Each member of our elite team is professionally trained in accordance with EIF founder Joe Aben's exclusive Body of Excellence™ training program. We provide our clients with the safest and most effective personal training. Excellence in Fitness trainers take the time to get to know your needs and understand what you can and cannot do. Our professional staff is held to a high standard of excellence and integrity both on and off the job.
Tony was born and raised in Harwood, MD and has always had a passion for sports and fitness. That love started at an early age when he started playing basketball for Galesville, a small town near Harwood. For many years he was an athlete only, never exposed to any one on one training except the special attention he received from his coaches and older family members. Sports were a mainstay in his life all the way through Southern High School where he played basketball, football and religiously lived in the weight room. While attending college in Lakeland, Florida, Tony began studying physical education and that lead him to continuing his education beyond the average curriculum.
Tony began working at the Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center on campus and excelled as a student fitness instructor. Upon returning home, he quickly got a job at Bowie Sport Fit and continued his love for working out and training. While still working in Bowie, Tony received a great opportunity to work in the chiropractic field, which went hand in hand because he was continually expanding his knowledge of the human body. After much extensive training in the chiropractic field and sitting before the Maryland Chiropractors Board of Examiners, Tony became a licensed Chiropractic Technician and spent four years at Advanced Chiropractic Center in Crofton. During those years he became very particular about proper body mechanics and that led him to educate many patients on the importance of exercise and stretching. Tony spent some time in Upper Marlboro coaching boys age 10-12 basketball and his practices where known to be pretty intense, maybe that’s why in the first season his boys only lost 1 game. In order to further his education,
Tony began studying for the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) Certified Personal Trainer Exam and passed it with flying colors. Armed with those two great certifications and energy through the roof, he started training clients in Severna Park, producing great results for his clients, and hasn’t looked back since. In addition to those previous certifications, Tony is also a Level one C.O.R.E. Instructor and has plans to add as many letters as possible to the end of his name. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing sports, and coaching his four nephews. With his ambition and wealth of knowledge in the health and fitness industry, his number one priority is making sure everyone of his clients obtain all of their specific goals utilizing the Body of Excellence™ program here at Excellence In Fitness.
Drew has always loved sports. In high school, she played softball and tennis. It was not until she moved to Whidbey Island in Washington State where she found her passion for fitness. Drew was certified in group fitness through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America in 2001 and has been teaching group fitness classes ever since. After having her first child in 2005, Drew decided to get certified in Stroller Strides so she could continue feeding her passion for teaching. She continued Stroller Strides until she decided to start teaching muscle conditioning and step classes. Drew felt as though these classes lit her fire even more and then made the decision to pursue her certification in Les Mills Body Combat in 2007 and continues to teach that class today. She became certified in Les Mills Body Vive in 2007 and Sh’Bam in 2010.
After falling in love with the martial arts aspect of Body Combat, she decided to pursue Muay Thai and began taking private Muay Thai lessons at a local mixed marital arts gym. Soon after, she found a hidden passion for MMA and started Fight Fit classes in 2013. She continues to teach those classes today and dabbles in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and striking classes when she finds the time. She also received her certification in mitt holding at Level Up in the summer of 2016.
Drew decided recently that she wanted to take her teaching a step further and transition to training clients one-on-one. She started working at Excellence In Fitness in the summer of 2016 and is Body of Excellence certified as a Professional Fitness Coach. Drew has made an immediate impact with encouraging and motivating her clients toward obtaining their health and fitness goals.
Bobby lettered in football and basketball at South River High School. He graduated in 2008, and accepted an athletic scholarship to continue his football career at Old Dominion University. After spending two years there, Bobby decided to transfer to Shepherd University.
During his three years at Shepherd, the football team won two conference championships in addition to reaching the NCAA Division 2 final four. As the starting quarterback, Bobby led the Rams to an overall record of 17-5. During his senior season, he was named team MVP and first team all-conference. He was also chosen to play in the Prograss International Scout Bowl which was held in Florence, Alabama. Bobby graduated from Shepherd in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Prior to joining the EIF team, he worked as a Performance Coach at Athletic Republic where he trained athletes of all ages. In addition to being CPR/AED certified Bobby is also a certified personal trainer through the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA). Bobby also has experience at Excellence in Fitness as a client. In 2004 he was trained by the owner, Joe Aben, for his upcoming football season.
Darin comes to EIF with extensive experience in personal training and wellness coaching. He has also managed two fitness centers and has worked in the fitness equipment business. Darin’s interest in health and fitness started at an early age. He was born in Annapolis, MD and moved to the New Jersey shore area when he was young. He grew up playing a multitude of sports and became an avid runner in middle school. He completed a marathon at age 15 and was one of the highest ranked high school freshman 1600 meter runners in the state. An injury his sophomore year sidelined his running career and he subsequently switched to pole vault. He loved the sport and became the top ranked vaulter in the county his senior year. After graduating from the University of Richmond, Darin began a career in business. He stayed active in club sports including soccer, lacrosse, softball and crew. He began actively strength training at the gym and enjoyed researching and testing various fitness protocols. By chance, he started working in the fitness industry after several years in the investment business. What started as a part time job at his gym has become an exciting and rewarding career in the fitness industry for Darin. Darin enjoys helping people improve their life through health and wellness and is still amazed at all of the incredible transformations he has seen with people he has worked with over the years. Darin came to EIF’s owner, Joe Aben, expressing an interest in the Body of Excellence training program. He shares the same belief in Super Slow strength training and was very eager to learn more from Joe, EIF’s unique training model, and be part of an award winning Personal Training team. In addition to training clients at EIF, Darin currently manages a fitness center for a major University/Hospital in Baltimore. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is certified with the American Sports & Fitness Association. He is also certified in CPR/AED with the American Red Cross.
Rob is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer who received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Salisbury University with a minor in Psychology. Rob was born in Euclid, Ohio but was raised in Annapolis, MD since the age of three. He grew up playing a wide variety of sports, sparking his interest in the exercise field.
Rob attended Broadneck High School and ran 4 years of varsity track & field. Rob’s main events included triple jump, long jump, and the 400m dash. While on the track team Rob found that he was 6 ft tall and only 120 pounds, making him underweight. After consulting a personal trainer for strength training and nutritional advice, Rob began a hypertrophy/strength training program. By his second year of college, Rob gained roughly 50 pounds while still maintaining a low body fat percentage. During his years at the university, Rob studied the exercise sciences, learning about strength training techniques, special populations, anatomy, and the physics of human movement.
Post-graduation, Rob stayed in Salisbury, MD and acquired years of experience as an Exercise Specialist in the physical therapy field through rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient clinics. Through his degree in Exercise Science and experience in physical therapy, Rob has an extensive knowledge of proper body mechanics, contact-guard, full-body stretching, and special populations. Before joining EIF’s team of coaches, Rob was also the Head Personal Trainer at a fitness center in Laurel, Delaware. There he worked 1-on-1 with clients of all fitness levels to help reach their fitness goals. Ready for more opportunity, Rob moved back to Annapolis, MD and joined the EIF team. Rob is certified in the Body of Excellence training protocol and is excited to encourage and motivate every EIF client.
Brady attended South River High School where he played varsity lacrosse. Throughout his time there the team had gone to multiple State Championships and won in 2012 with an undefeated 20-0 record. Brady is currently a senior at Towson University and is majoring in Exercise science.
At Towson, Brady’s studies have consisted of exercise leadership, care & prevention of athletic injury, and nutrition for exercise and sport.
Along with school, Brady is currently a Physical Therapy exercise tech and has a great understanding of injury rehabilitation and exercise. Brady is CPR certified and is currently in pursuit of his ACSM certification upon completion of his undergrad in 2018. He has been involved in athletics throughout his college career with intramural's and weight training.
Brady is excited to be apart of the EIF team and enjoys working with individuals who are hardworking and dedicated to reaching their goals. He understands how to work with limitations and how to avoid injury in the exercise setting.
Elee grew up right down the road from Excellence in Fitness in Millersville and attended Severna Park High School, where he played varsity football for the Falcons. To train for upcoming seasons, he spent his summer afternoons in the weight room.
He was introduced to strength training by a gym teacher, and from there learned how essential proper strength training is critical to remaining injury free and performing at the highest caliber. Elee immediately fell in love with the weights and continued to train and began studying and testing dozens of different methods and programs to become stronger and gain muscle mass. Elee entered into his first powerlifting meet at age 18 and set the Maryland state record in the squat, bench press, and deadlift for his weight class at the 2014 USAPL American Open in Washington, D.C.
He continues to compete in the USAPL, the nation’s leading drug-free powerlifting federation and at the 2015 USAPL Raw National Championship, he squatted 500 lbs. for the first time. Elee is a graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. While completing his degree, Elee worked as a technician at several Physical Therapy clinics, gaining valuable experience in injury rehabilitation and corrective exercise. He received his personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in 2018 and is also certified in the Body of Excellence training protocol. Elee is excited to be a part of the professional fitness coaching team at Excellence In Fitness and enjoys working with individuals who are looking to increase strength, flexibility and stamina. He also has the ability to safely and progressively guide clients whose goals include injury prevention and bodyfat loss.
Joe was born and raised in Calvert County, Maryland. He started playing football, baseball and basketball at the ripe age of 8. Joe then continued playing all three sports throughout his high school career at Huntingtown High. Joe also encountered and overcame his first of many sports injuries and surgeries (shoulder and hand) at this time.
Joe then attended Immaculata University. He continued to play baseball and lettered as a four-year varsity starter in college. Unfortunately, injuries halted his collegiate baseball career at the end of his senior season. Joe underwent his first knee surgery during exam finals of his senior year. Due to complications, Joe was forced to undergo a second reconstructive knee surgery later that year. Joe graduated from Immaculata with his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology. Joe is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist by the Academy College of Sports Medicine. He is also certified as a Speed Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Joe furthered his education at California University of Pennsylvania by acquiring his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus in Orthopedic Rehabilitation. As a full-time graduate student, he completed this two-year program in 1 full year and graduated with a 3.8 GPA. While he was acquiring his Master's Degree, Joe also worked full time (40-60 hours a week) as a Physical Therapy Technician. He proceeded to work as a technician for another year after graduation. Joe then moved back to Calvert County where he became a personal trainer for Georgetown University at Yates Field House.
Through personal and professional experience with health, fitness and wellness, Joe is able to relate to and work with a wide range of clientele. Postural awareness, technique and proper form are key elements in his approach to all forms of training and greatly complements Excellence In Fitness' philosophy and Body of Excellence protocol. Joe's goal is to first educate, then strive to maximally enhance and positively impact all aspects of EIF clients' lives.