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Meet Robbie Ventura of Visionquest Coaching in Lincoln Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robbie Ventura.

Robbie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was a former professional cyclist that realized it was a lot more fun to help others then to focus 100 percent on my own success. I started coaching friends of mine to start and realized that their success was making me feel great. They kept getting better and better and others were noticing it and the word started to spread. We opened our first facility in Lake Bluff in 2002 and we expanded to the city of Chicago 2 years later. VQ has been growing for 15 years and we work with all levels of endurance athletes.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
We have had some challenges in our growth process. We grew a bit to quickly and ran out of space several times. We also had the city of Chicago kick us out of our building under eminent domain which was very tough since we did not have time to find a new space that was perfect. We settled on the best place we could find but it was not ideal.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are in the business of changing people’s lives. We make people healthier, happier and more productive by helping them become better endurance athletes the most efficient way possible. We use many different measurement metrics to define improvement. We are most proud of our value statements that guide every decision we make here at VQ.

We believe in the journey.
We believe in safety.
We believe in community.
We believe in innovation.
We believe in life balance.

These 5 Statements have represented the feelings of not only our staff but of all our athletes here at VQ.

We have helped more than 5000 athletes achieve their goals and the team here at VQ gets their energy from watching people do things they never thought possible.

What were you like growing up?
I was a pretty driven athlete that learned to be selfish to have success. I did everything I could to become the best athlete I could be. That mindset does not allow you to be the best version of yourself.

Coaching and helping others has helped me become the person I wanted to be.

I reflect on my professional career and I loved it but I am so lucky that I found true happiness in the service of others.


  • Membership $200-$225 dollars a month- (no contracts!)
  • Various testing services ranging from $100-$300
  • Punch Cards that cost $20/ session

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Image Credit:
Sydney Moy

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1 Comment

  1. Kim Lilly

    May 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I joined VQ five months ago, and have found that those 5 statements aren’t just slogans – they’re true! I am not a triathlete, I was a recreational cyclist who wanted to become better, faster and stronger. The VQ community has been welcoming and inclusive and everyone has worked to help me set and achieve my own goals. I love it and am looking forward to many years of being part of this community.

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