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These are the coaches that are building a stronger community here in Columbia. Whether you’re a first-timer or an elite athlete, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here - insightful coaching, intelligent programming, and a blueprint to creating the best health of your life.

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Mark Covington

Chief Motivation Officer | Owner

Mark Covington

Chief Motivation Officer | Owner

Philosophy - "Play the long game"

Fun Fact- HUGE Comic Book Nerd

Favorite Food- Street Tacos/Ben + Jerry's

Favorite Movie- Mystery Men

 

Born and raised in Howard County, Mark was an All-State running back at Howard High School ‘09. He took his talents to Gettysburg College ‘13, but was uncertain of what he wanted to do with his life upon graduation. A lifelong athlete, he had always worked out… so he began hitting the gym hard and underwent a mental transformation of his own.

He realized how exercise is a perfect metaphor for life. We only get what we put into our workouts, and we must take full ownership of our health. Nobody can do it for us. With this realization, Mark decided to pursue fitness as a career so that he could help others come to the same realization he did and help them pursue what they truly want.

After working at a few different box and franchise style gyms, he became disenchanted with them since they seemed to be mostly concerned with profits. He wanted to create a place where the focus wasn’t dollar signs, but genuinely helping people transform themselves both physically… and mentally. So he set out to pave his own way.

He began his entrepreneurial journey doing “In-Home” personal training so that he could save up enough money to afford moving into his own location, and in January of 2018…he did just that with Progressive Athletics.

To date, he has helped hundreds of individuals transform their lives, take control of their health, and become who they were truly meant to be.

Having trained politicians, T.V. personalities, executives, and entrepreneurs… Mark has a knack for getting busy individuals in tremendous shape.

Highly certified, highly passionate, and highly motivated… he will do everything in his power to ensure his members develop the skill of fitness in an effective and efficient manner.

Mark is also co-founder of 4thQTR, Inc., a nonprofit that uses sports as a vehicle to mentor local youths in Howard County.

Certifications

  • NSCA - Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist-
  • NASM - Certified Personal Trainer-
  • NPTA - Certified Personal Trainer-
  • AHA - CPR/AED Certified-
  • PN - Certified Nutrition Specialist- (pending)
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Joe Soto

Coach

Joe Soto

Coach

Philosophy- "Sedentary is scary"

Favorite Book- Catcher In The Rye

Favorite Food- Chicken, Rice, and Beans

Favorite Movie- Rocky

A highly decorated human performance instructor, Joe holds many different certifications. From Yoga to Boxing, Joe has done it all as a result of his intense passion for fitness.

Certifications

  • ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
  • USAB - Certified Boxing Instructor
  • Vinyasa Flow - Certified Yoga Instructor
  • CPR/AED - Certified
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Jesse Davidson

Coach

Jesse Davidson

Coach

Philosophy - "Unleash your strength"

Favorite Artist- Travis Scott

Favorite Food- Steak

Favorite Show- The Office

 

After taking Weight Training in High School, Jesse realized he was one of the weaker ones in class. This motivated him to get stronger and in doing so he found a love for the empowerment that comes with it. He strives to pass along that same confidence to his clients. 

Certifications

  • NPTA - Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED - Certified
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Britnie Britton

Coach

Britnie Britton

Coach

Philosophy - "Sweat, Have Fun, and Slay"

Favorite Artist- Beyonce

Favorite Food- Seafood Alfredo

Favorite Show- Grey's Anatomy

 

After going through a particularly stressful time in her life, Britnie discovered an incredible stress reliever in exercise. It helped her out of that stressful place and she is now motivated to pay it forward and show others how exercise can benefit them.

Certifications

  • NASM - Certified Personal Trainer
  • CPR/AED - Certified

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