MTVAC

Personal Training Staff

 

Dimitris Kollaros, Personal Training Manager & Department Head

Personal Training Certification, ISSA (International Sports Science Association)Image of MTVAC PT Department Health Coach, Manager & Department Head, Dimitris Kollaros

My Personal Motto: “Get it Done!”

Dimitris Kollaros focuses on helping everyone from seniors to young athletes develop their talents so that they may recognize and reach their full potential.   With a 
philosophy that emphasizes more than just your physical development, he includes the psychological aspect of training so that you can become more conscious of how you 
prepare, train and perform.  This will help you achieve maximum results!

Dimitris went to New Mexico State University where he played rugby and earned his bachelor degrees in Kinesiology and Sociology. He has owned and operated his 
own training and performance company in New Mexico for over 12 years.  Some of the awards his clients have earned over the past year include:  All State linebacker (high school football), Runner up player of the year and tournament player of the year (high school basketball) First Team ALL SEC (south eastern conference, women’s college 
volleyball), 2 time player of the week SWAC, South Western athletic Conference,  
college basketball).

Interesting Fact: Dimitris was the head strength & conditioning coach to a minor league baseball team, college dance team, and various high school football and basketball teams.  He has also been an assistant strength coach for the football and women’s softball team at New Mexico State University.


Gretchen Thompson: Master Trainer, ACEMTVAC - Personal Training Staff - Gretchen Thompson, Master Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer Certified–ACE (American Council on Exercise)
Posture Analysis and Correction Certification –the National Posture Institute
ACE Functional Body and Assessment Certification

I believe the way to a long thriving life is to keep active.   If I can make someone excited about moving their whole outlook on life will change – besides, I absolutely love making people feel great!  Where else can you play all day and change people’s lives?

30+ years of experience, numerous certifications and my love for coaching and helping others translates to a workout that is thorough, safe and fun – my clients experience amazing results.

Interesting Fact: I am the head coach for the Forest Park High School Crew Team and was selected Coach of the Year for 2010 for Prince William County High School Crew.  I started my career in the health field as a nurse.

Additional Certifications:
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor Certification
Step Reebok Certification, Les Mills Body Pump Certification
Reebok Core Training, ESA Slide Certification
Hard Style Kettlebell Certification
BOSU Integrated Balance Training Specialty Certification
A.A.A.I.  I.S.A.M. Group Stationary Cycling,
Functional Movement Screening Certification

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Brenda Simon: Personal Trainer, AFAAMTVAC - Personal Training Staff - Brenda SImon, CPT

AFAA Personal Trainer Certification, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification

By assessing and targeting each client’s personal needs, I help them reach their specific goals.  Each session is specifically designed to work toward their goal.  Also I help clients focus their eating habits by making healthy choices and help them develop lifestyle changes to make fitness a part of their lives outside of the gym.

Clients feel empowered when I tell them that my entire family is overweight and I chose to pursue fitness so that I could maintain health – it is possible and they can do it too!

Interesting Fact: I’ve spent two years cycling around Asia, Africa and Europe.

Additional Certifications:
Balanced Body Pilates Mat & Reformer Certification
Spin certification


Steve Stafilatos: Personal Trainer, ACE MTVAC - Personal Training Staff - Steve Stafilatos, CPT

Personal Trainer Certified- ACE (American Council on Exercise), CPR/AED certification

My Personal Motto: You can never fail if you don’t quit… Never quit!

Throughout the years, I have helped clients by using many physical and motivational techniques; I have developed a balance to assist each individual. I like to incorporate a lot of functional training, free weights, as well as plyometric jumps and bounds during workouts. This produces an increase in strength and endurance, which will help achieve desired results. Additionally, I have experience in sport specific training that allows me to tailor fitness programs to each client.

Interesting Fact: As a semi-professional basketball player in Greece, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing athletic trainers. These individuals not only pushed me physically and mentally they sparked my interest in personal training.


Zach Zyzyk: Personal Trainer, NASM

Certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

My Personal Motto: Compete to Play!

Everyone wakes up to play the “game” but to get the most out of it, the game, and most importantly yourself you have to put forth the effort to compete.  I have been through the ups and downs, and the downs are always the hardest to get through.  In essence, that effort, that competitiveness, that drive…is what gets you through and without those downs, those losses, those hardships for which there are no rewards; that is what molds a champion.

I have played sports all of my life and my training style reflects that.  Everyone can train like an athlete.  I played both baseball and football all through high school, had the chance to play collegiate Division II football, and am currently the JV baseball coach at Mount Vernon High School.  My primary training experience lies within the high schools but I am excited to work with a broader spectrum of people.

Interesting Fact: I had the chance to travel to Spain, Italy, and France as part of the Student Ambassadors Program.  Currently, I am finishing my Associate’s Degree at Northern Virginia Community College.  After that, I plan to transfer to George Mason University to finish out my Bachelor’s Degree.

Additional Certifications:
NFHS Level 1 Coach
CPR/AED Certified Red Cross
FMS Certified (FMSC)
CES Certified (Corrective Exercise Specialist)


Renee McGrew2Renee McGrew, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN


Personal Motto: A healthy lifestyle is achievable by everyone.

Renee has been providing nutrition services through her private practice established in 2013. She is an alumnus of Florida State University, obtaining bachelor’s degrees in both Dietetics and Communication Disorders. She completed her dietetic internship with Oakwood University.

Believing it is important to meet each individual where they are, Renee has helped clients make positive changes both big and small to affect lasting results.

Renee resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two children.

Interesting Fact: Through my internship and numerous volunteer positions I have had the privilege to work with great organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, Special Olympics of Hawaii, the VA and Fairfax County Public Schools.

 Additional Certifications / Affiliations:

Commission on Dietetic Registration
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Northern Virginia Dietetic Association

 


Norma Morena Dominguez: Personal Trainer, AAAI-ISMA

MTVAC Personal Trainer Norma Morena DominguezMy personal motto: Don’t let what’s on the outside, get on your inside.

My motto is to combine both faith and fitness in one mind set, so that your exercise regimen will work out for your greater good. My goal is to help you meet your everyday goals by teaching you strength training, cardio and body mechanics. I want my clients to have faith in themselves physically and mentally. The most important thing is to be consistent and dedicated to your goals. Accept where you are in your life and know that you have the power and authority to change your mind and your body. Show up and be faithful to yourself. Never give up on you. I like to remind people: you are abundantly blessed!

Additional Certifications:
Senior Personal Training Certification with American Senior Fitness Association

Hablo español.

Mi lema: No dejes que lo que esté en tu exterior entre en tu interior.

Mi lema es combinar tanto la fe como la aptitud en una sola mentalidad, así que su régimen de ejercicios se resuelve para tu bien. Mi meta es ayudarte a lograr tus metas: enseñarte el entrenamiento de fuerza, cardio y mecánica corporal. Quiero que mis clientes tengan fe en sí mismos física y mentalmente. Lo más importante es ser constante y fiel a tus metas. Acepta dónde estás en la vida y sé que tienes el poder y la autoridad de cambiar tu mente y tu cuerpo. Preséntate en el gimnasio y sé fiel a ti mismo. Nunca te rindas. Eres abundantemente bendecido.

Datos de interés:Tuve muchas oportunidades en la coreografía. Ayudé a establecer en Pennsylvania una organización sin fines de lucro para los niños y los jóvenes de minoría que estaban interesados en el arte, la música y el baile. Mis aficiones son la música, el baile, la cocina, el ajedrez, el gimnasio, jugar Legos con mi hija e ir al campo de tiro.Me encanta aprender sobre las culturas distintas.

Cualificación: Certificación Entrenamiento Personal con la AAAI-ISMA Fitness (Asociación Internacional Americana de los Ejercicios Aeróbicos- Asociación Internacional de la Medicina Deportiva)
Certificación Entrenamiento Personal Superior con la Asociación Americana de la Salud para los ancianos


Ryan Fearson: Personal Trainer, NASM

MTVAC Personal Trainer Ryan FearsonMy personal motto: The body achieves what the mind believes.

I’m a trainer who believes in the power of good nutrition and consistent dedication to achieve fitness goals. If you believe you can do it, all it takes is work and consistency.

I have a background in martial arts and High School wrestling and I’m currently pursuing a B.S. in Kinesiology at George Mason University. I’m passionate about the science of human movement and strength development. I focus on improving the posture, movement, and strength of my clients through the use of assessments and specifically-tailored fitness plans for each individual’s goals. I’m interested in helping my clients lose weight, gain balance, build strength, and develop confidence to get the most out of life!

Interesting Fact: I’m also a member of SAG (Screen Actors’ Guild) and have worked in television, film, and theater productions over the last 15+ years.


Patricia Brown: Personal Trainer, M.S. Exercise Science

MTVAC Personal Trainer Patricia BrownMy personal motto: If you’re going to do it, make it worth it!

As a former kinesiology professor, I bring a background of cutting-edge science to your workouts. I love working with all levels of fitness and I individualize each session to help clients achieve their maximum potential. I bring a smile and an encouraging word to every workout.

I wholeheartedly believe that exercise is the key to a long, functional life! I love helping people achieve their fitness goals. The key to achieving success is to develop healthy habits that fit your lifestyle. If you change one habit at a time, you will be amazed at how fast you see changes in your life.

I am a female Tony Horton in the gym, come workout with me!

Interesting Fact: I have a M.S. in Exercise Science from Texas State University. I’m a former college volleyball player, now I coach 11/12 year-olds for Ft. Hunt and St. Louis CYO. I’m a Military Wife and mother of two.


Nene Reed: Personal Trainer, NASM

My Personal Motto: Consistency + Passion = Success

Two famous sayings stand out to me; ‘nothing worth having comes easy’ and ‘there is no substitute for hard work’. Both sayings have history and both are still true to this day, especially when it comes to meeting fitness goals. Success comes and is far sweeter when we work hard for it.

My training style incorporates a combination of time tested exercises, free weights, functional exercise and ‘unconventional’ training tools such as kettlebells and sandbags. With those tools in mind, I focus on helping clients increase strength,endurance, flexibility while achieving their goals. As a trainer, my motivation is to help clients set, meet goals and reach a point where exercise and proper nutrition are not a yearly resolution, but a habit.

Interesting Fact: I’m a runner and race frequently during the course of the year. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with my wife and young son.

Additional Certifications:
HKC (Hardstyle Kettlebell Certified)
CPR/AED Certified Red Cross
MMACS Certified (MMA Conditioning Specialist)
GFS Certified (Golf Fitness Specialist)

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