WGN Shines Lights on Redefined Fitness Giving

Eric Smoot knows what it’s like to face adversity.


Eric Smoot (L) and Silviu Gansca


When Smoot, who co-owns Redefined Fitness along with Silviu Gansca, was 12 years old, he was homeless, living with his mother and twin sister in the beauty shop where his mother worked.

Smoot went on to attend college, eventually starting Redefined Fitness in Wilmette. But even today, Smoot hasn’t forgot how it felt to be homeless in Gary, Indiana. For more than a decade, he has worked with clients to purchase Christmas presents and deliver them personally to families living at The Ark Shelter in Gary.

Smoot’s generosity is the subject of a great story. Click here to see the WGN TV profile.