Live Better is an experiential health and wellness company based in Chicago that aims to solve dynamic health challenges at all levels.

Our mission is to actively build a network of people that come to discover health-related strategies, pursue a growth mindset and push each other to change the world.

Our
mission

What we stand for

Our community is made up of entrepreneurs, businesses and wellness enthusiasts alike who are looking to get healthy and are seeking a holistic health foundation that will help them better themselves and those around them. 

We promise to support your health journey, no matter what it may look like. We are committed to holding space for you as you push toward your potential and continue to have the best day ever, every single day. 

move

eat

think

give

We create 'systems' of health for you to move better eat better, think better, give better and ultimately live better.

Our
Story

Turning even the most immeasurable life dreams into a distinct tangible reality.

Nike Trainers Jason Loebig and Bret Gornik have accumulated nearly 20 years of wellness experience by charting their own course through the biggest of corporations to starting their own wellness company from the ground up.

With backgrounds in business and data analytics, they learned how to make self-care a top priority, and how to apply that energy towards finding purpose in their work. Since their transitions from the corporate world, the two have advised CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, and creatives alike on how to apply this thinking to their own lives.

finding a purpose 

The "best day ever" Mindset.

Their “best day ever” mindset embodies the very essence of how they approach life, make decisions, act and evaluate behavior in a stronger, more resilient way. Knowing the mind and body are capable of doing great things, the two contagiously spread this “best day ever” attitude to help others find meaning and pursue purpose in life.

Using expertise to support others through the  challenges of their environment.

Both Jason and Bret have a wide breadth of experience teaching wellness tools to people in many different environments, from elementary school classrooms to private clients to executive boardrooms. The common theme from one to the other is the necessity for self care, purpose, and community.

Live Better seeks to solve wellness challenges at all levels, utilizing the help and expertise of their community of coaches to their experience teaching and traveling. Wellness is a fundamental human need (and, right).

The best day ever

Where it all began

From superfood bars to retreats.

Bret and Jason sat down over dinner to discuss a protein bar Bret was formulating; he had dabbled in some private training on the side and mentioned he was looking to start this “side hustle.” That dinner lasted about 6 hours. The Live Better bar led to nutrition work with corporate clients. Meetings with people in the health and wellness industry turned into a podcast.  Personal training, Nike projects and yoga certifications followed. International wellness retreats began. 

the evolution

Meet
the team

Bret Gornik

Co-founder

 As a health coach and trainer, Bret infuses wellness into my everyday routines by taking care of himself first, so he can then give back to others. As an avid goal-setter, Bret lives a "best day ever" mentality and helps others find their why, set goals, take action and push through the failures to succeed, together.

Jason Loebig

Co-founder

Jason’s biggest strengths are empathy and passion. He surrounds himself with people who make excuses to win instead of people that make excuses to quit. Even when motivation lacks, Jason relies on discipline to put in the effort and execute. Jason’s "why" is to empower people to take care of their mental and physical health so they can do everything else better. As a health coach and trainer, he infuses aspects of wellness in everything he does, by practicing what he preaches. 

The people who run the joint

Ryland hormel

retreat co-leader

He has always found meaning through being in community with others, experiencing new things and enjoying unique environments. This passion led him to designing and hosting wellness retreats with Live Better. After being a host and teacher on seven international retreats, Ryland has worked with hundreds of people on exploring concepts like developing meaning in life and as a bonus has used his lifelong background in surfing to help those on the retreats catch their very first wave. 

Paige PowelL

CHIef of staff

With experience at a globally active advertising agency to startup alikes, Paige knows how to work through a profitable process to make an unparalleled impact. She is the quarterback of our team and the glue that holds everything together. From creating processes to help Live Better prepare for growth and wearing many hats, Paige is your go-to team member to make sure you have the best experience possible. 

Since his transition as a data analyst at Walgreens, Bret has been a fundamental part of his clients journeys. From fostering real, honest conversations around important topics such as self awareness and managing limiting beliefs, Bret ultimately helps others creating a system that works for them and represents his or her values.

Since his transition as a data analyst at Walgreens, Bret has been a fundamental part of his clients journeys. From fostering real, honest conversations around important topics, Bret helps others creating a system that works for them and represents his or her values.

From starting his career in public accounting as a CPA doing tax consulting in Chicago to becoming a Nike Trainer and now Nike Run Coach, the co-founder of Live Better, Jason, is just getting started

From starting his career at PwC as a CPA doing tax consultant in Chicago, to becoming a Nike Trainer and now Nike Run Coach (1 of 4 in the U.S with both accolades) and the co-founder of Live Better, Jason is just getting started. 

Ryland has accumulated 10+ years of experience building global brands, nationally recognized work and helping others find beauty in discovering freedom. 

Ryland has accumulated 10+ years of experience building global brands, nationally recognized work and helping others find beauty in discovering freedom. 

From experiencing a Live Better Retreat to quitting her job and joining the Live Better Team a year later, Paige exemplifies what it means to pursue purpose and specifically, the Live Better lifestyle!

From experiencing a Live Better Retreat to quitting her job and joining the Live Better Team a year later, Paige exemplifies what it means to pursue purpose and specifically, the Live Better lifestyle!

Join a community that lasts a lifetime.

It's a place where like-minded people come together to support each other on their health journeys, and bring genuine interest in living healthy to develop their purpose. This community includes access to monthly workout programs, self-guided courses on goal-setting and mindset, meet-ups, and other exclusive access to Live Better events.

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