Our Personal Trainers


Exercise is preventative medicine that needs to be prescribed by trainers and coaches who really understand it. You’ll find this knowledge in the competent, formally-educated fitness professionals at Atlas Fitness. — Tim Bruffy

All of the personal trainers and instructors at Atlas Fitness DC have been personally selected by owner Tim Bruffy and are held to the highest of industry standards. These fitness professionals are experienced in helping clients define and achieve their individual fitness goals.



Tim Bruffy, owner of Atlas Fitness, has more than ten years experience in the physical fitness industry and is one of the most sought after trainers in the area. Tim earned his degree in Education and Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia where he worked intimately with the schools strength and conditioning department. In addition, he is certified in Nike SPARQ (Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, Quickness) athletic performance training and serves as a guest instructor for the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). As one of about 750 Nike-certified trainers worldwide, Tim knows how to motivate athletes and aspiring athletes to peak performance—for sport and for life. Tim is also a NPTI Certified Master Personal Trainer and Nutritional Consultant.

Tim has excelled in sports from an early age to include wrestling, football, basketball, baseball and dance. From 2002-2006 he was a member of the Golden Gloves DC amateur boxing circuit. In 2006 he competed in the Ultimate Fitness Events Strength and Obstacle Challenge, placing 1st and setting course obstacle records. In 2008 he placed 1st in the National Physique Committee’s (NPCs) Bodybuilding Middleweight Division and 3rd place overall. These days, in his free time, he is an avid cycler and enjoys recreational squash and rugby.



Garrett has a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching Education from James Madison University (JMU) where he graduated cum laude. At JMU, he worked with several Division 1 athletes, from various sports including: cheerleading, softball, baseball, track and field, and soccer. He specializes in sports performance but his training style consists of many different disciplines and approaches. He utilizes periodization and methodically designs programs to progress his clients appropriately for optimal performance. Garrett believes that maintaining a positive attitude, setting goals, and working hard are the keys to success for sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

Salina Personal Trainer Atlas Fitness in DC



Salina was a competitive gymnast for over eight years, and quickly realized that gymnastics was what gave her a strong foundation in which to succeed and stay disciplined. This fueled her passion for health and fitness, and she began helping others to establish their own healthy foundations. Salina holds a MS with a specialization in health promotion management. She is a certified personal trainer (ISSA), group fitness instructor (ACE), certified health education specialist (CHES), and certified pre/post natal fitness specialist (Healthy Moms). Salina is also a fitness coach for the youth outreach fitness program at Atlas. Her experience and passion for working with diverse populations is deeply rooted in her philosophy that health and fitness can be integrated into anyone’s life regardless of age or ability level.



Stuart Shaw holds a degree in Exercise Science from Columbus State University along with an Associates of Science. He is a certified personal trainer by NCCPT and is currently enrolled in Nova Southeastern University’s Physical Therapy Program. Stuart was a collegiate baseball pitcher and specializes in post-rehabilitation training. He has worked with a wide array of clients from Olympic athletes, NFL combine prep, high school athletes, to Post-Rehabilitation clients.



Originally from Denver, Colorado, Clayton is a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Clayton will also be receiving his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Houston in May of 2017. Clayton was a collegiate as well as a professional basketball player and has spent much of his career in the strength and conditioning field. Clayton brings many of the performance-based training attributes to his clients at Atlas Fitness. Having worked with hundreds of athletes, from all over the world, Clayton has a unique perspective and approach that he applies to each individual. Clayton’s greatest strengths lie in the ability to spot and address problems that have the potential to become injuries before they occur and quickly alleviate those that are already present.



Trevor graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. He has specialized experience with improving speed, agility, and power with Loyola University Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse D-1 program. Trevor also has years of experience as a Physical Therapy Tech through Inova Physical Therapy Clinic where he assisted therapists with rehab techniques for the elderly and athletic alike. His training style consists of many different disciplines and approaches.



Carol is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has 13 years of experience in the DC area. She also has a TRX training certificate. Carol holds a BA in elementary education from Wake Forest University and previously taught elementary school for a decade. She soon came to realize fitness was a passion and made a very wise career change. Endurance events are her specialty and she has so far completed 4 Ironman triathlons, 28 marathons, 2 50ks, 1 50 miler, and 1 Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. Carol believes that ANY fitness goal is achievable with dedication to a plan and most importantly belief that one can accomplish it. She enjoys providing motivation to her clients to confidently reach their own personal goals. Everyone is different and she strives to make each client’s workout tailored to their specific needs and desires. Carol wants to help all of her clients discover their own way to stay active, healthy and injury free for the rest of their lives.



Betsy Poos, E-RYT 500, RPYT and Certified Yogahour Teacher is honored to share yoga with her community. A writer, athlete and former dancer Betsy’s classes are approachable, artful and challenging. Betsy took her first yoga class in 1999 and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her classes aim to improve your range of motion, flexibility and grow your strength. Betsy lives on Capitol Hill with her three most influential teachers; her husband, daughter, and boston terrier.

Marcus Thurston Atlas Fitness in Washington DC



Marcus is a native Washingtonian with two years of undergraduate education as a Mechanical Engineer at North Carolina A&T State University. He is a competitive runner, and a NPTI Kettlebell certified athlete. Marcus works with 6th-10th graders to enhance their strength, conditioning, speed, agility, self-defense skills, mindfulness and sport specific training in DC public and charter schools. He is known for his dynamic teaching style and for combining multiple disciplines in his training. He is also currently training for American Ninja Warrior.

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