Meet the BREAKAWAY Team

Jeff and Christa founded BREAKAWAY with a vision to create a gym where clients workout like athletes in a fun comfortable environment. At BREAKAWAY there are no gimmicks or fancy diets or fads, instead you are faced with serious workouts from a team who really know their stuff.


Co-owner/Personal Trainer/Cycling Instructor

NSCA-CSCS/USA Weightlifting Level I/Kettlebell Certified/CrossFit Level I

While at the University of Illinois Jeff was a two time ALL American in Track and Field and earned four Big Ten Championships as a shot putter. After college he trained at the Olympic Training Center, for the 1996 Olympics. Jeff made it to the trials, but a shoulder injury prevented him from making the team. Since then he directed his career towards Personal Training as a strength and conditioning coach at George Mason University with a major focus on injury prevention and recovery. Still very competitive he cycles as a Category 3 road racer, and NORBA Sport Level/Clydesdale Mountain Bike Racer.

He is known as a silent but scary trainer. NEVER make the mistake of telling Jeff a workout was easy.

On his days off you’ll find him with Christa and their son Gordon and his twin girls Eleni & Zephera. He loves camping or looking for serenity in a fly-fishing rod.


Co-owner/Personal Trainer/Cycling Instructor

ACE Certified

Christa was a two sport division I scholarship athlete in Women’s Fast-pitch Softball and Women’s Volleyball at George Mason University. After graduating she played with the Connecticut Brakettes, a prestigious Women Majors fast-pitch team.

In August 2002 Christa made the Greek National Softball Team which won GOLD at the 2003 European Championships B-Pool. In 2004 she was selected to be an alternate and assistant coach for the team at the OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES in Athens, Greece. In 2005 she helped the team win an A Pool Silver at the European Championships.

In the gym Christa is known for her sarcasm and her ability to ‘Christa’ people. To be Christa’d is to suddenly find yourself doing something you had no intention of doing. Not a bad trick for a trainer!

Christa enjoys spending her time off with Jeff and their son Gordon and her twin girls Eleni & Zephera. She loves anything to do with being out doors.


Personal Trainer-CSCS Certified/Precision Nutrition Certified

Jesse recently graduated from George Mason with a BS in Health Fitness and Recreation Resources with a concentration in exercise science. His enthusiasm for health and fitness grew after working in health food/supplement stores for over eight years.

Jesse continues to work part-time as an assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at a private company owned by the head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Washington Capitals. Jesse is certified by the NSCA-CSCS and is CPR/AED certified. Jesse has always had a strong passion for sports and continues to participate in many recreational sports such as tennis, flag football, and running.

Don’t give Jesse TMI…he doesn’t want to hear it and you might plank all workout!

In his free time Jesse enjoys working out, camping, fishing, and watching sports with his family.



Personal Trainer – NASM/USAW Certified 

Chris has been a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach since 2007. He graduated with a diploma in Personal Training and Nutrition from the National Personal Training Institute in Vienna, VA. He is certified by NASM, is a USAW Level One Sports Performance Coach and certified in CPR. He is always looking for new ways to challenge himself and his clients. He is currently studying for his BS in Exercise Science.

Chris was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at The Heights School in Potomac, MD before becoming an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Georgetown University in 2011.

He still enjoys competing in lacrosse and several sports including basketball, golf and bowling (yes he is on a bowling team). Chris currently trains in powerlifting but enjoys all strength sports including weightlifting and strongman.

When Chris is not training he can be found enjoying the outdoors with his black lab or following the every move of the Washington Redskins and the rest of Washington, DC’s professional sports teams. Not only will Chris break you down physically with a good workout, but his positivism and enthusiasm will build you back up-he also holds a pretty good conversation so workouts never get boring.


Personal Trainer/Massage Therapist

BS in Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise; LMT, ACE, & CPR/AEDal clark pic

Our resident fill-in when he isn’t coaching football: Al Clark was introduced to various sports at an early age while growing up. Living a healthy lifestyle and being physically fit has always been an integral part of his life. As a native of Washington D.C. and a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School, he excelled in football and basketball. He received 1st team All-Met honors by the Washington Post along with other local and national awards, as the top quarterback prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region. He accepted a full scholarship offer to play football at Virginia Tech in 1994. While at Virginia Tech, he participated in five bowl games with two Big East Championship teams, and was recognized as Team Captain and Team Most Valuable Player his junior and senior years. Al received his Bachelor’s from VT and then after graduating decided to pursue a new interest, Massage Therapy. He then received his LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist).

Don’t let his quiet demeanor and cute smile fool you – no negotiating, complaining or taking it easy with this former All American – he will whip you into shape in a flash!


Personal Trainer – NASM/Eleiko Strength Coach/CrossFit Level 1 Certifiedclay pic

Clay was born and raised in Reston. He grew up playing ice hockey and was recruited for junior hockey at the age of 15. Clay then went to play in top leagues in Ontario and the US. He then went on to play at Liberty University.

Clay now teaches hockey part-time as well as trains at BREAKAWAY. He is certified through NASM and is CPR certified.

Clay still competes in recreational adult hockey and loves to push heavy weight around. In his free time he loves to travel and spend time with family. He is a great conversationalist, but don’t think you will sit around drinking coffee and chatting as he also likes to push in the work outs!


Personal Trainer – NCSF Certifiedgarrett picture

Garrett has a BS in Psychology from Christopher Newport University where he was a former collegiate basketball player. He is certified through the NCSF and the American Red Cross.

Merging concepts from psychology and physiology, Garrett enjoys bringing a unique and tailored experience that maximizes effectiveness in the lifestyle of each client he has the pleasure of working with. He has helped clients lose weight, gain muscle mass, improve muscle definition, and improve flexibility and mobility. He also assists in post-surgical and rehabilitation, and brings a high focus on understanding functionality in training and improving mind-to-muscle connectivity.

Garrett comes across very chilled out, but don’t go slackin’ as he likes to push weight.


Personal Trainer – ACE Certifiedtyler bfit pic

Tyler holds a BS in Kinesiology with focus in physical education from Shenandoah University. While at Shenandoah Tyler played lacrosse as the starting goalie, that special kind of crazy it takes to be a goalie. After college Tyler accepted a physical education job in Norfolk, VA at a small private school teaching elementary and middle school. When he decided that was not the right fit for him he came back up to northern Virginia and began personal training at 24 hour fitness before joining the BREAKAWAY team.
Tyler spends his days not at BREAKAWAY substitute teaching for Loudoun County. He is high energy and likes to have some fun in his workouts!


Massage Therapist

Elena graduated from the University of Belarus in 1985 with a BS in Physical Education. In Belarus she did advanced work in massage therapy and came to the United States where she completed a massage program at the Fairfax School of Massage in 2004 and holds a certificate from the Commonwealth of VA Board of Nursing. Elena has been a massage therapist for over 20 years and she specializes in Swedish, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue and Myofacial Release.

Elena is not only an excellent massage therapist, but she is a tremendous athlete. Elena was a member of the Russian National Rowing Team for 7 years and competed in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and captured a Silver medal.

If you come super stressed, then Lena will make you relaxed for sure. You might even get to be called a “good girl/boy”.