Meet our Family of Trainers!

We’ve assembled a top-of-the-line team of nationally-certified fitness specialists to help you reach your fitness goals. Together you can create a program that will fit into your schedule; whether you need to regain or maintain your high-energy lifestyle.

Don Bahneman, General Manager, Fitness Director, and Master Trainer

Don brings a unique blend of personal training, managerial experience, and national presenting to the Energy Club. With over twelve years of managing clubs, Don enjoys trying to bring the best for each member when they visit the club. Over the last twenty years, Don has worked with thousands of clients. Individuals from boy scout troops to 95 years of age, general fitness to cancer and Parkinson’s patients, athletes from all levels (collegiate, NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and Professional Boxing) have all seen development from time training with him. Since 2003, Don has also been presenting nationally on various fitness topics with over 250 speaking engagements.

Education/Licenses/Certifications

  • M.S. Human Performance – University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • B.A. Athletic Training – Saint Cloud State University
  • B.A. Sports Management – Saint Cloud State University
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • CISSN International Society of Sports Nutrition Certified Sports Nutritionist
  • RKC Russian Kettlebell Instructor Level I & II
  • Pn1 Precision Nutrition Certified Level I Coach
  • Functional Movement Screen Practitioner
  • Schwinn Indoor Cycling
  • CPR American Red Cross

Personal Philosophy

“Wishing something changes in your life is not enough. You need to take that first step towards what you want and make it happen with hard work, diligence, and passion.


 

David Les Pierre, Master Trainer

David brings 20 years of experience to the training profession.  He began learning the craft by actively immersing himself in health and fitness.  He considers training to be more than a job but rather a passion that has become a way of life.  David’s ultimate goal is to move beyond all boundaries and build a strong personal bond with each client.  He believes an individual cannot be categorized based on a predetermination of set criteria.  He strives to continuously improve and evolve his fitness knowledge base.  David’s specialties include post-rehabilitation, sports conditioning, General fitness training, and athletic training (sport specific-swimming, basketball, lacrosse, baseball)

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Pilates Instructor
  • Spin Certified Instructor
  • Nutrition Counseling

Personal Philosophy

“Continuously searching for new methodology and an evolving approach  to training”
“Passion for this position does not fully express my feeling towards this way of life…it is who  I am and what I strive for within my own personal and professional life.”


 

Alexandra E. Karaer, Master Trainer

Alex has been certified as a trainer since 2002, working both as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She has experience working with clients of all ages and varying fitness goals. She has proven success with helping clients achieve not only weight loss, but also improved strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. She is especially concerned with helping her clients develop proper mobility and lifting technique. Alex emphasizes functional movements in her programs that rely primarily on exercises rooted in gymnastics, kettlebell and barbell training. Alex encourages her clients to discover the limitless potential of their bodies, irrespective of age or athletic background.

Licenses/Certifications

  • NASM CPT–National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • SFG Level I & Level II StrongFirst Girya Russian Kettlebell
  • USAW Level I Sports Performance Coach
  • Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist
  • FMS – Functional Movement Screen
  • Precision Nutrition Certified Level I Coach
  • B.A. Economics – University of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
  • American Red Cross AED/CPR Certified

Personal Philosophy

“Fitness and a healthy lifestyle don’t just happen to you; you have to make this
happen every day of your life, both inside and outside of the gym.”


 

Stevon Scott, Elite Trainer

Stevon Scott has been in the personal training/sports medicine field for over seven years and has worked with almost every type of population and condition. He holds multiple certifications. His areas of expertise include; functional explosive training, linear speed, agility, corrective exercise techniques, Olympic lifting & bodybuilding, weight management and cutting edge spinal-sheath activation techniques. He works with special populations who have severe orthopedic handicaps, post rehab individuals and enjoys working with the youth population. Stevon has been a speaker at lifestyle/health management clinics throughout Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia, and enjoys empowering his clientele through education. His own athletic experience includes wrestling, soccer and ten years on a swim team. He has also provided sports performance training for elite athletes from a wide variety of sports including Penn State and Notre Dame football.

Experience

  • 10 years swim team
  • 4 years scholastic wrestler
  • 3 years scholastic soccer player
  • 12 years bodybuilding

Education/Certifications

  • B.S. IST – Penn State University
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, 2006
  • USAW – Sports Performance Coach, 2008
  • CPR/AED Certified

Personal Philosophy

“I believe that functionality is the basis of training. That is why I stress proper core and neuromuscular activation. With this foundation in place, functional injuries are rare and the various forms of pain that the general public are told to just live with begin to be alleviated”.


 

Alexander Argueta, Master Trainer

Alex is a certified personal trainer and is credentialed through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Alex also holds certifications as a USAW Level 1 Weightlifting Coach, Strong First Girya (kettlebell) Instructor, and as a TRX Instructor. He has spent the last decade in the health and fitness industry helping clients reach their fitness goals. Alex’s expertise has given him the knowledge to tailor workouts to a broad range of ages, abilities, and athletic backgrounds. Since 2005, Alex has been a group fitness instructor teaching multiple formats including kettlebell training, TRX suspension training, spin, boot camp, and high intensity interval training.

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • SFG Level I & Level II StrongFirst Girya Russian Kettlebell
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified
  • USAW Level I Sports Performance Coach

Personal Philosophy

Random acts of variety don’t take you anywhere. If you want to get strong, you must plan to get strong. If you want to lose weight, you must plan for weight loss. You want to get in shape, you must have a plan to get in shape. I can take you there.”


 

Deana Edelmann, Group Exercise Manager & Elite Trainer

Deana has brought her passion for an active, healthy, and balanced lifestyle to each and every session since joining the Energy Club team in 2007. When you are working with her, be prepared to work to your maximum potential. Whether you are interested in pushing your strength to new limits, reaching your weight loss goals, realizing a more toned version of yourself, or creating your own sense of calm, Deana is ready to dedicate herself to helping you reach your goals.

She is a longtime fitness enthusiast who hopes to share her love and passion with you so that you can enjoy a more active lifestyle and a higher quality of life at any age.  She is committed to showing our members that fitness can be both rewarding and, yes, fun!

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Les Mills Body Flow Advanced Instructor
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
  • Les Mills Body Pump Instructor
  • Les Mills Body Combat Instructor
  • NASM CES Corrective Exercise Specialist

Personal Philosophy

“The gym has always been my ‘happy place’.  I love the gym!  You will never regret a great workout! Commitment, Preparation and Dedication: Commit the mind to the goal, Prepare the body to achieve the goal, and Dedicate yourself to the mental and physical practice required to achieve the goal. You don’t run to the finish line, you run through the finish line!”


 

Damon Mock, Expert Trainer

Damon has had a life long passion for health and fitness, working in the private sector for many years in support of DOD contracts. She has experience knowing what it means to serve others in a support capacity.  As a self declared people person, Damon loves to learn, build and maintain relationships that cater to a client’s individual long term desires. Whether those desires are increase nutritional knowledge, weight loss, or a specific client goal.   She has proven success with helping clients achieve their personal goals, but also improve strength, confidence, cardiovascular endurance, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Damon connects with her clients on a level that brings knowledge, enjoyment and instruction to increase the value of her clients overall fitness experience and encourages them to take their fitness goals and make them a reality.

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM FNS Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • B.B. Administration. – Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
  • American Red Cross AED/CPR Certified

Personal Philosophy

“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while – you do them right all the time.” -Vince Lombardi


 

Adrian Francis, Expert Trainer

Adrian started helping individuals become healthier in 2004.  From the knowledge he had been acquiring since his teens as a competitive athlete, he began helping small groups achieve their fitness goals simply for his own enjoyment.  Seeing how much of a difference he was able to make in an individual’s life put him on a quest for more knowledge in the fitness industry.  He has facilitated in the operation of fitness establishments, managed individual diets, worked to enhance the physical capabilities of adolescents, and of course personal trained.  Adrian came across The Energy Club by chance, but was ecstatic that he finally found a place where he would want to be personal trained by its personal trainers.   After 17 years of fitness experience and education, he found that The Energy Club’s approach to fitness, aligned with the quality of trainers on staff, was where he wanted to make his stand in the industry.  Moving forward, he wants to meet and encourage anyone who wants to be “better.”

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • Advanced High School Diploma
  • Associate’s Degree in Psychology – Northern Virginia Community College
  • Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise – VTISU
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • USAW Sports Performance Coach
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified

Personal Philosophy

“It is important to get better each day; at everything.  When considering one’s fitness, every single step forward is an investment in your quality of life.  The rewards from those investments are boundless.”


 

Tal Cottey, Master Trainer

With over two decades of experience in personal training and an extensive background in fitness management and group exercise, Tal is able to help individuals of all ages and fitness levels achieve their personal goals.  He believes that success is defined as doing what you love, and loving what you do. Seeing clients achieve a fitness potential they never thought possible is what he enjoys most. Whether your goal is to improve your performance as a teenage athlete, run your fastest 5K in your forties, or maintain strength, mobility, and balance as you approach your golden years, Tal will get you there. In addition to personal training, and energetic spinning classes, Tal enjoys running innovative outdoor boot camp classes.  For those with problems such as back, knee, shoulder, or hip injuries, he will design pre and post surgical fitness plans, through collaboration with your doctor and/or physical therapist.

Certifications

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
  • Mad Dogg Certified Spinning Instructor
  • PHI Pilates Mat Level 1 Instructor
  • NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist

Education

  • M.S. Criminal Justice – Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • B.S. Criminology – Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • NASM Continued Education in the following:
    • Balance Training
    • Cardio For Fitness
    • Cardio For Performance
    • Core Training
    • Flexibility Training
    • Neuromuscular Stretching
    • Optimum Performance Training (OPT) for the Senior Client
    • Optimum Performance Training (OPT) for the Youth Client
    • Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQ) Training
    • Solution – Weight Management

Personal Philosophy

A good workout doesn’t have to take all day, or even several hours…a little exercise each day will vastly improve your physical well-being and mental outlook.”


 

Brandon Dunston PhotoBrandon Dunston, Master Trainer

Brandon is a Philadelphia native raised in the Northern Virginia area. While studying Athletic Training at George Mason University, he learned to evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate sports related injuries. During his time at Mason he had the privilege of working with the athletic staff and sports teams of Falls Church High School, Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Upper School, Marymount University, and the Washington Redskins.

Education/Certifications

  • B.A. Athletic Training – George Mason University
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Mad Dogg Certified Spin Instructor
  • Certified EMT

Personal Philosophy

Over the past decade, Brandon has followed a vegetarian diet that has become mostly vegan. He believes in and strives to help others build a stronger mind, body, and spirit through proper nutrition and physical exercise. He has helped a variety of clients achieve their fitness goals, which have included building strength, losing weight, gaining muscle mass, increasing muscle tone and definition, improving health vitals (cholesterol, resting heart rate, etc.), and rehabbing injuries. He personally enjoys focusing on strength training, building muscle mass, improving functional mobility and posture, and improving athletic performance.


 

Christina Smith PhotoChristina Smith, Elite Trainer

Christina Smith has been working in the fitness, athletic performance, and wellness industries for over 20 years. Christina’s unique approach to training, coaching, and teaching have helped many people overcome roadblocks that have held them back from successfully achieving their training goals and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Christina has experience as a kettlebell coach, a nutritional life coach, and is a member of the International Society of Clinical Rehab Specialists where she is working on her Rehab to Performance Certification. Christina has experience working with athletes, weekend warriors, and those who have just been discharged from a doctor’s treatment program and looking to get back to resuming active lifestyles. She communicates and motivates exceptionally well and has the skills and the knowledge to help anyone achieve their personal goals.

With her experience, Christina can help you make healthy, realistic, and sustainable lifestyle choices without the fads, quick fixes, and gimmicks – to help you improve your health for now, and for the long-term.

Education/Certifications

  • B.S. English  Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland
  • CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 2
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • Metabolic Typing Advisor Level 2
  • CPR/AED

 

Katie Henry, Master Trainer, Registered Dietitian

Katie has been a certified personal trainer since 2012. She began her career working with fellow students and employees at Virginia Tech.  Since then she has trained a wide variety of clients, ranging from young men trying to build up their muscle mass to elderly women looking to improve their quality of life.  As a Registered Dietitian, Katie can work with you in the full spectrum of health to help you reach your full potential by focusing on the relationship between nutrition and exercise.  She is passionate about quality of life and will help coach you on making a lifestyle change that will improve all aspects of your life.  Her main goal is to lead her clients to feel confident and comfortable in the gym, and make the process not only successful, but enjoyable!

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • B.S. Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise: Dietetics  Virginia Tech
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • CDR Registered Dietitian
  • ACE Weight Management Certified
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified

Personal Philosophy

“Regret nothing. Make no excuses. Work hard. Play harder. Live, love, laugh. Lift!”


 

Garrett Waller, Elite Trainer

As a former collegiate basketball player, Garrett learned the value of consistent and efficient training and how it directly translates to improved performance in the athletic arena. By leading others through workouts and training programs he created, as well as extra workout sessions in off-seasons, Garrett instilled these principles in his teammates and clients alike.

Merging concepts from psychology and physiology, Garrett enjoys bringing a unique and tailored experience that maximizes effectiveness in the lifestyle of each client he has the pleasure of working with. He has helped clients lose weight, gain muscle mass, improve muscle definition, and improve flexibility and mobility. He also assists in post-surgical and rehabilitation, and brings a high focus on understanding functionality in training and improving mind-to-muscle connectivity.

Garrett prides himself on the ability to tailor workouts using a wide variety of techniques, from speed and agility, sport specific training, cardiovascular and muscular endurance, strength and power training, body building, body weight movements, high intensity training, and ensuring strength balance.

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • NCSF Certified Personal Trainer
  • B.S. Psychology Christopher Newport University
  • American Red Cross CPR/AED Certified

Personal Philosophy

“Resistance is how we find our strength, however, resilience is what defines it.”


 

Patrick Newhall, Expert Trainer

Patrick Newhall graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a degree in Exercise Science. Some of his favorite classes were Exercise Physiology, Human Anatomy, and Metabolism. While studying at Hope he played for the Hope Hockey team where they reached the National Tournament 4 years in a row.

Before becoming a Personal Trainer Patrick worked as a ­­Rehab Specialist for Sport and Spine Rehab where he specialized in rehabilitating sports injuries and also, lower and upper back injuries. After Sport and Spine he worked for Fitness Together as a Fitness Coach and trainer helping clients reach their weight and strength goals.  Most recently he worked for a corporate fitness company with the House of Representatives training and teaching classes with Members of Congress’s staff.

Education/Certifications/Licenses

  • B.S. Exercise Science  Hope College
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AFAA Group Exercise Certified

Personal Philosophy

“Regret nothing. Make no excuses. Work hard. Play harder. Live, love, laugh. Lift!”