Eldin Pekmez excelled early at martial arts in his native Yugoslavia, and by age 16 had not only joined the National Team but was National Champion every year from 1986 through 1991. War devastated his country in 1992. Pekmez and his National Team made a harrowing escape from the besieged city of Sarajevo and within weeks, the team (now representing the new Republic of Bosnia-Herzagovina) competed at the acclaimed Mediterranean Games in France, 1993. Against all odds, Pekmez won the Bronze. As he stepped to the podium, the flag of the new Republic was raised for the first time at an international competition. He was named 1993 Athlete of the Year for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2000 Pekmez joined the USA National Team Trial against Japan. Although the USA National Team won the competition, injuries he sustained there ended Pekmez’ competitive career. He has continued to work as a professional trainer and coach in Europe and the United States and opened True Fitness in Wilmette in 2001.
Education and Certification
- SCW-CPT Certified Personal Trainer Accreditation
- OTIDRA Trainer Coach Certification
- American Sports Education Program Certification
- World Martial Arts Federation Coaching Certification
- DIF (the former Yugoslavia’s National sports University program which includes two years of kinesiology, anatomy, psychology and sports medication)
Eldin Pekmez’ mission is to encourage and train his clients toward a level of functional and durable fitness that will enhance their lives. He is a dynamic and intelligent trainer whose motivational skill and fitness expertise are a superior fit for motivated clients of any age and ability. He carefully individualizes training according to the goals, learning styles and abilities of each client. His challenging workouts increase balance, flexibility, strength and cardio/muscular endurance to the highest levels. His sunny studio, on a quiet street in Wilmette with ample free parking, offers a private, individualized, and focused environment for safe and effective fitness training “from the inside out.”
Pekmez trains clients of all ages and fitness levels, including high school and college athletes and post-rehabilitation clients. Clients appreciate his expertise, dedication and individual approach. Many devoted clients have trained with him for many years. He takes particular pride in the athletic accomplishments of his son (now a college student): 2013 New Trier High School Power Lifting Champion, four years NTHS Varsity football and 2014 Team Captain.