Start your fitness journey today with The Perfect Workout personal trainer in Bethesda! The Perfect Workout’s Certified Personal Trainer team helps people of all experience levels and conditions in Bethesda to transform their bodies in just 20 minutes, twice a week. Each strength training session, coached 1-on-1 by a Personal Trainer, will give you full body results in minimum time. Located across the street from Whole Foods, on River Road is The Perfect Workout’s Bethesda studio.
Personal Trainers in Bethesda, MD
Fitness has been a major part of Darrin's life from a very young age. When he was 5, he started playing basketball, which he played all the way up through his junior high school years. Darrin has also been a dancer, a hobby that he still enjoys to this day regularly. Being a fairly "skinny kid" most of his life, Darrin discovered weightlifting as a young adult, and fitness has become one of his biggest passions ever since. When the opportunity to learn about slow-motion strength training as a means to build strength and lean muscle mass came about, Darrin was hooked immediately, and it quickly became part of his regular routine.
Darrin is a native of DC metropolitan, having been born and raised in Northern Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and International Studies from Greensboro College, which also included spending a semester overseas in Hong Kong. Having been a music teacher for over 10 years, Darrin brings a strong passion for teaching others and helping them to learn and truly understand slow-motion strength training. "My favorite part of teaching and training others is those 'lightbulb' moments, those breakthroughs when my clients truly understand something and bring themselves that much closer to achieving their fitness goals."
Almost immediately after joining The Perfect Workout, Darrin began connecting and building strong rapport with the clients in Bethesda. His very keen eye for detail has been important for helping clients with form and helping them to understand each exercise, as well as how they can get the most out of every single 20-minute workout. "I am passionate about getting to know and building a relationship with every single client that comes through the doors at Bethesda." Darrin enjoys being able to share his own fitness experiences with clients to help them through their own fitness journeys.
In late 2020, Darrin was promoted to the Facility Manager position at Bethesda, and he was extremely excited to join the DC leadership team. He is excited to be the face of the studio, and a helpful teammate to the rest of the DC team, and a strong leader for the staff in Bethesda. "I want to lead by example, and I want other trainers to feel that they have my full support."
When he is not at the studio training or working with The Perfect Workout, Darrin keeps busy by teaching and playing music professionally. He is highly proficient in the flute, guitar, and trumpet, as well as also teaching piano and voice students. He also enjoys playing basketball, and has been keeping his dancing skills sharp with regular tap, jazz, and ballet dance classes for several years.
Darrin hopes to continue growing with The Perfect Workout in the future. He loves helping other trainers and seeing others succeed, and he wants to continue moving up and be in greater positions to help the studio continue to grow. "I believe in everyone's success, no matter how small. Every victory is something to be celebrated."
Rafael has been training people of all walks of life for over a decade. He got his degree in Psychology but changed his career path to health and fitness, and earned his Personal Training Certification in 2010, where he initially worked in gyms and trained people at home.
Rafael has experience in all things fitness including: running, hiking, cycling, Power Plate, Suspension Training, Vipr, Spinning, Power Bike, Yoga, Pilates, Calisthenics, and the so-called "Functional Training."
But it was in 2013 when he was working in a gym that uses High Intensity Training, and since then he’s stuck to using the Super Slow method with his members, himself, and family.
“No other method is more efficient, effective, and safer than the one we use in The Perfect Workout.”
One of his favorite success stories is when Rafael trained his sister-in-law once a week for around three months before she went into abdominal surgery due to a fibroma. After she needed to go to rehab with a Physical Therapist that gave her exercises performed with manual resistance, the PT was amazed. The PT told her that she was the strongest client that she ever had, making it very difficult for her to apply the resistance.
As a trainer, Rafael has experience with all sorts of members applying the Super Slow method since 2013: athletes (runners, soccer players, golfers, tennis players), special populations: Overweight, members with MS, Parkinson's disease, older adults, knee replacement, hip replacement, pre, and post-surgery strength training (knee, neck, and back), stroke and accident-related hemiplegia, etc.
“I love the attention to detail in the member’s performance that implies a better stimulation from the workouts getting better and safer results applying the minimal effective dose.”