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 - ACE Certified Health Coach
ACE - ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
ACE - ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE - Senior Fitness Specialist
Not Verified
ACE - 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 Chern'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




7 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • 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!

  • by Christine Coleman on Sep 29, 2012

    I started seeing Jo just to get some help with stregnth training - which was my least favorite thing to, after training with her for a while - it's my favorite! She has offered great tips for diet and exercise and really helps keep me on track!

    Whatever fitness goals you have - Jo will help you get there!

  • by Britt Verstegen on Sep 28, 2012

    I came to Jo severely overweight and lacking in strength. Through her expert direction in strength training and basic calisthenics, Jo has helped me lose weight and gain strength. Over time, I can feel my overall fitness improving. With her direction, I know I will lose all the excess weight and become the strong woman I want to be. I know her expertise will help me reach my fitness goals. Jo is both patient and kind, and she really knows her stuff. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal trainer.

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