Personal Training

No matter what your athletic ambitions may be, personal training from the Little Rock Athletic Club could be just the thing to take your game to the next level. Want to shed a few pounds, have abs you can do laundry on, or just be able get the groceries from the minivan to the front door without having to catch your breath? Regardless of your goals, or your current physical condition, we have a trainer who can help.

Our diverse staff of trainers lets you select just the right fit to help you achieve success. They take an interest in you, your life and your aspirations and help tailor a plan to help you get there. Oh, and in addition to being well trained and really good at what they do, they all happen to be really nice folks. Which is why we hired them in the first place. Read about our training staff here.

Ben Barker

Strong side: Determination – pours his heart into his goals

Soft side: Cried a little when his son was born

Fun side: Knows all of the lyrics to “Ice Ice Baby”

Secret side: Watching Scooby-Doo (but only the original)

Proof that he’s just like you: Avoids exercises he dislikes… mainly stretching

Go to trainer tip: The program that works for you is the one you should stick with.

Education and certifications: B.S. in Kinesiology; ACSM Certified Personal Trainer; CrossFit L1 trainer

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Anna Bolte

Strong side: Goal oriented and motivated to accomplish hers

Soft side: Passion for helping people

Fun side: Ongoing UNO tournaments with her family

Secret side: Loves taking naps

Proof that she’s just like you: Usually eats healthy but thoroughly enjoys splurges!

Go to trainer tip: Practice your fitness at home. Lift heavy objects with proper form and sprint regularly. You never know when you’ll need it.

Education and certifications: B.S. in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Health Fitness Specialist, ACSM; CrossFit L1 trainer; CrossFit Gymnastics ; CrossFit Mobility; USAW L1 Sport Performance coach

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Susan Brown

Strong side: Technically correct instruction and loads of encouragement

Soft side: Loves a Sunday nap

Fun side: Will act any kind of silly for her grandchildren

Secret side: Has a strong prayer life

Proof that she is just like you: Physical problems make her adapt exercise, too

Go to trainer tip: If you learn how to perform an exercise correctly, you will protect your body but will also reap maximum benefit.

Education and certifications: B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Harding University; AFAA certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor; ACSM member

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Justin Earnest

Strong side: Really strong – competitive powerlifter and strongman, D2 rugby player, former NCO instructor in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division

Soft side: My two boys – but they’re not

Fun side: My sense of humor – no, really

Secret side: Pssst… If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret…

Proof that he is just like you: I skip workouts if I don’t actively schedule them and I use a coach. Otherwise, I just keep doing the things I’m good at.

Go to trainer tip: To myself – If we’re not on the same page, it’s likely I’m wrong. To you – When in doubt, find something fairly heavy and pick it up.

Education and certifications: In my senior year of a Sports and Health Sciences degree. Deployments in my 20’s made school a no go. Strength Matters Kettlebell Certification; Army Combatives Instructor; Total Army Instructor Trainer Course; CrossFit Level 1; CrossFit Powerlifting

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Paul Fajer

Strong side: Broadly educated, professional and experienced

Soft side: Patient and encouraging

Fun side: All day every day

Secret side: Huge nerd

Proof that he’s just like you: Loves fast food

Go to trainer tip: Real work produces real results.

Education and certifications: B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition; ACE certified personal trainer; CrossFit level 1 trainer; USA Weightlifting level 1

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Eric Godwin

Strong side: Patience

Soft side: Epsom salt baths

Fun side: Fly fishing

Secret side: Suffers from a bad sweet tooth

Proof that he’s just like you: Body aches but exercises nonetheless

Go to trainer tip: Proper hydration and nutrition can help prevent most exercise related injuries.

Education and certifications: B.S. in Exercise Science; ACSM certified personal trainer

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Lorie Kimes

Strong side: Champion gymnast & IFBB Fitness Pro

Soft side: Has a heart for working with preschool gymnastics classes

Fun side: Loves to travel

Secret side: Plays on phone way too much

Proof that she’s just like you: Loves chocolate and cheese dip

Go to trainer tip: There is no magic pill. Exercise and proper nutrition are the keys.

Education and certifications: AFAA certified personal trainer

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Tyler Lathan

Strong side: Disciplined with my fitness and the way I live life

Soft side: Believes a life well lived is a life lived to serve others

Fun side: Enjoys traveling, learning and being around innovative people.

Secret side: Loves to read

Proof that he’s just like you: Favorite food is the mushroom melt at Big Orange.

Go to trainer tip: Aim for consistency, not perfection with your diet and fitness routine.

Education and certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer

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Beverly Lindberg

Strong side: Positive and great motivator

Soft side: Giving 110% to everyone

Fun side: Teaching her dog yoga

Secret side: Loves cold spaghetti for breakfast

Proof that she’s just like you: Needs eight hours of sleep daily

Go to trainer tip: Focus on the muscle you are working.

Education and certifications: Cooper Institute certified personal trainer; ACE certified group exercise instructor; Certified Lifestyle Counselor; B.S., M.S. PhD Nutrition

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Steven Nauman

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Codey Nelson

Strong side: Completed a half marathon

Soft side: Practices Yin yoga

Fun side: Enjoys photography and loves to travel

Secret side: I plead the 5th.

Proof that he’s just like you: Loves peanut butter and chocolate ice cream

Go to trainer tip: Change it up! Try a yoga or kickboxing class.

Education and certifications: ACE certified personal trainer

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Brittney Patty

Strong side: Good listener, attentive

Soft side: Family

Fun side: Loves to be outdoors with her husband and two boys

Secret side: Plays tennis, addicted to NCIS

Proof that she’s just like you: Gets really sore after an intense workout

Go to trainer tip: Use proper form.

Education and certification: ACE certified personal trainer

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Amanda Price

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Quenterrial Spencer

Strong side: Can land a 54 inch box jump… enough said

Soft side: Watching romantic comedies with his wife and snuggling his 100 lb doberman

Fun side: Looks intense but total goofball. Loves to sing and dance – horrible singer, decent dancer.

Secret side: Matching wardrobe addiction – even pjs

Proof that he’s just like you: Self conscious about his small ankles – don’t look. Knees hurt and one shoulder doesn’t behave.

Go to trainer tip: Fitness is rented, never owned. You must put in work or you will lose your assets. Now let’s go to work!

Education and certifications: Kinesiology with Minor in Nutrition from UCA; ACE certified personal trainer, AFAA certified group exercise instructor, Insanity and P90X Master Instructor

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JD Stephenson

Strong side: Improving athletic performance and weight loss

Soft side: Puppies

Fun side: Every side

Secret side: Yoga instructor – loves stretching people

Proof that he’s just like you: Struggles to reach fitness goals, weakness for burgers and fries

Go to trainer tip: Find a program that you love and stick with it. Exercise CAN be enjoyable once you completely dive into a program.

Education and certifications: B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science, Minor in Nutrition; CrossFit Level 1 trainer, ACE certified personal trainer, Yoga Fit Level 1 instructor

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Jeff Witherington

Strong side: Accountability

Soft side: Anything to do with his son

Fun side: Deer camp

Secret side: “I’m an open book.”

Proof that he’s just like you: He puts his britches on one leg at a time.

Go to trainer tip: Eat small portions frequently.

Education and certifications: B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Central Arkansas with a minor in Dietetics; National Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)

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Martha Plaster

Strong side: I find happiness in helping others

Soft side: The dogs get whatever they want when they hit me with “the look.”

Fun side: Every day at work! Who says “work” isn’t spelled “F-U-N?”

Secret side: Much to my husband’s chagrin, I love being a professional student.

Proof that she’s just like you: My daily struggles – maintaining good posture and forgoing working out for work.

Go to trainer tip: Take care of your body at home and work like you do in the gym. Mobility and posture “best practices” are not location based.

Education and certifications: Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UCA, licensed physical therapist in Arkansas, E-RYT200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance), AFAA group exercise instructor

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