Jo Chern

MADISON, WI 53716-3772

I'm a mature female trainer who's been through the ups and downs of fitness and weight and bring empathy, education, and a "kinder,gentler" holistic approach to health and fitness. With certifications in both Personal Training and Weight Management, I can instruct all along the spectrum, specializing in helping "deconditioned" clients of all ages. I also teach Qigong, a gentle movement form of exercise, promoting flexibility, stress relief and healing.

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About Me


  • Master's Degree, English: Writing, The Ohio State University
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise
  • ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Coach, American Council on Exercise
  • Qi Gong Teacher Training, Santa Cruz Chi Center

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Health Coach
ACE - Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
ACE - Senior Fitness Specialist
Not Verified
ACE - Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
Not Verified
SCCC - Qi Gong
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Red Cross

AED Certified

American Red Cross

Liability Insurance

  • FitPak

Jo's Locations

Small Change Personal Training

Within 25.00 miles of 53703 (Mobile Training Radius)

Additional Information


$60.00 / hr, Package discounts available

Payment Methods

Cash, Cashier's Check, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Workshop Coordinator GWAAR Conference: "Caring For Yourself While Caring About Others"
  • Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
  • Qigong & Acupressure Training

Languages Spoken




9 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Tracy Comer on Sep 28, 2016

    I've been a personal training client with Jo for over two years (usually doing co-sessions with a friend) and always really look forward to the sessions (on average once a week). She has helped me recover from back and hip injuries successfully and I trust her expertise in rehab protocols completely. For the regular training sessions, she always knows just how much to push without making the whole experience unpleasant! In fact the sessions are lots of fun and filled with good humor. I've recently started attending Qi Gong at her suggestion and love that as well. I highly recommend her.

  • by mercedes alcala on May 24, 2016

    I´m very grateful to Jo because she has helped me immensely with chronic neck pain. I have several damaged discs in my neck and I cannot have surgery and tried physical therapy and strong pain killers as well as cortisone injections and none of that helped for more than a few weeks. Seeing Jo for two times a week for two years has been the best decision because I can manage my symptoms and have a better quality of life.

  • by david kindig on Jan 07, 2014

    Ive never used a trainer before…i love being active in the woods or fishing, but hate machines and fitness centers. Ive been with Jo for 6 months and it has been terrific. When she asked me my goal I said as a senior I don't want to kill myself with my chain saw. She said that this was her first such request but she could work with it!..My strength and balance are much improved, and Im at the lowest weight Ive been in 20 years…that is before tomorrows post holiday weigh in :(

    Dave Kindig MD
    Jan 7, 2014

  • by Sara F on Dec 29, 2013

    I have done personal training with Jo for over 2 years. She is a great motivator and very knowledgeable regarding diet and fitness. Jo is easy to work with and knows how to provide challenging workouts for her clients without risking injury or feeling too pushy. I truly enjoy my weekly sessions and appreciate the reasonable pricing and the privacy provided in Jo's Middleton studio.

  • by User on Oct 01, 2012

    Jo is the trainer you want if you'd rather be napping or reading a good book instead of working out. I hate exercise, I really do. Jo has made working out tolerable and even fun. She has also taught me so much about my body and various muscle groups, with a little Zen thrown in. This woman knows what she is doing!

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