Redefined Fitness Gives Back During Holiday Season


Redefined Fitness co-owners Eric Smoot (left) and Silviu Gansca at their holiday giving event.

At Redefined Fitness, the only thing more important than staying fit is giving back to the community.

Redefined Fitness actively supports many charities throughout the Chicago area and Indiana. Every cause is important, but an annual holiday giving campaign hits a little closer to home than most.

For more than a decade, co-owners Eric Smoot and Silviu Gansca have worked with clients to distribute Christmas presents to women and children living in a homeless shelter in Gary, Indiana.

The mission has roots in Smoot’s childhood. When he was 12 years old, he was homeless, living with his mother and twin sister in the beauty shop where his mother worked.

He went on to attend college and eventually started Redefined Fitness with Gansca. Now, their annual holiday campaign utilizes nearly 100 volunteers and raises $25,000 in gifts.

Click here to see the article in the Chicago Tribune’s Wilmette Life.