jim has helped a wide variety of individuals achieve their personal best by offering the tools, training and motivation to lose weight, build muscle, tone up, gain flexibility, increase endurance, burn fat, alleviate pain, reduce stress and shape their body.


Jim holds a B.S. degree from Indiana University and has been certified as a Health Fitness Instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine. Jim is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer by the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.). He is also a certified TRX Suspension Training Instructor. Continuing education is an essential part of being a great fitness professional; he regularly attends professional seminars and workshops to stay current with the latest developments in the fitness industry.

Jim worked with Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a Lifestyle Coach for the Diabetes Prevention Program, a five-year national research study that proved the numerous health benefits of losing weight through improved nutrition and consistent, intelligent exercise. The results of this powerful research into the benefits of exercise and diet modification are documented in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Jim also walks the walk! He models a healthy lifestyle by engaging in regular exercise, following a healthy diet, and working toward balance between his personal and professional life. He can often be seen riding his bike (always his preferred means of transportation!) through the streets of Chicago or along the lakefront. He encourages his clients and friends to think of themselves as ACTIVE people.




Who Are You?


A typical client could be:

  • A fitness newbie hoping to lose weight, increase stamina and flexibility, and/or build muscle

  • A mom or dad who has taken care of the kids, but not him- or herself for way too long

  • An athlete requiring sports-specific training and conditioning

  • An individual with special medical or health considerations, such as post-cardiac rehab, diabetes, Parkinson's, post-orthopedic surgery recovery

No matter your age, your level of fitness, and whether you have previous exercise experience or not, Jim will tailor your workouts to your needs and abilities!

Are you over 50 and/or interested in senior fitness? If so, read more...

How It Works


Jim employs a wide variety of tools, strategies, and training techniques to ensure that your program is best suited to your individual needs and goals. There are no gimmicks, just solid exercise science, proven strategies, and top-quality equipment. Some tools we may choose from during a session include kettlebells and dumbbells; TRX® Suspension Training; the Bosu® balance trainer; the UltraSlide®; the exercise bike, and many others. And you will be assigned exercises that you can easily do on your own at home in between sessions. That's how we get it done!


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Standards of Professionalism​

  • Nationally certified, CPR-trained, and fully insured

  • Always practices safe and effective training techniques

  • Professional in dress and conduct, and maintains confidentiality in all communication

  • Starts training sessions on time

  • Avoids eating and cell phone usage during training sessions

  • Designs a personalized program that considers the many facets of your health and fitness needs

  • Regularly updates and adjusts your program as needed

  • Caring, supportive partner who leads by example and will be there to hold you accountable to your goals

Can't travel to the Chicago in Shape studio for workouts? Read about in-home training.



Though my demanding work schedule leaves little time for exercise, I have still managed to train with Chicago In Shape for over 6 years. The reasons: my training sessions are fun, fast-paced and effective. Chicago In Shape keeps me looking and feeling my best. It's time and money well spent!

— Anita



James Tribolet

1425 North Dearborn Parkway

Chicago, Illinois 60610

Hours by appointment:


Tel: 312.316.3481

Send me a message with any questions about training at Chicago in Shape, in-home training options, or to schedule your FREE 30-minute consultation!