Warrior Health & Fitness

Dr. Desiree Acosta PT, DPT, CFT.

Desi became a member of the DTI family in 2004 at the age of 14. She received blackbelt's in both JunSa Kwan Hapkido and Guazabara in 2010 and enjoyed her time as a main instructor for the kids classes until starting college at Northern Illinois University to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Dr. Acosta graduated with a bachelors in Health Sciences in 2012 and went on to earn on a doctorate in physical therapy from NIU in 2016. She is now a licensed physical therapist working out of Dynamic Rehabilitation in Batavia, IL. Most recently, she also became an affiliate of the Illinois Sports and Sciences Association (ISSA) as a certified personal trainer working out of DTI. She is proud that her career and ambitions have brought her back to the Defense Training Institute where her passion for health and personal wellness started.

“Your only limit is you!” -Desi

Warrior Fit Circuit Training

Looking to lose weight, gain strength and stabilization, and improve your overall cardiovascular health? Warrior Fit circuits are now available for you! As the pilot program of Warrior Fitness, circuits are set up in a manner that allows individuals of all ages and fitness levels to exercise at their own pace and intensity to allow for maximum efficiency and safety throughout the workout. Lasting about 45-60 minutes, each session consists of 3 essential components: muscular strengthening, core stabilization, and cardiovascular conditioning. Utilizing her background in healthcare and personal training, Desi is available to not only guide you through the exercises, but also to provide any modifications and alternatives needed based on concerns and past medical history.

Fit to Fight CardioKickboxing

Utilizing our backgrounds in martial arts and physical fitness, Fit to Fight CardioKickboxing combines a high intensity cardiovascular workout with basic self defense training tactics to provide an engaging, efficient 45-minute session. 

All participants can expect to burn an average of 350 calories while being guided through the kicks and strikes in both individual and partner formats. So whether you're looking to lean out, learn self defense tactics, or a combination of the two, Fit to Fight will provide you with those tools.

Strength Training & Conditioning 

Edgardo "Eddie" Perez is a Certified Fitness Trainer specializing in strength development. 

By combining weight training and martial arts, Edgardo has developed a personal training program that will help you increase your strength, tone your body and lose weight. 

Contact Edgardo at 630-234-1631 to schedule your training and begin the process of developing the new you. 

About Our Program

The DTI health & Fitness program began was started in 2005, based out of the Defense Training Institute in now in Aurora, IL. Accredited through the International Sports and Sciences Association (ISSA). Our trainers are dedicated to providing the highest quality services to help you reach your fitness goals. What are you fighting for... stronger muscles? A leaner physique? Improved health overall? Let us help you get there!


Services provided:

  • 1 on 1 personal training

  • Circuit training

  • Fit to Fight CardioKickboxing

  • Combat Conditioning 

  • Nutrition guidance and planning

Warrior Fitness Recipe of the Week: 4/22

Homemade Guilt-free Bagels


Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet:

  • 16 oz lean Jenny O ground turkey (680 cal)

  • 3 diced sweet potato – about 2 large or 3 small sweet potatoes (340 cal)

  • ½ vidalia onion (30 cal)

  • 1 yellow bell pepper (50 cal)

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (120 cal)

  • 0.5 c low fat shredded mozzarella (140 cal)

*Pour olive oil into saute pan and brown ground turkey over medium heat. Meanwhile chop onion, bell pepper, and sweet potato into

~1/2 inch cubes. Add to saute pan once ground turkey is cooked through, and cook and additional 10 minutes until veggies are tender. Take pan off heat and top with shredded cheese


Yields 4 servings, 340 calories/serving

Macros: 24.2 g/ 27.2 g/ 13.8 g


Warrior Fit Circuits:

Tue./Thurs. 4:30pm Circuit Training  

7pm Group Fitness Classes

Saturday: 8:30am


1-on-1 training by appointment

Feed your cells proper Nutrition!

​​A friend recently told me that living a healthy lifestyle is a SKILL  - and as soon as I heard that,  a lightbulb went on! What an eye-opening statement that was! Not every day is going to be perfect and I think we get better at living that healthy lifestyle the longer we practice it! Good nutrition plays a critical role in everyone's health - and it is so much more than what you eat and how fast you can run a mile! It's your food, your sleep, your environment, your stress and your CELLULAR health! It is especially important for children because they are constantly growing, from before birth to adolescence. USANA makes it easy to ensure that your family—in all stages of development—gets nothing less than the best.

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