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.
OWNER, PERSONAL TRAINER, NUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT
Tim Bruffy, owner of Atlas Fitness, has more than 15 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.
Rachel has a M.S. in Sports Medicine: Athletic Training from Seton Hall University. She also carries a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia where she worked with the UVA Varsity Athletics Sports Medicine team for four years. Rachel worked closely with Division 1 athletes specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation and fitness, use of modalities and manual therapy techniques. She has been working in the strength and conditioning field for the past four years alongside her primary role as an Athletic Trainer (ATC) at SUNY Purchase College, a Division 3 institution. There she focused on the speed and agility, strength and conditioning, and rehabilitation needs for chronic and acute injuries, as well as injury prevention.
Rachel specializes in functional strength and movement. Her aim is to make sure that you reach your goals in a manner that is both safe and effective for any fitness goal. Her experience is with athletes as young as 7 and up to 75. With her degree in Sports Medicine, Rachel also specializes in strength training for individuals with existing injuries or other orthopedic issues. Rachel believes that anyone can grow healthier, stronger, faster, regardless of their physical limitations. She strongly supports the notion that life is fitness and we must be prepared to live our best life, no excuses. With Rachel, you will work hard and have fun, but you will also learn the proper body mechanics and tools to set you up for success in your daily life.
HERBERT “HERB” LOPEZ
Herbert “Herb” attended Towson University where he received his degree in Exercise Science. He is a certified fitness trainer (CFT) through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and former Division-1 Track & Field athlete at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is very passionate about what he does and has experience working in both the wellness and performance side of health / fitness. He has worked with both the general population and athletes ranging from pre-teen ages all the way up to the professional level.
Herb also gained experience working in Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy during his tenure with Physiotherapy Associates. Herb still remains very active to this day, participating in competitions such as the Reebok Spartan Race as well as lifting competitions. “Practice what you preach” has become a saying that has ensured he stays on top of his game so that he can not only lead others through his coaching and training, but also through his own personal lifestyle.