Susan Thomson

Wilmette, IL 60091-2815

Personal Fitness Training is an encore career for me. Prior to this, I worked in the Financial Services Industry for nearly 17 years for various companies including John Nuveen & Co., Lincoln Financial Group and Charles Schwab. I was always greatly concerned when a client with great wealth was so deconditioned that he or she had trouble walking into my office and getting into and out of an office chair. I soon realized that there is no wealth without health. Therefore, I decided to change careers and pursue a career in health and fitness. I work hard to provide sessions that are both interesting and challenging for my clients. I enjoy the outdoors and spend much of my free time kayaking, hiking and cross country skiing. I work with two Physical Therapists and as a result we see a number of individuals who are facing a number of health challenges including orthopedic surgery. My advice to those who are recovering from a health issue or injury is "do what you can do on any given day", but if at all possible, don't stop moving.

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About Me


  • Master's Degree, Education, Carnegie-Mellon University

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

NASM - Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
FAI - Functional Aging Specialist
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)

CPR Certified

Emergency Response Institute (ERI)

AED Certified

emergency response institute (E.R.I)

Susan's Locations

Personal Fitness Training

350 Linden
Wilmette, IL 60091-2815

Additional Information


$95.00 / hr, Semi-private sessions can be split 2 or 3 ways for $120 per hour.

Payment Methods

Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Certified as a Wilderness First Responder, BCU 3 Kayak Award

Languages Spoken




2 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Sara Cohan on Aug 10, 2012

    I feel very lucky to have trained with Susan for the last three years. I appreciate her creativity, and her knowledge and ability to provide workouts that are fine tuned to my personal needs. She has a love of learning and is always studying and taking courses to find new ways to help me achieve my fitness goals. I love working with Susan and highly recommend her.

    Sara, client for 3 years

  • by Anne Leary on Aug 07, 2012

    Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to exercise for strength and get me back on a path for good health.

    Anne, client for 2 years