Illinois Dad Turned Trainer Brings Teen Concept From Outdoors Into Fitness Center

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“This is relatable. I’m a regular person,” says Ishmael Hicks, a trainer who was raised in Peoria, Ill., and now operates his own fitness and training space, called the Underground Training Center, within a facility in the city. “I’m not ‘X’ professional, or no outstanding college superstar that came back with a big name and wanted to start a training facility, or come from a family with money, or a community that endorsed me with money. I’m just a regular person who started off with his daughter training in parks and in my garage.”

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