Choosing to attend Liberty University, Charles played football for four years. While attending Liberty University, Charles earned his B.S. in Business Management. Charles interest in bodybuilding started at Liberty University, where he won his first bodybuilding contest on the campus of Liberty University (Mr. Liberty 1990 and 1991).
After obtaining more Bodybuilding Training and Nutrition knowledge, Charles competed and won several regional shows in the state of Maryland which led to the Mr. Maryland title in 1997. In 2001, Charles won the Heavyweight class at the Bodyrock Bodybuilding Championships. He then came back in 2002 and won the Super Heavyweight class at the Bodyrock Bodybuilding Championships.
Charles first National appearance was in July 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the USA Bodybuilding Championships. Of the top class of 39 competitors, Charles was chosen and selected as one of the top 15 finalist.
With over 20 years in the Health and Fitness Industry, Charles’ vast knowledge and experience has earned the respect of fellow Competitor’s, Trainers and Clients alike. Charles has provided more than 15 years of quality Certified Personal Training. Using a philosophy that is based on Proper Technique, Motivation and Dedication, his Clients achieve well beyond the goals that they have set for themselves.
Please help us welcome our new YOGA INSTRUCTOR to the DF team, Deanna Houston. DeAnna began her yoga journey in 2005 and immediately knew it would become a lifelong practice. After several years of practicing, she wanted to deepen her knowledge and share the gift of yoga with others, so she enrolled in teacher training. DeAnna earned her Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 hour training from The Yoga Center of Columbia. DeAnna’s yoga philosophy is to break away from the overstimulation of the external world and to simply exist in the presence of our own bodies. Her yoga class provides students a safe environment to destress and have fun.
A former competitive gymnast with Maryland state titles, Ben started playing Ultimate Frisbee at UMBC and served as the team's Strength and Conditioning captain. He is still traveling across the country playing competitive Ultimate for teams based in the DC-Baltimore area.
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Ben applies scientific knowledge to promote performance and prevent injury. By prioritizing movement quality and functional exercises, he creates a safe and effective environment for clients to achieve their goals and promote long-term health. He specializes in sport-specific training, functional strength training, weight loss, corrective exercise and (P)rehabilitation.