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: 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: 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: Making goal oriented plans
Soft side: Empathy for others
Fun side: Loves a good dare
Secret side: Writing a novel
Proof that she’s just like you: Walking her dog counts as cardio, right
Go to trainer tip: Stop punishing yourself for enjoying food & start using that food as fuel.
Education and certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer; ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH DESTANEE HALL
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: Dedicated and disciplined with his fitness routine and the way he lives life.
Soft side: Deep conversations with friends
Fun side: Like to explore and do anything outdoors; hiking, cycling, mountain biking and tennis
Secret side: Enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures
Proof that he’s just like you: The Big Orange mushroom melt burger is his cheat meal favorite
Go to trainer tip: Aim for consistency not perfection
Education and certifications: NASM certified personal trainer & AFPA Wellness Consultant
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
Proof that he’s just like you:
Go to trainer tip:
Education and certifications:
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH STEVEN NAUMAN
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: 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: Understanding people
Soft side: My family (wife, kids, dogs)
Fun side: The mountains and the lake
Secret side: Loves to spend time alone… or does he?
Proof that he’s just like you: Some days he doesn’t feel like working out, so he doesn’t.
Go to trainer tip: Posture, posture, posture! Have a purpose for what you’re doing.
Education and certifications: B.S Health and Exercise Sciences; Licensed Massage Therapist; Certified Personal Trainer
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH MICHAEL GLENN
Strong side: Good listener, compassionate, and engaged
Soft side: Anything family related
Fun side: Being outdoors
Secret side: Competitive but tries to play “cool”
Proof that she’s just like you: Loves to eat and refuses to “diet”
Go to trainer tip: Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing for fitness, figure out what works for you.
Education and certifications: Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University & Oklahoma Health Sciences Center ; Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
SCHEDULE A SESSION WITH SARAH OLNEY
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