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Gideon Akande is a nationally recognized ambassador for health and fitness. Whether he’s leading an innovative workout, implementing a corporate fitness program, delivering a motivational presentation, or partnering with multinational companies on fitness programs, he is known for his versatile skills and engaging energy.

Gideon teaches and inspires people across the country through fitness events, his charismatic online presence, and media feature spotlights. Among these, the Chicago Sun-Times published a three-page spotlight on Gideon's training tips, showcased his expertise in its online fitness series, and Arianna Huffington's Thrive Global selected Gideon as one of 20 leading fitness experts nationally. He has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, WGN-TV, and FOX 32 Chicago, and in 2016 Men’s Health released RIPTENSITY™, a popular DVD fitness series created and led by Gideon. In addition, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and the Huffington Post each have named Gideon’s Instagram account (@getfitwithgiddy) as one of the best fitness accounts in the country.

A Chicago native and lifelong athlete, Gideon graduated from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA), where he played Division I football and became one of the leading kickoff returners in the school’s history. After embarking on a career in finance, he followed his heart and became a full-time personal trainer and group fitness instructor in 2010. Since then, thousands have benefitted from Gideon’s individualized training sessions, corporate bootcamps, and high-intensity classes—one of which was recognized by Men’s Book Chicago as one of Chicago’s toughest workouts.

With his versatile training techniques, Gideon consistently motivates with his positive attitude, his contagious energy, and especially his wholehearted belief in each person’s success. 

NASM Certified Personal Trainer
2015 Men's Health Next Top Trainer Winner
2013 / 2014 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion
Propel Ambassador
Vital Proteins Sponsored Athlete
NordicTrack - iFit Elite Trainer

Inspiring Fitness

“There are so many things people say you should do. Sometimes you have to go with what you feel… Don’t rob yourself of the opportunity to change the world.”
- Gideon Akande


Through humor, stories, and personal experience, Gideon offers advice and encouragement to students as they contemplate their educational pursuits and career opportunities. Gideon has spoken with students at DePaul College Prep and Lane Tech College Prep High School, of which he is a proud alum.

Advocate for Youth Fitness

Here's Gideon with excited Graham Elementary students in Chicago -- they know the answer!