the origins of river north strength


Ryan & christy Lukach

Before starting RNS in November of 2018, Ryan was a coach for nearly three years at Strive Village, a private strength and conditioning facility in the River North neighborhood of Chicago founded by his former collegiate strength coach. There, Ryan worked with a wide-range of clientele including former athletes, business executives and busy moms.

After Chicago, Ryan and his wife Christy moved back east to Richmond, VA to be near family & start River North Strength. The goal was to create an adult-training-centric facility that offered a high level program not seen in typical Boot Camps or CrossFit gyms.

In the winter of 2019/20, Ryan and Christy relocated to the Saint Louis area and opened the newest RNS location in Kirkwood, MO. In early 2022, they sold the Virginia location to two former RNS employees and they now operate as 804 Strength.

Before a career in fitness, Ryan played five years of NCAA Division I Baseball at the University of Hartford where he was captain for four years. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and a CPT from NSCA. 

To once again scratch that competitive itch, Ryan has started to play golf and hopes to make golf performance a niche service offering in the near future. Ryan and Christy reside in Glendale with their son Marshall and Labrador Nala.