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.
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH BEN BARKER
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH ANNA BOLTE
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH SUSAN BROWN
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH JUSTIN EARNEST
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH PAUL FAJER
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH ERIC GODWIN
Strong side: Motivating and determined
Soft side: Loves helping others see the best in themselves.
Fun side: Loves the outdoors and crazy athletic wear.
Secret side: Loves to sing, and is an avid lover of Disney movies.
Proof that she’s just like you: Is always baking way too many sweets and then trying to pawn them off to other people.
Go to trainer tip: Love what you do. Don’t be geared toward the result itself. Fall in love with the process of evolving into a stronger and healthier you!
Education and certifications: B.S. in Exercise Science, Arkansas State University; ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor.
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH AMY HENSON
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH LORIE KIMES
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH TYLER LATHAN
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH BEVERLY LINDBERG
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH CODEY NELSON
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH BRITTNEY PATTY
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH QUENTERRIAL SPENCER
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH JD STEPHENSON
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)
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH JEFF WITHERINGTON
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH MARTHA PLASTER