Justin Cooper is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) who specializes in helping busy professionals and athletes optimize their body composition and functional strength. Before establishing his independent practice, Justin worked as a personal trainer at several corporate gyms and was a performance coach at a private athletic performance facility. Through these experiences, his passion for the industry was further developed by helping a diverse group of clients including doctors, CEO's, athletes, teachers, and lawyers to develop, execute, and surpass their own unique fitness and performance goals. Justin believes that setting specific, well-defined goals is essential in maximizing the effectiveness of his programming. His coaching philosophy consists of a process that sets goals to establish the primary focus of each program. Justin helps clients identify and address any problems that have prevented them in the past from achieving their fitness and performance goals and provides guidance to help overcome possible obstacles and ensure success. Through this guided process, clients change their beliefs and in turn, shape behaviors that are more consistent with accomplishing their objectives. Justin has an extensive educational background, including a M.S. in Exercise Science and a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science. He also pursues continuing education and holds a number of certifications: Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) - National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) - National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) - National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Justin also competes in several sports including Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Bodybuilding, and Powerlifting. Justin has won several Powerlifting competitions through the USAPL and USPA federations and currently holds multiple Maryland state records. He uses his past personal experiences in sports to further connect with clients in providing the guidance necessary to successfully achieve their own objectives. When not preparing for his next competition, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, traveling with his girlfriend, reading, and looking at puppy videos.
Justin is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of training. He has been instrumental in helping me improve mobility of my joints. He has sought out my doctors to better understand my autoimmune condition including my drug treatments. Most importantly is his unintimidating disposition, his flexibility (Single mom w kids), and genuine concern of his clients. I have worked with Justin for over 3 years. My doctors are amazed at my continued joint flexibility. In addition, Justin has worked with my sons and they have thoroughly enjoyed these workouts. So much so, he has inspired my oldest to study athletic training in his college studies. Thank you Justin!