Trainers

Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney

Founder/Head Trainer

Brian has an extensive Army background and is rooted in the culture, camaraderie, and accountability the military affords and it comes through in his training style. Affectionately dubbed “The Warden,” Brian is known for getting the most from you physically to push you past your limits.

In addition to managing gym operations and working the gym floor Brian lends his expertise to corporate initiatives by speaking on the topics of health, nutrition, and sports performance. Additionally, Brian contributes to the technical development and product expansion of the P90X Live brand as a Beachbody Format Expert.

Brian has been featured as the talent lead in over a dozen Beachbody continutity videos as well as appearances in Xbox Fitness, Fitness on Demand, Beachbody on Demand, and the fitness reality show The 20’s.

Awards and recognition include 2015 Best of Prince William (Personal Trainer), 2016 Best of Prince William (Personal Trainer), and 2016 Beachbody Educator of the Year.

Brian has a broad range of specialties and certifications to include:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – Personal Trainer
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition – Certified Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Corrective Exercise
  • Poliquin BioSignature – Level II
  • Precision Nutrition – Level II
  • USA Weightlifting – Sports Performance and Advanced Coach
  • CrossFit – Level I & Level 2
  • Beachbody – Master Trainer P90X Live
  • Beachbody – Format Expert

People versus profits. I had finally realized that my God job was to help others be the best they could be. Every aspect of life starts and finishes with your health and fitness. If you have these there is nothing beyond your reach.
-Brian Sweeney

Jenny Sweeney

Jenny Sweeney

Co-Owner/Trainer (R3Flex, CF L1 & CF Kids)

Jenny, better known as the Jeneral within the walls of RtB, has an extensive background in gymnastics and dance and enjoys coaching her classes with a permanent (and very genuine) smile on her face. She believes fitness should be challenging, community driven and most of all, FUN!

Jenny has a wide range of certifications to include:

  • Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certified Personal Trainer
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • CrossFit Level I
  • CrossFit Kids
  • TRX
  • Insanity®
  • P90X®

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! – Rocky Balboa

 Dave Schroeder

Dave Schroeder

CrossFit Coach (CF L1), CF Teens Head Coach

Dave doesn’t like to write bios and would rather be working out in the mornings and teaching classes at night. He has spearheaded the Bull Run Teens Program which has had amazing growth and shows how hard work and discipline can be taught to kids.

His background in athletics was somewhat limited before coming to Raise the Bar given his intense work schedule but is now CrossFit certified and teaching regularly while also giving his fellow athletes a run for their money in the daily workouts.

No Rep

~ Dave Schroeder

Jason Wolf

Jason Wolf

CrossFit Coach (CF L1)

Jason has had experience in rowing since the mid 90’s and enjoys teaching others whenever he can. He has been involved in CrossFit since Bull Run CrossFit’s inception and is an active Level 1 CrossFit Certified Trainer. He has a broad education in Science and loves to learn new things.  His other background in IT and web development makes him a perfect candidate to assist in the online presence at Raise the Bar as Social Media & Content Manager.

 

If I pass out, please note my time.
-Unknown

Frank Pennel

Frank Pennel

CrossFit Coach (CF L1, CrossFit Kids)

Some folks spend a good amount of time and energy trying to figure out purpose in life. Frank feels fortunate to have found his purpose in using his gifts and talents in the world of fitness and specifically through CrossFit. Sports and fitness have always been an integral part of his life. Aside from being an avid fan of sports in general, (tragically he’s a Cleveland Browns fan) he’s also a collegiate track athlete from YSU where he also was an Assistant track coach.

After moving to Virginia, Frank devoted himself to a life of Christian ministry. He got AFFA certified in 2010 and used his certification to serve communities through fitness during his spare time. He eventually found CrossFit at Bull Run in 2012, and after completing his first WOD “Whitten” he was hooked! Frank received his CF-L1 in 2014 and also his CF Kids Cert in 2015. The challenging and intense workouts, combined with a strong community atmosphere is something that motivates him. He loves inviting folks to try CrossFit and actively participates in Faith Rx every month

Christopher Robbins

Christopher Robbins

Photographer

A late starter into fitness at the age of 40, Christopher started trail running and has never stopped, traveling the tri-state area for most races. A year of RTB Bootcamp followed into present Crossfit has him reaching his goal of ultra marathon running. A professional photographer for 30 years, Christopher’s photos and video grace our website with visuals triumphantly representing the dedication of all our athletes. He is the sole Photographer & Videographer at Raise the Bar and we are proud to say that a majority of all our visuals come from his lens.

Rock-n-Roll, baby!
-Christopher Robbins

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