Ultiminio Lopez – Trainer
Ultiminio was born with a ball in his hand…actually several: a baseball, basketball, and a football. Athletics came very naturally to Ultiminio, leading to a full-ride baseball scholarship to the University of Nebraska.
As an adult, Ultiminio has continued his passion and involvement in sports. He started boxing in his late 30’s, and within a year and a half, he had his first fight.
He then began training boxers, as well as the average person just wanting an amazing workout. With the opportunity to work at Biggest Loser Resort Chicago, he brought his knowledge of boxing to our guests, and this specialized workout is often the highlight of the week.
He advises our guests to pack their favorite music for those times when you can drown out the trainers and just GO.
Degree in Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska. Personal Training Certification with AFAA. CPR certified with the American Red Cross.
Sue Loftus – Fitness Coach
Sue has worked as a Certified Group Fitness Instructor at a variety of Chicagoland Health Clubs and Park Districts since 2006. Some of her specialty classes include varied aqua classes, Zumba, and core and stability ball workouts. She is certified in Peyow Aqua Pilates, Zumba, Zumba Gold, Flirty Girl Fitness, and has earned Continuing Education Credits in many other fitness classes
Sue has been with Biggest Loser Resort Chicago for over a year now, where she started as a Zumba instructor and quickly took on additional classes. She enjoys working with our guests at the Chicago resort, finding it a meaningful way to directly impact people on their journey to health and wellness.
Sue’s recommendation to future Guests is to come with a heart rate monitor, lots of workout clothes, and to leave the word can’t at home!
Jerry Hayes – Motivation and Fitness Coach
After 40 years of being overweight, Jerry completely changed his life. Jerry’s weight loss journey started during season 7 of the NBC Show “The Biggest Loser” with his wife, Estella. Jerry was on the show two weeks with a loss total of 177 pounds with 151 pounds at home. That was the biggest at-home loss in the history of the show. At 64, Jerry was the Season 7, $100,000 At-Home
Winner. Six years later he is still at his goal weight.
Jerry works as walking/fitness coach and motivational speaker at the Biggest Loser Resort at Chicago. He and his wife, Estella, are enjoying their new careers as trainers—sharing their story, and encouraging others in their personal weight loss journey. Jerry has BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Spin Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Instructor, and Certified Life Coach.
Estella Hayes – Motivation and Fitness Coach
Estella began working at the Biggest Loser Resort at Chicago as a motivational speaker and accountability person and has now become a walking, hiking, spin, kickball and zumba enthusiast. Currently, she is retired from her previous career of being a registered nurse in a senior facility and is now encouraging people to be more active and enjoy life now.
She continues sharing her weight loss journey from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” Season 7. She was on the show for one week, like our current clients, and lost over 80 pounds at home and continues six years later to be at her goal weight. She and her husband, Jerry, are enjoying their new careers as trainers—sharing their story, and encouraging others in their personal journey at the resort. Estella has BS in Nursing and is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Group Instructor, and Certified Life Coach.
Shannon Flannigan – Fitness Coach
Fitness has always been an important aspect of Shannon’s life. She played competitive fastpitch softball until the age of 22 and was recognized as an elite softball player on the high school and junior college level. After her high school senior year, she represented the United States while playing in Holland, France, and Germany. After softball ended, Shannon became passionate about running where she has completed 9 full marathons, including a 31 mile charity run.
Shannon earned her personal training certification in 2007. Soon after, she decided to move to Los Angeles where she could further her training and career. For 5 years, Shannon was the Operational and Program Manager at a private gym on the Yahoo campus in Burbank, CA. She relocated back to Illinois in the summer of 2014 where she has been teaching classes in bootcamps, cycling, muscle conditioning, tabata, cardio sculpt, and yoga sculpt.