Michelle Logsdon Viggiano
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Michelle began dancing at a young age and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University. After sustaining a knee injury, Michelle discovered pilates and moved to Toronto, Canada to become a fully certified Stott pilates instructor. Upon moving to Northern Virginia in 2006, Michelle became a certified personal trainer through ACSM and a Post-Rehabilitative Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist. She’s given lectures and run post-rehabilitative breast cancer exercise classes throughout Northern Virginia.
Never one to settle or stop learning, Michelle continued studying the mechanics of exercise through the highly regarded Resistance Training Specialist 123 Program and completed the Muscle Activation Technique Jumpstart program. During this time, Michelle was putting her exercise knowledge to practice on herself and was able to, not only return to dancing recreationally, but danced professionally with a modern dance company in Washington DC. She understands the joy of returning to the activity you love after doctors have said it would never happen again! Returning to the physical shape that is necessary to perform would not have been possible without the extensive exercise knowledge that Michelle gained. She believes that an excellent trainer is one who never stops learning, stays away from “exercise fads,” and who is able to create completely customizable programs for clients. In 2014, Michelle completed the rigorous Muscle Activation Technique Specialist internship program. More recently, Michelle has completed courses in Cadaver Anatomy, Exercise and Inflammation, Exercise Program Construction, Motor Learning, and is currently pursuing her Masterly Level training in for the Muscle Activation Technique program. In 2017, she was awarded the Aiden Zia BioAcademics Scholarship Award from Precision Human Performance for her commitment to continuing education.
Employing intelligent exercises enables Michelle to produce profound results in her clients’ lives. She is passionate about helping individuals achieve their personal health and fitness goals and is ready to help you!
Chris started his fitness journey in the 1990's, studying Shaolin Kempo Karate. While studying and teaching the martial arts, Chris gained an appreciation of movement. During this time, he successfully completed his first personal trainer certification at Hofstra University. After earning his black belt in 2000, Chris continued to teach the martial arts and added strength workouts to his and his school's training regimen.
Chris moved to Virginia in 2005, continued training, and furthered his education by working with The Pink Ribbon Program, a Pilates based post-rehabilitative breast cancer exercise program. After spending time as a trainer and a master trainer for the Pink Ribbon Program, Chris became an Instructor Trainer, traveling the East coast teaching the Pilates based program to other instructors.
Chris returned to his roots as a trainer, going to every seminar, talk, or class, reading any article or publication that came across his desk. From TRX, to foam rolling, to trigger point, Chris has studied these and other modalities.
In 2012, Chris came across the Resistance Training Specialist program, an evidence based, science backed training program that teaches the engineering and physics of force, load, the human body, and how it can all be purposefully and intelligently applied to achieve desired outcomes. After completing that three month course, Chris then enrolled in the Muscle Activation Technique's Jumpstart program. Another three month program, that introduced Chris to positional testing, and isometric training, allowing the body to gain strength and stability in a position it previously did not have.
In 2013, Chris enrolled in the Muscle Activation Techniques Internship program. An intense 1 year course, the expanded on the positional tests, and more specific applications of force to help improve strength and stability within the body, thus allowing the body to handle increased load and improve from session to session.
In 2016, Chris took on a client with Parkinson’s disease. After seeing several reports on the benefits of boxing for people with Parkinson’s, he has started volunteering with the Parkinson’s Foundation of the Nation Capital Area, to offer a boxing course, speak at speaking engagements, and offer specialized classes and one on one training for people with Parkinson’s. As his boxing class has continued to grow, Chris now offers a class combining boxing as well as strength training. All of which is to help manage the effect of Parkinson’s, and help improve the quality of life in living with this disease.
Chris continues his voracious need for learning, by traveling to Denver annually for the Muscle Activation Technique mastery level classes. He also spends 90 minutes a week in a study group of other professional trainers, covering topics from anatomy and structure, to application of forces and calculating torque, motor learning and control, inflammation, energy systems in the body. All totaled up, it equates to spending over an entire full time college semester of coursework.
In 2017, with his wife Michelle, they opened their dream studio, AIM Human Performance. With a collection of hand picked machines, including one of the largest collections of MedX machines in northern Virginia, which are designed to provide the best, appropriate, and most strategic application of resistance, Michelle and Chris are able to provide Northern Virginia the state of the art personal training studio it deserves.
By applying strategic force and creating balance and stability to the body, Chris has been able to help people return to what they love most, moving.