VIDA trainers are the most qualified personal trainers from across the country and all of our trainers maintain a national personal training certification as well as many specialized certifications for specific training modalities. Please contact any of the personal trainers below to get started today!
For two years, Alexandra Chili was an international hoop queen/pro-baller in Europe and she channels that athletic spirit to this day. Her basketball experience taught her the importance of dedication and practice to progress to new heights. As a NASM certified personal trainer, Chili hopes to inspire her clients to find their inner athlete — one who is diligent, tough and fully capable of achieving their dreams. Chili also teaches yoga (200 RYT) and believes in strengthening the mind with the body. She sees the individual and will work hard to help anyone cultivate power and presence so that we can all live our most optimized lives.
Ali is a fitness professional with over 10 years of experience dedicated to helping people reach their health and fitness goals. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is well-versed in a variety of training methodologies. Ali’s other certifications include Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and TRX Suspension Training Level 1. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey and a Master’s in business from Coventry University in the UK. Ali is an expert in creating customized, intelligent and motivational programs for all levels. He loves educating people while training, whether you’re a professional athlete trying to perform better, a sedentary office employee who wants to have a beach body, a mom-to-be wants to prepare for a healthier pregnancy or an active individual that needs post-surgery rehab. Regardless of your goals, you’ll be in good hands!
Alie is a certified personal trainer with NASM and has a passion for the transformative power of fitness. While she has her degree in International Studies from Dickinson College, she has been learning about and spreading the joy of exercise to those around her for years. Her interest began when she decided to sign up for the Tough Mudder. She soon got into powerlifting and HIIT-style workouts. Throughout college, she encouraged her friends to step outside of their comfort zone and showed them the ropes in the weight room. Their results – both mentally and physically – inspired her. She is a huge proponent of the holistic effects of exercise and believes that working out strengthens not just the body, but also the mind. She approaches training with intention, truly listening and helping each individual reach his or her goals.
Allen is a NASM certified personal trainer. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Pre Professional Physical Therapy. He enjoys working with all types of clients and working through challenges to help clients toward their fitness goals. He is passionate about running and how it can improve the quality of life for everyone. Allen believes that people’s health is their wealth so taking care of the body is key to living a happy and prosperous life.
Andy is a Master trainer with VIDA Fitness with five years of personal training experience. Andy specializes in strength and power based training sessions. Andy also has certifications in corrective exercise so he can help clients correct any muscle imbalances or weakness to then progress them into higher intensity strength training. Andy enjoys working with all types of members and enjoys the challenge of designing various programs for these different exercise backgrounds. Andy truly enjoys motivating his clients and helping them push past their fitness goals.
Anthony grew up in up-state New York participating in a variety of activities throughout is life (football, wrestling and snowboarding) which gave him the motivation to want to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Anthony used this background and career goal to earn a bachelor’s degree in Wellness Management from SUNY. Since he graduated from college Anthony has spent the last seven years working in the fitness industry and the last five years as a personal trainer. Anthony is certified through NPTI and holds a TRX training certification.
In 2010 Ari relocated to the DC area from Virginia Beach to persue a career in fitness, along that journey he has continued to grow and learn with every client. His passion has developed a unique mind, and skill set amongst the training staff here at Vida, focusing on proper muscle unit recruitment, strengthening limb support structures, and developing a fully functional core. With a background in sustained weight loss, and post physical therapy training programs; Ari enjoys the challenge of helping clients come to terms with physical limitations, while simultaneously exceeding their expectations. Don’t be scared though, Ari is great at reading people, and will change a workout on the fly to generate stress relief, or even laughter.
Bill has been a personal trainer with VIDA Fitness for four years. Bill strongly believes that the body should be trained as a complete unit and thus performs many total body workouts with his clients. Regardless of the exercise type or intensity Bill believes that proper posture, alignment and body mechanics should always be adhered to. Bill challenges his clients to continually improve upon their flexibility, strength and overall body condition. You will be hard pressed to train with anyone who will provide you with the depth and quality of personal attention as Bill offers.
Brandon is a certified personal trainer with NPTI, a Functional Movement Screen Professional Levels 1 & 2, a certified TRX suspension trainer, and also a certified Level 1 CrossFit instructor. Recently returned to the D.C. area after spending time in Los Angeles, Brandon has over a decade of training experience with a range of client types at elite fitness clubs on both coasts. His commitment to his clients’ performance is what truly sets Brandon apart, as well as his passion for helping his clients live their best lives, as he strives to do every day. He is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle, and strongly believes that focusing on both nutrition and exercise is the key to success. Brandon continually and successfully pushes his clients to overcome tremendous physical and mental obstacles and achieve their goals. He is particularly skilled at creating unique, personalized fitness programs that evolve in lockstep with clients’ goals, and is also expert at working closely with clients to identify and incorporate any unique needs or physical limitations. He believes in accountability in fitness and pushes his clients accordingly. After struggling for years to lose weight and achieve fat loss, he understands how difficult the journey can be and hopes to create a positive impact on the lives of his clients. Today, Brandon competes nationally in Men’s Physique and Men’s Classic Physique bodybuilding competitions, providing additional unique perspective to his extensive experience and expertise.
Brian strives to help clients achieve overall well-being in addition to meeting their individual physical goals. That means every session is focused on strengthening a sound body and mind. He actively listens to clients’ needs, restrictions, and aspirations to ensure they are always getting the attention they deserve and never “just going through the motions.”
Brian received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University in 2008. He has been a fitness trainer for nine wonderful years. Running through Rock Creek and spending time with his son are his two favorite things to do when he is not training Washingtonians.
Catherine joined the VIDA team in 2013. After three years of training at VIDA Verizon, she recently took on the role of Personal Training Manager at VIDA Metropole. Catherine holds a bachelors degree in Health Science from Boston University. During her time at BU, she spent two years as an athletic training student, working with various athletic teams at BU and MIT. Following graduation, she worked for a non-profit in DC dealing with issues related to health policy and then for a science and technology communications firm in Rockville. Catherine holds a certification from the American Council on Exercise. An avid golfer, she is a Titleist Performance Institute Fitness Professional and is currently working with several clients to improve their golf swing. Catherine has competed in several local weightlifting competitions, and is a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. She teaches TRX, VIDA Barre, and plans to begin teaching pilates reformer in 2017.
Charles comes from a medical family and has been involved in athletics all his life. This gave him the platform to launch his fitness career. He attended Indiana University where he attained a B.S. in Kinesiology. Charles’ fitness philosophy is one that is centered around a sound physiological approach. This means making sure that the body is always in a position to build, and burn, and at the appropriate times (good form, good posture, balancing the muscle groups worked, etc.). Charles does this while following what’s called the functional progression, which is a building block approach that can be applied to any and all exercises and movement patterns.
Christine is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hour). Christine earned her BA in political science and art history from Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). She has always loved sports and fitness, having played almost every sport you can think of, from softball to basketball to golf. She has run five marathons and is training for her first triathlon. Upon moving to DC, she worked on Capitol Hill, all the while pursuing her yoga teacher training certification, her personal training certification, and her certificate in holistic health coaching. After nearly 8 years, she transitioned to a full-time fitness career and joined the Vida team.
Christine believes that fitness should be fun, and that health and fitness is an integral part of a happy life. She focuses on conditioning, weight loss/maintenance, and building long, lean muscle. She will work with you to create a safe environment, where you feel free to communicate your needs. She’ll push you to your edge, but keep it friendly, fun, and safe. She also teaches several yoga classes at Vida, including power yoga, vinyasa, and restorative/gentle yoga.
Cody is a certified personal trainer with NASM, with a passion for bodybuilding and powerlifting. His passion for health and fitness stems from overcoming physical ailments through life and always pushing to constantly better himself on a daily basis. This has transitioned into a deep desire to help clients overcome daily challenges they encounter through their path to live a healthier happier more fit lifestyle. Cody knows the only way to ever achieve any goal he must first mentally prepare the client to step out of their comfort zone through progressive steps in the training progress. Having to overcome his own physical ailments from birth, Cody understands the commitment and dedication it takes to make your goals a reality.
Cole is a NASM certified personal trainer and a Certified Spinning Instructor. He has a background in various sports and enjoys running as a form of relaxation. His past in mostly sports conditioning has given him an understanding of common leg injuries and the ways to help prevent or rehabilitate them. His training focuses on perfecting form to improve function for a healthier lifestyle. Having had to rehabilitate himself after a severe accident, he understands the frustrations involved in the beginning stages of training and the need to progress gradually. Through dynamic program design, he can help clients set measureable goals and reach them in a safe and controlled manner.
Colleen manages the Fitness Program at VIDA U Street and loves splitting her training time between personal and small group training. She is a certified personal trainer with ACE, a Pilates Reformer (including the Lagree Method) & Yoga instructor, and is also certified in TRX Suspension Training, Zumba, Kickboxing, and Cycling. She has 10 years of experience leading groups and individuals with diverse fitness backgrounds to develop their workout regimens. Colleen believes in the benefits of variety and motivation in fitness and challenges her students and clients to discover what they can achieve when they step out of their comfort zones. She’s also a big believer in fitness as a lifestyle, so her clients can expect a gradual but effective approach that will help them change their habits and overcome their physical limitations to become the most healthy versions of themselves, whether that means limiting desk time, improving athleticism, losing weight, gaining flexibility, or building strength. Visit a class or contact her to get started: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig has his personal training certification from NASM and earned a degree from Howard University in Nutrition. He has additional certifications that include prenatal and TRX. His love for activity has included years of track and field, basketball and baseball. His enthusiasm for activity carries over into his training with his clients as he forces them to ask themselves “how do we find your passion for fitness”? His latest joy is training seniors. His belief is that even in your golden years you may not be as fast or strong as the younger person, but your are definitely in the fitness game!
Philosophy: It sound so cliché , but I believe that, just as in all endeavors, including training, all goals can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Sacrifices and smalls steps are needed to reach that goal but each step should be taken one at a time. Put in the hard work and reap the benefits of the rewards!
Danielle is a certified personal trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Helping others has always been a passion of hers since grade school. From ballet rehearsals to gymnastic practices to softball huddles, she was fascinated with physical ability. Suffering from her own injuries, she became extremely interested with anatomy and physiology. Today, Danielle shares the same interest with her clients. Her goal is not only to train herself, but others for longevity. Danielle believes you need a strong work ethic and determination in order to overcome and/or prevent physical limitations. Danielle’s training style is designed to promote strength and conditioning techniques, along-side enjoyment. She loves seeing her clients not only improve but smile while doing it.
Darrian is certified through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and plans to obtain his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in 2019. Darrian has a background in football, wrestling, track & field, and lacrosse. He played football at the collegiate level at Alabama State University and Lincoln University. After college, Darrian decided to dedicate his life to fitness. His goal is to become a head strength and conditioning coach for a college program, eventually working up to a professional team. He currently interns with Georgetown University Athletics Strength & Conditioning Department.
Darrian’s training style includes power lifting, strength & conditioning, circuit training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and TRX. He will teach you form before loading a bar with any weight. Darrian’s main goal is to educate the client to get them to understand the “why” behind anything we do to help clients learn how their body moves and responds to stimuli.
Daryl is ISSA and NCCPT Certified. He is also a Certified Elite Calisthenics Specialist, and has over 17 years experience in Cardio-Weight Training, plus Conditioning. He teaches TRX and Boot Camp Groups.He has a knack for what he likes to call “Body Sculpting”. It’s tapping into the bodies potential and methodically cultivating it. Through creative, yet systematic regiments created by him the body is finely tuned and chiseled. Thus bringing about a mentally tougher, physically leaner, stronger and mobile client. He loves to motivate and push his client to be the very best they can be. This in turn shows in a healthier more productive lifestyle.
Dave Roberts specializes in coaching functional movements that provide real life adaptations. Beyond the basic squat, pull and pressing mechanics, he also has 7 years experience teaching Olympic Weightlifting and Gymnastics skills. Current certifications include Crossfit Level 1, Crossfit Olympic Weightlifting, Crossfit Powerlifting and Crossfit Gymnastics. A former D-1 soccer player, Dave has also competed several Crossfit competitions including qualification for the Central East Regionals in 2011. He graduated with a B.S. in economics from the University of Delaware and earned his Master’s in economics from Boston University.
David Rice is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He has over 30 years experience with weight training, cardio fitness and recently adding yoga to round at his fitness regime. His training style encompasses all three of these elements with the goal of achieving weight loss, muscular strength and endurance. Sessions are planned out in advance and tailored to each individual’s goals and fitness level. To keep things fun and interesting every workout is different from the next with varying degrees of intensity. The workouts can be challenging but if you’re willing to put in the time in effort you will be pleased with the results. His motto is “A healthy body means a better quality of life”
Derrick Martin is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. The personal experience of battling back from obesity and injury has birthed an insatiable curiosity about all things related to sports and nutrition- particularly in the areas of weight loss and injury prevention and recovery. Derrick also excels in training for muscle hypertrophy and strength gains, having trained elite high school football players. One of Derrick’s core principles is, a balanced body acting in concert with a balanced mind can achieve greatness. His training philosophy reflects this by taking a very thoughtful approach to training balancing intuition, common sense along with the latest training research.
Russian born and raised, Diana is a certified personal trainer with NCSF and former Tennis Pro with the WTA World Tour. She began playing tennis at the age of 3. After finishing her pro career she went on to coaching top juniors at Bollettieri Tennis Academy and then went on to become the Head Tennis Professional at Barry Buss Tennis Academy. Many of her juniors went on to get their pro card as well with the WTA and ATP. Her love for fitness and athletics carried over into personal training and she takes her role of helping clients achieve their goals very seriously. Her skills include, strength training, overcoming injuries, fat loss, and sports specific training. She enjoys helping all of her clients achieve their fitness and weight-loss goals with her individualized, tailored programs.
Eddie is from San Jose, CA where he spent all his free time in athletic pursuits from organized sports to martial arts, surfing, and BMX trials training. He took up weightlifting as a teenager to get stronger and improve his performance in football and rugby. In college, his love of weight training turned into bodybuilding as his physique developed. His excitement about health and fitness, results in a contagious enthusiasm during every training session. Eddie is an athlete, trainer and vegan, and is passionate about healthy living. He believes a holistic approach to health is the only approach that will guarantee phenomenal and lifelong results.
Edward brings 11 years of professional experience and multiple certifications, including National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), USA Track and Field Certified Coach, Boxing Instructor, and Pre/Post Natal Training. A well-versed and highly skilled personal trainer, he believes that achieving any fitness goal must begin with focused energy. Edward and his clients apply their combined energy to shatter goals and increase individual potential.
Elias Rush firmly believes it is his duty as a Personal Trainer to guide his clients and peers to become the best version of themselves possible. He has received a BA Degree from George Mason University in Biology and is currently a certified trainer through American College of Sports Medicine. He has worked with diverse health populations for over 5 years. His specialties include restoring faulty biomechanics, increasing structural integrity and identifying destructive unconscious behaviors. He is currently a North American Strongman Competitor that flips tires and picks up cars for fun!!
Elissa is a certified personal trainer with NASM. Her passion for health and fitness developed at an early age and has included activities such as competitive basketball and cross-country. She currently holds a BA from South Dakota State University and is working towards her MA at the Johns Hopkins University. Her fitness experience has taught her determination and hard work will get you any results you wish to achieve, no matter your current fitness level or previous experience. Her training includes HIIT, cardio, strength, and circuit training, which are always delivered in a fun and dynamic, yet challenging format. Whether your goals range from muscle building, endurance training, or weight loss, she promises to deliver a workout that pushes you to become the best version of yourself!
Enrique is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer and a VIDA Master Trainer. He helps clients define their goals, then assesses their abilities to perform a range of exercises, and creates a pathway for his clients to realize their goals. He emphasizes the correct form, movements and techniques to reduce risk of injuries, avoid muscle imbalances, and to increase muscle strength and endurance. Enrique has over 3 years experience in personal training and group fitness instruction including all forms of conditioning, small group training and TRX. As an ACE – Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, he has the expertise to help those who report being affected by knee, hip, lower back or shoulder pain, as well as those hindered by muscle imbalances or musculoskeletal disorders, or simply want help restoring function following orthopedic rehabilitation. As an ACE Sports Conditioning Specialist, Enrique’s strength and conditioning workouts combine intensity and creativity to make the program effective and enjoyable; after all, he believes exercising is a recreational activity, and everyone should enjoy doing it. Reaching your goals and have fun while doing it! – What could be better than that?
Eric is a graduate of Virginia Tech and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Eric has been an athlete his whole life playing soccer and running track, but discovered his true passion for fitness after having to recover from a foot fracture. Eric understands the time and effort that goes into rebuilding your body after having to sit out from physical activity for 6 months. Once fully recovered, it was Eric’s mission to build his body to its full potential to prevent any future injures. Eric went from being an athlete with a runner’s build to a well- versed strength trainer, learning from other fitness professionals every chance he got. Eric thinks of the body as a blank canvas and believes that with effort and dedication, you can create the physique you never thought was possible for yourself. Eric focuses on high intensity strength training workouts paired with corrective flexibility training to build the body to its fully potential.
Erica is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and joined the VIDA team in 2018. Health and fitness have always been central to her life, and she is always looking for new and improved techniques to both challenge herself and incorporate with her clients. She grew up playing various sports and dancing, and over time learned a variety of different training styles and how to blend them to reach her own personal goals. She now uses this knowledge to help her clients achieve their own fitness goals, while always maintaining a focus on correct form and fundamentals.
Erica believes that training should be challenging as well as enjoyable, and is always striving to create dynamic and innovative programs tailored to each client to help them reach their goals. She believes that fitness is a pillar of overall health and helps inspire healthier lifestyle choices. She has a specific focus in core stability and strength training, as well as muscle toning and lean muscle development.
Erik received his degree in Health Promotion & Fitness Management from Rowan University, where he specialized in exercise science and behavioral change. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning from George Washington University. Erik brings over 5 years of experience in personal training and group fitness instruction, including cycling, boot camp, abs, and high intensity interval training. He is well versed in many training methods and helps his clients overcome both the physical & psychological barriers to achieving their goals.
Everett Shipmon is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and focuses on functional core training and movement. He believes that a strong core is the key to feeling and moving smoothly. His energy, creativity and passion allows him to teach not only 1:1 clients but group and small groups. Everett has 10 years experience in the fitness industry and believes health and fitness are essential to enjoying life. His mantra is that consistency rewards well, and tells his clients, “You will feel better before you look better.”
Fernanda was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, where she studied and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law before moving to Washington, DC. Fernanda has always been athletic, participating in a variety of sports growing up, but ultimately fell in love with rock climbing. For her, climbing has had a great impact on her personal life and professional career, influencing her workouts and proving to her that with enough dedication, anyone is capable of a pull up.
Fernanda is a certified personal trainer with the NSCA, and holds certifications in Spinning, Pink Gloves Boxing, Pilates Reformer, RIP and TRX. Additionally, Fernanda received a Master’s degree in Sports Management from George Washington University, allowing her to develop strategic and innovative thinking around the business side of fitness, along with continuing to develop her knowledge and experience base. She believes in functional training and making sure that the body works properly before loading it with an intense training program. While Fernanda believes mobility is important, she believes that diversity and variety are the spice of life (and training!), and incorporates a diverse range of exercises in her daily sessions. You can expect to see Kettle Bells, rowing, handstands, plyometrics and more in her training and her clients’ training!
Gabriel is certified through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and holds a CrossFit Level 1 certificate.
Growing up he played soccer and slowly moved into long distance running and triathlons. His workouts later became more focused on lifting. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Gabriel moved to Cambodia where he spent 18 months coaching CrossFit and personal training. Living abroad was a great experience; he learned to coach in a country where very few people spoke English. Gabriel places a high importance on making training enjoyable, while prioritizing movements that lead to a better functioning body. He believes that a training plan has to be both enjoyable and results driven to be effective.
Gene believes that the cultivation of a strong, capable body is fundamental to a high quality of life. While “strong & capable” varies depending on the individual, the learning journey that takes place builds energy, confidence, and appreciation of one’s own body. Gene employs a blend of strength & conditioning techniques, proportioned specifically to help his clients meet their fitness goals. He has worked with clients from all walks of life, across a broad range of ages, athletic interests, and health backgrounds.
Gene is a certified personal trainer under the National Academy of Sports Medicine, with secondary expertise in Olympic weightlifting, corrective exercise, and habit-oriented general lifestyle change. Formerly a student and practitioner of architecture, he has translated his passion for creative problem-solving into the realm of health & fitness. Gene has also worked previously as a Spinning instructor as well as a swim coach.
George is born and raised in the Philippines. He has been in the health and fitness industry since 2008 and has come to realize the importance of approaching health and fitness by addressing the mind and spirit as well as the body. Specialized in functional-custom training routines and group fitness. He likes to challenge and encourage his clients to surpass their physical and mental boundaries by using high intensity and function exercises. His motto is if you invest time and energy and you are willing to do the work you will achieve your goals.George is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, TRX certified as well as a group fitness and boot camp instructor. He also loves to dance and is a Zumba B1 and B2 License Instructor.
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Greg is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. This experience provided Greg with an exceptional education in the Anatomy and Physiology fields. Working in hands on case studies and laboratory assessments he developed a strong understanding of the mechanics of body movement.
Greg’s passion for fitness and strong desire for helping others is readily observed in his work ethic. His volunteer work with the Howard County Public School System was highly rewarding as he was able to work with children with numerous neuromuscular disabilities. Greg has also applied his educational training to the work place as a Physical Therapy Aide at Pivot Physical Therapy.
Isaac Way is a certified personal trainer with the NSCA and NCCPT, a NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist, and an American Bicycling League Cycling Instructor. Isaac has a B.A. in International Studies and a graduate certificate in International Disaster and Emergency Management from Hawai’i Pacific University. Growing up with a mountain as his backyard and pursuing outdoor sports, Isaac believes in functional movement and exercises that enable you to not only become stronger, but also feel and move better. Overcoming and rehabilitating from a hindering amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome, Isaac understands that pain comes in a variety of forms and for many different reasons, which are reducible and even resolvable with the proper application of exercise science. Isaac applies his expertise to meet clients where they are at, and he empowers them with individualized programs and an all-encompassing approach to exercise and fitness.
Isiah has worked in the fitness industry for the past eight years. Isiah was a collegiate soccer player who played four years of soccer on scholarship. Isiah has worked with professional soccer players on and off the field to help them increase their: strength, power and endurance. Most recently Isiah has spent the last four years working with VIDA Fitness. The majority of this time has been spent as a Personal Training Manager. Isiah holds multiple training certifications and spends a lot of his time working on correcting asymmetries to allow the body to move through more fluid movement patterns. Isiah believes that you have to build the body up one brick at a time. If there are cracked “bricks” (poor movement patterns) Isiah will take them out and work to replace them for a better “brick”. Isiah will train you and your body for the game of life. We are training to age well and to be able to move in any manner that we choose at any age that we choose. Isiah puts a large focus on core strength and body posture both in and out of each session. Isiah will help you move better both in the short-term and the long-term.
Izabella is a certified personal trainer with National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is originally from Hungary and loves to dance! Izabella was a professional dancer for 13 years. You can still find her dancing the nights away when she is not at VIDA. Izabella have been doing sports since she was a baby and truly believes that being active is a must in life and can really change peoples’ life in a positive direction. She strives to encourage and help clients to reach their goals and to feel confident about themselves. Izabella’s training style is based on each individual’s needs and likes to incorporate high intensity, circuit training and core strength. She will push you to your limits with a smile!
Jacqueline Starr has been working at Vida as a personal trainer since 2015, and as a reformer instructor since 2017. Jackie was educated through NASM for her personal training certification, and Balanced Body as a reformer instructor. Additionally, she has a certification in Biomechanics and Human Movement from DBC Fitness. Although running and swimming are her favorite ways to workout, Jackie always enjoyed working on the reformer. The desire to become certified and teach came out of her own experience with a back injury which put almost all activity on hold. Through the reformer she was able to remain active through most ranges of motion without pain, and learn about more acute strength and movement. Her classes are form focused, and aim to develop better awareness of proper muscle activation throughout an entire range of motion. She loves working to develop strength and stability for common daily activities, but especially enjoys working with those recovering from an injury, or with nagging aches and pains.
Jacqui has her BS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and a Certified Aerobics Instructor from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Jacqui first found her love of fitness through belly dancing, she loved it so much that she decided to make fitness and dance her career. She has experienced firsthand the positive effects of a healthy lifestyle and understands the challenges that come with balancing the time for home, work, and fitness. She listens and creates a well balanced workout specifically to fit your needs. With her knowledge, experience, and love of dance she is ready to share her passion and success strategies with you. In addition to personal training Jacqueline teaches both dance and weight based classes such as Zumba(r), VIDA RX, RIP 45, and BARRE.
As a NASM certified personal trainer and former NCAA football and track athlete, Jahrod has a wealth of knowledge in exercise and fitness. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Basic Science and served in the Air Force for 14 years. An avid TRX enthusiast, Jahrod believes that a good plank leads to a strong core which is the basis for all movement. He likes to combine his experience and knowledge from being an athlete to his military training to help and progress others to become stronger and faster and to help them to work longer and harder.
Jeff is a trainer with VIDA Fitness with coaching certifications in running, cycling, and triathlon. He has over two decades of personal training and endurance racing experience, and he specializes in improving form, core strength, balance, and athletic performance. Jeff enjoys working with beginners looking to get healthy, injured athletes looking to get back in the game, and experienced athletes looking to take on new challenges. Jeff aims to helping his clients achieve their fitness goals, whatever their experience, while keeping the workouts fun and engaging.
Jen is a certified personal trainer with NASM, a certified HKC Kettle Bell Instructor, Insanity Live, PiYo Live and Core de Force Instructor, and is certified to Coach by Color on the ICG Matrix Cycles. Jen believes in a diverse & fun range of training techniques, designed to push you past you physical and mental limits. Her goal is to help her clients achieve things even they never thought possible. If you want to work harder than you ever have before but still have fun, Jen is the trainer for you. Be prepared to surprise even yourself as you not only reach but surpass your own goals. She helps you find the fire within and the desire to push yourself harder than you ever have before. Jen believes in a holistic approach and digs in with you to help you find solutions to what is holding you back. She is dedicated to helping people define their goals, their bodies and their lives.
Jeremy has worked in health and fitness for over 15 years. He left a successful sales career in technology to pursue his passion in the fitness industry full time. He is a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist both through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also a Functional Movement Screen Professional (Levels 1 & 2), certified in TRX suspension training and is always looking for new ways to stay current. By focusing on the programming side of training, he is able to produce consistent results with all clients, as long as they do their homework! Jeremy specializes in weightlifting, and excels at coaching clients interested in strength training and bodybuilding. Whether you are a beginner interested in learning proper form for weightlifting and programing methods, or an advanced athlete looking to push through that plateau with your squat, you will benefit from Jeremy’s knowledge and experience.
Jesse Johnson joined VIDA as a Personal Trainer in December 2011. His experience in Isolation work allows his clients to train without injury and many clients see success quickly when working with Jesse. As a personal trainer at VIDA, Jesse’s goal is to provide a comprehensive approach to training so clients understand not only what they are doing, but how they can duplicate it again on their own. Countless clients use Jesse’s approach in their continued health and fitness, far beyond initial training with him. Jesse hopes to get each client to the “Best Physical Version” of themselves at VIDA.
From a young age, John was always passionate about fitness and curious how he could push his speed, strength, and overall athleticism with as little equipment as possible. His training career started in an abandoned dorm building in Montclair State University, New Jersey— simply training a group of coworkers 3 times a week—and rapidly expanded to becoming a nationally certified personal trainer in Miami Beach, interacting and learning from some of the top trainers and group instructors in the fitness industry. As an accredited ACSM personal trainer for the past 3 years and a popular group fitness instructor at VIDA, he constantly evolves his training style and skills—which already includes boot camp, high intensity interval training, hypertrophy, bodyweight training, animal flow, kettlebell, and TRX—and aims them to help individual their goals whether it be weight loss, body sculpture, and strength training. As of May 2017, he graduated from George Washington University with a Masters, in Public Health with an aim to not only assist members hit their training goals and perform better but, more importantly, to inspire them to make lifestyle changes that will help them stay healthy even after they accomplish their goals.
Jordan holds certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Functional Movement Screen Level 1 (FMS). He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he played four years of Division I soccer. Jordan’s extensive knowledge comes from years of playing professional soccer, including stints with multiple Major League Soccer teams. In addition to personal training, Jordan also coaches DC area high school students. He specializes in high-intensity interval training and calisthenics.
Juan was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but he moved to Oklahoma in 2010 where he played college baseball. He discovered his passion for fitness through his own struggles with his weight and confidence in the beginning of his college years. He discovered that working out helps with both and he was hooked. Juan believes that exercise without a plan is just a workout. He therefore trains every client with a structural plan to help them achieve their goals. He enjoys doing so while the client has a good time. Juan’s current personal workouts are bodybuilding based but he also enjoys training a variety of client with different backgrounds. In his spare time he enjoys reading, listening to music and improving his sign language skills.
Julie is a NASM certified personal trainer with additional certifications in speed/agility/quickness, women’s fitness specialist, pre/postnatal, and neuromuscular stretching. Julie keeps her clients challenged by continuously exploring new exercises. She believes everyone can enjoy exercise if you find the activities (and trainer!) you love. Julie gives her clients the extra push they need to meet and exceed their goals thru plyometrics, strength training, and mobility work. Julie’s favorite part of training is watching her clients improve their body and mind thru exercise. Whether your goals are to lose a few pounds, gain strength, increase flexibility, improve endurance, or reduce stress, Julie will help you reach your goals, and most importantly, feel fantastic. Julie is also an actress in the DC area and holds a master’s degree from Shakespeare Theatre Company in classical acting.
Justin earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Promotions from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he also played football. He’s currently finishing his Master’s of Science in Exercise Science, with emphasis in Sports Performance Training. Justin holds both NSCA-CSCS and FMS Level 2 certifications and has volunteered his time as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Wisconsin and Georgetown University. He moved from Wisconsin with his wife and joined VIDA in 2014 as a Personal Trainer prior to his promotion to Assistant General Manager. Justin believes in using scientifically proven methodology to help members reach their goals through prescribing individualized programming.
Kadeem’s first priority is to ensure that his clients move well today, tomorrow and when they are 70 years old. As a former collegiate athlete (football) Kadeem has dealt with numerous injuries over the years, most notably an ACL tear and total knee reconstruction. Strength based movements and perfect posture throughout these movements are Kadeem’s emphasis. Together he and his clients “start to build a house on a solid foundation” from which the training program can diverge into: body building, strength training and/or weight loss. Being physically fit is a challenge in mental toughness and accountability. Kadeem is always pushing his clients to challenge themselves on a daily basis.
Katie is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise. She studied Business Marketing at the University of Mississippi where she found her passion for health and fitness. After years of struggling with being overweight and eating disorders, Katie believes in the personal strength that comes with a healthy lifestyle. She is committed to helping clients reach their goals and live a happy, healthy life. With a personal philosophy that exercise has to be fun, Katie incorporates a variety of training to discover how each client can push through plateaus, exceed their goals, and have a great time doing it! If you are looking for a motivating, energetic and dedicated trainer, come start your Journey with Katie.
Kelly joined Vida in 2008. A vast background filled with 16years of active duty military service, Kelly lives by discipline. She believes in pushing hard, never giving up on yourself or your shipmates. She has dedicated her life to helping others. Kelly loves to share core values of respect and honor with her clients, teaching them techniques to reach their own goals. Life changed for Kelly when she became a licensed skydiver in 2001 and later a skydiving instructor, She believes in the unlimited potential of the human body. Kelly offers variety in training techniques and certified in multiple areas including general group EX, bootcamp, rebound training, Cycle, weights, TRX, and Pilates Reformer.
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Kenneth is a National Strength and Conditioning Association CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) and CPT (Certified Personal Trainer). Kenneth has over 10yrs of training experience and has worked with a wide range of clients; including, collegiate athletes, weight loss clients, and special populations. Kenneth believes training is about establishing relationships and listening. He is passionate about being in the customer service industry. Helping people realize their goals is fulfilling to him. Kenneth is also a DC Fire Fighter, husband, and father of two girls. He enjoys traveling, seeking out new taco restaurants, and 80s music.
While training as a track and field hurdler and majoring in exercise physiology at the University of Michigan, Keri’s love for developing the inner athlete was born. After winning several Big Ten Conference honors, she went on to become a decorated track coach, sending several athletes to college on scholarship. However, her passion lied not only in developing the elite athlete, but in introducing novice athletes to their physical limits and pushing them to become their best selves mentally, emotionally, and athletically. She now carries that passion into her personal training style, where she combines her education and athletic experience into a program that incorporates injury prevention, conditioning, speed/agility, strength, and functional high intensity training. Additionally, she infuses power and explosiveness to varying degrees depending on the specific goals and desires of the client. By nature, she is a motivator and she thrives on helping clients increase their confidence, challenge their bodies, and find or re-discover their inner athlete.
Kevin has been exercising and lifting weights since he was in the single digits. He received a diploma at the National Personal Training Institute of Virginia which requires 600 hours of educational and in gym training. Kevin is extremely energetic and encourages clients to live their best life. From strength training, fat loss to body building he prides himself in being well rounded and adaptable to each individual client. He is a NASM certified personal trainer that values assessing clients movements in order to apply proper form to ensure optimal results. While being heavily involved in the fitness world Kevin understands the importance of a healthy balance between the mind and body.
Kiara is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Masters in Business Administration from Trinity Washington University. Prior to training at VIDA, Kiara specialized in Rehabilitation for patients in an outpatient Physical Therapy setting. She is passionate about changing lives through fitness. Kiara believes fitness is a therapeutic method to mental and physical awareness. Her method of training requires more than just physically being present but also mental strength to push through her challenging workouts. Kiara considers her training to be a hybrid of resistance, plyometrics, cardio, bodyweight, and/or power lifting. Kiara can easily create a program for any client whether seeking weight loss, weight gain, maintenance or general fitness. She promises her undivided attention and quality training in each session!
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Lisa joined the Vida team in 2010 with 4 year of previous personal training experience. Lisa is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and hold a corrective exercise specialization through them as well as an undergraduate degree in Health Science from Marymount University and a masters degree in Forensic Science from the UK. She is certified in TRX, Kinesiology taping, FMS (Functional Movement Screen), Real Ryder and MadDogg. You can find her on the fitness floor or in the spinning studio or TRX studio teaching a class. She is originally from Sweden so if you ever hear a Swedish song in her class, or she references a saying that does not make any sense that is why.
Lisa struggled with her weight while she was younger and got into teaching classes first but it was not until she combined correct weight lifting and spinning, along with healthy eating that she started seeing results. She loves making people laugh and feel good about themselves while having fun. When Lisa is not in the gym she is either seeing friends or family, traveling, selling houses or doing something outdoorsy.
Luciane Guilmard has worked at VIDA since January of 2009. Originally from Brazil, she earned her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from the University of South Fatima. She has been working since 1993 in physical education and personal training, both in the U.S. and in Brazil. Luciane became a Les Mills certified RPM and Body Balance instructor in 2002, but her teaching repertoire includes strength training, conditioning, cycling, yoga, aqua-aerobics, pre and post-pregnancy, stretching, and TRX suspension training. She continuously strives to stay current with, and incorporate the newest trends and innovations in fitness.
She is extremely knowledgeable about different body types; whatever your ambitions, fitness level, or age, she will customize a workout to meet your personal goals. She adjusts the training to the needs and desires of each person, from intense to low impact. As someone who loves to push herself to the limit, Luciane knows firsthand what it takes to train to the lifestyle of her dreams. Her workouts can be so intense that you will feel muscles you didn’t even know existed! And make sure you ask about her post-workout stretching; her clients rave about it.
Mahi is a Certified Personal Trainer focused on providing the highest quality individual personal training services. She emphasizes functional fitness by applying benefits from all forms of High Intensity Interval training, excellent way to improve mobility, strength and stamina. “Whether you want to improve your speed, build strength, or shed a few pounds. Discipline and constancy is on top of my list, for my clients. Beside that it all depends on the client’s goals and level of commitment.”
Maria is a two time All American Rower who trained at an elite level for seven years in hopes of making the Olympic Rowing Team. Maria has been coaching and training for the past fifteen years. Maria holds a degree in Exercise Science and certifications from: ACSM and Crossfit. Maria’s training style focuses on functional fitness with a goal of developing her clients total body strength. Maria also teaches boot camp classes for VIDA at our U Street location.
Matt is a NASM certified personal trainer specializing in group training. His holistic philosophy combines creative strength and conditioning workouts with healthy lifestyle choices. He creates personalized plans to empower clients to achieve optimum health and performance and specific fitness goals. Utilizing a positive and resiliency-based coaching method, he encourages clients to work hard for transformative results. Matt is a DC native and lifelong athlete who played collegiate basketball at Christopher Newport University. Through athletics, he developed a passion for fitness and teamwork.
Medina has been working as a Certified Personal Trainer since 2004. She uses these years of experience to design personalized fitness programs to achieve the best results for each individual client. Medina uses a wide variety of different training styles based on the goals and needs of each client, but specializes in weight loss and endurance training as well as post- and pre- pregnancy training. She has worked with a broad clientele including athletes and body builders and well as clients with shoulder, knee, ankle, back and hip injuries and surgeries. Medina is very active in the body building world being a prep and posing coach for bikini, figure, women and men’s physique and body building.
Medina is certified by NASM-National Academy of Sports Medicine, WITS-World Instructor Training Schools and AAAI/ISMA-American Aerobics Association International/International Sports Medicine Association as a personal trainer and is also certified as a spinning instructor, Dynamex trainer, Trigger Point specialist and Stretching specialist
Michael is an ACTION certified personal trainer. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and has over 5 years of personal training experience. Michael believes in maximizing people’s potential through strategic exercise planning and hard work. He loves helping all his clients understand the science behind different methods of training and exercise. Michael loves working with all types of clients attacking their weaknesses and perfecting their strengths. Michael believes that if a person has a good bill of health, it is more valuable than any amount of money. Michael is a DMV native and an athlete that played collegiate football at Wesley College. When Michael isn’t in the gym, he loves cooking and playing the drums.
Mike is a NASM certified personal trainer. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from CUNY Queens College, but his passion for fitness steered him in a different direction. He enjoys working with all types of clients and working through challenges to help clients toward their fitness goals. He is passionate about looking good, feeling good, and how it can improve the quality of life for everyone. Mike believes that people’s health is their wealth so taking care of the body is key to living a happy and prosperous life.
Michael is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He has over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, and his goal is to provide a safe, fun, energetic workout for all clients. He has trained all levels of fitness and a variety of styles from Bodybuilding, CrossFit, Functional, Athletic Performance, and Mixed Martial Arts. He has trained and variety of age groups from children as young as 10, teenagers to seniors over 75. He specializes in strength training, cardio conditioning, flexibility, and weight management. His approach to training is designing a customized plan, workouts, and goals for all his clients to reach.
Mike Jones is a results-oriented Personal Trainer who focuses on his clients’ quality of life. He fully embraces a whole-hearted approach to your general well-bing that includes innovative exercise, specific nutritional guidelines, and proper sleep habits.
Mike takes a functional approach to exercise that revolves around the movements you use in your daily life. There are no gimmicks with Mike as he continuously finds fun and innovative ways to increase your overall level of fitness.
In fact, Mike is more than just a personal trainer, he is a life coach. He focuses on the full body during each and every workout with a full array of plyometric exercises including kettlebells and the TRX.
Mike’s clients also do their fair share of traveling, so he also provides full-body workout routines for his clients to do within the privacy of their hotel room while they’re away on the road.
Minta is an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and pre-physical therapy student at Salisbury University with a goal of earning her Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. She performed gymnastics and acrobatics in her earlier years, played field hockey in high school, and now exerts her endless energy through well-rounded training. Her programs are carefully and scientifically constructed for each client, whether their goal is weight loss, increasing strength, or sport-specific training such as aerials. She shows her clients that exercise is fun and can be incorporated in everyday life as part of their stress relief. When Minta is not hitting the gym or hitting the books, she enjoys playing video games and collecting comic books. “Everybody can become a superhero by unlocking their unique abilities.”
Nate holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He loves helping his clients achieve their goals and enjoys accompanying them on their journey. Nate advises his clients that the first set, first workout, or even the first initial consultation can be scary to someone who is new to training. Sometimes we as individuals can be our own obstacle to success. Once you have given up on a situation there is no way anything positive can develop from it, which is why Nate believes that motivation is the key factor in exercise. He believes that coaching his clients to maintain a positive attitude can serve as the catalyst to a healthy lifestyle and increased longevity. Nate specializes in weight loss, muscle toning & development, speed & agility, core training, functional training, and sports performance.
Nicole’s goal as a personal trainer is to help her clients enjoy exercise and its positive effects on their everyday lives. She is a native Washingtonian with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from St. John’s University and is currently a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She likes to incorporate flexibility, balance, HIIT and plyometric exercises to help alleviate some of the pressures living and working in a busy city like DC can present. She believes that the exercise experience should always feel like an accomplishment and that every person is an athlete
Patrick is a pre-med student at The George Washington University majoring in Exercise and Nutritional Sciences and minoring in Biological Sciences. He holds an ISSA Personal Training Certification and has a deep passion for helping others achieve their goals. Patrick was a competitive athlete in his youth but is now an avid weightlifter who incorporates both strength training and hypertrophy into his routines. He believes that health, fitness, and proper nutrition are the main pillars to a happy life and that anyone can achieve their goals no matter where they start out. He takes great pride in his ability to facilitate intrinsic motivation to create a desire to forge a lifelong relationship with health and fitness that will bring happiness in all areas of life.
Paul was born and raised in DC and earned a degree in English Literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He has participated in a wide variety of sports and fitness pursuits including soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, obstacle course races, mountain biking and ultimate frisbee. Having a diverse athletic background has helped him understand how our bodies function and respond to different challenges. He eventually ditched his desk job to pursue his dream career as a Personal Trainer and has never looked back. Paul believes in building strength from the ground up, focusing on good mechanics while helping his clients toward their goal, whether it be weight-loss, strength, athletic performance or pain free movement. He believes people are more likely to stay active if fitness is something they incorporate into their lives instead of another check mark on a to-do list. By keeping it fun and results-driven he hopes to restore that balance and improve the overall quality of his clients’ lives.
Paula graduated from college in 2010 with a degree in Sports Science and an emphasis in Health. Since then, she has worked with diverse populations in therapeutic settings as well as fitness and sports. Her experience ranges from individuals with special health conditions and disorders to performance athletes of all ages. Paula holds certifications in Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning Coaching and Inclusive Fitness Training, as well as qualifications for TRX Suspension Training and TRX Functional Training.
Whether you’re looking to reduce pain, become active, feel or perform better, and regardless of your fitness level or physical condition, Paula will help you become a better version of yourself!
Phaon is a DC local who is coming up on his third year at VIDA Verizon. He is certified through the American Council on Exercise and received his bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Elon University. Phaon played rugby at the collegiate level and his background in athletics have lead him to specialize in strength training for athletic performance and weight loss.
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Pushker ‘Push’ Mookim is a personal trainer certified through ACE (American Council on Exercise), and AFPA (American Fitness Professionals and Associates). He is passionate in using his experiences and knowledge to help people reach their goals, whether they want to build muscle, burn fat, or improve performance. To him, it is important that one enjoys their workout routine. Some of his favorite words to live by are “Dumbbells and happiness go hand-in-hand.”
Rafael is a certified personal trainer with NASM. He is also certified in TRX suspension training and teaches Mixed Martial Arts. He has 25 years of experience playing soccer, is a Tae Kwon Do black belt and, is a Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu brown belt. Having played and competed in many sports his whole life, Rafael knows and understands the hard work and dedication a person must have to achieve a fitness goal. Having trained professional fighters, Rafael uses his experience and implements the same kind of philosophy to his clients. Whether it’s losing weight, gaining strength, building muscle or cardiovascular endurance, hard work and commitment are a must. His style of training is very challenging, but effective. His workouts are a mix of cardio, weights, plyometrics, circuit training, kickboxing and grappling. He is known to push his students and clients beyond limits they never thought they could ever achieve.
Raffi is a certified personal trainer with NASM and a certified Fitness Instructor with AFAA! He earned his B.A degree in Media and Communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. However, his passion for fitness began after his long struggle with obesity. Raffi uses his weight-loss as the blueprint of every class or session he leads. He believes exercise has the power to improve a person’s self-confidence, potential, and attitude. He challenges his clients to not only strive for more during every workout, but to also believe in their own ability and potential. He credits attitude as the pivotal factor to a successful weight loss journey. He understands that everyone’s body needs to be worked differently to change and improve, so he gears his session to be fun, dynamic, and a learning experience for all his clients.
Growing up, Raul has always had an interest in the health and fitness field; Graduating with Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Fitness and Recreation, with a concentration in Sports Management at George Mason University. He has over 7 years experience training all types of clientele and is an excellent motivator. Certified by the National Council of Sport and Fitness (NCSF) and NASM as Corrective Exercise Specialist he’s able to give push his clients in a variety of way to hit their goals. In his free time, Raul enjoys watching and participating in sports, listening and dancing Latin music, and spending time with friends and family.
Regina is a certified personal trainer with ACE, a holistic health coach and a licensed pharmacist. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Howard University in Washington, DC. From a young age, Regina enjoyed working out yet never considered a career as a personal trainer until she became a retail pharmacist. As a pharmacist, she encountered several patients who suffered from lifestyle diseases that could be resolved through diet and exercise and wanted to help them eliminate their dependence on medications. She decided to walk away from pharmacy and venture into personal training and is determined to not only make her clients look better but also improve their health outcomes. Through a variety of strength, conditioning, and cardiovascular exercises, she believes in keeping workouts fun yet challenging to help clients stay motivated and seeing results.
Reno has a wide range of training styles; he specializes in strength training, high-intensity interval training, and body sculpting. He trains clients of all fitness levels including high school and college athletes, U.S. Marines, bodybuilders, and even clients with cerebral palsy. Reno’s certifications include Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and TRX. He is also an NPC and OCB Male physique winner. Reno loves to provide smiles, encouragement, motivation and strength to help clients reach their fitness goals. He believes with patience and persistence anyone can achieve their goals.
Samantha is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is currently working towards a BS in Kinesiology at George Mason University. Sam also holds several specialty certifications including USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, NASM neuromuscular stretching and positional isometrics, and is currently working on her NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist certification. She hopes to eventually pursue a career in physical therapy. In her free time, Sam trains as a competitive Olympic weightlifter.
Sam has worked with clients of all ability levels, from high school athletes to senior citizens. She uses her knowledge of functional exercise and strength training to help her clients reach their fitness goals. Whether you are coming back from injury, looking to get stronger, or loose a little weight – Sam’s training style will help you build a solid foundation to start your training journey, while also making sure you are working hard and having fun along the way.
Sam uses his 17 years of martial arts experience and extensive fitness, coaching, strength and conditioning skills to design sports-specific, functional, realistic training programs as well as cardiovascular conditioning and weight loss. As a seasoned personal trainer, Sam brings versatility in training. Having first-hand experience in weight loss, muscle gain, toning, building strength, power and explosiveness for over a decade, Sam uses his own experience to build specific training goals for each client to achieve their highest fitness levels. Sam’s biggest accomplishment is that after winning various titles and belts in North America, He trained, vigorously for months and fought in the WKA world kickboxing tournament, winning a Bronze metal out of 300 fighters and 58 countries.
Sara joined our Vida team in 2018 when she moved to DC from Connecticut. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, and with a background in bodybuilding and running she’s constantly active. Sara currently has her pro card in bodybuilding with the WBFF and placed 4th in her last Pro show. Working with people and accomplishing their fitness goals is a passion of hers.
Sara has 5 half marathons and countless 5k, 5 mile and 10k road races under her belt. Racing for her expanded to obstacle runs including Spartan Race (sprint, super and beast), Warrior Dash and Rugged Maniac. She loves doing something that will challenge her to be better, to race faster and to improve overall health.
Sarah started personal training while in college at Virginia Tech and built the personal training program at Florida Atlantic University during her first year of graduate school. She spent the next 5 years coaching collegiate strength and conditioning at schools such as Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland before coming to VIDA. Sarah’s training style is very strength and conditioning based. She believes strength improves not only performance but also quality of life. Sarah is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a USA Weightlifting Coach. She has competed in figure and power lifting and currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting.
Sean is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He has learned through mentorship and self-practice that correct muscle contraction is the key to building hypertrophy and strength. He transformed his own body in four years and gained 25 pounds of muscle mass with discipline, patience, and dedication. Prior to finding his love of weightlifting, he spent every day for four years training Muay Thai and credits this practice to developing the cross-body patterns responsible for speed, power, and athletic performance. Sean was the captain of his high school wrestling team and went undefeated for two years. Wrestling taught him how powerful the mind is when it comes to competing and reaching his personal goals.
Spencer is from a small town in Iowa and grew up playing baseball, basketball, and football. He also ran track and loves to golf in his spare time. Spencer really enjoys to work out because of the feeling of accomplishment that comes immediately after exercise. Spencer parlayed his love of sport and fitness into a Bachelors Degree from Iowa State University in Kinesiology or Exercise Science. He maintains a certification for personal training through the American College of Sports Medicine.
Stephen has been a personal trainer for more than 10 years, building health, wellness and fitness programs for his clients around an understanding of the potential of the human body and the progressive methods best suited for transforming it.
Stephen has formal training in exercise physiology with a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University. He is also accredited by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise, Muscle Activation Technique Specialist and a mastery certification as a Resistance Training Specialist. This academic and applied understanding of the human body and its functions, coupled with Stephen’s broad experience in training his clients, enables him to address the causes and conditions that can inhibit optimal performance. Marrying strength training, muscle therapy, nutrition and conditioning, Stephen’s integrated approach to fitness allows him to guide his clients to increased levels of athletic performance and well-being. Many clients who have experienced setbacks or had difficulty sustaining a higher level of activity elsewhere have found that Stephen’s integrated approach has allowed them to find a satisfying, sustained evolution in their level of activity and performance.
Steve grew up as an athlete and an avid outdoorsman. As an Eagle Scout, Steve spent years cultivating camaraderie, confidence, and competency in others in many technical survival skills and a host of outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and sailing – to name a few. Looking into his athletic background, Steve is a former football player, track and field athlete, and swim team coach, which serve as a complement to the decade he spent as a competitive archer, martial artist, and student of Zazen meditation. Recently, Steve has undertaken study of therapeutic soft tissue manipulation and the movement meditation that is Qi Gong.
Steve received a B.S. in Exercise Science from the George Washington University, and is certified as a personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds several other certifications relating to posture optimization, injury prevention, and orthopaedic exercise, as well as being a certified Pink Gloves Boxing instructor and Emergency Medical Technician. Drawing from his versatile background, Steve adapts his training to best fit the individual needs of each of his clients along their fitness journey – often incorporating high intensity interval training (HIIT), advanced bodyweight movements, and injury prevention techniques. Understanding that we all come from different backgrounds and have varying fitness levels and goals, Steve customizes his workouts to uniquely serve every client he works with. It is his opinion that taking a balanced approach to fitness is what will lead you to your goals. Steve believes in six key elements to achieve this balance: train hard, eat well, minimize your stress, sleep like a baby, breathe, and optimize your quality of movement. When these elements are consistently combined with a positive attitude, the resulting lifestyle will be one of uninhibited health and happiness
Steve is a registered dietician, certified personal trainer (ACSM and Crossfit level 1) and holds a doctorate in nutrition. Dr. Chavez coaches his clients to modify lifestyle behaviors to improve their current fitness levels and to reach their fitness goals. Dr. Chavez uses a high intensity training style to help his clients reach and exceed their fitness goals. Dr. Chavez has worked with a variety of demographics from children to seniors so he is equipped with the knowledge to help any of our members with their fitness goals.
Steven has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University. He is a certified personal trainer through ACSM and hold a certification in TRX suspension training. His passion for exercise grew through playing sports in his youth. Steven enjoys working with all different kinds of people as long as they have a set goal and are motivated in working toward achieving that goal.
Susie is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Cedarville University in Ohio with an internship concentration in cardiac/pulmonary rehab, stroke rehab, cancer wellness, weight management and corporate fitness. A collegiate athlete, Susie competed on the Track & Field team at Cedarville where she nationally qualified in Pole vault and sprint relays. In high school, she competed in soccer, swimming, diving, and track & field. In her recreational time outside of the gym, she enjoys biking, rock climbing, hiking and aerial arts including silks and trapeze.
Susie enjoys the challenge of working with many different kinds of exercisers. She’s worked with clients including beginners, pre-natal women, brides sweatin’ for the wedding, performance driven athletes, aesthetically motivated body builders, and special populations. Her goal is to make sure clients not only achieve their short-term goals but also be educated, self-sufficient, and consistent exercisers for life.
Takisha is a certified personal trainer with NASM with more than 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. She has specialized certifications in Corrective Exercise, Pre-and Post-Natal, Performance Enhancement, and Behavior Change. Takisha is a native of Brooklyn, New York who has had a passion for sports and fitness her entire life. She played collegiate level basketball and tennis at Utica College where she earned her B.S. in Physical and Health Education. She also served in the U.S. Army where she completed a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia. Her philosophy is that fitness is about more than desire and ability, but requires emotional commitment to a program that excites and inspires you. She develops personalized programs for her clients that challenges them to push their limits. Her favorite phrase for her clients is – “you’re stronger than you think” and that you can accomplish anything with mental toughness and a bit of fun.
Tavares is a certified personal trainer through International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and is currently studying to obtain a new certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Basketball has played a big part in Tavares’ life. Having 18 years of experience playing basketball; Boys & Girls Club, AAU, 4 years in high school, and Collegiately at the Division 2 level. A natural born competitor, Tavares loves to motivate and push his clients to new levels by instilling the importance of proper form, knowledge, self-discipline, and confidence. Tavares believes that all things are possible through perseverance and dedication. He has trained people of all ages ranging from 12 years old to 65+ with different goals and athletic backgrounds. Tavares uses his experience and knowledge to create a fun, challenging, and rigorous training environment. No matter what your goals are, building core strength, building muscle, improving cardiovascular endurance, decreasing body fat or working on your agility/plyometrics, consistency is a major key.
Thomas graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). He helps his clients realize and achieve their individual needs and goals through proper exercise programming. Thomas emphasizes core stability training along with strength training that uses proper form in order to avoid and reduce the risk of injury. Thomas has experience running many group exercise classes, such as boot camps, strength and conditioning, and is certified using the TRX suspension trainer – which allows him to always present engaging and challenging workouts.
Venus is a certified health coach and personal trainer with NASM. With 15 years of fitness and strength & conditioning training experience, her passion for wellness and fitness is rooted in personal and professional experiences as someone who values balance and healthy lifestyles. Her own transformative weight loss journey is what drives her to empower others to achieve and maintain a healthier approach to life by way of exciting yet challenging workouts. Living by the mantra of “Be Well. Stay Committed. Train for Life,” Venus is all about transforming bodies and mindsets to be health and fit conscious.
Vincent has always had a passion for sports which led him to pursue more knowledge in how the human body functions in relation to sports. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology- the study of human movement and physical activity while exploring its impact on health, society, and quality of life from Temple University. He is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer. Vincent promotes a very healthy learning environment and long lasting impression with his clients by ensuring that not only do they attain all of their fitness goals but also understand the reason and consequent impacts of every movement performed.
After returning to DC after training 8 years in Southern California, NASM-certified Zack not only brings the sunshine with him but also a fresh and creative approach to training and fitness. He believes that the key to progress in one’s physical health and wellness lies in an engaging and “holistic approach” to food, body, mind, and soul. This “holistic approach” involves nurturing the body sensibly and creating an appropriate goal-oriented realistic exercise program. He strongly encourages his clients to nurture their minds and souls by exploring healthy passions and interests that positively contribute to overall well-being. Incremental changes in outlook and lifestyle lead to lasting accomplishments in body composition and physical health.
Zack’s passion is high-intensity interval training. He designs creative fast-paced circuits that stimulate the body to burn calories and build lean muscle simultaneously. He is comfortable working with a wide range of clients and a variety of goals.