Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Our goal is to deliver incredible results while helping every member feel safe and supported.

We are experts in kettlebell training and have certifications from StrongFirst, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Functional Movement Systems, and Precision Nutrition, and have significant experience with the Postural Restoration Institute.

More importantly, we take the time to learn the names, needs, and limitations of every member. Meet Chicago’s premier fitness team.

Sean Griffin, Founder, Chief of Happiness

Sean oversees business operations and marketing, in addition to driving the bus.  His mission in life is to ignite strength, health, and happiness in the lives of others.

After a brief 2-year stint in corporate finance, Sean quickly realized his true passion for fitness and wellness. He founded CPG in 2013 after working with Division 1 college athletes, interning at the nationally recognized IFAST, and earning some of the industry’s top certifications, including CSCS, SFG, FMS and PN.

Sean graduated from Indiana University with a finance degree.

Grant Anderson, Co-Owner, Director of Strength

Grant is the co-owner of CPG. As Director of Strength, Grant develops our Team Training training program and oversees our coaching staff. He specializes in simple methods that achieve maximum results.

He holds CSCS, SFG, and FMS certifications and has a deep passion for continuing education in the strength and fitness world.

Grant graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science.

Steve Carlson, Head Coach, Guardian of Strength

Steve serves as our Team Training Head Coach. His ability to connect with and support our incredibly diverse Tribe members is second to none. Steve’s passion is getting people strong and creating amazing, in-the-moment experiences for members.

Steve graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He began his fitness career with The FIT, a premier fitness institution in Rockford, IL.

Peter Leonhard, Assistant Coach

Peter comes to CPG after multiple years of experience coaching general population clients and athletes. Peter spent his first year at CPG as a member and currently is the only gentlemen in the gym to complete the 100 rep 5:00 snatch test with the 32k kettlebell.

Peter played goalie for the University of Kentucky and graduated with a degree in business administration. He is a certified StrongFirst Level 1 instructor and is ready to help the Primal Tribe get strong!

Karla Gidwani, Membership Coordinator

Karla serves as a strength coach and our membership coordinator. Her passion for all things healthy and desire to help others lead her to pursue a career in fitness. She started as a CPG member and then became our intern. Now she is an official member of Team CPG!

Karla holds a B.A. in Music from DePaul University and an M.M. in Music Therapy from Illinois State University. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer.


Our pup, Ziggy, embodies the primal spirit. He loves nothing more than chasing his football, jumping into Lake Michigan, and licking the faces of his favorite members.

Ziggy does not have a college degree.

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